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The Coming Age of Coal

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   THE PAST

Oil Wells

 

The first oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859 by Edwin Drake, who started the modern oil industry.   It was called "Drake's Folly".   Drake never patented the idea and lived on a meager pension until his death in 1880.   The first gas-power car was still several decades from being invented.

 

 

NO CARS IN 1859!

 

 

Electricity

 

In 1879, when Thomas Alva Edison invented a carbon filament that burned for forty hours.

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Tom Magstadt earned his doctorate in international relations at Johns Hopkins (SAIS). He is a twice-tenured college professor and political science chair. He also served as a foreign intelligence analyst, a Visiting Professor at the Air University (more...)
 
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