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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[…]

Oil will not solve our energy problems, but the government should listen to the states that would consider drilling from their coasts.

Christine Todd Whitman: First of all, oil and off-shore drilling is not going to be the only way we’re going to solve the energy crisis. As I said before, it’s going to take more nuclear. It’s going to take coal. It’s going to take more conservation. It’s going to take more renewables.

Having said that, there are clearly already states that have stepped up and said we will be happy and willing to look at off-shore drilling because we understand that environmental technology has come far enough to allow us to do that kind of thing with much less impact on the environment, than we’ve seen negative impact on the environment, than we’ve seen in the past and that’s important.

So, I don’t see that that is a realistic scenario, frankly.

Recorded on: September 15, 2008