| Saturday, February 05, 2005
| SHORT HISTORY OF POWER
Mesopotamians (who lived in what's now Iraq)
use oil as glue...and Medicine too!
Estimated birth date of the Baghdad battery,
an electricity producing clay pot device.
Ben Franklin flies a kite in a thudner storm,
establishing the link between electricity and lighting.
Edwin L. Drake drills 69 feet down in Titusville, Pa.,
and gets squirted with black goo. The first oil rig.
The first commercial coal power plant, developed
by Thomas Edicson, begins operation in New York City.
Mass production of cars begin, creating demand for
DC creator Thomas Edison electrocutes an elephant
to show the danger of AC power.
Idaho's National Reactor Testing Site, spills the atom,
producing electric power.
OPEC (including Iraq) gets pissed and imposes a U.S. oil
embargo, tripling prices and creating lines at the pump.
Pennsylvania's Three mIle Island nuclear plant has
a meltdown. Luckily, it's contained in the reactor.
The Chernobyl meltdown kills 31 people instantly.
Up to 100,000 more die later from radiation exposure.
Bush hypes a $1.2 billion hydrogen plan to cut
dependency on foreign oil.
(abstracted from MAXIMONLINE/COM)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:04 AM