A search for the
contemporary Nikola Tesla considered a mad scientist by his society
for predicting global warming more than 100 years ago fuels this
analysis of climate issues, which introduces thinkers and inventors
who are working to find possible ways out of the energy crisis.
From Louis Michaud, a retired refinery engineer who claims we can
harness the energy of man-made tornadoes, to a professor and a
businessman who are running a company that genetically modifies
algae so it can secrete ethanol naturally, these individuals and
their unorthodox methods are profiled through first-person
interviews, exposing the social, economic, financial, and personal
barriers that prevent them from making an impact with their ideas.
The existing state of green energy technologies, such as solar,
wind, biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage, is also explored,
creating a sense of hope against a backdrop of climate dread.