Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution

Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution

by Frederic C. Rich

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“Regardless of your place on the political spectrum, there is much to admire in this book, which reminds us that the stewardship of nature is an obligation shared by all Americans.” —U.S. Senator Angus S. King Jr.

The Green movement in America has lost its way. Pew polling reveals that the environment is one of the two things about which Republicans and Democrats disagree most. Congress has not passed a landmark piece of environmental legislation for a quarter-century. As atmospheric CO2 continues its relentless climb, even environmental insiders have pronounced “the death of environmentalism.”

In Getting to Green, Frederic C. Rich argues that meaningful progress on urgent environmental issues can be made only on a bipartisan basis. Rich reminds us of American conservation’s conservative roots and of the bipartisan political consensus that had Republican congressmen voting for, and Richard Nixon signing, the most important environmental legislation of the 1970s. He argues that faithfulness to conservative principles requires the GOP to support environmental protection, while at the same time he criticizes the Green movement for having drifted too far to the left and too often appearing hostile to business and economic growth.

With a clear-eyed understanding of past failures and a realistic view of the future, Getting to Green argues that progress on environmental issues is within reach. The key is encouraging Greens and conservatives to work together in the space where their values overlap—what the book calls “Center Green.” Center Green takes as its model the hugely successful national land trust movement, which has retained vigorous bipartisan support.

Rich’s program is pragmatic and non-ideological. It is rooted in the way America is, not in a utopian vision of what it could become. It measures policy not by whether it is the optimum solution but by the two-part test of whether it would make a meaningful contribution to an environmental problem and whether it is achievable politically. Application of the Center Green approach moves us away from some of the harmful orthodoxies of mainstream environmentalism and results in practical and actionable positions on climate change, energy policy, and other crucial issues. This is how we get to Green.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393292480
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 188,369
File size: 445 KB

About the Author

Frederic C. Rich, an eminent international corporate lawyer and environmental leader, is the author of Getting to Green and the dystopian political novel Christian Nation. He lives in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley of New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 11

1 The Green Agenda in a Hyperpartisan America 23

2 It Wasn't Always This Way: A Brief History of Conservation and the Right 32

3 What Went Wrong The Great Estrangement 45

4 The Ultimate Wedge Issue Climate Change 63

5 Market Fundamentalism: The Antienvironmental Orthodoxy of the Right 73

6 Uneasy About Growth: The Anticapitalist Tendency in Environmentalism 84

7 The Green Movement at Fifty 100

8 Getting to Green, Step One: Reconnecting Conservatives with Conservation 124

9 Is Conservative Environmentalists Really Possible? 143

10 Getting to Green, Step Two: A Philosophy That Puts People First 161

11 Getting to Green, Step Three: Reforming the Green Movement 190

12 A Model for Center Green: The Land Trust Movement in America 212

13 Center Green 230

14 Center Green on Climate Change 250

15 Center Green on the Headline Issues Hydro-fracturing and Keystone 268

16 Getting to Green What You Can Do 279

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 289

Index 333

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