Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" and Green Book Award-winning author and policy expert.
As Founder and President of Environmental Progress, Michael is one of the world's leading pro-nuclear environmentalists. His efforts to date have helped save 14 nuclear reactors around the world, from Illinois and New York to South Korea and Taiwan, which has prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding 14 million cars to the road.
Michael has advised policymakers around the world including in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Michael was featured in "Pandora's Promise," an award-winning film about environmentalists who changed their minds about nuclear, appeared on "The Colbert Report," and debated nuclear on CNN "Crossfire" with Ralph Nader, and at UCLA with Mark Jacobsen.
Michael is coauthor of visionary books and essays including “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” "The Death of Environmentalism," and Break Through, which was called "prescient" by Time and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired Magazine.
Michael is co-founder and Senior Fellow at 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 been profiled in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Review, New Republic, and NPR. His research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the PLOS Biology, The New Republic the Wall Street Journal; 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 Michael helped save an old-growth redwood forest, and helped force Nike to improve factory conditions in Asia. In the 2000s, Michael advocated for and helped realize an expansion of federal investment in renewables and energy efficiency.
Recent Writings & Talks
"Danger’s Deliverance" Quillette, August 23, 2018
"Top Scientist Says Japan's Decision To Financially Reward Fukushima Worker Is Not Based On Science," Forbes, September 6, 2018
"For Nations Seeking Nuclear Energy, The Option To Build A Weapon Remains A Feature Not A Bug," Forbes, August 29, 2018
Michael Shellenberger, "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 :: 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