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  • A much needed alternative view

    Apocalypse Never may prove to be a turning point in the debate about energy, development, the environment and the quasi-religious significance the upper-middle classes attach to the latter. Michael Shellenberger has learned a lot in his activist odyssey and he argues strongly that we should take a more human-focussed approach in our thinking about energy, development, living standards and the environment. He is a strong advocate for nuclear power. He reminds us that opposing the development of energy generation projects (whether hydroelectric, gas or even coal) in developing countries like the Congo has the perverse effect of increasing the cutting down of forests for charcoal production because people need efficient sources of energy. He reminds us that the best way to achieve good outcomes for people and the environment is to go up the energy-density ladder. He reminds us repeatedly (and justly) that we in the developed west need to think about the less fortunate and not preach to them in mystical Gaia-babble. When I finished this book I felt optimistic that there will be a rebalancing of the value we ascribe respectively to the environment, development, energy and living standards. It’s not a question of wholly rejecting one at the expense of the other but getting things in perspective. I think Michael Shellenberger’s book will persuade readers, i.e. those of us who are fortunate to have the time and money to read the book and who might otherwise go along with the unbalanced reportage in the media. Even if it doesn’t make a dent on that demographic, I am optimistic about the rationality in developing countries. They want to improve living standards, most of the development will be there and good luck to them.

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  • Must read for anyone interested in the environment

    Michael Shellenberger is a real environmentalist with impecable credentials and a sound understanding of today's environmental problems. It is great to read such an in depth description of the situation with uncontested data, finally a credible, refreshing and optimistic position between denial and alarmism

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  • Great Read

    Very well written book with great citations ofth supporting data. A must read if you care about the environment.

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  • Realistic Environmental Solutions

    Thoroughly well researched review of environmental ‘urban myths’ dosed with reality. Calm précis of how nuclear fits into a decarbonised future and why simple economic development in poorer countries can overcome the worst as our environment evolves.

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  • Intellectually dishonest

    A propaganda piece for flat-earthers and deniers? Shellenberger was desperate to be back in the limelight. Cherry-picking. Utterly misleading. Intellectually dishonest junk!

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