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The powerful fossil fuel interests that reap huge subsidies on the federal level have been doing the very same thing on the state level in the US. In many states, the coal, oil and natural gas industries are  among the most powerful industries, and have been benefiting from political deals for… Read More
Jonathan Shapiro
A group of environmentalists says taxpayers should be worried about extending an $8 billion credit line to Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project in Augusta.To kickstart more nuclear development, the Obama administration in 2010 conditionally committed the government to the… Read More
Matthew Wald
While no nuclear loan guarantees have been granted, one has nonetheless been promised to the companies now building the Vogtle 3 and 4 reactors, near Augusta, Ga. It is not clear whether those builders, led by the Southern Company, will actually accept a federal guarantee; Southern says it has… Read More
Mark Clayton
Construction of the first newly licensed US nuclear power plant in decades could become a "Solyndra-like" debacle thanks to billions in federal loan guarantees whose terms appear too weak to protect taxpayers, according to one group’s analysis of internal documents released by the US Department… Read More
Michael Bastasch
The Obama administration’s approval of a federal loan guarantee for the construction of two Georgia nuclear reactors was met with applause from across the political spectrum, but new analysis reveals potential Solyndra-like problems facing the project. “E-mails indicate periodic involvement by the… Read More
Ken Silverstein
Three years after the U.S. Department of Energy approved an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to be used by Southern Co. and its partners to build two new nuclear reactors, the deal has yet to be finalized. A Georgia-based clean energy group says that the loan should shut down because it places… Read More
Orlando Montoya and John A. Young
Environmental groups are crying foul on loan terms acquired by Southern Company for its Vogtle nuclear plant. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and others are calling for a greater degree of transparency in the federally-backed financing of the delayed and over-budget project.Anti-nuclear… Read More
Published: 2/7/2013
James Kanter
...Moreover, citizens and companies that rely on fossil fuels usually do not pay the full cost of resulting environmental  problems like oil spills, sludge from coal mines and greenhouse gases, and for health problems from polluted air.Estimates of the cost of these effects — or “externalities” in… Read More
Rob Lever
Doug Koplow of the policy consulting firm Earth Track said that the mandate is effectively another kind of subsidy for ethanol, and warns that it may be difficult to come up with new alternative fuels without adverse environmental impacts. While there has been some enthusiasm about biofuels from… Read More
Published: 1/20/2012
Mark Clayton
Desperately seeking fiscal savings, Congress and President Obama are scrambling to find anything in the federal budget that can be thrown overboard, from child nutrition aid to funding for military bands.To some budget hawks cutting subsidies to mature and profitable energy industries is an… Read More
John M. Broder
When he releases his new budget in two weeks, President Obama will propose doing away with roughly $4 billion a year in subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies, in his third effort to eliminate federal support for an industry that remains hugely profitable.  Previous efforts have run up against… Read More
Published: 2/3/2011
Economist online
LAST time it met, in 2009, the G20 took a stand against a little discussed problem that unites environmentalists and economists: fossil-fuel subsidies. Over the course of the subsequent year, the nations contributed to a list of the “inefficient” subsidies they supported and the things they… Read More
Published: 12/9/2010
Amory Lovins
Interesting article by Amory Lovins in The Weekly Standard examining the history and market-related problems associated with nuclear subsidies past and present.  Lovins suggests that the structure of many of the proposed nuclear programs do a poor job aligning incentives and accountability for… Read More
Diana S. Powers, New York Times
Identifying the real costs of competing energy technologies is complicated by the wide range of subsidies and tax breaks involved. As a result, U.S. taxpayers and utility users could end up spending hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars more than necessary to achieve an ample low-… Read More
Published: 7/26/2010
C. Ford Runge
Subsidies for biofuels in the United States have reached levels unimagined when support for an "infant industry" began in the late 1970s. Today, the infant has grown into a strapping behemoth with a powerful sense of entitlement and an insatiable appetite for ethanol's primary feedstock: corn.… Read More
Published: 5/11/2010
Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute
One way to correct market failures is tax shifting -- raising taxes on activities that harm the environment so that their prices begin to reflect their true cost and offsetting this with a reduction in income taxes. A complementary way to achieve this goal is subsidy shifting. Each year the… Read More
Mark Clayton
"President Obama has followed up on his support for 'a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants,' laid out Jan. 27 in his State of the Union speech, by proposing to triple public financing for nuclear power..."Budget hawks have a different set of concerns. They oppose government '… Read More
Published: 2/8/2010
Steve Tidrick
Detailed look at the hierarchy of subsidies within the US federal government, using the analogy of Dante's Inferno.  A great summary when the article first appeared nearly 15 years ago, the core issues sadly remain as central challenges today.
Published: 10/23/2009
David Freddoso
"Absolutely not," says Doug Koplow of the Cambridge, Mass.-based group Earth Track. He pointed to the fact that biofuel plantations often require the destruction of rainforests, causing greater net carbon emissions and destroying animal habitats. “You can say we’re growing crops for biofuels from… Read More
Published: 7/24/2009
Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 30 (IPS) – Why do U.S. oil companies — some of the most profitable corporations on the planet — receive 20 to 40 billion dollars a year in subsidies from the U.S. government?
Published: 7/24/2009