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Posts from January 2016

Invest in California’s future, reinvest in higher education

by Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine

For more than 20 years, public higher education has been neglected in California’s budget process. That has begun to change lately, but legislators should commit to a plan to fully restore per-student state support for public higher education to 2001 levels by 2020. (Nick Lammers // Oakland Tribune file) In… More

The volcanic core fueling the 2016 election

by Robert Reich

Not a day passes that I don’t get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders’s and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans, or bank plans, or health-care plans. I don’t mind. I’ve been teaching public policy for much of the last 35 years. I’m a policy wonk. But detailed pol… More

A commercialization strategy for carbon-negative energy

By Daniel L. Sanchez and Daniel Kammen

Climate change mitigation requires gigatonne-scale CO2 removal technologies, yet few examples exist beyond niche markets. The flexibility of thermochemical conversion of biomass and fossil energy, coupled with carbon capture and storage, offers a route to commercializing carbon-negative energy. The Intergove… More