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California : Call the Question

Carl Pope | Posted 08.10.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

The eyes, and the hopes, of climate advocates everywhere should be focused for the next two weeks on California.   Our prospects for breakthrough cli...

A Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free California Is Within Reach

Daphne Wysham | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Daphne Wysham

California's well-earned reputation as a leader in developing and deploying renewable energy just got a new boost. In recent years, the state has set many impressive goals for the future, such as a goal to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030.

Five Ways to Improve California's Cap & Trade System

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Mike Sandler

After three years of auctions, the program is needlessly complex, the spending of funds is opaque, funded projects may not reduce emissions, and the state's goal of becoming a national or international template for carbon pricing is in question.

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

Mike Sandler | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Mike Sandler

Consumers will likely not notice the change, given the decrease in the price of oil over the past year and the overall volatility in gas prices. But the funds raised will be substantial.

Expanding on the California Climate Credit

Mike Sandler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

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.

Use Your Climate Credit to Ask for More

Mike Sandler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

In the next month, millions of Californians will receive their first "climate credit." The funds come from the revenue collected by the cap and trade program under the State's climate change law. Instead of going to pay for government programs or rebates, the money is going back to you. That is pretty unusual.

State Senator's Proposal Moves from Cap & Trade to Fee & Rebate

Mike Sandler | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

Plans for the use of revenue thus far haven't been pretty. Governor Jerry Brown borrowed from the Cap & Trade funds to plug a budget deficit, and then pledged millions toward the foundering high-speed rail project.

California and the Raiders of the Lost Commons

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.20.2013 | Green
Mike Sandler

The first Indiana Jones movie opens with our hero having his prize stolen from him by a rival archeologist. No one remembers that the statue actually belongs to the Peruvian tribespeople. In 2013, Californians are witnessing an allegory with the repeated raiding of the revenues from the carbon price under state law AB32 that should be theirs.

Fund Green Infrastructure, but Not With Cap-and-Trade

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Mike Sandler

Gas prices are broadcast on street corners throughout America, and are regularly featured on the evening news. They are a high-profile target for the public's anger, leading to "drill baby drill"-type campaigns, "gas tax holidays," and even extreme proposals to abolish state gas taxes.

The Way Forward

Lawrence Bender | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Lawrence Bender

While it doesn't have the headline-grabbing power of a big global treaty or act of Congress, the fact is that we are living in the midst of massive, decentralized, grassroots-up problem solving on climate.

Five Things You Should Know About Ozone Depleting Substances in California's Cap-and-trade Program

Gary Gero | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Gary Gero

California's cap-and-trade program incorporates the use of carbon offsets generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) to help the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

How the New Politics May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Terry Tamminen | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Terry Tamminen

Two years ago, the Koch brothers spent millions on a ballot measure that would have effectively overturned AB32. Campaign ads were ubiquitous and misleading, but the American Lung Association testified the real result of the measure would be dirty air and higher asthma rates.

Climate Law Is Good Business for California

Kate Gordon | Posted 12.13.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

AB32 should be a no-brainer for California businesses, so long as it's done right. Implementing the law is a challenge we all face moving forward, but it's one that smart state businesses should be engaged in, not fighting against.

Put Up a Paradise in That Paved Parking Lot

Gary Gero | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Gary Gero

Trees help address climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon in tree roots, trunks, and branches. And urban forests provide additional positive environmental, health and community benefits.

Cap and Trade: California's Best Secret

Kate Gordon | Posted 10.09.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

AB 32 is the most ambitious program in the United States to combat the pernicious effects of global warming. But the program will only be successful if it is embraced by the California citizens who say they want action on climate change.

What D.C. Can Teach California -- and Vice Versa -- About Putting Together a Climate Bill

Kate Gordon | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

The fact that Congress is reluctant to curb climate change today doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from Washington when it comes to smart energy policy.

California Is Leading: Will the Nation Follow?

Claire Tomkins | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Claire Tomkins

America needs to lead. We use the most energy. We use the most resources. And we generate more trash than anyone else on the planet. It's not that we don't know how to do it. We do already. Here in California.

Is Cap and Trade for Pet Projects or for Transformation?

Mike Sandler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Mike Sandler

For California to meet its AB32 goals, the state will need to do more than just tinkering with its energy and transportation systems.

A Year After Copenhagen, California Shows the Green Revolution Is Alive and Well

Arnold Schwarzenegger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Arnold Schwarzenegger

The special interests that profit from fossil fuels will not wither away and die without a fight. They have deep pockets, and they will stop at nothing to disrupt and delay this historic transition. So let's stand up to them.

About California's Proposed Cap & Trade Regulation

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

An alternative strategy for climate protection advocates would be to ask for a delay.

Tree Hugging Ain't the (Only) Reason Californians Endorsed Climate and Clean Energy (Prop. 23)

Donnie Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donnie Fowler

Just after Labor Day, the race was tied, and with only ten days to go, the lead was barely in double digits. The ultimate 22-point defeat of Prop. 23 arose because of tremendous work by a broad coalition.

California Voters Say Hell No to Texas Oil and Proposition 23

Becky Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Becky Bond

The story of this election is not that Silicon Valley businessmen outspent the Texas oil men. It's that voters, educated and mobilized by the grassroots, fought back against an outrageous corporate power grab.

Defeating Prop 23 Is a National Issue, Not Just a California Issue

Peter Glatzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Glatzer

The passing of Prop 23 would turn the clock backwards on the support of clean technology companies in the state, on green jobs, on emissions standards, and it would send a message to the rest of the country that if California can't do it, nobody can.

Weekly Mulch: Why Energy Reform is on Shaky Ground

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Since national energy reform is on the rocks, ethanol subsidies for the Midwest and ballot propositions to...

Mapping the Money and PR Behind Prop 23

Ryan Van Lenning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ryan Van Lenning

At least 92% of contributions being pumped into Prop 23 are from energy companies that would be regulated by the energy and climate legislation they are trying to overturn.