A full list of past appearances.
WNPR News: What New England Can Learn from Kansas about Creating a Wind Energy Economy
October 12, 2018 — Multiple
In this radio interview I speak with John Dankosky, host of “NEXT” on the New England News Collaborative, about the remarkable progress made by Kansas in advancing windpower. This deep-red state offers counter-intuitive inspiration to environmentally progressive New England states that lag way behind it in introducing a super-abundant renewable energy resource. The interview is being broadcast on public radio stations in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA: “A Tale of Two Americas: Renewable Energy Pioneering in the 21st Century”
March 14, 2018 — 2:00 – 3:00 PM
I was really pleased to return to Boston College at the invitation of Professors Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi, to speak to students in their thought-provoking course, “Planet in Peril: The History and Future of Human Impacts on the Planet.” Along with her teaching, Julie co-chairs an organization on the cutting edge of climate change activism in Massachusetts, the Better Future Project.
Boston University Questrom School of Business: “Renewable Electricity in the Trump Era – The Role of Federal, State & Local Policies”
April 24, 2017 — 4:00 – 5:00 PM
This talk was hosted by BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, where I am a Non-Resident Senior Fellow. In addition to looking at some lesser as well as better-known federal policies affecting renewable energy development, I briefly highlighted state renewable energy policies as bulwarks against possible federal policy setbacks and described a few regulatory and planning measures that have catalyzed solar photovoltaics at the local level. In the ensuing discussion, BU faculty and graduate students offered valuable commentary on the impact of renewables on baseload power generation.
Tel Aviv University – Porter School of Environmental Studies: “From Rooftops to Brownfields: Solar Power’s Growing U.S. Role as an Urban Energy Resource”
March 15, 2017 — 10:30 AM
I gave this talk as part of the opening session of Dr. Orli Ronen’s seminar on urban sustainability, held in the university’s Porter School of Environmental Studies. My thanks to Orli for this opportunity to address her students and others engaged in local policymaking and planning.
Tel Aviv University – Porter School of Environmental Studies: “Wind & Sun: America’s Quest for a Renewable Energy Future”
March 13, 2017 — 11:00 AM
This public lecture, looking at America’s most rapidly ascending clean power resources, was hosted by Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies. I’m grateful to Dr. Arie Nesher, the school’s professional director and a colleague from my days working on environmental issues in Israel, for inviting me.
Tel Aviv – Israel Union for Environmental Defense: “Solar in the City: From Rooftops to Brownfields”
March 7, 2017 — 7:30 PM
At this special evening event for Israeli supporters, I was delighted to reconnect with friends and colleagues from my long-ago days as executive director of Adam Teva v’Din – the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. Founded in 1991, this vigorous team of lawyers, scientists and planners is the leading independent watchdog group addressing priority environmental concerns in Israel. In a dialogue moderated by the group’s leader Amit Bracha, energy attorney Leehee Goldenberg and I explored policy avenues in Israel and the US that are opening up new opportunities for solar energy. Given Israel’s high rate of urbanization, we focused much of our attention on solar prospects within the built environment.
HEAL Utah podcast: “Harness the Sun”
December 21, 2016
In this Podcast interview with Matt Pacenza, executive director of the environmental non-profit HEAL Utah, I discuss solar power’s potential, the ongoing need for tax credits to level a playing field long biased toward fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and the benefits of developing rooftop as well as utility-scale PV projects.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA: “Prospects for a Solar Future”
October 19, 2016 — 1:00 – 1:50 PM
I’m grateful to Professors Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi for inviting me to return as a guest lecturer to their interesting and provocative course, “People and Nature: The History and Future of Human Impacts on the Planet.”
Brown University: “From the Sidelines to Center-Stage – Opportunities & Challenges Facing Solar Power in America”
September 21, 2016 — 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Thanks to Professor Nitin Padture, Director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, for inviting me to give this public lecture. Along with his institute, the talk is cosponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. My remarks will begin at 4 PM, preceded by coffee at 3:30 PM and followed by a reception from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. You will find a fuller description of the talk here.
