• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Ted Nordhaus

The Breakthrough Institute

Founder and Executive Director

Ted Nordhaus is a leading global thinker on energy, environment, climate, human development, and politics. He is the founder and executive director of the Breakthrough Institute and a co-author of An Ecomodernist Manifesto. Over the last decade, he has helped lead a paradigm shift in climate, energy, and environmental policy. He was among the first to emphasize the imperative to "make clean energy cheap" in The Harvard Law and Policy Review, explained why efforts to establish legally binding international limits on greenhouse gas emissions would fail in The Washington Post and Democracy Journal, made the case for nuclear energy as a critical global warming solution in The Wall Street Journal, has written on the limits to energy efficiency and the need to prepare for climate change in The New York Times, and has argued for the importance of intensifying agricultural production in order to spare land for forests and biodiversity in Scientific American and The Guardian. His 2007 book Break Through, co-authored with Michael Shellenberger, 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.) Their 2004 essay, "The Death of Environmentalism," was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, sparked a national debate, and inspired a generation of young environmentalists. Over the years, Nordhaus been profiled in The New York Times, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Review, The New Republic, and on NPR. In 2007, he received the Green Book Award and Time magazine's 2008 "Heroes of the Environment" award. Nordhaus was formerly executive editor of the Breakthrough Journal, the Breakthrough Institute's policy magazine that delivers pragmatic opinion and analysis, grounded in the belief that even our most wicked environmental problems have technological solutions. Under his leadership, The New Republic lauded the Breakthrough Journal as “among the most complete efforts to provide a fresh answer” to the question of how to modernize liberal thought, and the National Review called it “The most promising effort at self-criticism by our liberal cousins in a long time.”

Sessions With Ted Nordhaus

Wednesday, 8 March