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Harvest the Wind - America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability
Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability
Author: Philip Warburg
Product Code: 0107 ISBN: 978-080700107-3
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Winds sweeping through the Great Plains once robbed the Farm Belt of its future, stripping away overworked topsoil and creating the dreaded Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Today, those winds are bringing new hope to the declining rural communities of the central United States. Nowhere is wind's promise more palpable than in Cloud County, Kansas, where the soaring turbines of the Meridian Way Wind Farm are boosting incomes and bringing green jobs to a community that has, for decades, watched its children drift away.

In Harvest the Wind, Philip Warburg brings readers face-to-face with the people behind the green economy-powered resurgence in Cloud County and communities like it across the United States. This corner of Kansas is the first stop on an odyssey that introduces readers to farmers, factory workers, biologists, and high-tech entrepreneurs-all players in a transformative industry that is taking hold across America and around the globe.

In this illuminating book, Warburg reveals both the remarkable growth of a breakthrough technology and the formidable challenges it faces. He visits epicenters of anti-wind opposition as well as communities that have embraced wind farms as neighbors. He guides readers through an Iowa turbine assembly plant that is struggling to compete in a global marketplace dominated by European and Chinese manufacturers. And he looks at the thousands of miles that wind-generated power will need to travel to reach American consumers.

Harvest the Wind is an earthly antidote to loftier treatises on global warming and green energy. By showing us how practical solutions are being implemented at the local level, Warburg offers an inspirational look at how we can all pursue a saner and more sustainable energy future-while at the same time investing in the nation's infrastructure and jumpstarting its economy.

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In the Media

Click here to read a recent post by Philip Warburg published inGuernica.

Click here to read Philip Warburg's letter to the editor in response to Robert Bryce's June 7th Times article "The Gas is Greener" in the New York Times

Click here to read Philip Warburg's letter to the editor in response to Steven Wright's Times op-ed, "The Not-So-Green Mountains", in the New York Times

Click here to see Harvest the Wind listed as a soon to be released book in Jan Gardners's "The Word on the Street" section of the Boston Globe.

Click here to read a review of Warburg's work in the April 22nd issue of the Cape Cod Times.

Click here to listen to an interview with Philip Warburg on KVON's Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman.

Click here to read an excerpt of Philip Warburg's work on the Huffington Post's Green page.

Click here to read an author letter to the edtior in The New York Times

Click here here to read an adapted excerpt on

Review   Publisher's Weekly - January 1, 2012
“Warburg’s attitude toward the probability of energy independence is optimistic and his knowledge extensive”
Review   Library Journal - February 1, 2012
“This text will appeal to the idealist and the environmental warrior, providing fuel for wind-power advocates by doing a hefty amount of… footwork for them.”
Review   Booklist - February 15, 2012
“Warburg’s work takes readers to the human level, where wind power is making a real difference, and provides inspirational examples for other communities to follow.”

"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

"At a time when America faces growing energy, economic, environmental, and national security uncertainties, we need to tap into our core national heritage of self-reliance to turn challenge into opportunity. With Harvest the Wind, Philip Warburg presents a compelling account of real people doing just that. This is the story about our own Greatest Generation creating the victory gardens of the twenty-first century with clean, renewable energy."—Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, U.S. Navy (ret.), president and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy

"Ensuring future energy security requires a revolution in our energy thinking. In revolutions, there are winners and losers, and in the global arena there is no doubt that wind will be one of the winners. Warburg provides a vivid portrait of an industry that is quickly proving itself as a model for international collaboration in reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy sources.”—Professor Katherine Richardson, Chair, Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy

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