WGBH (Boston) Forum Network: “The Push for Renewable Energy”
June 28, 2016
This interview, recorded as part of Belmont Community Television’s “Science for the Public” series, is now available on WGBH’s Forum Network. The interview was conducted by Yvonne Stapp, who had taken a careful look at both of my renewable energy-focused books, Harness the Sun and Harvest the Wind.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA: “Prospects for a Solar Future”
April 26, 2016 — 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
This was a guest lecture in a course titled, “People and Nature: The History and Future of Human Impacts on the Planet,” co-taught by Professors Juliet Schor and Prasannan Parthasarathi. Juliet Schor’s book, Plenitude, charts a persuasive path toward consumption calming in a resource-limited world.
George Washington Univ. – Geography Conference Room , Old Main, Rm. 219: “Harness the Sun, Energize Action – A Conversation with Philip Warburg”
March 30, 2016 — 12:00 – 2:00 PM (Place TBA)
This lunchtime lecture and discussion was co-hosted by the GW Office of Sustainability and the GW Solar Institute. I was particularly pleased to be speaking about solar at GW in light of the university’s recent dramatic embrace of solar power. In the spring of 2014, GW joined forces with American University and GW Hospital in signing a power purchase agreement for all the output of three large solar farms in North Carolina. With the completion of those projects this year, GW estimates that it will be drawing half of its total power needs from the sun.
Tufts University – School of Engineering: “Renewable Energy Policies: From Our World to Your Town”
March 15, 2016 — 4:30 – 5:45 PM
At the invitation of Prof. Robert Hannemann, I delivered this lecture to undergraduate and graduate engineering students in his course on Power Generation Systems. The talk’s scope ranged from global climate accords, past and present, to federal, state and local policies that are catalyzing the transition to renewable power.
Duke University School of Law: “Beyond Fossil Fuels – Renewable Electricity in America’s Future”
February 9, 2016 — 12:30 – 1:30 PM
At this lecture, hosted by the Duke Energy Law Society and the Duke Undergraduate Energy Club, I pointed to some of the solar industry’s challenges in a state where utility interests collide with residential, commercial and non-profit initiatives to develop “distributed” solar power.
Durham, NC: “Harness the Sun” Book Talk – The Regulator Bookshop
February 8, 2016 — 7:00 PM
Thanks largely to the recruitment efforts of family members who live in Durham, this Monday evening book talk drew a good crowd of community activists and others interested in expanding solar power’s presence in a state where restrictive policies have not made it easy for homeowners and businesses to tap this energy source. The Regulator has been a magnet for Durham-area readers since 1976.
WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio: Solar Talk on “The State of Things”
February 4, 2016 — 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM
On this live interview, I fielded questions from host Frank Stasio on solar technology and the policies that have helped and hindered its development in North Carolina and beyond. We also discussed America’s brownfields as promising sites for solar power as well as some of the paradoxes facing Native American communities as they reckon with the end of the coal era and the dawn of renewable energy. Listen here.
University of California Santa Barbara: “Harness the Sun – America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future”
January 20, 2016 — 4:00 PM
This lecture was part of UC Santa Barbara’s Energy Leadership Lecture series. In giving this talk, I was honored to follow in the footsteps of Darrell Smith, Director of Worldwide Energy and Sustainability at Microsoft; Tom Steyer, NextGen Climate Founder and President; Arun Majundar, Vice President for Energy at Google; Thomas J. Friedman, New York Times columnist; energy analyst Daniel Yergin; Amory Lovins, Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute; and Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030. Held on an uncharacteristically rainy day, the lecture was well-attended by students, faculty, solar industry pioneers, and community clean-energy activists. You can watch the lecture here.
KCBX – Central Coast (CA) Public Radio: “California’s Role in the Future of Solar Technology”
January 13, 2016 — 1:00 PM PT
This interview with Jordan Bell, on KCBX’s “Issues & Ideas,” focuses on the progress that California has made in moving solar power into the American mainstream, reaching low- as well as middle-income households, reviving industrial wastelands, and tapping the sun’s potential in areas such as the Carrizo Plain, in San Luis Obispo County. Here’s the link.
