Hopeful Pragmatism for a Disruptive World
President and Cofounder, Environmental Progress
Michael Shellenberger is founder and president of Environmental Progress, coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute. In 2007, he received the Green Book Award and Time magazine's "Hero of the Environment." His recent TEDx talk is "How Humans Save Nature."
For over a decade Shellenberger has been a leader in shifting the climate policy paradigm shift from a focus on making fossil fuels expensive to a focus on making clean energy cheap. His writings have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the American Prospect, The New Republic the Wall Street Journal.
Shellenberger's research is regularly cited and published in the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic, and has appeared on The Colbert Report and CNN's Crossfire.
His 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called "prescient" by Time and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired. (An excerpt in The New Republic can be read here.) Their 2004 essay, "The Death of Environmentalism," covered in the New York Times and debated around the world, helped inspire the creation of ecomodernism, a new environmentalism that seeks the twin goals of university prosperity and more of the Earth for Nature.
In 2002 he cofounded the Apollo Alliance, now the Blue-Green Coalition, which advocated a $300 billion investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency — a demand that was largely realized by President Barack Obama.
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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Campaign to stop fracking sacrifices nature for ideology," July 16, 2015
Michael Lind, "The Case for Ecomodernism," May 26, 2015
Eric Holthaus, "Manifesto Calls for an End to 'People Are Bad' Environmentalism," April 20, 2015
Russel Gold, "Why Peak-Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True," September 29, 2014
Fred Pearce, "World's poor need grid power, not just solar panels," August 5, 2014
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Global Warming Scare Tactics," April 8, 2014
Jim Manzi, "The New American System," April 2014
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, "Environmentalists Made a Big Mistake By Focusing All Their Attention on Keystone," February 6, 2014
Ben Geman, "Environmentalists Face a Day of Reckoning on Keystone Pipeline," December 30, 2013
CNN Crossfire, "Is Nuclear Power Safe?" Debate Between Ralph Nader and Michael Shellenberger, November 7, 2013
Staff, "The Striking Challenge of Fracking: Who Does It Benefit and Who Gets Hurt," October 2, 2013
Josh Harkinson, "Taxpayer Subsidies Helped Tesla Motors, So Why Does Elon Musk Slam Them?" September/October 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Can Climate Skeptics Save the Planet?" September 27, 2013
Editorial Board, "Don't Give Up on Nuclear Energy Yet," September 5, 2013
Mark Tercek, "What the Conservation Movement Can Learn From Martin Luther King, Jr.," August 27, 2013
Eduardo Porter, "Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear," August 20, 2013
Martin Wolf, "A Much-maligned Engine of Innovation," August 5, 2013
Andrew Revkin, "The Silent Partner Behind the Shale Energy Boom -- Taxpayers," July 31, 2013
Hillary Rosner, "Is Conservation Extinct?" July 22, 2013
Forum, "How Daring Is President Obama's New Climate Action Plan?" July 22, 2013
Fred Pearce, "New Green Vision: Technology As Our Planet's Last Best Hope," July 15, 2013
Michael Shellenberger interviewed on KQED Forum, "Obama's New Climate Plan," July 2, 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "On Obama's Climate Speech," Washington Monthly, June 24, 2013
Joe Garofoli, "Some Environmentalists Back Nuclear Power," June 13, 2013
James Conca, "Pandora's Promise: The Sundance Film Festival's Nuclear Exposé," June 9, 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Environmental Apocalypse Is a Myth," June 9, 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Has There Been a Great Progressive Reversal?" June 4, 2013
Andrew Sullivan, "An Investment That Wasn't A Lemon, Ctd," June 4, 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "The Myth of the Lone Inventor," May 30, 2013
Kevin Begos, "Industry Giant GE Aims to Improve Fracking," May 27, 2013
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, "Going Green? Then Go Nuclear," May 22, 2013
Ken Silverstein, "Does Shale Gas Production Alter Equation For Climate Change?" May 5, 2013
Kevin Begos, "EPA Methane Report Further Divides Fracking Camps," April 28, 2013
Kevin Begos, "Fracking Coalition Upsets Both Greens and Drillers," April 7, 2013