Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress.
Michael is a leading energy, security, and environmental expert. 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.
Michael has helped save nuclear reactors around the world, from Illinois and New York to South Korea and Taiwan, thereby preventing an increase in air pollution equivalent to adding over 24 million cars to the road.
Michael is a regular contributor to Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His TED talks — "How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment," "Why I Changed My Mind About Nuclear Power" and “Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet” — have been viewed over three million times.
Michael was featured in "Pandora's Promise," an award-winning film about environmentalists who changed their minds about nuclear, and appeared on "The Colbert Report." He debated Ralph Nader on CNN’s "Crossfire" and Stanford University’s Mark Jacobsen at UCLA .
He is coauthor of visionary books and essays including “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” "The Death of Environmentalism," Love Your Monsters, and Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to Politics of Possibility, which was called "prescient" by Time Magazine, and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired Magazine. He has been profiled in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Review, New Republic, and NPR.
Michael’s research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, Scientific American, Nature Energy, PLOS Biology, The New Republic, and cited by the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic.
Michael has been an environmental and social justice advocate for over 25 years. In the 1990s he helped save California’s last unprotected ancient redwood forest, and inspire Nike to improve factory conditions in Asia. In the 2000s, Michael advocated for a “new Apollo project” in clean energy, which resulted in a $150 billion public investment in clean tech between 2009 and 2015.
Michael lives in Berkeley, California and travels widely. You can hear him speak at an event listed here. You can email him by clicking here. You can download a high resolution photo of him by clicking here.
Recent Writings & Talks
Why Renewables Advocates Protect Fossil Fuel Interests, Not The Climate, Forbes, March 28, 2019
Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet, Quillette, March 27, 2019
The Real Reason They Hate Nuclear Is Because It Means We Don't Need Renewables, Forbes, February 14, 2019
The Only Green New Deals That Have Ever Worked Were Done With Nuclear, Not Renewables, Forbes, February 8, 2019
Green New Deal Excludes Nuclear And Would Thus Increase Emissions -- Just Like It Did In Vermont, Forbes, February 7, 2019
If Progressive Democrats Care So Much About The Climate, Why Are They Trying to Kill Nuclear Power? Forbes, January 17, 2019
Book Review: On the Former Nuclear Regulatory Chairman’s Rocky Tenure and Resignation, Washington Post, January 17, 2019
Pro-Nuclear Activists Win Landslide Electoral Victory In Taiwan, Forbes, November 24, 2018
As Renewables Drive Up Energy Prices, Voters In U.S., Asia & Europe Are Opting For Nuclear Power, Forbes, November 8, 2018
Danger’s Deliverance, Quillette, August 23, 2018
As Heatwave Tests The Limits Of Renewables, Anti-Nuclear Governments Return To Nuclear, Forbes, July 26, 2018
Nuclear power: Unexpected health benefits :: April 3, 2017
How Not to Deal with Climate Change, New York Times, June 30, 2016
Britain has a chance to rethink its nuclear energy policy :: March 30, 2017
Environmental Groups Change Tune on Nuclear Power :: June 16, 2016
Climate Crowd Ignores a Scientific Fraud :: April 15, 2016
Closing This Nuclear Plant Could Cause an Environmental Disaster :: February 3, 2016
Yes, Nukes! Conservationists Rally to Save California's Last Nuclear Plant :: January 29, 2016