On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?” Maggie Feldman-Piltch interviews ASP Chairperson Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator. Well known as a leading Republican voice on climate and energy security, Gov. Whitman talks about how technology can play a role in turning challenges into opportunities.
The conversation also includes a discussion of the role of nuclear power in the United States and around the world, and the true risks it does or doesn’t pose. Governor Whitman also advocates for the use of US nuclear technology over that of China and Russia as a matter of national security.
Governor Whitman served as the 51st and first female Governor of New Jersey and was a member of President George W. Bush’s cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Currently she is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses, organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.
As Governor, Christie Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. She was also recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation. As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies. She championed regulations requiring non-road diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent. Under her tenure, the Agency established the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of “brownfields”, that is, previously contaminated industrial sites.
About “What’s Next?”
“What’s Next?” is American Security Project’s weekly, non-partisan podcast series featuring interviews with national security leaders and critical issue experts. Each episode runs about 20 minutes- making it the perfect addition to your DC commute.
Hosted by Maggie Feldman-Piltch and produced by Matthew Wallin, the conversations go beyond the dinner party commentary and offer guests the opportunity to discuss their vision for security in the 21st century, the strategy that vision requires, and what it means for America going forward- in less time than it takes you to get to work. With topics ranging from geo-economics to nuclear security, cultural diplomacy to energy security and asymmetric operations, “What’s Next?” is one of the many ways ASP works to raise the American public’s understanding of complex security issues we face.