Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger is president of Environmental Progress, an independent research and policy organization, and is the author of Apocalypse Never, and San Fransicko.

Madness for Decivilization

Madness for Decivilization

For much of human history, people with mental illness were thought to be possessed by gods or devils. Madness, as it was called, was believed to be supernatural, not natural. Some Greeks, including Plato, viewed mental illness as a kind of spiritual gift, a portal into new ways of seeing.

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
13 min read
Homelessness
I Was Invited to Testify on Energy Policy. Then Democrats Didn't Let Me Speak

I Was Invited to Testify on Energy Policy. Then Democrats Didn't Let Me Speak

Today, shortly after giving expert testimony to Congress about energy policy, I had the startling experience of being smeared by sitting members of the United States House of Representatives. The context was a special House Committee hearing to evaluate a Democratic proposal similar to the one proposed by Democratic presidential

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
5 min read
Activism
Why I Believe Climate Change Is Not the End of the World

Why I Believe Climate Change Is Not the End of the World

The following is excerpted, with permission, from Michael Shellenberger’s new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, (HarperCollins 2020), 432 pages. The end is nigh If you scanned the websites of two of the world’s most-read newspapers on October 7th, 2018, you might have feared the

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
35 min read
Activism
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
6 min read
apology
Why Climate Activists Will Go Nuclear—Or Go Extinct

Why Climate Activists Will Go Nuclear—Or Go Extinct

1. In October 2019, the British climate activist group Extinction Rebellion carried out two weeks of civil disobedience in London and other cities around the world. Six thousand activists blocked the five main bridges that cross the River Thames, which flows through London, preventing people from getting to work or

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
12 min read
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Social Distancing and Stay-Home Orders Are Likely To Save Millions

Social Distancing and Stay-Home Orders Are Likely To Save Millions

A new study by influential researchers at Imperial College, London finds that COVID-19 is more infectious and deadly than scientists had thought. The new Imperial study finds that had nations done nothing, COVID-19 would have killed 40 million and infected seven billion. An earlier, March 16th study by Imperial College,

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
2 min read
Coronavirus
Winning the War on Coronavirus

Winning the War on Coronavirus

A report released by Imperial College London researchers on Monday shook the world. The report gave a glimpse into the coronavirus’s battle plan. It was to kill over two million Americans and at least a half-million Brits. Thanks to the wartime mobilization by the people of both nations, we

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
8 min read
Coronavirus
Buying Fentanyl on the Streets of San Francisco—An Interview with Heather Mac Donald

Buying Fentanyl on the Streets of San Francisco—An Interview with Heather Mac Donald

Heather Mac Donald has written one of the most important essays on homelessness in recent memory for City Journal. In it, she argues that we’ve misunderstood the homelessness problem as a problem of poverty when it is, in reality, a problem of family breakdown and the erosion of social

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
6 min read
Crime