Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Q&A: Christine Todd Whitman on Nuclear Power’s Promise — And its Limits

Christine Todd Whitman could be called a realist. A former Republican governor of New Jersey and member of the George W. Bush administration, she joined three other former GOP-appointed Environmental Protection Agency administrators on Capitol Hill last June to urge Senate lawmakers to acknowledge the existence of climate change. Now, as co-chair of the nuclear advocacy group CASEnergy, she not only calls on utilities to invest in atomic energy, she also recognizes the sector’s limits: Nuclear energy, she says, will likely never produce more than one-fifth of the nation’s electricity — and what’s more, it might one day be overtaken by zero-emissions renewables like wind and solar.

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