Coming to his 18th CWA, Harvey Wasserman believes Boulder should take over its electric power utility and become the nation's first fully solar city. He also urges CU to rethink its architecture policies and only erect buildings that are energy self-sufficient. “There is more than enough wind and solar energy in this community and its surroundings to take the whole city off the grid,” he says. “Once Boulder owns its own utility and buys into the right technologies, it could have true energy independence and go a long way toward saving both the planet and a ton of money. So…let’s do it.”
Wasserman’s commitment to green energy dates to the early 1970s, when he helped found the Clamshell Alliance and the grassroots "no nukes" movement. Before that he was active in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and early 1970s. As a radical journalist he helped found the legendary anti-war Liberation News Service. This led to the birth of the organic, communal Montague Farm in western Massachusetts, which is still going strong 34 years later. He has also been active in central Ohio campaigns that resulted in the shutdown of a dioxin-emitting trash burner, the defeat of a regional nuclear waste dump, the anti-sprawl preservation of the Pickerington Ponds Wildlife Refuge and the departure of a nearby McDonald’s.
Wasserman has helped author five books, the most recent being The Last Energy War, a pocket history of the utility industry and its fatal plunge into the travesty of deregulation. He is a frequent radio talk show host and commentator, has taught history and journalism at Hampshire College and has served as senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. When he first came to Boulder he was single; now he is the father of five daughters and became a grandfather in December. According to Wasserman, "It must be something in the water."