About Me

I am an energy and environmental researcher and writer. I am co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute where I served as president from 2002 – 2015. I am currently doing research with an eye to create a new organization with the goal of  achieving universal prosperity and more room for nature by 2050.

dialogue5I am coauthor of An Ecomodernist Manifesto (2015), and have argued for a paradigm shift in dealing with environmental problems on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and in my 2015 TEDx talk, “How Humans Save Nature.”

In 2013 I was featured in a feature-length documentary about pro-nuclear environmentalists, “Pandora’s Promise,” and I debated nuclear power with Ralph Nader on CNN “Crossfire.”

In 2007,  I received (with Ted Nordhaus) the Green Book Award and Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment” award.

I have been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Review, The New Republic, on NPRmy research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the American ProspectThe New Republic the Wall Street Journaland are sometimes cited by the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic.

My 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called “prescient” by Time and “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring” by Wired. An excerpt in The New Republic can be read here.

Our 2004 essay, “The Death of Environmentalism,” was debated around the world, covered by New York Times, and helped inspire the creation of ecomodernism, a new environmentalism that seeks the twin goals of university prosperity and more of the Earth for Nature.

In 2002 I cofounded the Apollo Alliance, now the Blue-Green Coalition, which advocated a $300 billion investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency — a demand that was largely realized by President Barack Obama.

From 1996 – 1999 I worked with the Headwaters Forest Coalition to protect the last significant groves of old-growth redwoods still in private hands.