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Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution

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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 enviro ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by W. W. Norton Company
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best political books I've read. The book re-affirms that I can care about the environment and how our resources are being spent while also being for industry, capitalism, and progress. You can care about what the planet is going to look like in 20 years without coming off like a pony-tailed, burkenstock wearing, tree-hugger. This book and the solutions it proposes are a step in the right direction to getting everyone understanding how to we can continue to build a better tomo ...more
Matthew Ciarvella
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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If I had the power to make everyone read one book, I think I might spend that power on this book. On the surface, it might seem an odd choice. Fred Rich's writing style won't move anyone to tears with descriptions of awesome beauty or powerful prose. I'd even go as far as to say it's a bit of a textbook. And yet. And yet. Because despite the back-handed nature of this introduction, I'm about to launch into one hell of a compliment.

The ideas in this book are amazing. Rich's argument about the "Gr
Erica Hernandez
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!! Such a measured and practical approach to reaching across the gap in terms of environmental policy, from someone who genuinely understands and considers both sides. Also a very interesting read in the context of our current political landscape. A lot of insight into a period where politics especially around environmental policy were less bipartisan and how we got to the polarized place we are today.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very compelling book that convinced me there is indeed “middle ground” to be found between the left and the right when it comes to climate change policy. Despite criticism from both sides (especially the left), the author was willing to call out the failures of both parties that led to the current arrangement that exists in politics. Herein, I’ll describe the general flow of the book and the key points that I walked away with. I certainly give this book a 5 star review due to how easy ...more
Robert S
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
Getting to Green was written right before the 2016 election but for all intents and purposes it might as well have been written in 1862 on Mars.

The 2016 election and the staffing of the Trump Administration thereafter has taken a metaphorical baseball bat to any possibility of a "bipartisan" solution on a bipartisan solution for nature. At this juncture, the closest we might get to environmental is "green coal" or whatever catchy term they might come up with in order to sell coal as the best sol
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't agree with everything, but I do agree that it is important that greens try to widen the tent and draw in more conservatives in the fight to help reduce carbon emissions, preserve land, and transition to a renewable energy economy. Rich explains how environmentalism used to be more a bipartisan issue, and he dives into the whys and whens of the schism between the left and right on the environment. Would recommend to anyone interested in the environment-- liber ...more
Scott Lee
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a clear and articulate case for pursuing Environmental goals in way that is actually possible given the current political climate and a powerful argument for broadening the environmental tent to include moderates and even--gasp--conservatives in the movement.

I love both Rich's ideals and his pragmatism. It would be wonderful to have some politicians with the guts to risk the lambasting they would take from both extremes (as I assume this book probably did) and lead out in this fashion.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best phrase to describe this book is the one that the author uses, “Center Green.” Rich plots a middle course regarding environmentalism, having harsh words for both the climate change deniers on the right and the equally absolutist, yet diametrically opposed people in the left. In some sense, he comes down slightly more on the side of the left, but for a logical reason.
His point is that if the left is wrong about the catastrophic consequences of climate change, then what happens on Earth
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wanted to read it, never received the copy I won in the Goodreads giveaway!
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: environment
tries for balance rather than starting w/ the science and then determining a path
chp 5
anti env. republicans
chp 6
anti growth, capitalism Greens
Gus Speth Clive Hamilton (ethicist) say limits
p 85 I = PxAxT
87 'The albatross we call the politics of limits' - T. Nordhaus & M. Shellenberger
Unless Greens embrace (sustainable) economic growth, conservatives will not support enviv. movement
89 fix 'externalities' w/ Ctax
91 Rich agree there are values outside reach of the market
92 EDF, Fred Kupp, work w/ co
Blaise Morita
Feb 19, 2016 marked it as to-read
Environmental topics have never been more of a hot button issue than in today's global climate. Bipartisanship runs in short supply with Washington gridlock, leaving the journey for solutions at a standstill. Author Frederic C. Rich explores the history of cooperative politics on eco-friendly legislation for Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution.

*Review to be updated upon receipt and completion of book.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good suggestions about finding a bipartisan way forward for the Green agenda. I certainly knew more than a few conservatives in Boy Scouts who would come to the table this way. Like so many other things, it may also be a matter of riding out this particular political era, which has to end sometime, right? Right?
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Serious topic. I wish that it was written better. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to read - could use some serious editing.
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Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is on an interesting topic but I found the writing style dull.
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Fred Rich is an author whose writing, both fiction and non-fiction, probes contemporary political and moral issues from a fresh perspective. That perspective is independent, non-partisan, and pragmatic.

His latest book, Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel (Vector Books, forthcoming October 1, 2020), is a retelling of the Prometheus/Frankenstein story for the age of genetics. Scientists wie

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