Christine Todd Whitman on Climate Change

Christine Todd Whitman was sworn in as EPA Administrator on January 31, 2001, a position she held until the spring of 2003. Prior to that, Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey.  Whitman was New Jersey's first female governor. She appointed New Jersey's first African American State Supreme Court Justice, its first female State Supreme Court Chief Justice and its first female Attorney General.

She is the author of the book about the GOP, IT'S MY PARTY, TOO, published in January of 2005.  She served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003.

Governor Whitman is now the President of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in government relations and environmental and energy issues. She is co-chair of the National Smart Growth Council and is a member of the governors' board of the nonprofit Oquirrh Institute, which seeks innovative solutions in environmental management and other critical public policy areas.

Governor Whitman currently serves on the Board of Directors of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Texas Instruments, United Technologies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since 2006, Christie Whitman has co-chaired the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy) with Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace. CASEnergy is a national grassroots coalition which promotes the expansion of nuclear energy as part of an environmentally friendly and economically beneficial energy portfolio.She is also the President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a management consulting/strategic planning partnership servicing both government and business clients.

Governor Whitman is also Co-Chairman of the National Smart Growth Council, and serves on the Steering Committee of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey; the Leadership Council of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition; the Governing Board of the Oquirrh Institute; and as a member of the board of the New America Foundation.

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Question: What should be America’s response to climate change?


Christine Todd Whitman: The United States needs to be engaged in the issue of climate change. Humans aren’t causing it, but humans are so exacerbating a natural trend.

What’s happening is that the earth cannot respond to it in the way that it has. We are seeing species damaged. We are seeing all sorts of issues that come from it and we haven’t had the chance to adapt.

So, the idea of slowing it down is an important one. We’re not going to stop it. I don’t believe that that should be a goal. It’s not practicable and it’s not possible.

But we do need to start taking some action now so that we can mitigate the worst of that potential damage and be able to react to it and have in place other positions and other policies that allow us to continue to grow.

Recorded on: September 15, 2008