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Green Talk in the White House
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The environment figures prominently in American political debate of the twentieth century. Issues of wilderness and wetlands preservation, clean air and clean water, and the sustainable use of natural resources attract passionate advocacy and demands for national as well as local action. Presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have addressed these issues, rhetorically (though not always prominently) in their public addresses and pragmatically in their policies and appointments to pertinent positions. Green Talk in the White House gathers an array of approaches to studying environmental rhetoric and the presidency, covering a range of presidential administrations and a diversity of viewpoints on how the concept of the “rhetorical presidency” may be modified in this policy area. Tarla Rai Peterson’s introduction discusses both methodological and substantive issues in studying presidential rhetoric on the environment. In subsequent chapters, noted scholars examine various aspects of half a dozen modern presidencies to shed light not only on those administrations but also on the study of environmental rhetoric itself. The final section of the book then directs attention to the future of presidential rhetoric and environmental governance, with looks “in” at state-level environmental issues and looks “out” at the international context of environmentalism. As a whole, the volume is ideal for those looking to better understand the particular intersection of presidency, policy, and rhetorical studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-33
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  1. Part I: Environmental Rhetoric and the New Frontier
  2. p. 35
  1. 1. Preaching Conservation: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rhetoric of Civil Religion
  2. pp. 37-61
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  1. 2. Presidential Public Policy and Conservation: W. J. McGee and the People
  2. pp. 62-81
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  1. Part II: Environmental Rhetoric and Political Pragmatism
  2. p. 83
  1. 3. The President and the Reformer: Rhetoric, Politics, and the Environment under Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  2. pp. 85-112
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  1. 4. Conservative Politics and the Politics of Conservation: Richard Nixon and the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. 5. Conservation Reconsidered: Environmental Politics, Rhetoric, and the Reagan Revolution
  2. pp. 134-153
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  1. Part III: The Environmental President Who Wasn’t
  2. p. 155
  1. 6. The (Re)Making of the “Environmental President”: Clinton/Gore and the Rhetoric of U.S. Environmental Politics, 1992–1996
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. 7. Colliding Ironies and Clinton’s Salvage Rider Rhetoric in the Northwest Timber Controversy
  2. pp. 181-206
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  1. 8. “We’re Coming Clean”: Clinton, Public Advocacy, and the Human Radiation Experiments
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. Part IV: Presidential Rhetoric and Environmental Governance for the Twenty-first Century
  2. p. 231
  1. 9. Topical Analysis and the Problem of Judgment in Environmental Disputes: The Case of Sustainable Forestry in New Hampshire
  2. pp. 233-257
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  1. 10. Global Gridlock: The American Presidency and the Framing of International Environmentalism, 1988–2000
  2. pp. 258-287
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-294
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