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Monday, October 01, 2007

Two Environmentalists Anger Their Brethren: More on Shellenberger and Nordhaus

Wired Magazine has a good interview with Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, authors of "The Death of Environmentalism" and the new book Break Through. The two have been kicking up a bit of controversy with their unflinching critique of the traditional environmental movement and their vision of a new "post-environmentalism" (see previous post).

The interview gets into the two authors' experiences with the environmental movement and their motivations for writing their provocative essay and book.

From Wired:

For angry heretics on the run, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger sure know how to enjoy themselves. Sitting in a cozy Berkeley restaurant just a few blocks from San Francisco Bay, exchanging tasting notes on the vermentino ("cold white wine is so good with fatty, fried food," Shellenberger says), they recount with perverse pleasure, in tones almost as dry as the wine, how they've been branded as infidels by fellow environmentalists. It started in 2004, when they published their first Tom Paine-style essay accusing the movement's leaders of failing to deal effectively with the global warming crisis. "We thought that someone was going to take a swing at us," Shellenberger says. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope published withering counterattacks, and the two men were dubbed "the bad boys of American environmentalism" by author Bill McKibben.

Full story at Wired.

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