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Time Mag “Hero of Environment” says climate change science being grossly misrepresented

Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine (left) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) are two outspoken advocates for drastic action on climate change, with Pingree signing on to support Cortez’s “Green New Deal” legislation.

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.

According to 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.

Stepping 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.

You can read Michael Shellenberger’s entire piece at Forbes by clicking here.

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