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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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Letters & Testimony

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return

June 28, 2016

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return TCS Senior Program Director Autumn Hanna spoke today at a Dept. of Interior listening session on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado

June 23, 2016

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado Below are TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot's official remarks today at BLM's listening session in Grand Junction, Colorado on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Statements

Statement: Council of Economic Advisors’ coal report

June 22, 2016

Statement of Ryan Alexander, President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, on release of the Council of Economic Advisors’ report “The Economics of... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options

June 09, 2016

TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options TCS sent the letter below to lawmakers urging them to vote NO on H.Con.Res.89, which would limit tax reform options by keeping a carbon tax off the table.... Read More

Statements

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

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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

Coal’s Costly Compensation

June 09, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

With more than 50 coal company bankruptcies in the last several years, it is hard not to have heard of the current plight of the coal... Read More

Moniz Urged to Withdraw Support form Texas Clean Energy Project

June 09, 2016 | Power Engineering

Green Scissors, a coalition of free-market groups and some environmental organizations, recently wrote Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and... Read More

Supporting the moratorium on coal leases | Guest op-ed

June 06, 2016 | Auburn Reporter

When I ran for state representative in 2012, I walked downtown Auburn neighborhoods with a petition calling on state leaders to deny... Read More

Nuclear Plants Need Boost to Stay Open, Industry Warns

June 02, 2016 | The Blade (Toledo, OH)

Make no mistake: America’s nuclear industry is in trouble. Many of the strongest statements about it are no longer found in the hyperbole of... Read More

Coalition Blasts DOE’s Funding of Texas Clean Energy Project

June 02, 2016 | SNL Daily Coal Report

A coalition of free market and environmental groups is slamming a U.S. Department of Energy decision to maintain their support for the Texas... 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

Burning Money Report

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Biofuels

Coal Subsidies Database

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