Break Through by Michael Shellenberger
From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

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Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of controversy with their self-published essay, "The Death of Environmentalism." In it, they argued that global warming is far more complex than past pollution problems. American values have changed dramatically since the environmental movement's greatest victories in the 1960s, yet environmentalists keep fighting the same battles without realizing that the battlefield has changed. Noting a connection between the failures of environmentalism and the failures of the entire left-leaning political agenda, the authors point the way toward an aspirational politics that will resonate with modern American values and be capable of tackling our most pressing challenges.

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Published October 4, 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Co. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Disdaining environmentalism in the battle against global warming.

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But the other side of the authors' argument is that we can not get through to people with a rhetoric of limits-- limit pollution, limit carbon, limit consumption.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

The authors argue for an end to the negative reinforcement of the environmental movement as we know it: the conserve, recycle, save, reduce, and sacrifice model – what Nordhaus and Shellenberger call the “politics of limits.” What we need instead is a little American can-do attitude, one that s...

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