Sunday, March 13th 2011, 2:00 PM EDT
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger spent most of their careers working for environmental groups as political strategists. Seven years ago, frustrated by the movement’s focus on pollution regulations rather than public investment in technology, they started interviewing America's environmental leaders with the intention of writing a report on the politics of global warming for the October 2004 meeting of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. “We came away from the experience deeply disappointed,” they reported. “Not one of the environmental leaders we interviewed articulated a compelling vision or strategy for dealing with the challenge.”
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Breakthrough Institute co-founders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus returned to Yale University last month for a retrospective on their 2004 essay, “The Death of Environmentalism.” Rarely does a critical assessment of an inflamed public debate so clearly shine the light of reason on why a cause was lost. In their speech Shellenberger and Nordhaus, bloth life long environmentalists, argued that green politics and the climate change crisis were destroyed from within, by exaggerated scientific claims, fantasies about green jobs and “An Inconvenient Truth.” After detailing how climate change alarmists managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the authors go on to offer some advice for the green movement: 12 theses for a post-environmental approach to climate change. In effect, they are saying that the world needs to concentrate on solving the problems that matter to people—food, energy, economic development—and the environment will be fixed as a side effect.