Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joins several business executives from the largest corporations in the world engaged in the business of going green, in the first program of our Red, White, Blue and Green speaker series.
Guests include Francine Colaneri, Vice President of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing at Scholastic Inc., and Alan R. Weverstad, Executive Director, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy at the General Motors Corporation. The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Ball moderates- The National Constitution Center
Jeffrey Ball is the Environmental News Editor for The Wall Street Journal. Ball covers the business of the environment for The Wall Street Journal and edits and contributes to the Journal's new blog on the subject, Environmental Capital.
He joined the Journal in 1996 as a reporter for the Southeast Journal, based in Atlanta. He moved in 1998 to the paper's Detroit bureau, where he covered the auto industry, as well as environmental issues affecting it and other sectors. In 2004, Ball moved to the paper's Dallas bureau, where he covered the oil industry and has continued to write about environmental matters, with a deepening focus on the viability of various efforts to address global warming by changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels.
Francine Colaneri is Vice President of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing at Scholastic Inc. As part of Scholastic's "Green Team," Colaneri has managed the manufacturing of the Harry Potter series, and was instrumental in arranging the largest ever purchase of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper in a single book.
She led the initiative to formalize Scholastic's Environmental Procurement Policy, whose five-year goal is to increase its publication paper purchase of FSC-certified paper to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% will be post-consumer waste.
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich continues to advocate for smaller government and what he terms "fundamental values." He is also the founder and General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future group. On May 11, 2011, Gingrich announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 United States Presidential election.
Gingrich is the author of Rediscovering God in America and To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Alan R Weverstad
Alan R. Weverstad is the Executive Director of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy, Public Policy Center, at the General Motors Corporation. Weverstad began his career in 1971 in the engineering area with Pontiac Motor Division, where he worked as a design release and development engineer in the chassis and engine development sections.
In 1985, he became a part of the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada team, where he was involved in the emission certification of 77 engine families. He then joined the Marine Engine Division, and in 1991, moved to the Environmental Activities Staff and GM Research working on vehicle emissions issues.
The California vote outlawing gay "marriage" over the attempts by an irresponsible and arrogant Politically Correct court to impose it by judicial fiat is proof enough that America is not "liberal" morally or socially.
Originally Posted by farber2
There are alot of things that Newt Gingrich doesn't know. For one, america is not center-right socially.
What basis do you have for saying that he doesn't know the current political climate? Newt not only knows where America is, but will quote you the statistical data, from memory, including at least 12 references to the polls and dates where the data came from, then give you a history lesson on the fundamental shifting of political viewpoints starting from the founding of Jamestown to present. (Unfortunately, the earlier Roanoke data was lost, although he would probably give some evidence based on the original charter, again, from memory.)
It is interesting how some seem to think that because Newt holds a right-of-center viewpoint that somehow it is invalid, or that he should alter it to match the slim majority. Somehow, they feel, if he knew where the majority of Americans were, he would change his tune. From where I sit, that is a whimsical statement. It's a statement that comes from what seems to be an underlying feeling that one should follow what is popular. It is far better to reason and ponder the data ... all the data... and come up with a logical and practical course of action based upon structured and fundamental principles and beliefs, and then stick to them.
I think the solar radiation has been too constant in the past few decades to explain the warming climate we've seen. CO2 and other greenhouse gases makes a much better fit. At least Newt granted we should take some action due to the risk. Remember also the CO2 makes the ocean acidic and is another reason to cut back. It's easier to prevent CO2 buildup now than to remove it later - that's a more wise risk assessment.
What? He's never adjusted the thermostat in his home?
Human causes the heat to rise on the Earth because our bodies temperature is 98.7 degrees. As the population increases so does the air around us too.
This is exemplified by packing people in a boxcar until everyone is rubbing against each other. Alone in the boxcar compared to packed in the boxcar is proof that the more humans there are, the higher the temperature. And that's only human bodies.
Look at all the incandesent bulbs that burn and heat up the surroundnig air. And ovens, and CPUs and engines and billions of bodies growing exponentially.
The Sun shines at a constant temperature. The climate on Earth is controlled by heat generated on it.
I remember one day where I had to stay outside on a busy avenue in New York City all day on the sidewalk while traffic drove by. When I got home the smoot on my face from the all the car exhaust was incredible. More scary was the fact that my lungs were probably infected as well.
Clean air is vital to our health.
It should be a priority but it takes less of a priority to profit. The motive/idea to profit is too powerful. Only a more powerful (though false) idea of humanity causing global warming can counter the common man's greed. The green revolution is a lie that brings about truth.