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Apocalypse Never From Environmentalist Who Helped Get $90 Billion Funding for Renewables

Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute has written Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.” An article covering his book was published and then censored at Forbes. The Breakthrough Institute has scientists on the staff. Zeke Hausfather, Director of Climate and Energy, is a climate scientist and energy systems analyst whose research focuses on observational temperature records, climate models, and mitigation technologies. He spent 10 years working as a data scientist and entrepreneur in the cleantech sector. He has master’s degrees in environmental science from Yale University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD in climate science from the
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Bob Meinetz on Jul 1, 2020 4:25 pm GMT

Brian, Apocalypse Never is an amazing book (released yesterday, it's already a bestseller) but your title is misleading. In the book Shellenberger admits his support for renewables was a mistake:

"Nuclear is the only energy source that has proven capable of fully replacing fossil fuels at low-cost in wealthy nations. 

While hydro-electric dams can sometimes play that role, they are limited to nations with powerful rivers, many of which have already been dammed.

The underlying problem with solar and wind is that they are too unreliable and energy-dilute. Solar and wind farms require between 400 and 750 times more land than nuclear and natural gas plants.

As we approach the limits of renewables, it seems inevitable that, over time, Democratic politicians will increasingly point to nuclear energy as the centerpiece of their plans for saving the climate, not solar panels and wind turbines."

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