I am a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" and independent candidate for governor of California, 2018
As founder and President of Environmental Progress, I helped lead successful efforts to save nuclear power plants in Illinois, New York, South Korea and Connecticut, which prevented an increase in emissions equivalent to adding over 10 million cars to the road.
I was featured in "Pandora's Promise," an award-winning film about environmentalists who changed their minds about nuclear, appeared on "The Colbert Report," and debated nuclear on CNN "Crossfire" with Ralph Nader, and at UCLA with Mark Jacobson. My 2016 TED talk on "How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment" has been viewed by over one million people.
I am Green Book Award winner and coauthor of several well-known essays and books on energy and the environment including “An Ecomodernist Manifesto,” "The Death of Environmentalism," and Break Through, which was called "prescient" by Time Magazine and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired Magazine.
As a researcher, I have broken several important stories, including the US government's support for the shale fracking revolution, the corruption by natural gas interests of anti-nuclear environmentalism in New York, California, in NRDC, Sierra Club, South Korea, and the lawsuit by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson against the prestigious Proceeds of the National Academy of Sciences.
I have been an environmental and social justice advocate for over 25 years. In the 1990s I helped save an old-growth redwood forest, and helped force Nike to improve factory conditions in Asia. In the 2000s, I advocated for and helped realize an expansion of federal investment in renewables and energy efficiency.
I have been profiled in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Review, New Republic, and NPR. My research and writing have appeared in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, Democracy Journal, the PLOS Biology, The New Republic the Wall Street Journal; and cited by the New York Times, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New Republic.
I live in Berkeley, California and travel widely. You can email me by clicking here. You can download a high resolution photo of me by clicking here, and download a PDF of my bio here. Below are some other recent photos of me. You can see my photography here.