Ted Nordhaus

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Ted Nordhaus - "an author, researcher, and political strategist" - is Chairman of the Breakthrough Institute. He co-authored a book with Michael Shellenberger titled The Death of Environmentalism and the Birth of a New American Politics.

He is also a managing partner of the for-profit research and consulting firm American Environics.[1]

The Death of Environmentalism Written in 2004

With Michael Shellenberger Nordhaus coauthored the controversial and widely-read critique title The death of Environmentalism: Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World in 2004. [2]

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


"Ted holds a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley.“[3]

"Over the last twenty years, Ted has run major campaigns and initiatives for a large assortment of environmental and progressive political causes including the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, and Clean Water Action. Nordhaus also served as the Campaign Director for Share the Water, a coalition of environmentalists, fishermen, farmers, and urban water agencies advocating reform of federal water policies in California, Executive Director of the Headwaters Sanctuary Project, and as a partner and political strategist with Next Generation, a political consulting firm serving environmental organizations and campaigns."[4]

More recently, He was a pollster and Vice President at Evans McDonough Company, an opinion research firm based in Oakland.[5]


Ted Nordhaus is the son of attorney Robert R. Nordhaus[6], and the nephew of Yale economist William D. Nordhaus[7].

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