PRX Ideasphere: “Harness the Sun”
December 28, 2015
Having appeared on IdeaSphere to discuss my first book, Harvest the Wind, back in 2012, I was very pleased to be able to return to the show to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of solar energy with host Guy Rathbun. Here’s the link.
SiriusXM Radio: “Science Radio” with Dr. Anthony Atala
December 27, 2015 — 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Solar power is the focus of this hour-long interview, taped immediately following the wrap-up of the Paris climate negotiations. The program is hosted by Dr. Anthony Atala, a practicing surgeon and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. When he isn’t in the lab or operating theater, Dr. Atala is an inquiring radio host who probes subjects ranging from the natural sciences to the practical and policy impllications of emerging technologies. SiriusXM Radio is a subscription-based satellite radio network.
Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC): “Working Towards a Solar-Powered Future Tomorrow, Today”
December 3, 2015 — 1:00 – 1:25PM
On this popular interview show aired by NPR’s New York affiliate, we discussed a few of the pitfalls of the Paris climate framework, Obama’s challenges in delivering on his Clean Power Plan, the important role that states and localities can play in tapping the sun, and why I ended up working for a Republican senator as my first job after college – all in 19 minutes! Listen here.
Tufts University – Medford Campus (Braker 001): Tufts Energy Group – Solar Roundtable
December 1, 2015 — 6:30 PM
At this event hosted by the Tufts Energy Group, I moderated a discussion about getting solar built, financed, and networked. Roundtable participants were Tom Bone, vice president of sales for CivicSolar; Eric Graber-Lopez, principal responsible for project finance at BlueWave Capital; and Joel Gamoran, regional director at Yeloha – the Solar Sharing Network.
Miami Book Fair (Miami Dade Community College): “Harness the Sun” Book Talk
November 21, 2015 — 4:00 PM
Speaking about America’s solar revolution in a session called “Global Environmental Challenges: New Nonfiction,” I was joined by Roy Scranton, who discussed what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and Wen Stephenson, who talked about the “new American radicals” who are building a stronger environmental justice movement. I was happy to meet activists from Floridians for Solar Choice at this event.
Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Maine: “A Conversation about America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future”
November 17, 2015 — 6:00 – 7:30 PM
This public conversation was hosted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state’s leading environmental advocacy group. I was joined by Emmie Theberge, clean energy policy advocate at NRCM, and Vaughan Woodruff, owner of INsource Renewables. Along with discussing broader aspects of solar policy, we explored Maine’s fits and starts in entering the solar era.
Bates College – Lewiston, ME: “Solar at the Civic Forum”
November 16, 2015 — 7:30 – 8:30 PM
This talk about solar power’s brightening prospects was part of the college’s Civic Forum Series, a broad-ranging exploration of “civic, political, and policy issues… significant to the Bates community, Maine, and beyond.”
Tufts Institute of the Environment: “Solar Power Comes of Age”
November 12, 2015 — 12 noon
At this “Lunch & Learn” talk at Tufts University, I looked at solar’s vast potential along with some of the challenges we will face as this technology becomes a major contributor to our power supply.
U. of Wisconsin – Madison: “Solar Power’s Prospects & Pitfalls”
October 29, 2015 — 4:15 – 5:15 PM
This talk was part the Weston Roundtable, a weekly public lecture series focusing on sustainability science, technology, and policy. The Roundtable is hosted by the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), one of four research centers at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA: “Harness the Sun” Book Talk at Google Cambridge
October 27, 2015 — 2:00 – 3:00 PM
WBEZ-FM (NPR/Chicago Public Radio): “Worldview”
October 26, 2015 — 12:25-12:55 PM CT
On this world affairs program, taped during Chicago Ideas Week, host Jerome McDonnell wanted to know how much of our power needs we can draw from the sun. Here’s a link to the interview.
Institute at Brown for Environment & Society: “Solar Power’s American Ascent”
October 22, 2015 — 11:50 AM
In addition to Brown University students and faculty, community members are invited to this lunchtime speaker series. It was held in the university’s LEED Gold-certified environmental sciences building at 85 Waterman Street.
Smith College – Northampton MA: “Bucking Political Stereotypes – A New England Environmental Advocate Looks at Wind Power’s Ascent in the American Heartland”
October 19, 2015
This talk was part of a lecture series, “Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field.” It was sponsored by the college’s Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability.
Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern U.: “Mainstreaming the Sun”
October 14, 2015 — 12:15 – 1:15 PM
This talk looked at some of the challenges of managing rapid growth in America’s solar power sector. It was hosted by the Kellogg School of Management Energy Club, as the kick-off to its Energy Careers Bootcamp.
Environmental Law & Policy Center – Chicago: Solar Book Talk at “ELPC Thinks”
October 13, 2015 — 12 noon
The Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Midwest’s leading environmental advocacy group, is the region’s counterpart to the Conservation Law Foundation, the organization I led in New England for a number of years. It is deeply involved in advancing policies supportive of renewable energy development, with a strong focus on “brownfield” solar development via its B2B, or “Brownfields to Brightfields” project. ELPC executive director Howard Learner joined me for this conversation.
Chicago Ideas Week: “Can the World Run on Batteries?”
October 12, 2015 — 12 noon
Chicago Ideas Week‘s goal is “to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations, and establish a community of people who have the desire to achieve great things.” On this well-attended panel, I joined innovators from the high-tech community and academia in exploring the transformation now taking place in our energy sector. Here’s a video link to the talk.
KEXP-FM Seattle: “Mind Over Matters”
October 3, 2015 — Weekend of Oct. 3-4
On this public radio station affiliated with the University of Washington, I was interviewed by longtime host Diane Horn. Among other topics, we explored the pivotal role of federal loan guarantees in launching utility-scale solar. We also discussed the importance of renewable energy production incentives in Washington State, where super-cheap electricity – primarily from large hydro projects – makes it very hard for power from renewable sources to compete. The show was aired on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4. Here’s a link to the Podcast.
Town Hall Seattle: “Realizing the Dream of a Solar-Powered Future”
September 30, 2015 — 7:30 PM
This talk was a conversation with my friend and longtime environmental hero Denis Hayes, at a spirited venue for public dialogue in the heart of Seattle. Town Hall Seattle presents itself as an “impossibly busy forum for ideas, creativity, and community engagement.” Our conversation was aired on CSPAN, Free Speech TV, and KUOW-FM/Puget Sound Public Radio.
Hubbard Radio – Bellevue WA: “Public Affairs”
September 30, 2015 — 1:00 PM
Hosted by Gary Shipe, “Public Affairs” is broadcast on Hubbard Radio-Seattle, which describes itself as “a community-oriented group of five radio stations” that embraces “the unique and innovative culture of the Northwest.” Listen to the interview here until Oct. 8.
KJZZ (Phoenix Public Radio): “Here & Now”
September 30, 2015
On this show, host Steve Goldstein and I talked about Native American solar development, the paradoxical support for solar emerging among libertarians, and the need for utilities to reconfigure themselves as flexible providers of energy services rather than simple sellers of kilowatt-hours. Here’s a link to the interview.
Talks at Google – Kirkland WA: “Harness the Sun” Book Talk
September 29, 2015 — 1:00 PM
It was exciting to discuss solar power’s dramatic growth at a company that has already invested $1.8 billion in renewable energy across three continents. This presentation was part of the Talks at Google series.
Vashon Allied Arts – Vashon Island, WA: “Our Solar Future”
September 27, 2015 — 4:00 PM
This will be the opening talk in Vashon Allied Arts’ 2015-16 season of Science: Exploring the World Around Us. Vashon Allied Arts is the oldest private non-profit arts center in the state of Washington. It serves the residents of Vashon Island, a Puget Sound suburb of Seattle accessible only by ferry.
WAMC-Northeast Public Radio: “Roundtable”
September 25, 2015 — 11:00 AM
Wyoming Public Radio – Open Spaces: “Solar to Play a Major Energy Role in the Future”
September 25, 2015
With this interview on Wyoming Public Radio, host Stephanie Joyce invited solar power – or at least a discussion of its prospects – into America’s top coal-producing state. Listen to the interview here.
Newtonville Books, Newton Centre MA: “Harness the Sun” Book Party
September 24, 2015 — 7:00 – 8:30 PM
This was a gathering at Newtonville Books, a wonderful independent bookstore located on Langley Road in Newton Centre, just a three-minute walk from our solar-powered home. It was wonderful to see so many friends and neighbors there!
