Christine Todd Whitman, an ASP Board Member, former Governor of New Jersey, and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush, sat down for an interview with Forbes Magazine to discuss nuclear energy policy.
Whitman makes the case that nuclear energy would be enormously beneficial for the US. Those benefits are not only environmental, but economical as well.
“We are talking about a whole pipeline of jobs—not just nuclear scientists and engineers. These plants need electrical wiring, cement, security, cleanup—a whole panoply of jobs. There’s a lot of hiring to be done, and when the decision-makers consider what their energy mix should look like, they need to understand that nuclear brings a lot of good jobs.”
During the interview, she stressed the need to educate the public about nuclear energy.
“Studies have shown that the closer people live to nuclear reactors, the more comfortable they are with nuclear, and the more they appreciate the safety of this energy and the benefits to the community. These studies excluded people who work at the nuclear sites. The farther people live from a reactor, the greater the lack of information.”