Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
An environmental expert unleashes a scientific, fact-based broadside against eco-alarmism and the excesses of the left, arguing that climate change and other environmental problems are real but not apocalyptic and require practical, not radical, solutions.Many environmentalists claim the world as we know it will soon come to an end unless we radically change how we liv ...more
In claiming ...more
Shellenberger is an astonishingly mendacious writer. He constantly misrepresents facts and reaches conclusions only a Fox News viewer would fail to see through on nearly every page. For example, were you aware that plastic is actually good for nature because without it w ...more
Read this book with every bit of skepticism and further research it deserves. It was clearly written to rile up the deniers. Of course there are some on the other side that are written in the same vein. It's about time we start listening to actual scientists... ...more
Like any halfway concerned citizen, I pay attention to the news headlines about our slowly eroding world. Huh, plastic in the ocean? Damn, fast fashion is filling landfills? Plastic bags are the worst, amirite? Once we get rid of those, climate change is definitely defeated. So glad to be done with that.
I do my little part too, as long as it doesn’t inconvenience my life too much. Recycling is cool, energy efficient l ...more
In 1953, U.S. President Eisenhower addressed the UN General Assembly, delivering what ...more
Note also that on Goodreads there are a number of 1 star reviews from people who haven't read the book. There is a pile on of 'likes' for these reviews. ...more
In the decades-old tensions involving environmental science, population, resource dynamics, and ecology, it’s the Malthusians and the Cornucopians. Subscribing to the wisdom of English economist Thomas Malthus, Malthusians ex ...more
Environmental thought, especially when it comes to climate change, is perpetually trapped in the prison of two ideas. One side paints humans as destroyers of the planet and insist only the most radical action has the chance to save us. The other claims it's all a hoax and that any environmental protection is unneeded.
Michael Shellenberger is not trapped in that prison. He's an environmentalist and activist. He believes in anthropomorphic climate change. He's well versed in the sc ...more
As a former priest of the environment, the author speaks with the power of Martin Luther assaulting the ramparts of Catholicism.
However, unlike religious pedantry, shellenberger has facts to back up his assertions.
Technology is good
Nuclear power is carbon free and safe
Environmentalists have a fetish over a Thoreau like vision of walking hand in hand with nature.
Environmentalists have been taking payoffs from big oil for d ...more
That being said, this book kinda sucked. The author constantly rambles on about specific random scientists he disagrees ...more
I found this book to be extremely well written, interesting and informative. With the volume of I formation covered in this book it could easily become a painstaking experience to read. The author covered a exhaustively wide range of topics in great detail without losing the humanity of the subject matter. His arguments were clear and concise with documentation for even the most mundane of references.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wit ...more
Shellenberger is not a heretic, or a climate denier. He’s pretty good at analysis and excellent at pointing out the differences between what scientists actually said and what the media and activists reported. There are so many good quotes in the book, I’m going back to try to make a summary. That’s the only problem with the book. It covers so much ground that it’s hard to find an ultimate theme . It’s a calmer, more reasoned read than the books fro ...more
In each chapter he lays out the conventional wisdom, explains what is wrong in the reasoning, and suggests alte ...more
Shellenberger is no climate change denier, quite the opposite. He ha ...more
Yes there is hope. The IPCC reports are intentionally exaggerated so politicians can say we need to act now. The news media then exaggerates it more to scare people into action. The world will not end. It's also interesting to see how green groups are supported by and support fossil fuel interests. ...more
He is clear that most countries require coal ...more
Michael Shellenberger can’t be dismissed as a standard-issue climate change denier. He acknowledges that average global surface air temperature is going up and that fossil fuels under human control have had, still have, a big role in that rise. He denies however, that efforts to radically lower CO2 emissions in the next few years are justified, arguing that the rate of change in surface air temperature and the effects of that change are exaggerated by “apoca ...more