WKXL-FM (Concord NH): “Financial Spectrum”
September 24, 2015 — 11:00 AM
Bill Kearney hosted this live, half-hour interview.
KERA-FM (NPR/Dallas Public Radio): “Think”
September 21, 2015 — 1:00 CT; 2:00 PM ET
This program, “The Future of Solar Energy,” was a live one-hour interview with host Krys Boyd. We discussed solar power’s trajectory at home and abroad, and explored some of the barely tapped opportunities for solar development in Texas. You can listen to the show here.
National Press Club – Washington, DC: ELI-Hosted Book Launch for “Harness the Sun”
September 17, 2015 — 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Environmental Law Institute is my alma mater in the nation’s capital. I worked there during the 1990s — first on environmental law reform in Central and Eastern Europe, and then on similar challenges in the Middle East. In 2012, ELI hosted the DC rollout of my first renewable energy book, Harvest the Wind, and I was honored that my ELI friends offered me this kindness once again.
The Boston Foundation – 75 Arlington St., Boston MA: “Harness the Sun” Book Launch Party
September 9, 2015 — 6:00 – 7:30 PM
This event took place just a day after Harness the Sun‘s official release on Sept. 8. The Boston Foundation hosted this event. One of the nation’s oldest community foundations, TBF is a leading force for social change and civic engagement in Greater Boston. My friend Larry Tye, former Globe reporter and author of many books, introduced me. Larry’s belief in the transformative power of the written word has inspired me for decades.
Wisconsin Public Radio – Joy Cardin Show: “The Future of Solar Power”
September 9, 2015
This live interview on Wisconsin Public Radio with host Joy Cardin, exploring the challenges and opportunities of solar power, included call-ins from a number of listeners who already have solar on their homes. Listen to the interview here.
WOSU-FM (NPR/Columbus OH Public Radio): “All Sides”
September 8, 2015 — 10:00AM
This show, titled “Challenges of Solar Power Technology,” was hosted by Ann Fisher. It opens with two Ohio State University experts discussing battery storage technology. My segment begins at the 14:35 minute mark, if you’d like to listen.
Live interview – WGDR-FM: Radio Interview – “Relocalizing Vermont”
August 27, 2015 — 9:00 AM
This was a live interview with Carl Etnier, host of “Relocalizing Vermont” on this Goddard College-affiliated radio station. As Carl is taking the program national, an edited version will also be prepared for national distribution.
Log Lunch Lecture, Williams College: “Harness the Sun – America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future”
February 27, 2015 — 12:00 Noon
At this lecture, attended by Williams College students, faculty, and staff, I discussed some of the findings and insights in my upcoming book, Harness the Sun: America’s Quest for a Solar-Powered Future (Beacon Press, 2015).
Griffin Hall 6 – Williams College: “Harvest the Wind – Clean Energy Pioneering in the 21st Century”
February 26, 2015 — 8:00 PM
From catalyzing America’s westward expansion in the late 19th century to its emergence as a prime resource in the battle against climate change, wind power has been a major force at key stages in our nation’s development. This talk traced wind power’s history, with a primary focus on its current dramatic growth across much of America today.
Washington Pavilion, University of South Dakota: SD-IGERT Renewable Energy Symposium
October 4, 2014 — 9:30 AM
At this interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the University of South Dakota and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, I delivered a talk, “Harvesting South Dakota’s Wind: A Leadership Challenge.” Public officials as well as USD students and faculty participated in this exploration of the state’s renewable energy prospects.
Iowa Public Radio: “How EPA Carbon Emissions Standards Will Affect Iowa”
June 5, 2014 — 12:00 – 1:00 PM CT
On Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River,” I joined a panel of energy experts & commentators in assessing the impacts of the U.S. EPA’s just-announced rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% by 2030. The show was moderated by Ben Kieffer. Here’s the audio link.
