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Philip Warburg explores promise of wind energy

2012-12-13  Canwea Friends of Wind and Windsight Magazine

When Philip Warburg took over as head of the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation in 2003, one of the environmental group’s major advocacy campaigns was trying to get the Cape Wind offshore wind farm moving forward against some formidable opposition.

Through that effort, Warburg began to wonder how and where the United States could make wind energy happen. He set out to explore that question in 2009, travelling through America’s Heartland and to leading wind energy jurisdictions like Denmark and China. The result is Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability (Beacon Press, 2012).

Warburg’s work on energy issues dates back to the summer of 1973, when he led one of the US’s first challenges to nuclear power in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was president of the Conservation Law Foundation from 2003 to 2009. Previously, he directed the Israel Union for Environmental Defense in Tel Aviv and was an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.

WindSight spoke with Warburg to find out more about Harvest the Wind, the people he met through more than 160 interviews and site visits, and the role wind power can play in a more sustainable energy future.  MORE

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