Christie Todd Whitman on Energy & Oil

Former Director of the E.P.A (Pres. Bush Cabinet); Former Republican Governor (NJ)


Need all energy resources to meet demand, including nuclear

The conference addressed the opportunities for development of ALL of our domestic energy resources to meet the demand for abundant, reliable and affordable energy for our future, and in my remarks I highlighted the important role nuclear energy will play in cleanly meeting the rising energy demand in Virginia and the U.S. The U.S. demand for energy is forecast to increase 24 percent by 2035, and nuclear energy can help meet that target without emitting harmful pollutants into the air.
Source: Whitman column on CAS Energy website , Oct 17, 2011

Prepared EPA for regulating carbon dioxide

Once in office the president named Christie Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of NJ, to head the EPA. In her new role as administrator, Whitman made many public pronouncements on the coming effort to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. It seemed Republicans, often accused of being in league with polluters, might finally challenge the popular notion that only Democrats care about the air we breathe. After all, it was President Nixon who had signed into law the nation's first clean air legislation.

When President Bush recanted on regulating carbon dioxide, I was witness to EPA administrator Whitman's humiliation on this point.

Source: Against the Tide, by Sen. Lincoln Chafee, p.104-105 , Apr 1, 2008

Don't say "no" to drilling nor wind farms

This writer waited in line to ask Whitman her views on the Cape Wind issue. [Whitman responded], "You know, we are so quick to say 'no' in this country whether it be to drilling or wind farms or whatever. We all want our lights to turn on and our computers to boot up."
Source: Libby Hughes in Cape Cod Today, "Kennedy School" , Dec 6, 2006

There should be a mandatory cap on emissions

[Whitman said at Harvard's Kennedy School Forum], "Bush must compromise and the Democrats must meet him halfway. He has an opportunity in the next two years, but voluntary programs are not enough. There should be a mandatory cap on emissions. The White House has indicated they are willing to talk. The State of the Union address is the way to state these views. The climate of politics has to change. The president has an opportunity to work with the new Democratic leaders in Congress."
Source: Libby Hughes in Cape Cod Today, "Kennedy School" , Dec 6, 2006

Practical to require car companies to increase gas mileage

Q. Will there be an increase in the gas tax?

A. Americans respond to pressure. It would never pass. It requires automobile companies to increase the gas mileage in cars. That's practical.

Q. What is your view on regulations?

A. They have to be wise regulations. The American people have to become engaged in the issue. Al Gore has done wonders for this issue with his documentary.

Source: Libby Hughes in Cape Cod Today, "Kennedy School" , Dec 6, 2006

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Whitman adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy NR-11, Global Climate Change Domestic Policy 00-NGA3 on Aug 15, 2000

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

Whitman adopted the National Governors Association policy:

If appropriate international commitments are established and are ratified by the US, the Governors believe implementation should be allowed to be achieved through cost-effective market-based activities, which account for scientifically verifiable and accountable reductions in greenhouse gas levels regardless of where the reductions are achieved. Any multinational emissions trading program must provide a flexible and workable framework that takes full advantage of market forces and maximizes international participation.
Source: NGA policy NR-11, Climate Change International Policy 00-NGA4 on Aug 15, 2000

Member of Bush’s National Energy Policy Development Group.

Whitman is a member of Bush’s National Energy Policy Development Group:

    The National Energy Policy Development (NEPD) Group was directed by President Bush to “develop a national energy policy designed to… promote dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound production and distribution of energy for the future.”The National Energy Policy we propose follows three basic principles:
  1. The Policy is a long-term, comprehensive strategy. Our energy crisis has been years in the making, and will take years to put fully behind us.
  2. The Policy will advance new, environmentally friendly technologies to increase energy supplies and encourage cleaner, more efficient energy use.
  3. The Policy seeks to raise the living standards of the American people, recognizing that to do so our country must fully integrate its energy, environmental, and economic policies.

    Applying these principles, we urge action to meet five specific national goals.
  1. Modernize conservation: The best way of meeting this goal is to increase energy efficiency by applying new technology—raising productivity, reducing waste, and trimming costs.
  2. Modernize our energy infrastructure: To reduce the incidents of electricity blackouts, we must greatly enhance our ability to transmit electric power between geographic regions.
  3. Increase energy supplies: A primary goal is to add supply from diverse sources: domestic oil and gas via high-tech drilling; clean coal research; hydropower and nuclear power.
  4. Accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment: We do not accept the false choice between environmental protection and energy production. An integrated approach to policy can yield a cleaner environment, a stronger economy, and a sufficient supply of energy for our future.
  5. Increase our nation ’s energy security: We must prepare our nation for supply emergencies, and assist low-income Americans who are most vulnerable in times of supply disruption.
Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD0 on May 2, 2001

Tax credits & more funding for renewable energy research.

Whitman adopted the National Energy Policy Development Group report:

Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD1 on May 2, 2001

Open small fraction of ANWR for regulated production .

Whitman adopted the National Energy Policy Development Group report:

Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD2 on May 2, 2001

Long-term energy stability avoids high-polluting emergencies.

Whitman adopted the National Energy Policy Development Group report:

We are all aware of past excesses in our use of the natural world and its resources. No one wishes to see them repeated. In the 21st century, the ethic of good stewardship is well established in American life and law. We do not accept the false choice between environmental protection and energy production. America is using more, and polluting less. The primary reason for that has been steady advances in the technology of locating, producing, and using energy.

One of the factors harming the environment today is the very lack of a comprehensive, long-term national energy policy. States confronting blackouts must take desperate measures, often at the expense of environmental standards, requesting waivers of environmental rules, and delaying the implementation of anti-pollution efforts. Shortfalls in electricity generating capacity and shortsighted policies have blocked construction of new, cleaner plants, leaving no choice but to rely on older, inefficient plants to meet demand. The increased use of emergency power sources, such as diesel generators, results in greater air pollution.

Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD3 on May 2, 2001

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