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Subsidy Reform

How Can We Pay for the New Energy Economy?

William S. Becker | Posted 12.19.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

Many a great idea has been deflated by a simple question: "That's nice, but who's going to pay for it?" That question hovered like a cloud over the international climate conference in Paris a week ago.

We Need an Intervention for Our Carbon Addiction

William S. Becker | Posted 12.18.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

There is an old saying for people who are stuck in an unhealthy situation: If you want to get out of a hole, stop digging. There is a corollary for a world addicted to fossil fuels: If you want to cure the addiction, stop subsidizing the drug.

Subsidies -- Love Them or Hate Them, It's Better to Target Them

Masood Ahmed | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Masood Ahmed

Like many things, there may be a time and a place for using subsidies. But they need to be better targeted. And, often, there will be better alternatives. Alternatives that do a better job of protecting the poor.