Middlebury College: “Harvest the Wind: An American Clean-Energy Resource Comes of Age”
April 24, 2014 — 12:30 – 1:20 PM
This talk was part of the college’s Howard E. Woodin Colloquium Series, focusing on conservation and environmental topics. Members of the local community as well as students, faculty, and staff attended this lunchtime event, held at The Franklin Environmental Center.
San Carlos Apache Energy Summit: “Wind Power’s Opportunities & Challenges”
December 10, 2013 — 2:00 PM
In this presentation, I described recent developments in the American wind industry, as part of an energy summit convened by the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. This tribe already relies on solar photovoltaics to power its radio station and is making plans for a large solar energy installation at its Apache Gold Casino complex.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: “Wind Power at a Crossroads – Sustainable Systems Forum”
October 11, 2013 — 2:00 – 3:30 PM
In addition to speaking at the Sustainable Systems Forum, I will meet with faculty and students interested in wind energy’s rapid entry into the U.S. mainstream as a power-generating technology. My visit is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems, within the School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa: “Wind Power’s Human Landscape”
July 18, 2013 — 2:00 – 3:00 PM
My talk looked at wind power’s embrace by some communities, its rejection by others, and the underlying issues at play. It was a featured talk at the Workshop on Energy, Transportation, and Water Infrastructure: Policy and Social Perspectives, a gathering that culminated a five-year, multi-campus initiative focused on developing new concepts for environmentally sustainable infrastructure. The event and the initiative were sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.
Munroe Amphiteater at Lincoln Center: “Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle”
May 17, 2013 — Weeklong run – multiple screenings
At the weeklong run of this smart and sassy film in May, I joined director John Kirby and executive producer Libby Handros for post-film discussions about the offshore Cape Wind controversy within the more hopeful context of wind power’s American ascent.
Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting: “Wind Power in America’s Future”
March 14, 2013 — 3:30 PM EST
This event was part of the 2013 Public Lecture Series of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, a training program for excellence in science-based environmental journalism — part of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. The lecture was held at URI’s Narragansett Bay campus, and was written up in the Block Island Times.
Princeton (NJ) Environmental Film Festival: Commentary on “Cape Spin”
January 26, 2013 — 1:00 PM EST
Following the screening of Cape Spin, a documentary about the multi-year struggle over America’s first proposed offshore wind farm, Cape Wind, I joined director John Kirby and producer Libby Handros on a panel discussion about this film, which the Boston Phoenix dubbed “a dizzying look into the deceptive world of political activism.” The panel was a lively forum for probing wind power’s present challenges and future potential. The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is sponsored annually by the Princeton Public Library, and is the inspiration of librarian Susan Conlon.
Rockland, Massachusetts: Connected Catholics of the South Shore
January 13, 2013 — 2:00 PM EST
Book talk and signing at Holy Family School, 6 DelPrete Avenue, in Rockland.
Portland, Oregon: Harvest the Wind Book Talk – Vestas – American Wind Technology, Inc.
December 6, 2012 — 12 noon (PT)
This book talk was held in the heart of this lively and very walkable city at the new North American headquarters for Vestas, a Danish company that is the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer. In my travels across America researching Harvest the Wind, I encountered Vestas technology at many of the wind farms I visited, including the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County, Kansas, the focus of my book’s opening chapter. Today much of the Vestas technology installed on American soil is built in American factories using U.S. labor, but uncertainty about the future of the federal production tax credit for wind-generated power has led to layoffs at these factories in recent months.
Seattle, Washington: Town Hall Seattle Civic Series – Harvest the Wind Book Talk
December 4, 2012 — 7:30 PM (PT)
This book talk was hosted byTown Hall Seattle, the city’s community-wide forum for arts, civic discourse, and community engagement. It was taped for airing on a number of Seattle-area cable TV stations. Town Hall Seattle’s programming includes a strong focus on sustainability, which makes it a great fit for Harvest the Wind. I was honored that one of my all-time environmental heroes, Earth Day 1970 National Coordinator Denis Hayes, introduced me to this gathering, recalling our first meeting when I was a fresh-out-of-college legislative assistant on Capitol Hill.
Seattle, Washington: KUOW – Seattle Public Radio – “The Conversation”
December 4, 2012 — 12:20PM
This interview about Harvest the Wind with Ross Reynolds, host of “The Conversation,” can be heard on-line.
Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Ideas Week – “Energy: Scalable Solutions”
October 9, 2012 — 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Chicago Ideas Week is a lively, multi-venue event that “aims to be the platform for sharing big ideas and making big things happen.” On the “Energy: Scalable Solutions” panel, I joined Robyn Beaver, George Crabtree, James Bradfield Moody, Deborah Sawyer, and Tom Szaky in exploring ways to promote saner strategies for energy production and resource consumption. A video of my talk, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is now available online.
Urbana, Illinois: WILL 90.9 FM/580 AM – “Focus”
October 4, 2012 — 10:00 AM (CT)
Live one-hour interview with Craig Cohen on this Illinois Public Media station.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: KSFR 101.1 FM – “The Journey Home”
October 2, 2012 — 5:30 PM MT
Live interview with Diego Mulligan on this public radio station in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Kansas City, Missouri: KKFI 90.1 FM – “Heartland Labor Forum”
August 23, 2012 — 6:30 PM (CDT)
Shawn Saving hosted this live interview on KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio.
Boston, Massachusetts: WBZ 1030 AM – “The Jordan Rich Show”
August 17, 2012 — Midnight
Night owls and people living in Asia were able to listen live to this 60-minute interview and call-in show, aired at midnight in my hometown.
Laramie, Wyoming: Wyoming Public Media – “Open Spaces”
August 10, 2012
Newton, Massachusetts: JCDS Men’s Book Group Talk
August 9, 2012 — 7:30 PM (CDT)
Book discussion about Harvest the Wind at the home of book club member Michael Shiner.
Boston/Cape Cod; Tampa Bay; Ashland, Oregon: WDIS, WWPR & KSKQ – “The Fairness Doctrine”
August 2, 2012 — 10:15 AM (PDT), 1:15 PM (EDT)
Live interview with co-hosts Patrick O’Heffernan and Chuck Morse, broadcast on WDIS 1170 AM (Boston & Cape Cod), WWPR 1490 AM (Tampa Bay), and KSKQ 89.5 FM (Ashland, Oregon).
Concordia, Kansas: Harvest the Wind book talk
July 23, 2012 — 4:00 – 6:00 PM
This book event took me back to Cloud County, where my book research for Harvest the Wind began in the spring of 2009. It was sponsored by EDP Renewables North America LLC, owner of Cloud County’s Meridian Way Wind Farm, and was held at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, home to one of America’s most innovative and successful wind technology training programs.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: KSFR 101.1 FM – “Santa Fe Radio Cafe”
July 23, 2012 — Taped interview – broadcast on July 23, 2012time to be announced
South Florida: Seaview Radio 960 AM, 95.9 FM & WQCS 88. FM – “Radio Green Earth”
July 19, 2012 — Taped interview
Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota: KFAI 90.3 & 106.7 FM – “Northern Sun News”
July 12, 2012 — 9:30 AM (CDT)
Plainfield, Vermont: WDEV AM 550/FM 96.1 – “Relocalizing Vermont”
July 11, 2012 — 1:00 PM EDT
This half-hour interview and call-in show, hosted by Carl Etnier, was aired live on WDEV.
Columbia, Missouri: KOPN 89.5 FM – “Evening Edition”
July 10, 2012 — 6:00 PM (CDT)
Mark Haim co-hosted this live interview and call-in show. KPON is a community-supported radio station serving mid-Missouri. To listen to this interview, go to 7/10/12 of the KOPN “Evening Edition” archive and click on Download.
Concordia, Kansas: KNCK 1390 AM – “ThinkAbout”
July 9, 2012 — 7:30 AM (CDT)
Live radio interview with Kirk Lowell, executive director of CloudCorp, the economic development agency for Cloud County, Kansas. As readers will note, the opening chapter of Harvest the Wind takes place in this north-central Kansas farming community, now host to the 200-megawatt Meridian Way Wind Farm.
Amherst, Massachusetts: WMUA 91.1 FM – “Focus”
July 8, 2012 — 12 noon (EDT)
This live 60-minute interview was with “Focus” host Leo Makey.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania: WHYL 960 AM – “The Rick Smith Show”
June 29, 2012 — 10:00 PM (EDT)
Live radio interview on “The Rick Smith Show – Where Working People Come to Talk.”
