Ted Nordhaus

Ted Nordhaus
Breakthrough Institute

Ted Nordhaus is an author, researcher, and political strategist. He is a widely recognized authority on climate and energy policy and his work has deeply influenced a new generation of clean energy advocates. With co-author Michael Shellenberger, he published the seminal essay "The Death of Environmentalism" in 2004 and the controversial and critically acclaimed Break Through, Why We Can't Leave Saving The Planet To Environmentalists in 2007. Time magazine named Ted a Hero of the Environment in 2008, and dubbed his work "prescient." His writings have appeared widely in magazines, newspapers, and journals including The New RepublicThe American ProspectSalon, and The New York Times among many others.

Ted is a founder and chairman of the Breakthrough Institute, a political think tank based in Oakland, California, that works at the nexus of climate, energy, and economic policy. He is also managing partner of American Environics, a research and consulting firm that brings cutting edge research and methodologies used to understand the evolution of American social values to progressive political projects.

Recent Events

January 29, 2013

Energy Innovation 2013: Clean Energy, Ready for Primetime?

December 15, 2010

ITIF and other leading policy think tanks host a day-long conference to ask the hard questions about energy technology policy and innovation in America.

June 10, 2009

Please join the Brookings Institution, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and the Breakthrough Institute to discuss the need for a explicit innovation policy to address the challenge of global climate change.

Recent Publications

July 26, 2011

A framework for renewed American leadership on climate change.

December 14, 2010

America is built around innovation. Everywhere that is, except in energy. It’s time to change that.

November 18, 2009

This report benchmarks clean energy competitiveness in four nations: China, Japan, South Korea and the United States.