Author of Harness the Sun and Harvest the Wind2019-12-17T18:31:04-05:00

“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.”

—Denis Hayes
National Coordinator of the first Earth Day,
Former Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute

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Recent Writings

Reckless Denial of our Climate Crisis: An Impeachable Offense?

Though Congress has ample reason to impeach President Trump for his self-serving machinations in Ukraine, we all know that the Senate’s blind Republican partisanship will block his removal from office. Given this inevitable outcome, it’s worth considering whether Congress could have targeted a far more consequential cause for impeachment: his utter failure to engage the climate crisis.

Are Electric Cars the Wheels of the Future? – New York Times

In response to Sen. Chuck Schumer's "Bold Plan for Zero-Emission Cars," I caution against making the transition to electric vehicles using oversized SUVs and trucks - the vehicles now being pushed by U.S. automakers. Instead, I call for shedding the big-car bias of our fleets along with their reliance on carbon-based fuels.

Crescent Dunes is Hardly Typical of Green Energy Projects – Las Vegas Review Journal

Reacting to technical and managerial setbacks at a pioneering solar plant, the Las Vegas Review Journal issued a blanket condemnation of federal loan guarantees for renewable energy projects as a waste of taxpayer dollars. Countering this claim, I credit the loan guarantee program with catalyzing a whole new era of utility-scale power generation based on renewable energy resources.

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People and Places from Harness the Sun

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Harness the Sun: America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future

Now available in paperback!

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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.

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Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability

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.

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