The Consulate General of Canada (CGC) in New York, which includes New Jersey as part of its territory, reached out to the Rutgers Energy Institute for participants in an oil sands tour. Oil sands is a naturally occurring mixture of sand, clay or other minerals, water and bitumen.
The CGC, which is responsible for energy- and climate-related advocacy, organized the tour to Alberta for a group of energy experts drawn from academia, think tanks and sector organizations from within the Consulate General’s territory.
Representing the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) was Nirav Patel, research scholar and director of experiential learning at Rutgers Honors College, who sat down for a Q&A following the four-day tour to Alberta.
Why did you go on the tour? Patel: I study the role of energy education on fostering environmental behavior. The trip was a significant opportunity to discern the facts from myths and misunderstandings that are often reported in popular press on energy production and specifically as it relates to Oil Sands of Alberta. Secondly, given that the trip was being organized by the public policy arm of the Consulate General of Canada in New York, I was representing Rutgers Energy Institute’s mission to offer policy advice to government, business, and civic leaders on energy...