The environment “has been the most obvious public relations failure” of the Bush administration so far, but the issue offers President Bush one of his best opportunities to truly change the country, writes former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in the New York Times. Bush could chose to “create the most conservative regulatory policies the current political system could tolerate” and “grudgingly give the left those environmental victories [he] could not block.” But Gingrich suggests instead that the president adopt a “transformational” style and “develop a vision of a healthy environment with maximum biodiversity that would attract the support of the vast majority of Americans and would use a high-technology, scientifically based, locally implemented and cooperative approach to problem-solving” (whatever that means).

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