Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All Climate change is real but it s not the end of the world It is not even our most serious environmental problemMichael 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 emissionsBut in , 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 fictionDespite 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, declinedpercent 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 gasCuriously, the people who are the most alarmist about the problems also tend to oppose the obvious solutionsWhat 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


10 thoughts on “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

  1. says:

    This book was my first experience having a profound deal of respect for a left wing environmental activist It s also the first book I ve read that distinguishes criticism for the climate change movement from climate change denial I ve been accused of being a science denier since high school I don t deny that climate change is real, but people are quick to


  2. says:

    Having dug into reading this today, and as an academic working in the environmental field, I feel qualified to say what this book is, and what it is not, better than a casual reader or someone biased toward the author s viewpoints The book sets up a pretty easy target in its opening pages Extinction Rebellion Shellenberger presents many academics in the bo


  3. says:

    This book is not climate critical, only climate solutions critical, providing an alternative viewpoint on how to solve the problems inherent in climate change I expect it will generate a lot of knee jerk responses from people that rate it without actually reading it, or who will read it bad faith, or who are upset at its valid criticism of radical environme


  4. says:

    Shellenberger unfortunately makes so many misrepresentations and half truths in the book I m quite disappointed.


  5. says:

    Perhaps it s fitting that a book aimed squarely at climate alarmism is so fatally undermined by its own over reach It s not that Shellenberger doesn t spell out some legitimate questions and dilemmas, but over confidence in his conclusions and the flimsiness and incompleteness of the evidence on which many of them are based made this an insubstantial and unsa


  6. says:

    A highly needed book that clarifies and straigthens many misconseptions about climate change and the state of the environment Considerate and well researched 1 4 of the book is notes , the book tries to present different issues in their proper context and offer rational solutions It makes the convincing case that climate change is not the catastrophic event ma


  7. says:

    Apocalypse Never 2020 by Michael Shellenberger is a fascinating book by a twenty year social and environmentalist on how the environmental movement exaggerates some dangers and itself causesenvironmental harm Shellenberger has been an environmental activist for decades and was involved with the Obama administration s renewables policies.Note also that on Goodre


  8. says:

    A great Contrast to mainstream environmentalistsShellenberger is not a heretic, or a climate denier He s pretty good at analysis and excellent at pointing out the differences between what scientists actually said and what the media and activists reported There are so many good quotes in the book, I m going back to try to make a summary That s the only problem wi


  9. says:

    A Must Read on the Truth About Climate ActivismI found this book to be extremely well written, interesting and informative With the volume of I formation covered in this book it could easily become a painstaking experience to read The author covered a exhaustively wide range of topics in great detail without losing the humanity of the subject matter His arguments


  10. says:

    Activist refutes Cilmate ApocalypseYes there is hope The IPCC reports are intentionally exaggerated so politicians can say we need to act now The news media then exaggerates itto scare people into action The world will not end It s also interesting to see how green groups are supported by and support fossil fuel interests.


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