“A 'must-read' for anyone who wants to understand the promise and challenge of building the clean energy economy of the future.”
— U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman
“Combining graceful prose, analytical rigor, and colorful characters, Harvest the Wind portrays the excitement of a new industry. Much more than just an exploration of the prospects for wind energy, though, Harvest takes us along on the author's journey through the American heartland in search of the nation's soul, and its future.”
— Denis Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day and former director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
A few months after Harvest the Wind's publication in 2012, I spoke at Chicago Ideas Week, a lively exchange of disruptive ideas that takes place annually in the Windy City. Earlier this week a follow-up interview with Erin Robertson appeared in Chicago Ideas Week's blog, The Ideasphere. We talk about the new solar panels on our home in chilly Massachusetts and my reasons for guarded optimism about renewable energy's prospects for America. The interview also appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation hub.
Ever wondered why our bridges are crumbling, our highways are decaying, and our transit systems are rotting? Look at the federal gas tax, frozen at 18.3 cents per gallon since 1993. I addressed this transportation funding gap in a letter to the editor of the New York Times on March 3.
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.