Avoid Unnecessary Liabilities

One way the federal government subsidizes private industry is by assuming future liabilities. For example, Uncle Sam provides disaster insurance for oil companies, putting taxpayers on the hook for the costs of cleaning up oil spills. ...More

Taxpayers subsidize the nuclear power industry by guaranteeing repayment of billions of dollars in loans necessary to construct nuclear power plants.

Liabilities for private industries can be an especially dangerous form of subsidy, because the total cost to taxpayers is not necessarily reflected in the initial price tag. Huge, profitable companies like oil and gas companies do not need taxpayer subsidies, nor should Congress selectively prop up failing private companies by assuming their liabilities.

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Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Submits Comments on Draft Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation

November 04, 2014

TCS Submits Comments on Draft Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation In September, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Draft Advanced Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation. If finalized, the... Read More

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Expanded Draft Solicitation for Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Released

October 08, 2014

Expanded Draft Solicitation for Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Released On September 30, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new draft solicitation which, if finalized, would make up to $12.6 billion in loan... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Comments to USDA on New Income Entitlement Programs

August 28, 2014

TCS Comments to USDA on New Income Entitlement Programs TCS sent official comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about new crop insurance provisions and shallow loss entitlement programs in the 2014 farm bill. ... Read More

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New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued

August 28, 2014

New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued On July 3, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new, expanded $4 billion solicitation for both renewable energy and energy efficient... Read More

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GAO Report: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Outweigh Benefits

August 12, 2014

GAO Report: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Outweigh Benefits A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviewed seven Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) and found... Read More

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Reports & Data

Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014

The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to research and develop (R&D) and demonstrate new ways to refine various types of feedstocks and crops into biofuels or biobased chemical and products.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 > Updated: July 24, 2014

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a new program added to the energy title in the 2008 farm bill, was intended to spur development of advanced biofuels derived from non-food and feed crops.... Read More

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Farm-State Democrat Risks Defeat Even After Saving Aid

September 18, 2014 | Bloomberg

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is banking his re-election on the sugar beet. Peterson has been a reliable friend to the industry,... Read More

Farm Bill Savings Get Gobbled Up

August 20, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

It’s only been six months since the president signed the 2014 farm bill into law, but, as we predicted at Taxpayers for Common Sense, the... Read More

Rep. Hal Rogers races clock on spending bills

June 23, 2014 | The Courier Journal

Passing the annual spending bills that pay for the federal government and its programs has been an infamously slow, partisan and frustrating... Read More

Take Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

June 13, 2014 | US News & World Report

Several recent press reports have highlighted the all but certain increased costs of more frequent flooding in coastal areas as sea levels... Read More

MIT fusion reactor is focus of power play in Washington

June 13, 2014 | Boston Globe

CAMBRIDGE — Senator Elizabeth Warren placed her hand atop a large red button and pressed firmly, restarting a nuclear experiment that MIT... Read More

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September 19, 2014

FEMA’s Folly

As the first major Atlantic hurricane Eduardo formed this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)... Read More

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014

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Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014