JERSEY CITY, NJ – Michael Shellenberger has been awarded the Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” award and is a regular voice in the global conversation about climate change. His Ted talks have been watched more than 4 million times. He is the co-founder of Environmental Progress, a group whose mission is to “save the natural environment” and lift all humans out of poverty. Now he is speaking out against politicians and groups who using overheated rhetoric on the issue of climate change.
Shellenberger’s biography, he “advises policymakers around the world, including
in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, United
Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He is co-founder of Breakthrough
Institute, where he was president from 2003 – 2015, and served as an advisor to
MIT’s “Future of Nuclear Energy” task force.”
Shellenberger is speaking out about what he calls “grossly misrepresented” climate science from politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the activist group Extinction Rebellion.
In an op-ed
published by Forbes, Shellenberger takes those voices making apocalyptic
predictions about the global climate due to climate change to task for what he
calls “catastrophist framing of climate change.” Shellenberger says that
approach is self-defeating and polarizes people.
back from the extreme rhetoric of those he is speaking out against, Shellenberger
says “no credible scientific body” has ever predicted the collapse of civilization
due to climate change.” Shellenberger does put forward some facts he says represent
real problems for humanity if the problems they create are not addressed.
But Shellenberger says research has led him to conclude that different solutions are needed than those promoted by Ocasio-Cortez and other like-minded politicians and groups. That could include allowing nations to continue to burn coal so they can advance to an economy beyond coal in the future, ultimately reducing their long-term emissions. A review of Shellenberger’s other work shows he is also an advocate for nuclear power.