Hi, I’m Michael Buchsbaum
Since 1998, I have been photographing, writing and publishing about energy, coal mining, generation and environmental topics. As a master’s student in photography in Illinois, I developed and internationally exhibited photo-text documentaries treating U.S., Czech, Polish, and Scottish coal mining, as well as the culture of African American coal miners.
In 2005, I launched a career in journalism serving as a contributor and editor to a variety of trade and industry publications including Coal Age Magazine, EnergyBiz, the Coal Transporter, Mining Magazine, Power Magazine and others while working directly with various mining companies, energy producers, trade groups and suppliers. This allowed me access into hundreds of mines, power plants, transportation and servicing facilities as well as dozens of corporate boardrooms, jets and helicopters, executive trade meetings and exclusive planning sessions. The totality of my first-hand experiences as well as witnessing the destructive rise of fracking in my then home state of Colorado completely altered my understanding of the benefits and risks of fossil fuels.
Beginning in 2011, while working with groups like Occupy, Clean Energy Action and Frack Free Colorado, I changed my focus towards renewable energy solutions, looking towards Germany’s on-going Energiewende as a model. After applying for citizenship, in 2015 I moved to Germany with the goal of better understanding and documenting this on-going process. Beginning in 2018, I began writing for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s Energytransition.org, editing for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and furthering my focus on climate and environmental solutions.
Beyond trying to learn German, I am also an avid gardener and hiker, occasional biker, frequent train traveler, political activist, eclectic music collector, proud uncle and western history nerd. I also love broccoli.