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 led the grassroots environmental effort to save nuclear power plants in Illinois and New York, which prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding 5.7 million cars to the road.
Michael is a leading pro-nuclear environmentalist. He 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’s 2016 TED talk on "How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment" has been viewed by over one million people
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 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
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