Environmental policy leader and founder of Environmental Progress
Michael Shellenberger is a leading global thinker on energy and the environment. Over the last decade, Shellenberger and his colleagues have constructed a new paradigm that views universal prosperity, cheap energy, and nuclear power as the keys to environmental progress. He is co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute, where he was president from 2003 - 2015.
Michael is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" and winner of the Green Book Award for his (and Ted Nordhaus') 2007 book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility,which Wired called "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring."
He is co-author of seminal reports and essays that have re-shaped how people think about climate change, technology and the environment, including Climate Pragmatism, Post-Partisan Power, Coal Killer, Love Your Monsters, The Death of Environmentalism, and An Ecomodernist Manifesto. In the 1990s, he helped protect the last significant groves of old-growth redwoods still in private hands, and successfully forced labor improvements to Nike factories in Asia.