Apocalypse never : why environmental alarmism hurts us all / Michael Shellenberger.
Climate change is real but it's not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem. Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He helped save the world's last unprotected redwoods. He cocreated the predecessor to today's Green New Deal. And he led a successful effort by climate scientists and activists to keep nuclear plants operating, preventing a spike of emissions. But in 2019, as some claimed "billions of people are going to die," contributing to rising anxiety, including among adolescents, Shellenberger decided that as a lifelong environmental activist, leading energy expert, and father of a teenage daughter, he needed to speak out to separate science from fiction. Despite decades of news media attention, many remain ignorant of basic facts. Carbon emissions peaked and have been declining in most developed nations for more than a decade. Deaths from extreme weather, even in poor nations, declined 80 percent over the last four decades. And the risk of the Earth warming to very high temperatures is increasingly unlikely thanks to slowing population growth and abundant natural gas. Curiously, the people who are the most alarmist about the problems also tend to oppose the obvious solutions. What's really behind the rise of apocalyptic environmentalism? There are powerful financial interests. There are desires for status and power. But most of all there is a desire among supposedly secular people for transcendence. This spiritual impulse can be natural and healthy. But in preaching fear without love, and guilt without redemption, the new religion is failing to satisfy our deepest psychological and existential needs. - Jacket flap.
"Environmental expert Michael Shellenberger unleashes a scientific, fact-based broadside against eco-alarmism and the excesses of the New Left, arguing that climate change isn't a 30-year problem, but a 300-year problem"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9780063001695
- ISBN: 0063001691
- ISBN: 9780063074767
- ISBN: 0063074761
- Physical Description: xiii, 413 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-393) index.
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It's not the end of the world -- Earth's lungs aren't burning -- Enough with the plastic straws -- The sixth extinction is cancelled -- Sweatshops save the planet -- Greed saved the whales, not Greenpeace -- Have your steak and eat it, too -- Saving nature is bomb -- Destroying the environment to save it -- All about the green -- The denial of power -- False gods for lost souls.
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