Michael Shellenberger

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Michael Shellenberger "is co-director of the Breakthrough Institute, a think tank, and co-founder of American Environics, a research and strategy firm, Michael works on and writes about everything from politics to energy to changing social values.

"The Death of Environmentalism" Written in 2004

Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus coauthored the controversial and widely-read critique title The death of Environmentalism: Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World in 2004. [1]

In writing it they consulted with and interviewed dozens of environmentalists whom they thank:

The also write: We are especially grateful to George Lakoff ... and to Peter Teague


Shellenberger graduated from Earlham College in 1993.[2] He has a Master's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.[3]


Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus coauthored the controversial 2007 book Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, following a 2004 essay with a similar "Death of Environmentalism" name.

"In 2003 Michael co-founded the Apollo Alliance, referred to by the New Yorker as “an influential umbrella organization of Greens and trade unionists” that is advocating a New Apollo Project to create three million clean energy jobs, free America from foreign oil, and re-establish America's global economic leadership (www.ApolloAlliance.org).

"Michael has written articles on issues ranging from the New Apollo Project to ethical trade for the L.A. Times, the American Prospect, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Glamour Magazine, and other publications. He is the author of Race to the Top, a report on NGO ethical business campaigns (www.businessethicsnetwork.org). [1]

Articles and Resources


  1. [http://grist.org/article/doe-reprint/ The Death of Environmentalism, reprinted in GRIST, 2004.
  2. News from Public Affairs (2006-0819). Future of Islam and "Death of Environmentalism" Among Fall Convocation Topics. Earlham College. Retrieved on 2009-11-11. “...Earlham Class of '93 alumnus Michael Shellenberger sparked a furor...”
  3. Staff. Breakthrough Institute. Retrieved on 2009-11-11.

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