Russell Gold

Reporter, the Wall Street Journal; Author, Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy

Russell Gold's reporting has taken him to five continents and above the Arctic Circle two times. An investigative journalist with the Wall Street Journal, Gold covered Texas and economics before switching to energy in 2002. He was part of the team that covered the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010, earning him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting.

Gold then turned his focus to fracking, exploring the issue through colorful interviews in his book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold's latest book on wind power, Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy follows the compelling stories of the pioneers behind the industry, and was released in 2019.

Gold earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 1993. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Superpower: How Renewables are Transforming America’s Energy Future

Aug 5 2019 - 6:30pm

What’s new in renewable energy?

In April, 23 percent of America’s electricity came from renewables, surpassing coal for the first time. Ten states, and Puerto Rico and Washington DC, have policies in place to run on 100 percent clean power in coming decades.

Achieving that presents a host of challenges, from updating an aging electricity grid to financing energy innovation to figuring out how to transport and store the renewable power. Fortunately, says author Russell Gold, we have the talent to take those challenges on.


The 2018 Camp Fire was one of the most destructive in California’s history, resulting in over eighty deaths and destroying the town of Paradise. Dry weather and hot winds fanned the flames - but the spark that lit them came from a faulty transmission line.

“This was literally a 98-year-old line that runs through a national forest,” says Russell Gold of The Wall Street Journal. “PG&E is not even 100% sure when the last time they inspected that tower was.