Christine Todd Whitman
Co-Chair, CASEnergy; Former Governor, New Jersey

Christine Todd Whitman on the Myth of Energy Independence

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Christine Todd Whitman makes the case for nuclear.

Christine Todd Whitman

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.


Christine Todd Whitman: I think energy independence is a false goal. We’re never going to be energy independent because oil and energy is fungible. Oil moves around.

But we certainly can become less dependent on foreign oil and oil from countries that don’t like us. That, I think, should be our goal; that’s were we should focus ourselves.

We’re going to need to do more in conservation. We’re going to need to do more in renewable resources.

And we’re going to need to look at the base power that we have today, and we need to do more with things like nuclear energy. That’s an important part. It’s 20% percent of our power today.

If you care about climate change, if you care about air quality, nuclear is the only form of base power that does not emit any of the regulated pollutants while it is producing power.

We’re going to have coal. It’s going to be part of our futures; over 50% of our energy today. We need to make sure it’s low sulfur coal and that it’s burned as cleanly as possible and that we understand what we can do with the CO2 that is emitted.

We’re going to have to have all of these things. There’s no one silver bullet.

Recorded on: September 15, 2008