Michael Shellenberger

Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

19:02 min
Politics, Science
272 pages, 2020

Taking an unpopular position on the polarized topic, Michael Shellenberger tackles the pressing issue of environmental alarmism, which can breed anxiety rather than spur rational action on climate change. Through nuanced analysis of high-profile incidents like the Amazon fires and factors influencing species conservation, this short dispels apocalyptic rhetoric. Instead, he advocates for pragmatic, evidence-based policies that balance economic progress with sustainability. Touching on themes from renewable energy limitations to the complex political economy surrounding climate change, Shellenberger champions an environmental humanism focused on feasible solutions for developing nations. Ultimately, the author proposes a balanced perspective on bridging divides to drive collaborative advancement, paving a thoughtful path beyond polarization toward a more constructive future.

Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger is an author and environmental policy expert who focuses extensively on energy and climate change issues. He has over two decades of experience in the environmental policy field, previously serving as president of the Breakthrough Institute which he co-founded, and currently serving as founder and president of Environmental Progress. Shellenberger is known for his pragmatic perspective on balancing climate goals with energy reliability and affordability, and has authored several books and articles advocating for an "ecomodernist" approach to environmental progress that embraces technological solutions such as nuclear power. His writings challenge conventional thinking on renewable energy limitations and aim to offer alternative environmental policy proposals.


Policymakers should take a balanced, factual approach to climate change rather than making exaggerated claims which can breed anxiety and discredit important efforts. A moderate evidence-based strategy aligns with scientific realities.
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