Pete Pedersen of Brightfields LLC with Gov. Whitman at the lunchon.
Today, members of the New England Council’s Energy & Environment Committee had the opportunity to meet with former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, who served as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President George W. Bush. Gov. Whitman discussed her current work as the Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASENergy), a national grassroots coalition formed to support the increased use of nuclear energy to ensure environmentally clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity. CASEnergy works to educate the public and address concerns about the safety of nuclear energy.
Gov. Whitman noted that recent polling suggests that approximately 50 percent of the American people support expanded nuclear energy in the U.S. While unpopular in some areas of the country, she explained that there is a great appetite for nuclear power in areas where unemployment is high because of the opportunity for good-paying jobs at nuclear facilities.
In addition to her work to promote nuclear energy, Governor Whitman also addressed the current debt ceiling stalemate on Capitol Hill. Gov. Whitman is troubled by the lack of bi-partisan compromise, and noted that while Congress has spent so much time fighting about spending and the deficit, many other important issues–such as a comprehensive energy bill–have been set aside.
A special thanks to NEC Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications for hosting the luncheon.