President, Breakthrough Institute
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus are leading global thinkers on energy, climate, security, human development, and politics. Their 2007 book Break Through was called "prescient" by TIME magazine and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by WIRED. Their 2004 essay "The Death of Environmentalism" was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, sparked a national debate, and inspired a generation of young environmentalists. In 2002, the two co-founded the Apollo Alliance, now the Blue-Green Coalition, which advocated a $300 billion investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency - a demand that was largely realized by President Barack Obama.
Over the years, the two have been profiled in the New York Times, WIRED, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Review, the New Republic, and on NPR. In 2007, they received the Green Book Award and TIME magazine's 2008 "Heroes of the Environment" award.
In 2011, they started the Breakthrough Journal, which the New Republic called "among the most complete answers" to the question of how to modernize liberal thought and the National Review called "the most promising effort at self-criticism by our liberal cousins in a long time."
Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus are leaders of a paradigm shift in climate and energy policy. They proposed "making clean energy cheap" in the Harvard Law and Policy Review, explained why the Kyoto climate treaty failed in Democracy Journal, and predicted the bursting of the green bubble in the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times. The two predicted the failure of cap and trade in the American Prospect, criticized "green jobs" in the New Republic, and pointed a way forward for climate policy in the Wall Street Journal.
Michael is a graduate of Earlham College and holds a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California - Santa Cruz. He lives in the Bay Area and travels widely.