Tzeporah Berman: We Can Fix The Oil Sands—So Why Haven't We?
She explains that instead of making new laws to protect the wildlife and natural resources in the area, rules are actually becoming more lenient, or, in some cases, eliminated altogether. What's even worse, she says, is we actually are capable of cleaning up the oil sands. We just haven't. "Companies have technology today that would eliminate any new tailings ponds," she writes. "But as one company executive told me recently, they won’t deploy the technology until regulation forces all companies to do so, creating a level playing field." What does she suggest? "To truly fix the oil sands, we need our government to actually govern—that is, to protect the public interest by regulating polluting companies....we need to put a price on pollution and demand higher royalties from Big Oil."
As a leading voice for the clean energy movement, Berman has designed environmental procurement policies for some of the largest companies in the world. Currently, she is a strategic advisor on climate and energy policy, oil sands and related pipeline debates. She is the author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge and has been named as one of the 50 Visionaries Changing the World. In her talks, she inspires audiences to protect the resources we have today and ensure that our energy use is sustainable.