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Updated: May 8, 2022

Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) has recently announced that he is running as an independent candidate for governor of California. I believe this is a tremendous thing, not just for California, but potentially for the world as well.

Michael Shellenberger is one of those exceptional people who have been able to achieve more things in one lifetime than ordinary people would achieve in three, if reincarnation turned out to be real. Per his own website he is 'founder and president of Environmental Progress, an independent nonprofit research organization that incubates ideas, leaders, and movements.

Michael is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment," and Green Book Award winner. And he is cofounder of the California Peace Coalition, an alliance of parents of children killed by fentanyl, parents of homeless addicts, and recovering addicts.' He recently published the best-seller 'San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities (HarperCollins 2021) and the highly successful Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (HarperCollins 2020).' Both books are voices of reason in times of ideology driven culture wars, and why I am excited about him running for office.

As he explained on Joe Rogan's show #1798, his frustrations described in San Fansicko and the refusal of politicians to try and fix disastrous policies, are part of the reason he is entering the political arena. It should be worth your time to listen to his compassionate yet emphatic reasoning behind his decision.

Weighing in on the War in Ukraine, he published an op-ed on Bari Weiss's substack Common Sense, describing how as "the West fell into a hypnotic trance about healing its relationship with nature, averting climate apocalypse and worshiping a teenager named Greta, Vladimir Putin made his moves."

As Shellenberger further explains, [t]he reason Europe didn’t have a muscular deterrent threat to prevent Russian aggression—and in fact prevented the U.S. from getting allies to do more—is that it needs Putin’s oil and gas. '

I believe making honest and factual analyses of any situation (let alone in times of hot conflict) is crucial to finding the right answers which, as Michael argues, should include "next-generation nuclear fuel technology". I agree.

Do our "leaders" have the courage to acknowledge this though? I doubt it. You can read his op-ed here: The West’s Green Delusions Empowered Putin

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