Green Talk in the White House
The Rhetorical Presidency Encounters Ecology
Presidential Studies - Rhetoric
6.125 x 9.25, 304 pp.
6 cartoons.
Pub Date: 12/10/2004
Presidential Rhetoric and Political Communication
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Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Green Talk in the White House

The Rhetorical Presidency Encounters Ecology

Edited by Tarla Rai Peterson

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.

TARLA RAI PETERSON is currently a professor at the University of Utah. She served as principle organizer of the Presidential Rhetoric Conference that focused on environmental rhetoric while an associate professor of communication at Texas A&M.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This volume is an important contribution to environmental communication and presidential rhetoric scholarship. Editor Peterson offers an excellent introduction that both justifies the volume and productively frames the subsequent essays. She successfully places the work in the field as well as highlights the unique contribution this volume makes in joining presidential rhetoric and environmental communication (and to a lesser extent media studies). In this volume it is a fruitful meeting. . . I profited from reading the essays and look forward to using this book in classes.”--Kevin DeLuca, Associate Professor, Department of Speech Communication, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

“This book represents a major contribution to the literature on rhetoric and public policy, bringing together two areas of specialization that have had too little interaction in the past—environmental rhetoric and presidential rhetoric. The result . . . is impressive. . . . I look forward to recommending this introduction to my students in rhetoric, both graduates and advanced undergraduates, for the fine information, for the conceptual integration of the two fields of study, and for the clear writing, which in fact prevails throughout the book. The authors, some of whom have been pioneers in environmental rhetoric—Oravec, Cox, and Peterson herself—obviously share a commitment to clarity and integrity when it comes to communicating with a broad audience. . . . all the essays are well researched, well written, and insightful. . . . I find the book readable, up to date, innovative in its provocative blending of two fields of study, well researched, and full of insights.” --M. Jimmie Killingsworth, author of Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environme

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