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America's energy policy is riddled with unnecessary subsidies such as loan guarantees, corporate welfare, and special interest tax breaks. Many of the most profitable and powerful energy industries in the world receive federal handouts from cradle to grave. ...More

Today’s intricate web of energy subsidies allows energy companies to cash in on century-old, obsolete tax breaks. Loan guarantees force taxpayers to reimburse lenders if an energy company defaults on projects banks consider too risky.  Taxpayers also pick up the tab for oil spills and abandoned mines, when these bills should be paid by the companies that created the mess in the first place.

Direct subsidies, loan guarantees, price floors, and other financial incentives for mature, profitable industries distort market forces by enabling Congress to choose winners and losers.

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TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review

May 19, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, UT on... Read More

Statements

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review

May 17, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Casper, WY on ways it can... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal

May 16, 2016

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal TCS hosted a briefing on the reforms necessary to fix the federal coal program.... Read More

Coming Up

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal

May 04, 2016

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal On Wednesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense invited Members of Congress to attend an upcoming briefing on the federal coal program. Details on... Read More

Our Take

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding

May 02, 2016

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding On Friday, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy (DOE) released an unusually urgent report underscoring a number of... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Comments on Lost Gas Rule

April 22, 2016

TCS Comments on Lost Gas Rule Comments to the Bureau of Land Management on Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation, Proposed Rule; 81... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Time for a Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 13, 2016

In January, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015

For centuries, coal producers in the U.S. regularly abandoned their mines when on-site operations ended, leaving tens of thousands of... Read More

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Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

October 13, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages about 245 million acres of public lands, located... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

Coalition Demands DOE Cut Support for Texas Project

May 27, 2016 | Environment & Energy

A coalition of environmentalist and market-based groups called on the Department of Energy today to cut support for a prominent carbon capture... Read More

Opinion: Ethanol Mandate Must Be Abolished

May 24, 2016 | Tyler Morning Telegraph

This is just wrong. The EPA, perhaps fearing a loss of power and free rein when President Barack Obama leaves office, is making a pitch to... Read More

Coal Industry Fuming over Obama’s Proposed Cleanup Rules

May 24, 2016 | Washington Examiner

The Obama administration is weighing new rules to stop bankrupt coal companies from passing on the cost of mine cleanups onto consumers. Even... Read More

Miners Fear Federal Coal Reforms Jeopardize Rural Utah

May 20, 2016 | The Salt Lake Tribune

The nation's emotion-fueled debate over coal mining's future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a... Read More

Federal Coal Program Must Ensure Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 20, 2016 | The Hill

Over the past several years, Americans have become acutely aware that our coal industry is changing rapidly – largely as a result of shifting... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 29, 2016

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal

Lawmakers are trying to resuscitate the failed idea of “clean coal” with more subsidies for “carbon capture... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

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