Nominated by US president George W. Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In March 2001 she reveled that she supports Bush's policies on CO2, mainly, that more regulation is not needed because she dose not view CO2 pollution as a significant enough threat to the environment to outweigh the possibility of more energy shortages like the ones that occurred in California earlier in 2001. See California outages, rolling blackouts.

"Governor Christie Todd Whitman is a chief executive who understands the importance of a clean and healthy environment, and will ensure that environmental regulations are based on sound science . . ." said Bush prior to her appointment.

Many people concerned with the environment have become outraged because during his campaign Bush promised to 'do something' about CO2 and other forms of pollution.