What Howard Schultz — or any independent — needs to have a real shot

By Christine Todd Whitman CNN January 29, 2019 Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, said Sunday he was seriously considering a run for president as a "centrist independent." While we are both former elected officials of the two traditional parties, we feel passionately that Americans need an independent option. We aren't endorsing Schultz, but we are encouraged that a candidate closer to the center of the political spectrum may run. The only problem is that Schultz or someone like him stands almost no chance. [...]

The importance of independent, unbiased data

By Christine Todd Whitman The Hill January 24, 2019 The Trump administration’s latest revelation that perhaps thousands more kids have been separated from their families at the border, is yet another signal of how this administration seemingly manipulates facts and misleads the public — in ways that are slowly chipping away at our democracy's credibility and integrity. [...]

Climate Change and Conservatism

By Christine Todd Whitman Harvard Law Review November 8, 2018 In early October, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming new report on the impact climate change will have on the planet by 2040. These new findings, reviewed by ninety-one international scientists, are worrisome because it now seems that disaster is possible with an even smaller increase in global temperatures than previously estimated. In fact, the report indicates that if urgent and unprecedented change does not take place, we are at risk of losing our planet to the effects of global warming – extreme heat, drought, floods, poverty and the like. [...]

Ex-EPA chief: Trump will pollute your air and make you pay for it

By Christine Todd Whitman CNN October 4, 2018 With the Trump administration taking steps to roll back America's clean-cars standards, states are preparing for what is sure to be an epic legal battle over states' authority to protect their citizens from dangerous pollution. In the latest escalation in their fight against the Trump administration, California regulators have approved new measures to defend the state's vehicle emissions standards. [...]

Gov. Whitman: I’m glad to see Republicans recognizing climate change. Now they must do something

By Christine Todd Whitman New Jersey Opinion October 1, 2018 During my time as both governor of New Jersey and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, I knew that I'd be judged by my actions. All the speeches and public appearances in the world won't convince people you've done your job unless you produce results. [...]

Calling my fellow Republicans: Trump is clearly unfit to remain in office

By Christine Todd Whitman Los Angeles Times July 22, 2018 President Trump’s disgraceful performance in Helsinki, Finland, and in the days since is an indication that he is not fit to remain in office. Trump’s 2016 “America First” platform might be more aptly named “Russia First” after the disaster that occurred last week. [...]

Christine Todd Whitman: Oil industry is ‘peddling misinformation’ about electric vehicles

By Christine Todd Whitman Yahoo! Finance June 29, 2018 When technological innovation threatens to upend the status quo, the status quo fights back. Every time. I try to keep that in mind when observing oil industry-backed efforts to discredit electric vehicles (EVs) and dismantle progress on transportation electrification by peddling misinformation through industry-funded studies. [...]

Christine Todd Whitman: Scott Pruitt is unfit to run the EPA

By Christine Todd Whitman The Hill April 27, 2018 Scott Pruitt’s ethical tone deafness has, ironically, come across loud and clear. The rule he signed this week targeting what he called “secret science” serves as yet further evidence of his inability to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with ethical integrity. In fact, the new rule is a surefire way to kill science at the agency as it de-incentivizes the private sector to share proprietary studies with the EPA. [...]