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Former NJ Governor Talks Climate Change

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Oldwick, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Christie Whitman was the first female governor of New Jersey as well as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under George W. Bush. Whitman identifies herself as both a conservative and environmental activist and she feels that the idea of climate change is an ongoing issue and that many environmentalists have actually hurt the cause.

“By declaring unequivocally, they being the environmental communities, saying humans cause climate change. Well I think we all know that the climate has been changing since the earth was formed. In fairness I think the environmentalists have overplayed their hands. I think Al Gore overplayed his hand with “An Inconvenient Truth” it was good in that it raised the issue of climate change in people’s consciousness, it did a disservice in the graphs he used, made it look like the worlds gonna come to an end tomorrow,” she said.

Whitman believes that human behavior is just exacerbating the problem, not the cause of the problem.

“We can’t stop it. That’s a natural phenomenon that’s human arrogance to say we can stop climate change, but we can slow it,” Whitman asserted.

She believes that there are both real health reasons and fiscal reasons why more and more people should get onboard. Regarding how climate change interferes with health conditions, she stated that asthma occurs at epidemic rates in this country. And as far as our wallets are concerned, Whitman says that we all pay increases in our insurance premiums as the country rebuilds over and over again from storms and hurricanes.

“I mean you say to somebody ‘climate change is a world problem’ and they look at you like ‘ok what am I gonna do about it?’” She said.

Whitman said that people can start doing their part by switching to eco-friendly light bulbs and using energy-star appliances.


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