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By Sarah Huisenga
30 December 2011

DES MOINES – Newt Gingrich says he has killed a chapter on climate change in a post-election book of essays about the environment. But the intended author of the chapter, who supports the scientific consensus that humans contribute to climate change, says that's news to her.

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech, confirmed in an email interview that she had been asked to write a chapter on climate change for the speaker's book. She said was approached by former Palm Beach Zoo CEO Terry Maple, Gingrich's co-editor, at an annual meeting of Republicans for Environmental Protection. Asked to confirm her chapter was dropped, she replied, "I had not heard that."

Hayhoe was less restrained in a couple of tweets she posted Friday night. "so much 'spare' time wasted I cd've spent w family, & 2. what an ungracious way to find out, eh?" she asked. She followed that with "Nice to hear that Gingrich is tossing my #climate chapter in the trash. 100+ unpaid hrs I cd've spent playing w my baby."

The climate-change issue arose Thursday night at a Gingrich campaign stop in Carroll, when a woman expressed concern to Gingrich about the chapter. She said she had heard about it on Rush Limbaugh's radio program. As she began to tell Gingrich who the author of the piece would be, Gingrich interrupted. "That's not going to be in the book," he told her. "We didn't know that they were doing that and we told them to kill it." […]

Gingrich kills chapter on climate change in upcoming book via The Oil Drum


  1. rpauli said...

    Professor Katherine Hayhoe - both a Christian and a Republican - is one of the best climate communicators I have ever heard. Plane speaking and clear.

    This can only help her career.  

  2. rpauli said...

    2:00 min video
    Here is a succinct sample of her presentation style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAhz-p6pJp4  

  3. Anonymous said...

    The mention that she's a Christian is supposed to mean what? Anytime anyone throw these kinds of statements out, it's immediately suspect. Personally, I do not know any Christian that does not practice lying, deception and favoritism.

    Then you added that she's a Republican! Two strikes!

    However, maybe what you meant is that a Republican and a Christian is actually aware of the need to deal with climate change.

    Now that would be a good point, a rare bird indeed.  


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