Michael Shellenberger

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

This article was originally published on Forbes website, but subsequently taken down.  On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening, it’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30, so I may seem like a strange person to be saying this. But as an energy expert asked by the US Congress to provide objective expert testimony and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as an Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologise for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Michael Shellenberger

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

This article was originally published on Forbes website, but subsequently taken down.  On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening, it’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30, so I may seem like a strange person to be saying this. But as an energy expert asked by the US Congress to provide objective expert testimony and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as an Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologise for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

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