Author of Harness the Sun and Harvest the Wind2023-02-09T20:19:13-05:00

“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

Daylighting the Climate Costs of War – New York Times

Along with their tragic human impacts, wars such as Russia's assault on Ukraine exact a devastating toll on our global environment. Here I argue that nations should be held accountable for the climate impacts of their military arsenals & operations.

Nuclear Power as a Wartime Weapon – New York Times

Russia's use of the Zaporizhzhia power plant as a defensive shield should cause us to think very carefully before embracing nuclear power as part of a global arsenal to combat climate change. Scroll down to see my letter.

Dire Climate Report & Justices Aren’t Helping – New York Times

With the the devastating impacts of climate change looming, coal companies' efforts to stymie federal pollution control efforts may be aided by an acquiescent U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the higher U.S. birth rate called for by one Times columnist will only further expand America's outsized carbon footprint.

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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!

Check out the Updates page for changes since the 2015 hardcover edition.

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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