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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 and Broad Coalition to Senate: Oppose Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act

July 21, 2017

TCS and Broad Coalition to Senate: Oppose Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act TCS sent the following letter to the U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in opposition to the Consumer Fuel and Retailer Choice Act, S. 517.... Read More

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises

July 08, 2017

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Taxpayer Costs and False Promises Over the past decade, biofuels have been portrayed as a way to help achieve U.S. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)... Read More

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

July 06, 2017

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet   Established by an Executive Order in 1999, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (BPAB) is intended to pay advanced biofuels... Read More

Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 30, 2017

Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to... Read More

Our Take

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition

June 23, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and... Read More

Our Take

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget

June 20, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recently testified before the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Locked into Outdated, Ineffective Methane Rule: Taxpayers Will Lose

June 16, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed the date of when certain sections of its Methane Waste Rule will take effect, citing... Read More

Policy Briefs

Brief: Federal Coal Program Review

January 17, 2017

In January 2016, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

Fact Sheets

How the New Methane Rule Benefits Taxpayers

January 06, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers mineral leasing on 245 million acres of public lands, including onshore federal oil and... Read More

Reports & Data

Coal Tax Subsidies: A Boon for Kemper

November 15, 2016

A new report from Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) and Friends of the Earth (FOE) sounds the alarm on a lame duck tax deal that could send... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

Big Ethanol is fooling no one in E15 and RFS fights

July 06, 2017 | Washington Examiner

Opportunistic messaging is as common in Washington as Metro delays. But when an industry group selectively employs the same free market... Read More

Post-Kemper question: Is ‘clean coal’ dead?

July 06, 2017 | E&E News

The possible end of Southern Co.'s flagship "clean coal" project in Mississippi isn't the death knell for carbon capture and sequestration... Read More

Heitkamp: Why I Voted to Help Stop Wasting North Dakota’s Energy Resources

May 17, 2017 | Williston Herald

When North Dakota is blessed with natural resources like oil, gas, coal and wind, the last thing we want to do is waste them. That’s why I... Read More

Interior Department Vows to Amend Methane Rule After Setback

May 14, 2017 | Salon

The Department of Interior plans to try to roll back rules limiting methane pollution and waste from fossil fuel drilling on federal lands,... Read More

Environmentalists Celebrate Surprise Victory as Senate Upholds Obama-era Methane Rule

May 12, 2017 | Registrar Journal

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Republican senators were caught off-guard by the final vote. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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June 30, 2017

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ

  It’s officially summer! School’s out, the Fourth of July is upon us, and folks are firing up the backyard... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

Burning Money Report

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Coal Subsidies Database

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