Shellenberger, Michael (2020) Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. New York: Harper. 416 pp.

​ISBN: 978-0-06-300169-5

Jon Naustdalslid

Independent Scholar

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​This thought-provoking book has two overarching and interlinked main messages. First, that the widely held fear that climate change may make planet earth uninhabitable finds no support in serious climate research. According to the most apocalyptic pessimists the global system will collapse within a few decades, resulting in hordes of climate refugees and billions of deaths, as for example claimed by the alarmist organization Extinction Rebellion. The author is no climate change denialist, but he convincingly demonstrates, referring to IPCC reports, how such dystopic scenarios are groundless. On the other hand, the apocalypse which the most extreme alarmists foresee is already here, he writes, referring to his own experience from visiting poor villages in Congo. In contrast to what is the case in the poorer and less developed parts of the world, the rich world is in a position to handle climate change due to is economic development fuelled by cheap energy. Managing climate change is about transforming the energy regime of the world and making it possible for the poor parts of the world to improve life for its inhabitants. This leads to the author's second, and probably more controversial, main point:  Current environmentalist response to climate change is in fact counterproductive and may lead to prolonging the carbon age. A massive shift to renewable, like sun and wind, is destroying nature, but is not going to make an end to coal, oil and gas. On the contrary, it will require carbon-based energy as supplement to stabilize energy supply far into the future. The only solution would be massive development of nuclear energy. This, however, is vehemently opposed by the environmental movement.