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Government Subsidies

Moral Pollution

Peter Neill | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

In the context of the ocean, indeed of our relationship to the natural world in general, the operative extreme relates, in my view, to greed and its associated derivatives, corruption and hypocrisy.

Junk Food Subsidies Since 1995 Could Buy Nearly 52 Billion Twinkies: Study

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business

Make no mistake, the U.S. federal government is doing everything it can to make sure your junk food urges are fulfilled on the cheap. A new study,...

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Katy Hall & Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday evening, 41 Republican senators voted against expanding gun background checks. In doing so, they helped define the legacy of an expansive...

Senate Barbershop Loses $350,000 Per Year

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.20.2013 | DC

After lathering up deficits of roughly $350,000 a year over the past 15 years, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says it’s time to give the U....

It Is Time for the Arab World to Invest in People Not Subsidies

Hana Brixi | Posted 04.18.2013 | World
Hana Brixi

The fundamental problem with subsidies is that they benefit the rich far more than the poor. They are as expensive as they are inefficient, failing to deliver any economic or social value equal to the money spent on them.

David Brooks and Charles Lane: Wrong on Al Gore, Wrong on Renewables

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Maligning Al Gore for making shrewd investments is silly. But trying to poison public opinion about the need to promote clean energy alternatives with what we know about climate change? That's irresponsible.

The Real Welfare Queens

Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

Welfare queens may actually look more like giant corporations. The government spent about $59 billion to pay for traditional social welfare progra...

Crony Capitalism's Unofficial Mascot Rails Against... Crony Capitalism

Posted 09.10.2012 | Business

It’s time to put an end to crony capitalism, says huge beneficiary of crony capitalism. Charles Koch, the CEO of the notorious Koch Industries, ...

Then, Who DID Build It, Mr. President?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Many businesses do not merely benefit from state intervention, but would sink without it. Liberals rarely confront the corporate interests that most rely upon Washington's redistribution of wealth to the powerful and socialization of risk.

One Industry Is Still Getting Government Handouts, Despite Netting Billions

Bloomberg View | The Editors | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

Imagine an industry on a roll. Its income surpassed the $100 billion mark last year for the first time. On top of these riches, those in the business ...

Rio+20: The Future We Want Means Taking Action NOW

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

So here's my message to governments: What's taking you so long? By all means negotiate new targets and goals for 2020 or 2030, for example to improve energy efficiency and massively increase the share of renewable energy worldwide.

Solyndra Was Lame and Failed, But That's Not the End of Solar

Dave Llorens | Posted 11.02.2011 | San Francisco
Dave Llorens

Solyndra overestimated their market and their ability to deliver, and now they're going under. But guess what? This happens every single day to Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

Replace Vox Petrol With Vox Populi

Stuart Whatley | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

The salvaged billions from cutting federal gas industry subsidies should be redirected towards a "democracy subsidy" in the form of a tax deduction for everyone who votes in the next election cycles.

How Agriculture Subsidies Are Making Us Sick

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 06.21.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Kucinich

When it comes to unhealthy food, the primary culprits are meat and dairy, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and over-sweetened processed food.

Boeing Received Minimum Of $5.3B In Banned U.S. Subsidies, WTO Says

Posted 05.31.2011 | Business

Planemaker Boeing received at least $5.3 billion of dollars of banned U.S. subsidies, the World Trade Organization said Thursday. The subsidies...

Ruling Coming On Legality Of Boeing's 'Massive' Subsidies

Posted 05.30.2011 | Business

A long-running transatlantic trade dispute over illegal state handouts for Airbus and Boeing comes to a head Thursday with the latest ruling from ...

Eco Etiquette: Organic On Food Stamps To The Test (VIDEO)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I attempted to put together an entire week's worth of well-balanced organic meals on a budget of just over $33 (the average weekly benefit for an American on food stamps).

Eco Etiquette: Can You Eat Organic on Food Stamps?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Eating healthy -- even organic -- shouldn't be viewed as a privilege for the liberal elite. In fact, it should be common sense.

EIA Energy Watcher: We Do Not Count Damaged Public Property in Price of Fossil Fuels

Mike Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

When the dirty energy lobby claims it's not really subsidized, or hardly at all, it's OK to laugh. But it's important to point out that it's a lie -- and a big one at that.

In The Public Interest : The Sounds of Silence

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

The press coverage of the Fiscal Commission's Co-Chairs' proposal has focused on the great gulf between the right and left. By all accounts, Americans...

The Clean Economist: Cleaning House

Alison Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alison Wise

In an extractive economy, economic development translates to more and more depleted energy as reserves shrink. Quality of life for economic participants is a zero sum game.

PROMISES BROKEN: Rich Farmers Still Getting Most Government Cash

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers crafting a sweeping farm bill in 2008 promised it would cut government payments to wealthy farmers. Two years later, little a...

What Obama Didn't Tell Us About Energy

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

"According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when subsidies are measured according to how much electricity is generated, it's $.44 per megawatt ...

Does America Also Need Cultural Health Care?

Rob Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Patterson

The majors were an almost ghostly presence at SXSW 2010. The indies have now seized the day within the leading-edge music market.

Nuclear Energy: Toxic, Expensive and Not Carbon Neutral

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

People, corporations and even environmental groups want to ignore the carbon emitted from nuclear power because to do otherwise makes the challenge of reducing carbon harder.