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 10-point contract with the earth, promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.
I am a Newt fan. I've heard him speak thoughfully on wide ranges of topics. So this book is a particular disappointment. It's not so much a book laying our a story or a thesis; rather it's a compilation of lists or, as Gingrich calls them, "talking points." The book comes off like a lecture to dullards. It doesn't try to convince; rather only to lay out lots of options. The only thing missing is musak in the background.
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