Michael Shellenberger is an American author whose work is mostly centered around the intersection of climate change, policy, and politics. He authored Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, Apocalypse Never: How the Left’s New Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, and San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. Shellenberger also has a political history, running as a Democratic candidate for Governor of California in 2018 and again as a “No Party Preference” candidate in 2022. Shellenberger and colleagues released An Ecomodernist Manifesto, which discussed possibilities for economic prosperity while simultaneously protecting the environment.
Shellenberger is a graduate of the Peace and Global Studies program at Earlham College. He also received an MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“Negativity has triumphed over positivity. In place of love, forgiveness, kindness, and the kingdom of heaven, today’s apocalyptic environmentalism offers fear, anger, and the narrow prospects of avoiding extinction.”