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Apocalypse Never

Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
Written by: Michael Shellenberger
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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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.

©2020 Michael Shellenberger (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
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Level Headed thinking

It was refreshing to hear. Environmentalism based on reality not alarmism. This i agree with.

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A compelling rational approach to climate change

A recommended read for those looking for a rational unemotional science based assessment of climate change. The narrator was a bit to somber for me but overall a well written book

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Climate and Environmental Sanity

Easily one of the most important books I've listened to in the past three years. This is a well researched, well thought out response to the climate and ecological hysteria that dominates today's media and punditry. The answers to many of the world most challenging problems are staring us straight in the face, and Mr. Schellenberger delivers those answers with insight and efficiency. Anyone who considers themselves a moderate and reasonable should read this book. It is the most sensible pathway forward for anyone who cares about making our respective communities, countries and the world a better place.

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informative

good book to listen to, well worth it. I'm sure the tolerant left will love it

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  • Radish Bliss
  • 2020-06-30

Science

Very informative and fact based. Climate change is real and we should plan and have good responses, but we can't even have those conversations because we are so ill informed by politicians and alarmists. This causes people to say science and scientists can't be trusted when really it's the reporting and people trying to use the science for other purposes that can't be trusted; and that's dangerous. I'm going to get a copy for each of my kids! Thank you for this book!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-07-01

Environmentalist with integrity!

Apocalypse Never:Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All makes dozens of valid points about the false information coming from environmental alarmists/extremists. They get almost nothing right.

Author Michael Shellenberger apologies for his past role in spreading the incorrect information. Simplistically his major points fall into two categories: 1. Environmental alarmism is not justified. It is both false and counter productive. It has a major negative impact on the mental health of children. 2. The best solution to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide is nuclear energy. Nuclear is the ultimate green energy.

As a past alarmist the author's honesty is refreshing.

Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All is an important book that deserves lots of positive attention.

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  • Lane
  • 2020-07-02

The best book on the topic

This book is stunning in its breadth and implications. In short the book's argument is that climate change is happening but it isn't the fiery apocalypse the news media has portrayed it as. That view is largely manufactured by politicians and media. In addition a lot of things that the developed world is doing to "help" are exacerbating the problem. He gives examples ranging from the destruction of habitat for wind farms and pasture raised cattle. To the net increase in carbon emissions from the shutdown of nuclear plants.

When reading this book you are left with the impression that you are hearing the "adult" in the room. For every point I agreed with there was one that challenged me. The thoughts and ideas are fully formed. There are no halfpinions in the book. There are real discussions about use of coal and wood in the developing world. Habitat vs climate, Vegetarianism, GMOs, Wind farming and everything else.

The best thing about Apocalypse Never is that it leaves you with hope for the future but also primes you for action. Just fantastic!

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  • B. Carson
  • 2020-07-06

Not anti environmental

Well researched and from an insider. Rational call for rational and effective environmental protection and policy. Not a right wing reaction to leftist extremism. Based on data and lots of it.

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  • M. E. Donnelly
  • 2020-07-09

Good from a secular perspective

Mr. Shellenberger's book is excellent! He is operating from a renaissance humanist perspective, which sees man as a special species with a love of nature.
He doesn't address evil as such, since he's a secularist. But he does recognize love, and that is important. This does not make him any less of a scientist or researcher. He has the experience and understanding to back up his thesis.
Please read this book if you love the earth and your fellow man.

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  • Staobrof
  • 2020-07-13

Common sense environmentalism

Finally a voice of common sense about environmentalism and climate change. This book takes on climate extremists and shows us a practical path to cleaning up the environment that uplifts all people.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-07-12

Well Argued, well sourced

Just a thorough demonstration of the gap between scientific consensus and apocalyptic alarmism. Well worth the listen.

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  • Adam Clark
  • 2020-07-12

Most important environmental book of this century

Most important environmental book of this century so far. A must read today. Fair, factual, and practical.

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  • 2020-07-12

Deep, wise, important, courageous

I rarely write reviews, but was moved to review this book. You will not be wasting your time by listening to this book. I learned a lot about the complexity of trying to help the environment and humanity, and that good intentions don't necessarily lead to good outcomes. Shellenberger and Graybill's book is broad in scope and appreciates the developmental process of civilization. It is impressive how they were able to weave together a review of relevant science, history, philosophy, power, politics, and relevant psychology and spirituality. Most importantly, they have been able to focus on loving their fellow humans as a central motivation. This book is a masterpiece that is clearly the culmination of a lifetime of effort, thought, hard-won wisdom, and soul searching. In writing this book the way they did, the authors demonstrated courage that has become rare in today's world. Regardless of your political persuasion, I think you will find much to like in this book.

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  • Blain Hamp
  • 2020-07-11

An excellent experience

I leaned a lot from this authors perspective, it was interesting well paced and very well narrated. Thanks to this book I discovered new authors whose books I am looking forward to reading they are Richard Rhodes and Ernest Becker.
I also appreciated that the book never felt political; I was never patronized or moralized which is great considering the subject matter.