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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, which prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding 14 million cars to the road.

Michael is a regular contributor to Forbes, and his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post , Scientific American, Nature Energy, and PLOS Biology

Michael’s 2016 TED talk on "How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment," and his 2017 TEDx Berlin Talk, "Why I Changed My Mind About Nuclear Power," have been viewed over 1.5 million times.

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 TimesSan Francisco ChronicleNational Review New Republic, and NPR. His research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy ReviewDemocracy Journal, the PLOS BiologyThe New Republic the Wall Street Journal; and cited by the New York TimesSlateUSA TodayWashington PostNew York Daily NewsThe 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.

Michael lives in Berkeley, California and travels widely. You can email him by clicking here. You can download a high resolution photo of him by clicking here.