This looks scary.
The Los Angeles Times reports,
At a time when the Republican presidential candidates are swiftly backing away from past moderate environmental positions, Newt Gingrich may be the only one with a book pending on the topic.
Gingrich and Terry L. Maple have something of a sequel in the works to their 2007 book, “A Contract with The Earth,” tentatively titled “Environmental Entrepreneurs.”
The duo’s first book called on policymakers and businesspeople on the right to show they had better ideas for protecting the environment and creating jobs than government did. The new book is a collection of essays by various businesspeople and scientists to be edited and stitched together by Gingrich and, mostly, Maple, a former chief executive of the Palm Beach Zoo.
The author of a chapter on climate change is Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech whose work focuses on assessing the impact of climate change and communicating it to broader audiences, including those traditionally dubious of global warming, like Christian colleges.
The book “requires a good opening chapter that lays out the facts on global climate change, but I would like this chapter to be framed with optimism, not gloom and doom,” Maple said in an email to Hayhoe in October 2007. “All that is needed from you is to provide a sense of what needs to happen. What is the window of opportunity and what does the science tell us about our chances for remediation?”
Like most climatologists, Hayhoe accepts the broad scientific consensus that the climate is changing and that humanity’s combustion of fossil fuels is the main reason for it…
First, our environment is already clean and safe — not sure we need more environmental snake oil salesmen.
Next, the Hayhoe chapter is of concern in light of Gingrich’s green wobbling this week.
Finally, and as spotlighted in Steve Milloy’s January 2008 FoxNews.com column “Gingrich Out-Greens Al Gore“, the Gingrich-Maple “A Contract With the Earth” was a frightening example of someone offering solutions to non-existent problems relating to a topic about which he knows little other than what he has skimmed in the New York Times.