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Author Michael Shellenberger says climate change isn't biggest environmental threat

Author Michael Shellenberger, who’s head of the research and policy group Environmental Progress, argues in a Hill.TV interview that climate change is not the most pressing environmental problem.

“There’s every reason to think that we will be able to survive climate change,” Shellenberger said. “In fact, nobody should die from climate change. That may sound shocking, but there is no reason that anybody should die from climate change if we take the right steps.”

Shellenberger, author of “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” argued that while climate change is a real concern, the recent panic around the issue is also harmful.

“There is a lot of powerful financial interest behind the alarmism, mostly the renewable energy industry, which is wreaking havoc on natural environments,” said Shellenberger, a nuclear power proponent. “But there's also the scientists themselves who I think get a rush from alarming people, from scaring people, and I think it's unconscionable.”