Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) (Paperback)

Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) By James Morton Turner, Paul S. Sutter (Foreword by), Paul S. Sutter (Editor) Cover Image
By James Morton Turner, Paul S. Sutter (Foreword by), Paul S. Sutter (Editor)
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Winner of the 24th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize

Finalist for the 2023 Cundill History Prize

Gold Medal Recipient, Nautilus Book Awards, Sustainability

The dirty work essential to a clean energy transition


To achieve fossil fuel independence, few technologies are more important than batteries. Used for powering zero-emission vehicles, storing electricity from solar panels and wind turbines, and revitalizing the electric grid, batteries are essential to scaling up the renewable energy resources that help address global warming. But given the unique environmental impact of batteries--including mining, disposal, and more--does a clean energy transition risk trading one set of problems for another?

In Charged, James Morton Turner unpacks the history of batteries to explore why solving "the battery problem" is critical to a clean energy transition. As climate activists focus on what a clean energy future will create--sustainability, resiliency, and climate justice--the history of batteries offers a sharp reminder of what building that future will consume: lithium, graphite, nickel, and other specialized materials. With new insight on the consequences for people and communities on the front lines, Turner draws on the past for crucial lessons that will help us build a just and clean energy future, from the ground up.

About the Author


James Morton Turner is professor of environmental studies at Wellesley College. He is author of The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 and coauthor of The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780295752181
ISBN-10: 0295752181
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books