Johns Hopkins University Press
On Sale: October 1, 2007
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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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