“Phil Warburg has invented a new literary genre: the clean energy travelogue. His trips to the places and characters behind the solar energy boom are brilliantly entertaining and informative. He has written the definitive guide to America’s solar transformation.”
—U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (ret.)
Former Chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Harness the Sun is an indispensable guide to the solar revolution. It describes the businesses that will profit from it, the interests that will be disrupted by it, and the policies that could accelerate it. If you think solar energy is just a futuristic option, read this book today.”
National Coordinator of the first Earth Day,
Former Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute
Watch a video of Phil Warburg speaking at Chicago ideas week:
The months-long protest encampment at Standing Rock yielded a temporary victory earlier this month, when the Army Corps of Engineers halted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline's final stage, crossing Lake Oahe just a mile upriver from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The environmental impact assessment called for by the Corps will hopefully provide fuller protection of this tribe's primary water source from a possible oil spill.
Beyond that gain, a new alliance has been forged between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples who are committed to pursuing a post-fossil-fuel future. I discuss the first signs of a shift toward Native American clean energy in an op-ed that ran in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.
Consumption patterns and fuel choice matter, but so does population growth -- the multiplier that we've managed to forget as we careen toward climate chaos. In today's Cognoscenti, Boston Public Radio WBUR's online thought forum, I argue that fostering well-informed reproductive choice is too important to ignore as an environmental priority. Here's a link to the article, "7.4 Billion and Counting: Could Curbing World Population Help Cool the Planet?"
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From inner-city neighborhoods and industrial wastelands to the open desert, Harness the Sun traces solar energy's remarkable ascent and introduces readers to a surprising collection of pioneers who are transforming the way we power the American economy.
Harvest the Wind is a story of hope with its pulse deep in the American heartland. Wind power has brought new jobs, new income, and a restored sense of pride to hundreds of communities across the country. With eyes wide-open, Warburg charts a course that can lead our nation to a saner and more sustainable energy future.