"Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy" (Encore)
(Note: This show first aired back in July.) Our guest is Russell Gold, who has reported on energy regularly in The Wall Street Journal since 2002; his coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was honored with a Gerald Loeb Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Gold joins us to discuss his book, "Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy." This book profiles Michael Skelly, an infrastructure builder who began working on wind energy in 2000, back when many people considered the entire wind-power industry a joke. Eight years later, Skelly helped to form the second largest wind power company in the United States...which was then sold for $2 billion. The joke had become the norm, so to speak -- and by now, wind power seems well on its way toward generating a substantial percentage of our nation's electricity. Thus Gold's engaging biography is a study of the recent past as well as a well-informed glimpse into the future.