Michael Buchsbaum is a German-U.S. American energy and industry journalist, photographer and podcaster.

After earning a master’s in English, Michael began taking both pen and camera underground to document the coal mines and coal cultures of North America and Europe.

Assignments from dozens of magazines, trade journals, and institutional and corporate clients sent him to myriad coalfields, gas patches and industrial centres.

But after witnessing so much human and natural destruction, he now uses his tools to advocate for a just, renewable energy transition. Relocating to Europe in 2015, since then he has written and edited for Power Magazine, IRENA, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogs, Deutsche Welle and Europe Beyond Coal while serving as the lead writer for the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Energytransition.org platform.

The recipient of an International Journalist’s Programme Fellowship, Clean Energy Wire Cross-Border Grant and Major Illinois Humanities Council Grants, he also teaches English and Holocaust history. He is a founding member of the Stolpersteine Memorial Initiative Wüstensachsen.

Michael Buchsbaum

Basic information

Michael Buchsbaum
Journalist, podcaster
Energy transition, biodiversity

Supported projects

How Carbon Capture Is a Gift To Big Oil

  • Energy
  • Environment

LONDON – With Europe reeling from heat waves and wildfires, the EU is backing projects to capture industrial emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a key pillar in its fight against climate change. But what if these multi-billion-euro schemes make the problem worse?