Roundtable Overview

by Jack Beatty

Round Three   [Sep 20] 

Mary A. Gade
"It's not an exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world are on the U.S. presidential election and its implications for global environmental leadership." Read on...

Bill McKibben
"I find it extremely unlikely that George W. Bush is the prophet anointed by God to lead us into the environmental age." Read on...

Eileen Claussen
"We need a second industrial revolution, in which we move away from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy. Is there a Third Way to get there? No major change can possibly be free." Read on...

Gregg Easterbrook
"Modern environmental thinking assumes that people-caused ecological problems happen with unprecedented speed, but natural recoveries can occur only with geological slowness, leaving us doomed. But everything we've learned in the past three decades says otherwise." Read on...

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Round Two   [Sep 15] 

Bill McKibben
"Since I seem to be the sole voice of extremist alarum in the company of three gentle and moderate folk, let me look to a couple of this month's headlines for what they might tell us about an emerging environmental politics." Read on...

Mary A. Gade
"If there is a consensus [here], this is it: the environment is both a domestic and a global issue, and the next Administration must lead us toward a new way of thinking about environmental problems." Read on...

Gregg Easterbrook
"Keep your eyes peeled for an entirely new view of the Kyoto treaty to develop soon -- one based on a new, though disputed, analysis of the science." Read on...

Eileen Claussen
"I believe that environmental progress in the twenty-first century will depend largely on the development of nontraditional systems of governance -- as opposed to institutions, treaties, and governmental mandates." Read on...

Round One   [Sep 13] 

Eileen Claussen
"The fact that these issues have not been given greater attention during the campaign does not bode well for balanced but effective action in 2001 and beyond." Read on...

Gregg Easterbrook
"I take the Pollyanna Position. Barring nuclear war or a comet strike, by 2100 it may be that nearly all current environmental problems will be resolved." Read on...

Mary A. Gade
"A successful twenty-first-century environmental policy will require a leader who can reach across partisan lines and bridge political differences on what should be the ultimate nonpartisan issue." Read on...

Bill McKibben
"I think this will be the century when we grapple, or don't, with the root questions of how big we should be as a species, how much control we should aim for. Those questions are currently beyond politics, but they can't remain there forever." Read on...

Previous Roundtables

Picking a Good Fight (April 6-17, 2000)
After Somalia, after Haiti, after Bosnia, after Rwanda, after Kosovo, after East Timor, after Chechnya, does "humanitarian intervention" have a future? Robert D. Kaplan, Edward Luttwak, David Rieff, and Benjamin Schwarz join us for an interactive roundtable hosted by The Atlantic's Cullen Murphy.

Does Clinton Matter? (January 26-February 9, 2000)
How long a shadow will Bill Clinton cast over the 2000 presidential race? An interactive discussion featuring Jack Beatty, David Brooks, David Corn, and Sean Wilentz.

My So-Called Generation (August 11-25, 1999)
Can there be such a thing as a Generation X political agenda? Who are these Xers, anyway -- and who speaks for them? An interactive discussion featuring Tucker Carlson, Farai Chideya, Andrew Shapiro, Scott Stossel, and Ted Halstead, the author of The Atlantic's August cover story.

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