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 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.


Title:Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063001701
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    Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt

    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 movem...

  • Stephen

    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 ...

  • Chris

    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-...

  • Charles

    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 dile...

  • Bradley West

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

  • Henri

    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 trie...

  • Ben De Bono

    READ THIS BOOK!Environmental thought, especially when it comes to climate change, is perpetually trapped in the prison of two ideas. One side paints humans as destroyers of the planet and insist only ...

  • Pete

    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 causes more en...

  • Jack

    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 scientist...

  • Joshua Williams

    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...