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Apocalypse Never

Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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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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Must Read for the entire World

This is singularly the most important book I have ever read.
If we could get the politicians and the media to understand what is really going on then maybe we can work out how to manage the problem of energy sustainability.

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A compelling case for an alternative approach

This book presents a compelling case for an alternative pathway to achieving a future that is not just cleaner and cooler but better. This is not climate denialism, only an alternative solution to the problems humanity faces.

One need not and should not take the book as definitive, only suggestive of an alternative energy and development pathway.

What is clear is that clean and abundant energy changes the game for all societies and solves many of our problems. With such a power source, many solutions become viable that were not viable before.

The Climate Problem is really the Energy Problem, and seen in this way, possible solutions become much clearer.

Regardless of your belief about the correct pathway forward, this book is worth reading and consideration. I believe it also paints a future that climate change deniers may be willing to invest in regardless of their skepticism; what's good for the environment can also be good for us as individuals and societies.

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Brilliant

Much better than the title suggests. A well reasoned and compassionate reflection on the environment movement from someone who has lived and breathed it for 30 years. The relationship between petroleum interests and renewables was the most insightful part for me.

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  • eek
  • 09-07-2020

common sense at last

this is an amazing and timely book. it is by far the most heartening, insightful and realistic analysis of climate change challenge. Michael Shellenberger highlights the need to reassess the role of nuclear energy as the key to reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable development. it is a must-read.

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Common sense at last!

Media please read. Parents please read. A prosperous world for all. Not spin and bullshit. We can do this.

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Disingenuous...

... and transparent. I really feel the author should fully divulge his institute's backing, because that is important context for this. I'm very open to the idea that alarmism can be counter-productive, and that environmentalists often don't get everything right - but there were so many attacks against strawmen in this that it had my head reeling.

I'd highly recommend anyone who finds this compelling should read Naomi Orsekes' 'Merchants of Doubt'

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Climate Hero+Expert Mike Shellenberger sums it up

Mike never ceases to impress with his Calm, Clear, Crisp style - whether on YouTube or in TED talks, Twitter ( @Shellenberger MD ), interviewing (today: @SkyNewsAust via YouTube "Reformed activist condemns 'terrorosing school children' with..."), or in print (eg, in Forbes - BTW, they censored one of his recent articles, -after- it appeared on Forbes' website. Gotta find out Why!)

APOCALLYPSE NOW is No Exception: Factual, Reasoned, Names + Misdeeds are included (thru the end), and - for those who "get" why Nuclear is our best way to make Energy... just when SMR (Small Modular Reactors) are fast being readied for market (due < 2030), eg, both in Canada (CA's IMSR, UK's SSR, etc.) & beyond - trade-offs between Renewables & Nuclear are spelled-out clearly & convincingly.

(Cf' @SkyNewsAust's 5-min. intro clip to Mike's book + their longer interview with him: YouTube "Climate activist 'calls out blatant alarmism' in environmental debate").

We finished our first hearing of this book on the day we got it from Audible. It's "2nd to None" in our growing Audible collection, & one, that we'll be listening to again soon.

I only wish Mike has done the reading... but I know he's a busy guy. I'd also like to hear how the same book would sound, ie, if an Woman were reading it, for Audible.

(Maybe publish your fine books read by BOTH a Male & a FEMALE narrator... Let us choose 1 OR the other OR both editions when we buy.)

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  • Radish Bliss
  • 30-06-2020

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
  • 01-07-2020

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
  • 02-07-2020

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
  • 06-07-2020

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
  • 09-07-2020

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-07-2020

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
  • 11-07-2020

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-2020

Must read / listen

The minor faults are not worth mentioning, this is one of the most important books written in many many years.

It is time to focus on truth instead of alarmist and working towards real solutions.

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  • user4517
  • 11-07-2020

when you want to know both the what and why

excellent book on the true nature of environmentalism and how to take it back. his approach and personal experience make this a must read.

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  • Dawn Adkins
  • 11-07-2020

Everything in this book is layed out perfectly.

Love the way he goes thru his life journey and uses personal experiences to convey his message.

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  • The Vikid Truth
  • 09-07-2020

brilliant book

If you care about the environment then this is the book for you. Written by a genuine long term activist, this book will show you many of the pitfalls in activism and ideological thinking that may actually have you doing more damage than good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-2020

Glaring flaws and biases.

The author's bias towards farmers he knew well leads him to discuss an economic anthropocentric view on environmental damage and the book reads like an ideologue rant. He brandishes all environmental movements and scientists with one brush. This book will do more harm than good for book sales

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