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The Case for a New Politics
Environmental hero Michael Shellenberger explores the need to shift political focus issues and interests to core needs and values.
7:00p Thursday 4 Mar 2009, Oregon State University
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Michael Shellenberger is an environmental strategist and president of the think tank, the Breakthrough Institute. He and his colleague Ted Nordhaus authored “Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility,” an argument for a positive energy policy that focuses on creating a new economy. In June 2008, Time Magazine named Nordhaus and Shellenberger "Heroes of the Environment" for their directing attention to making clean energy cheap, rather than on making fossil fuels expensive.
In his Food for Thought lecture, Shellenberger explores how political agendas regarding environmental problems like climate change often create their own obstacles to finding the solutions they seek, and discuss the need to shift political focus from issues and interests to core needs and values.