Tzeporah Berman: Empty Promises Won't Bring Our Climate Pollution Down
Recently, the U.S. ambassador to Canada has asked the federal government to step up and do their part to fight climate change. The Obama administration has committed more than $90-billion for clean energy, and they are asking Canadians to do the same. There have been promises made, but Berman argues that none have been fulfilled. Achieving our climate goals, thankfully, isn't an impossible task. If we introduce regulations on oil sands emissions, restore federal support for clean energy and efficiency programs, and make investments in sectors other than just the oil sands, we can forge a path toward achieving the climate goals the government has promised.
We can't, however, continue to do the same thing we have been doing so far. As Berman argues: "No amount of expensive public relations and empty promises can bring our climate pollution down. The United States understands this. Shouldn’t we?"
Berman is the author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge and is a leading voice for the clean energy movement. She is also a strategic adviser on climate and energy policy including the issues surrounding the oil sands and the Keystone pipeline debate. In her keynotes, she urges us to protect the resources we have today by keeping an eye on the future impacts of our actions. She also provides practical advice that can help us achieve our climate goals and secure a greener and more sustainable future.