Paulson, Baker and Schultz

A Conservative Climate Solution: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax

By John Schwartz, NYTimes A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change. The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing […]

Election day: 13 days until we keep going

The election is just 13 days away and climate protection has barely been a topic on the national stage.  This year has been the hottest ever recorded, and yet we continue to pour carbon into the atmosphere because the price of fossil fuels do not reflect their true costs – yet. Four times in the last month, the […]

The Forks in the Road after the Paris Agreement

by Mike Sandler Without a doubt, the Paris Agreement is historic. It provides some much-needed relief to the UN process and the leaders of the world who suffered a major setback after the UN’s Copenhagen breakdown in 2009. It lets a term-limited President of the United States claim to have set laudably ambitious goals, and […]

Our Man In Washington

Climate Protection Campaign co-founder Mike Sandler brought this big climate dividend check to the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington DC.  The “Big Div” shows how revenues from a carbon fee on upstream polluters can be returned back to households. A recent proposal by Senators Boxer and Sanders would include 60% of revenues returned as […]

Money from Cap & Trade is headed your way

By Mike Sandler and Barry Vesser Published in the Press Democrat 2/13/12 In his inauguration speech, President Obama called for a response to climate change. While commendable that he put climate change back on the political agenda, he forgot the two most important words: carbon price. A carbon price will encourage businesses to make low-carbon […]

California’s historic climate dividend

On November 16th the California Public Utilities Commission announced its decision on how it will handle the revenue generated by auctions in the utility sector in compliance with AB 32 the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act. The decision supports using this revenue to shield utility ratepayers from electric rates which will increase due to the […]

Business groups on both sides

Last week, Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, told the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, Western States Petroleum Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce: “Join the many hundreds of businesses that are investing in the fight against climate change instead of fighting AB32.” They fought the original legislation for California greenhouse […]

Global Action: The Big Push

Climate Protection Campaign is the fiscal sponsor for Mary Ellen Harte’s climate messaging project. Here is a recent article she wrote with her husband in the Huffington Post. “What if there was an affordable plan to improve America’s health, wealth, and national security? Not only America’s, but the world’s. A dream, you say? You bet […]

Is Coal a “Dead Man Walking?”

Washington Post ran an article recently, “Coal’s burnout: Have investors moved on to cleaner energy sources?” by Steven Mufsons: “The headline news for the coal industry in 2010 was what didn’t happen: Construction did not begin on a single new coal-fired power plant in the United States for the second straight year…This in a nation […]

U.S. Climate Legislation: Will it help or hurt our economy?

Printed in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat July 3, 2009 If Congress passes climate legislation this year, it will likely initiate one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history – hundreds of billions of dollars over time. Who will benefit and who will lose? The answer depends on what approach Congress takes over […]