Now a National Bestseller!
Climate change is real but it’s not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem.
Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He helped save the world’s last unprotected redwoods. He co-created the predecessor to today’s Green New Deal. And he led a successful effort by climate scientists and activists to keep nuclear plants operating, preventing a spike of emissions.
But in 2019, as some claimed “billions of people are going to die,” contributing to rising anxiety, including among adolescents, Shellenberger decided that, as a lifelong environmental activist, leading energy expert, and father of a teenage daughter, he needed to speak out to separate science from fiction.
Despite decades of news media attention, many remain ignorant of basic facts. Carbon emissions peaked and have been declining in most developed nations for over a decade. Deaths from extreme weather, even in poor nations, declined 80 percent over the last four decades. And the risk of Earth warming to very high temperatures is increasingly unlikely thanks to slowing population growth and abundant natural gas.
Curiously, the people who are the most alarmist about the problems also tend to oppose the obvious solutions.
What’s really behind the rise of apocalyptic environmentalism? There are powerful financial interests. There are desires for status and power. But most of all there is a desire among supposedly secular people for transcendence. This spiritual impulse can be natural and healthy. But in preaching fear without love, and guilt without redemption, the new religion is failing to satisfy our deepest psychological and existential needs.
A pragmatic and logical take on the climate debate landscape
A book that everyone should read on either end of the political spectrum or either end of the climate change debate. Shellenberger uses mainstream science and economics combined with his extensive knowledge of the subject to give readers a high-level perspective of the current challenges to environmental progress. He doesn’t take sides but rather shows how taking sides can slow progress and create conflicts of interest. Enlightening for sure.
As a layperson, you cannot claim to be informed on the latest environmental research if you have not read this book. I have never read a better researched book.
You may not end up agreeing with all the author’s conclusions, but you also never feel that it his main goal. His main goal is to educate and inform. I’ve rarely learned as much as I have in the hours I spent consuming this material.
This is a must read.
I can’t thank you enough.
I’ve been saying this in my own dumb way for years. Now the challenge is can I get others to listen/read this? Keep up the good fight.