Portland, Oregon: KBOO FM 90.7 “Locus Focus”
June 25, 2012 — 10:00 AM (PDT)
Live 45-minute interview with Barbara Bernstein on this Portland-based community radio station. Also broadcast out of Corvallis at 100.7 FM and Hood River at 90.7 FM.
Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas Public Radio – “Perspective”
June 22, 2012 — Taped interview
Richard Baker is the host of this 1/2-hour interview show, broadcast on KKSU-AM and KPR2, Kansas Public Radio’s news talk station on HD Radio. The interview is available for listening on-line by scrolling down to “The Promise of Wind Energy – 6/22/12.”
Newark, New Jersey: WDVR FM 89.7 & 91.9 – “The World of Work with Shep Cohen”
June 22, 2012 — 4:00 PM
This hour-long live interview was broadcast live on WDVR, which describes itself as a family-oriented, non-profit radio station.
Wheeling, West Virginia: WVLY FM 100.9/AM 1370 – “Howard Monroe and The Morning Show”
June 22, 2012 — 9:00 AM
This live interview was broadcast on WVLY in the Moundsville/Wheeling area and WTCS (1490 AM) in north-central West Virginia.
San Antonio, TX – Texas Public Radio: KSTX 89.1 FM – “Living Green”
June 21, 2012 — Taped interview
Interview with “Living Green” host Dan Skinner is available as an MP3 download.
Syndicated radio show: “Viewpoints”
June 21, 2012 — Broadcast times to be announced
Co-host Pat Reuter conducted this interview. “Viewpoints” reaches 355 radio stations nationwide. Listen to this segment by going to the Viewpoints Podcast archives and scrolling down to “Wind Power: Creating Energy & Jobs – July 22, 2012.”
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Talks at Google
June 20, 2012 — 1:00 – 2:00 PM (for Google staff only)
Harvest the Wind was the topic of discussion at this Talks at Google event.
San Luis Obispo, California: KCBX FM 90.1 “IdeaSphere: A Platform for Today’s Voices””
June 19, 2012 — Taped interview – to be broadcast on July 18.
Mendocino, California: KZYX Radio’s “The Ecology Hour”
June 18, 2012 — 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT)
The live 60-minute interview on this listener-supported community radio station was hosted by Debra Scott.
Chico, California: KZFR FM 90.1 – “Peace and Social Justice”
June 15, 2012 — 8:30 AM (PDT)
This half-hour live interview was conducted by Laurel Avalon.
Duxbury, Massachusetts: Westwinds Bookshop
June 14, 2012 — 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Book reading and signing.
Madison, Wisconsin: WORT 89.9 FM – “The Buzz”
June 12, 2012 — 8:15 AM (CDT)
Live 20-minute interview with Stan Woodard on this community-supported news radio station.
Monterey, California: KRXA 540 AM – “Morning Show with Hal Ginsberg”
June 11, 2012 — 7:00 AM (PDT)
Live interview at http://krxa540.com/.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: WIP 610 AM & 94.1 FM Radio – “Conversations with Peter Solomon”
June 10, 2012 — 7:30 AM (EDT)
Listen live at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/tag/94-wip-fm/.
Jackson, Mississippi: WMPR 90.1 FM – “Conversations Live” with Cyrus Webb
June 8, 2012 — 5:00 – 5:30 PM (CDT)
Live radio interview with host Cyrus Webb, whose show focuses on authors and artists. A recording of this interview can be heard on-line.
Syndicated radio show: “The Frankie Boyer Show”
June 8, 2012 — 11:30 AM (EDT)
Live interview with host Frankie Boyer.
Syndicated talk show: “The Health Show” with Frankie Boyer
June 8, 2012 — 12:45 PM (EDT)
Live interview with host Frankie Boyer.
Atlanta, Georgia: Windpower 2012 Conference, American Wind Energy Association
June 5, 2012
Panel Presentation: “Overcoming Wind Energy Opposition at the Community Level”.
Elk River Wind Farm, Beaumont KS