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Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All

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Stephen Graybill

12 Hours 18 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

June 2020

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Now a National Bestseller! 

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 co-created 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 over a decade. Deaths from extreme weather, even in poor nations, declined 80 percent over the last four decades. And the risk of 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.

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  • Rhonda W.

    Excellent. EVERYONE should read this book.

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  • Ian D.

    love the no nonsense approach to showing how the environmentalist are shotting themselves in the foot all the time.

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  • Fran J.

    Brilliant. At last a bit of reason. Without radical positioning. Facts and numbers. Less feelings and more data. Conciliatory. Balanced. Brilliant.

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  • Bruno C.

    Rationality, love for nature and love for humanity.

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  • Mackenzie Daigle

    Excellent book!

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  • John P.

    Great alternative perspective to popular thinking

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  • Scott V.

    Great book. I learned a lot. Well worth the time. Narrator very good as well.

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  • Rainer B.

    An absolute eye opener backed up with real scientific data rather than exaggerated fear mongering

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  • Jon S.

    This book demonstrates how to look at both sides of an argument come to a common sense solution for the environment while respecting the rights of humans. I appreciate how he takes a step back an asks the question "Are our environmental policies helping or hurting?" and then searches for the answer instead of standing in an echo chamber of like minds to validate his stance on the issue

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