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Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Martin O'Malley: Where Is He on the Environment?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With the threat of climate change and a host of other environmental challenges looming like a dark cloud, the 2016 election will be a time to hold candidates accountable on where they stand on these concerns -- and what they promise to deliver.

Jeb Bush Wants To Cut All Energy Subsidies

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that if elected in 2016, he would cut subsidies for both fossil fuels and renewable energy. ...

How Fossil Fuel Companies Get Paid to Pollute

Dominique Browning | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Dominique Browning

We are giving companies our money while they are making record profits -- and paying nothing for the harm they do us with their pollution.

Plains All American Gets a Sweetheart Deal From Taxpayers

Michelle Chan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Michelle Chan

Last Tuesday, a company called Plains All American made a huge, oily mess along nine miles of California coast. A pipeline ruptured at around 10:45 am, and before the flow could be stopped about 105,000 gallons of crude had escaped--including about 21,000 into the Pacific Ocean.

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

Tackling Climate Change -- For Our Kids

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The world needs to put the brakes on climate change. But any plan to tackle climate change can't sacrifice economic growth if we hope to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and ensure that poor people gain access to energy. We need to decouple growth from carbon emissions. Here are five ways the world can shift to a low-carbon growth path.

A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

With strong leaders from both the public and private sector, we can slow climate change now by putting a price on carbon, eliminating fuel subsidies, and bring together bold, innovative country plans.

Could Repealing "Corruption Taxes" Be the Democrats' Secret Weapon?

Al Lewis | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

These giveaways could be called "corruption taxes." The definition of a "corruption tax" is a transfer of wealth to the very rich that no honest congressperson would support if campaigns were publicly financed.

Cheap Oil's Make-Or-Break Moment for Clean Energy

Maria van der Hoeven | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Maria van der Hoeven

The plunge in oil prices may be good for consumers and the global economy, but it could also hurt efforts to make our planet's energy system more sustainable. Policy makers from around the world can prevent this by taking advantage of cheaper oil to make meaningful changes in the way we price energy.

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The costs to cities, coastlines and crops, as well as to the health and livelihoods of thousands, are mounting. China and the United States show the necessary determination to build a future based on low emissions through clean energy and livable cities because it makes sense for the environment and economies.

While We March For The Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters

Janet Redman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Janet Redman

Our leaders aren't just dithering at the edges while the planet burns -- they're actively inviting the very companies that are causing this crisis to help fix it.

Getting Energy Subsidies to Work in Favor of the Environment

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

In order to successfully address climate change as a market failure, the oil and gas industry must internalize social and environmental costs involved with producing carbon dioxide -- not be given tax breaks and subsidies for continuing this economically inefficient and environmentally devastating behavior.

September 21: "To Change Everything, We Need Everyone"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

In less than two weeks, thousands of people on six different continents will take to the streets to call on world leaders to prevent the catastrophic warming of our planet.

Parched California and Australia Suffer Honey Drought

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

So just how dry is California? According to tree ring data from the University of California at Berkeley, in some parts of the state, it hasn't been this drought-stricken since the year 1580.

A Global Ecocide Rampage (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

About 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the human race, depends upon killing our living planet for their daily livelihood.

Aussie Households Go Solar: Game-Changer

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Australia's household solar revolution has caught the government-owned electricity sector by surprise. More than one million Australians have already installed solar panels on their rooftops. It has caused demand for electricity from the grid to plummet.

Kate Sheppard

The Government Is Still Spending Billions To Subsidize Fossil Fuels

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for cutting fossil fuel subsidies in the form of tax breaks a...

Here's the Obvious Response to Climate Change Everyone Is Ignoring

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 07.13.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

I strongly suggest that it would be far more prudent to spend $2 trillion annually on future-proofing every town and city on planet Earth rather than subsidizing the demise of the human race and most other life-forms, too. Wouldn't you agree?

Jeremy Grantham: Tar Sands to Become a Stranded Asset

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that our planet is "perilously close" to a dangerous tipping point which will usher in "mercile...

Smooth Sailing: Wind Energy Is Breaking World and National Records

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

it's simply astonishing that Congress still is to renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC), one of the several tax incentives that invest in job creation in the clean energy industry. Just wind supports 80,000 jobs in the U.S., and 72 percent of the equipment needed to build wind turbines is manufactured in our country.

Naradev Sano: "If Not Us, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

What is perhaps most distressing for vulnerable countries like the Philippines and Bangladesh is the lack of urgency and political will demonstrated by rich nations to tackle the problem.

The World in 50 Years - An Energy Perspective

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Badr Jafar

If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.

Obama 2.0: The Climate Rescue Plan

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

If Obama can use his presidential authority to slash handouts to oil and gas groups, and plow that money into clean power instead, the IEA's much hoped for energy revolution will take a huge step towards becoming a reality.

'Exxon Hates Your Children,' New Ad Claims

Posted 12.05.2012 | Green

"Exxon Hates Your Children," a new ad targeting the fossil fuel industry declares. Two advocacy groups, Oil Change International and The Other 98%...

Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies 6 Times Greater Than Renewables Support Last Year

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green

DOHA, Qatar -- Hassan al-Kubaisi considers it a gift from above that drivers in oil- and gas-rich Qatar only have to pay $1 per gallon at the pump. "...