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Mike Sandler
Mike Sandler spent much of the past ten years working with local governments, water agencies, and others to develop climate protection programs in California, including co-founding the Climate Protection Campaign. Mike has served as a City Planning Commissioner and as an advisor to an air quality regulatory agency. His research interests include public trust aspects of carbon market mechanisms, and monetary reform for sustainability. He has a degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Entries by Mike Sandler

Progressive Rants from Alternate Universe Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 5:07 PM

In an alternate universe, Donald Trump uses his powers for good instead of evil. Previously that imaginary environmentalist Donald ranted about coal, oil, climate science, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the Paris Climate Agreement. Now that this universe's Donald has done better than expected in early primaries, it...

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Be Bold for the Climate on Super Tuesday

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 9:22 AM

On Super Tuesday, voters will indicate the direction of the country for the next four or eight years. The Presidential Primary election will reveal whether they think small incremental steps are sufficient, given the major issues we face as a nation.

The issues are especially acute...

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Switching From Biblical End Times To The Doomsday Scenarios of Climate Science

(13) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 12:34 PM

The early Republican Presidential caucuses and primaries have put a spotlight on evangelical religious voters, reminding the secular (scientifically literate) community of the differences between their worldview and the one held by the Religious Right.

Judging from the statements of candidates like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Carson,...

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Scientific Literacy, Religion and the Fate of the World

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 12:47 PM

The U.S. Presidential primary debates and the media have thus far given very little attention to climate change. Perhaps that is the for best, since, at least on the Republican side, more coverage in the lead up to the Iowa caucuses would only serve to provide a platform for misinformation...

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The Paris Agenda: Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Auction Permits, Protect People

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 11:12 PM

Climate campaigners have adopted a slogan for the lead up to the international climate change conference (COP-21) in Paris this December: "Leave it in the ground." The UN's climate chief Christiana Figueres told the fossil fuel industry, "Three-quarters of the fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the...

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Debt Ceiling Means Another Chance to Discuss the Trillion Dollar Coin

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:33 PM

The U.S. government avoided a shutdown on October 1st with a continuing budget resolution now set to expire on December 11th. Then Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a deadline that was even sooner: unless Congress takes action on the debt ceiling by November 5th, the government...

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What If Janet Yellen Joined Todd Stern in Paris?

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:46 PM

On December 11, the UN Climate Change conference in Paris (called COP-21) will be wrapping up, and the headlines will announce if the negotiators were able to agree to save the Earth or not. Todd Stern, the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for Climate Change, will be leading the U.S....

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Environmental NGOs: Be More Specific for Paris

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:16 PM

For environmental groups, the biggest event of the decade will be the international climate change negotiations in Paris in December called COP-21. Enviro groups have been sending out emails, asking their members to sign petitions, and tweeting up a storm (pardon the pun): #ActinParis, #RoadthroughParis, #PathwaytoParis,...

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Cap and Trump: Imaginary Environmentalist Rants From the Donald

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Donald Trump has been hogging the headlines with his wild rants about immigrants, Mexicans, Mexican immigrants, and Megyn Kelly. His outlandish statements are made with conviction, and when questioned, he not only "doubles down," he triples down. What if Donald Trump used his tough-guy, 3rd grade level ...

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Five Ways to Improve California's Cap & Trade System

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:45 AM

The State of California will be hosting a series of public workshops in August to update their plan for distributing the billion or so dollars collected through the state's Cap & Trade climate change program in the next few years. This presents an opportunity to review California's approach...

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Greece's Debt, a New Monetary System, and the Climate Negotiations in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:01 PM

People can't stop talking about the economic crisis in Greece. There are many layers to it, but generally it involves negotiating a restructuring of Greece's debt with the IMF, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank. Some of the debt arose from the Greek government's trade deficits...

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The Pope Calls for New Global Institution to Protect the Commons, Tackle Climate and Poverty

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Pope Francis's recently released Encyclical "Laudato Si" makes a strong moral case for climate action. It is a powerfully-written, wide-ranging document, and is already influencing decision makers and observers preparing for the U.N. climate conference taking place in December. For those interested in how carbon pricing can contribute...

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Greece and the U.S. Senate: Economics for the 99 Percent

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:17 AM

The recent election in Greece has brought a new party called Syriza to power, whose platform is economic stimulus not austerity. The austerity mindset, embraced by Germany and the International Monetary Fund, is known for imposing austerity, cutting government spending on public services and social benefits, and, finally, Greece had...

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Marketing California's "Climate Credit for Cars" to Everyone

(7) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 9:41 PM

Starting in January 2015, California's cap and trade program is expanding to include transportation fuels. Gasoline refiners will be required to purchase allowances for the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their product, and at $12 a ton for carbon dioxide, this will raise the price of California gas for consumers...

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For Paris 2015: A Climate Trust Not a Treaty

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 10:41 PM

The international negotiators meeting in Lima, Peru for the 20th United Nations convention on climate change have all but given up on a new legally enforceable climate treaty to replace the outdated Kyoto Protocol. In preparations for the Paris climate conference in December 2015, the Obama Administration avoids the word...

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Expanding on the California Climate Credit

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:41 PM

California's climate change program lowered millions of households utility bills last April, but very few people noticed. And it is about to happen again with the return of the semi-annual "California Climate Credit" applied to October bills. The credit deserves more attention because it is the rare case...

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Who Will Carry Big Dividend Checks at the People's Climate March?

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:06 PM

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
-From the US Declaration of Independence
"...all persons have a right to income from...
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When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:47 AM

International development philanthropies have been testing out a simple solution to a complex problem. Can we help the poorest people in the world by just giving them money? If so, how about giving them money with no strings attached? An idea that simple to solve a problem that complex must...

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Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:35 PM

In the next month, millions of Californians will receive their first "climate credit." The credit will appear as a line item of about $35 on household electric utility bills for customers of PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and a few others around April or...

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How Climate Extinction Are You? (Wait, What?)

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Guess what! I just read on the Internet that we're in the sixth great extinction event in the planet's history! That's right! Many of the plants and animals that you grew up hearing about -- orangutans, rhinoceroses, tigers -- are now threatened with extinction! It's so depressing that...

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