Praise for Apocalypse Never — Environmental Progress

"If there is one thing we have learned from the coronavirus pandemic, it is that strong passions and polarized politics lead to distortions of science, bad policy, and potentially vast, needless suffering. Are we making the same mistakes with environmental policies? I have long known Michael Shellenberger to be a bold, innovative, and non-partisan pragmatist. He is a lover of the natural world whose main moral commitment is to figure out what will actually work to safeguard it. If you share that mission, you must read Apocalypse Never." 

— Jonathan Haidt, author, Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Apocalypse Never is eye-opening. Its fact-based approach reveals how environmental zealotry  inhibits real solutions to climate change, and makes poor people of color collateral damage. Michael Shellenberger has written an essential, must-read call for environmental justice.”

— John Gamboa, civil rights leader, founder of Latino Issues Forum, The Two Hundred, and Greenlining Institute

"In this engaging and well-researched treatise, Michael Shellenberger exposes the environmental movement’s hypocrisy in painting climate change in apocalyptic terms while steadfastly working against nuclear power, the one green energy source whose implementation could feasibly avoid the worst climate risks. Disinformation from the Left has replaced deception from the Right as the greatest obstacle to mitigating climate change.”

— Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Will declaring a crisis save the planet? The stakes are high, but Michael Shellenberger shows that the real environmental solutions are good for people too. No one will come away from this lively, moving, and well-researched book without a deeper understanding of the very real social challenges and opportunities to making a better future in the Anthropocene.”

— Erle Ellis, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

"Michael Shellenberger methodically dismantles the tenets of End Times thinking that are so common in environmental thought. From Amazon fires to ocean plastics, Apocalypse Never delivers current science, lucid arguments, sympathetic humanism, and powerful counterpoints to runaway panic. You will not agree with everything in this book, which is why it is so urgent that you read it."

Paul Robbins, Dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, author, Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction

“Defending science and reason against end-of-the-world sensationalism, Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never is a must-read book.”

Michael Lind, author of The New Class War, Land of Promise, The Radical Center

“While denial and indifference surely undermine the battle against climate change, so too does misinformed panic, which serves the poorest among us worst of all. Inoculate yourself with Michael Shellenberger’s timely and deeply informed Apocalypse Never.”

Christopher H. Foreman, author of The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice

“Apocalypse Never will make some green progressives mad. But I see it as a useful and even necessary counterpoint to the alarmism being peddled by some activists and journalists, including me. Let the arguments begin!”

John Horgan, science journalist, Stevens Institute of Technology, author, The End of War

“Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never is an eye-opening journey through the netherworld of apocalyptic environmental religionists and their dystopian vision of modern technology and human ingenuity. It’s bracing as he meticulously documents the dangers of eco-alarmism, which skews priorities, prompting countries to direct enormous resources away from productive, carbon-reducing energy-producing enterprises, such as nuclear energy, and solvable global health and environmental challenges. This is a refreshing, highly readable, reality-based environmentalism.”

— Jon Entine, Executive Director, Genetic Literacy Project

“If you think you have all the answers about our environmental problems and the best way forward, don't read this book. But if you're open to having your beliefs challenged, this book will not disappoint. It is not always a comfortable read, but our planet's future is too important to not put our assumptions to the test.”

— Michelle Marvier, Professor, Environmental Studies, Santa Clara University, author, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature

“In this tour de force of science journalism, Michael Shellenberger shows through interviews, personal experiences, vignettes, and case histories that environmental science offers paths away from hysteria and towards humanism. This superb book unpacks and explains the facts and forces behind deforestation, climate change, extinction, fracking, nature conservation, industrial agriculture, and other environmental challenges, to make them amenable to improvements and solutions.”

 Mark Sagoff, author, The Economy of the Earth, Professor, George Mason University

"Michael Shellenberger loves the Earth too much to tolerate the conventional wisdom of environmentalism. This book, born of his passions, is a wonder: a research-driven page turner that will change how you view the world. I wish I'd been brave enough to write it, and grateful that he was."

Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist at MIT and author of More from Less

We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias.  But too often we are guilty of the same.  Shellenberger offers ‘tough love:’ a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets.  Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.”

Steve McCormick, former CEO, The Nature Conservancy and former President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

"The apocalyptic impulse is irrepressible, so the job of countering its destructive effects requires relentless effort. There are few authors more capable of this task than Michael Shellenberger, who brings cool reason to our hothouse of emotionalism. Apocalypse Never is a triumph that will take its deserved place in the canon of serious revisionist literature of environmentalism."

— Steven F. Hayward, resident scholar, Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California, Berkeley

"In this refreshing chronicle, Michael Shellenberger rescues environmental activism from sensationalism and partisanship. Brought to life by rich personal experience and filled with data and grounded science, Apocalypse Never is a must-read for policymakers and others searching for pragmatic solutions to our ecological future.”

Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation

“The environmental movement desperately needs intelligent self-criticism. Michael Shellenberger provides it, training the light of science and reason on core green tenets, revealing where they do not reflect reality. Required reading for open-minded lovers of nature and humanity.”  

Martin W. Lewis, author of Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism

"A passionate advocate, yet pragmatist at heart, Mike Shellenberger proposes an optimistic vision for a future in which human flourishing and environmental protection go hand in hand. Blending a deep love for the natural world with a rational and humanistic outlook, Shellenberger carves a new pathway for environmentally conscious leaders."

Claire Lehmann, founder, Quillette

“With Apocalypse Never, Michael Shellenberger provides a master class in rigorous reporting, stout science, and unapologetic humanism. Whether the issue is climate change, sweatshops, whales, the myth of “energy leapfrogging” or the importance of power density, he pulls them together into a coherent, timely, and important book that will make you feel optimistic about the future of people and the planet.”

 — Robert Bryce, author of A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

Apocalypse Never is a seminal book. Without alarmism or denial, Michael Shellenberger has broadened the discussion and changed how we think about climate change and the environment. As a pro-safety environmentalist, I view his work as invaluable to advancing the creation of safe and reliable energy sources.”

— Dr. Charles A. Casto, Regional Manager (ret.) U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

“Michael Shellenberger is one of our most insightful and provocative environmental thinkers. In Apocalypse Never he convincingly questions conventional wisdom and offers essential out-of-the-box thinking for a new 21st-century environmental movement. Full of personal drama and mind-bogglingly counter-intuitive information, Apocalypse Never will leave you hopeful, inspired, and eager to build a better future.”

— Robert Stone, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, “Chasing the Moon,” “Pandora’s Promise,” “Radio Bikini

"Environmental doomsaying may be well-intentioned, but it often gets in the way of solving actual environmental problems. In Apocalypse Never Michael Shellenberger deftly challenges green platitudes and demonstrates how our environmental challenges are better confronted with pragmatic realism than with blinkered ideological visions or ecological fear-mongering. This is must-reading for those who care about human welfare and environmental conservation."

—Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law & Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, Case Western University

“The trouble with end-of-the-world environmental scenarios is that they hide evidence-based diagnoses and exile practical solutions. Love it or hate it, Apocalypse Never asks us to consider whether the apocalyptic headline of the day gets us any closer to a future in which nature and people prosper.”

— Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and former Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy