Gingrich’s Global Warming Book Featuring Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Delayed Until 2013
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
A sequel to Newt Gingrich’s 2007 book Contract with the Earth
is in the works, though not until after the 2012 elections. The book, being edited by Contract
co-author Terry Maple, is provisionally titled Environmental Entrepreneurs
and will contain “essays by various businesspeople and scientists” on how to fight climate change. One of the essayists is climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe
, asked by Maple to provide “a good opening chapter that lays out the facts on global climate change.” Hayhoe is a Texas Tech climate scientist and conservative evangelical Christian, who has written A Climate for Change
, calling on her fellow evangelicals to stand up to the climate crisis. According to the Los Angeles Times, Maple believes “Gingrich is still interested in doing the book
Hayhoe submitted her climate science chapter in mid-2009 but never heard back from the authors. Maple said the book has been delayed because he has been too busy to focus on it. He said Gingrich is still interested in doing the book and has not asked him to slow walk it. The Gingrich campaign did not answer emails seeking comment about the project.
“Humans are altering the average conditions of the planet,” Dr. Hayhoe wrote for ThinkProgress Green in August, responding to Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) contention that global warming is “phony.” “We can continue to challenge the reality of the issue; or we can seize this as an opportunity to wean ourselves off our dependence on the old, dirty, inefficient, and limited fuels of the past.”
At the moment, Gingrich questions whether global warming is occurring.