Carla Skandier joined The Democracy Collaborative as a Research Associate with the Next System Project in October 2015 having completed a LLM (Master of Laws)'s degree in Energy from Vermont Law School in 2015. She has a background in international environmental law, climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development, particularly in developing countries as Brazil and China. During her time as a Global Energy Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, she worked with Vermont communities as they aimed to develop renewable energy projects to provide community self-sufficiency and economic development. Carla is delighted to be the first Brazilian to join the Democracy Collaborative staff. She looks forward to expanding the energy democracy movement across the world.
As we gear up for a war-type of mobilization to mitigate the climate crisis, a federal takeover of the oil, gas and coal industry should be on the table. By nationalizing the fossil fuel industry — the core industry that keep fueling the extractive mentality and further promoting social and environmental inequalities — through the sovereign monetary power of the Fed, we will be able to unleash the potential for an economy where sustainability, equity and democracy are at its center.
- Open Democracy
Tackling the climate crisis requires public ownership of the energy sector in both the US and UK.
- Common Dreams
Many of the proposals to help curb climate change fail to address the long incentivization of fossil fuel extraction. Incentives should be moved toward production and use of renewables if any valuable change is to happen.
- The Intercept
In a discussion of the UK's considerations to nationalize or renationalize many services, a report by Carla Santos Skandier, Research Associate for the Next Systems Project with the Democracy Collaborative, is featured explaining the path that nationalizing fossil fuels might take in the U.S. The deprivatization of the fossil fuels industry is especially important as it would have large effects on climate and environment policy, as well.
Cala Skandier, of the Democracy Collaborative, writes for Truthout: "Fossil Fuels Are Next in Line for a Bailout – Here’s How We Respond." In this article, Carla Skandier writes about the quantitative easing for the planet:
That’s when the term “quantitative easing” entered the mainstream vocabulary. By pumping trillions of dollars into the economy, the Federal Reserve was able to buy assets of failing financial institutions, providing them with the parachute for a soft landing and a floor below which the economy would not fall further.