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"A Contract with the Earth is an earnest call to deal with worldwide environmental problems, from disappearing species to ever-expanding roadside landfills. Its central proposals include: 'demand objectivity' in science, 'educate and inspire' citizens to foster a greater appreciation of nature and 'encourage green enterprise.' This is no revolutionary manifesto. It's Gingrich as Smokey the Bear, rather than as the provocateur he used to play on the national stage." Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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Focusing the environmental debate on the principle of common commitment, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple present A Contract with the Earth. They declare a need for bipartisan environmentalism — a new era of environmental stewardship with principles that they believe most Americans will share.

While acknowledging that liberals and conservatives do not see eye to eye on many issues, Gingrich and Maple argue successfully that environmental stewardship is a mainstream value that transcends partisan politics. Their thoughtful approaches to our environmental challenges are based on three main premises: environmental leadership is integral to America's role in the world, technologically savvy environmental entrepreneurs can and should be the cornerstone of environmental solutions, and cooperation and incentives must be dramatically increased to achieve workable and broadly supported environmental solutions.

Gingrich and Maple believe that most people — regardless of how they categorize themselves politically — are weary of the legal and political conflicts that prevent individuals and communities from realizing the benefits of environmental conservation. The foundation of the book — a ten-point Contract with the Earth — promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.

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"Efforts to cleanse the world's air and water and to put a brake on calamitous climate change aren't exclusive to 'one political philosophy,' Gingrich and Maple argue in this probusiness call for proenvironment action by politicians, corporations and individual Americans. Though the title echoes Gingrich's hard-right 1994 Contract with America, this more conciliatory contract reflects the former academic's penchant for bullet-point sloganeering, with its 'ten commitments' call for politicians to abandon adversarial politics and for businessmen and conservationists to form 'compatible partnerships.' The authors alternately brand their approach mainstream and entrepreneurial environmentalism — mainstream because it rejects alarmist projections based on what they perceive as activist science and hysterical journalism, and entrepreneurial because they reject the notion that free enterprise and a cleaner world are opposing forces. The authors' concern about the future of the Earth is certainly sincere, but their prescription for action breaks shallow ground." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a man of contracts. His 1994 'Contract with America,' a list of 10 poll-tested political pledges, helped him and his fellow Republicans reclaim the House majority for the first time in 40 years. His 2005 book 'Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America' addressed issues ranging from terrorism to education by emphasizing faith and patriotism. And... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

Former Republican Speaker of the House Gingrich, teaming up with Maple (conservation and behavior, Georgia Institute of Technology), addresses environmental issues by rhetorically reprising his signature Contract with America legislative agenda of the 1990s. The new Contract with the Earth rests on 10 key principals: affirm US leadership on environmental issues; provide incentives to "environmental entrepreneurs;" move towards clean technologies; make government a facilitator for entrepreneurial, private sector innovation and private-public partnerships; become "aspirational and inspirational" by reducing the "arbitrary power of our federal bureaucracy;" mobilize the American public behind agreed-on policies; encourage scientific and technical literacy; promote non-partisanship on the environment; encourage strategic environmental philanthropy; and "enlist the nation." Gingrich and Maple defend and expand upon these principals and discuss some of the issues connected with its implementation over the course of the text. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801887802
Author:
Gingrich, Newt
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Foreword:
Wilson, Edward O.
Foreword:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Foreword:
Wilson, E. O.
Author:
Maple, Terry L.
Subject:
Environmentalism
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmentalism -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental policy -- United States.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
8.14x5.34x.89 in. .82 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Efforts to cleanse the world's air and water and to put a brake on calamitous climate change aren't exclusive to 'one political philosophy,' Gingrich and Maple argue in this probusiness call for proenvironment action by politicians, corporations and individual Americans. Though the title echoes Gingrich's hard-right 1994 Contract with America, this more conciliatory contract reflects the former academic's penchant for bullet-point sloganeering, with its 'ten commitments' call for politicians to abandon adversarial politics and for businessmen and conservationists to form 'compatible partnerships.' The authors alternately brand their approach mainstream and entrepreneurial environmentalism — mainstream because it rejects alarmist projections based on what they perceive as activist science and hysterical journalism, and entrepreneurial because they reject the notion that free enterprise and a cleaner world are opposing forces. The authors' concern about the future of the Earth is certainly sincere, but their prescription for action breaks shallow ground." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "A Contract with the Earth is an earnest call to deal with worldwide environmental problems, from disappearing species to ever-expanding roadside landfills. Its central proposals include: 'demand objectivity' in science, 'educate and inspire' citizens to foster a greater appreciation of nature and 'encourage green enterprise.' This is no revolutionary manifesto. It's Gingrich as Smokey the Bear, rather than as the provocateur he used to play on the national stage." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
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