Christine Todd Whitman on Global Challenges Ahead
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.
Question: Will climate change be the challenge that unites the world?
Christine Todd Whitman: I certainly hope it unites us because a solution isn’t going to come from only one country. If the United States were to adopt Kyoto tomorrow, and China and India were to continue not to be partners in it, we’re not going to solve the problem. It’s going to take all of us. But it’s very hard to ask other countries to do what you’re not willing to do.
That’s why I believe it’s important that we do have a permanent and a hard cap on carbon. We need to do that. We need to move in that direction and it is a way that we can unite.
But we’re going to have other environmental challenges. And another one that should unite the world is water quality. And, of course, climate change affects that, and that has a very real impact on people today.
Recorded on: September 15, 2008
"The solution will not come from one country," says Whitman. "And you cannot ask of others what you will not do yourself."
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