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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

Letter to Congress: Using the CRA for Methane Rule Hurts Taxpayers

February 02, 2017

Letter to Congress: Using the CRA for Methane Rule Hurts Taxpayers Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions sent a letter to capitol hill early Thursday morning urging members... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest

January 12, 2017

Letter to Senate: Interior Secretary Must Protect Taxpayer Interest TCS sent a letter to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee in advance of their confirmation hearing next week... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program

January 11, 2017

TCS Statement on Interior Review of Federal Coal Program Today, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the latest results of their multi-year review of the... Read More

Press Releases

Coalition Launches New Website & Database of Cuts

January 10, 2017

Coalition Launches New Website & Database of Cuts For immediate release: Jan. 10, 2016 www.GreenScissors.com Strange bedfellows launch new database targeting over $250 billion in polluter... Read More

Statements

Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule

November 15, 2016

Statement on Finalized BLM Methane Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) has updated rules in order to reduce the... Read More

Press Releases

Report: Kemper Disaster Could Get Billions from Taxpayers in Lame Duck Deal

November 15, 2016

Report: Kemper Disaster Could Get Billions from Taxpayers in Lame Duck Deal WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report from Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers for Common Sense sounds the alarm on a lame duck tax deal that could... Read More

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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

Policy Briefs

Wind and Solar Leasing Rule

October 01, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to release its Wind and Solar Leasing Rule in the next few weeks.[1] The rule would create a... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

Viewpoint: Think Twice before Repealing Federal Methane Gas Rule

February 17, 2017 | Denver Business Journal

In its rush to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, Congress may soon overturn a rule to prevent leaks and collect royalties on... Read More

Ryan Alexander: Repeal of natural gas waste rule would hurt taxpayers

February 12, 2017 | Herald Dispatch

The U.S. Senate is taking up a measure to repeal a rule that curbs natural gas waste and gets taxpayers a fair return. Hopefully, the West... Read More

Ryan Alexander: CRA Repeal Could be a Disaster for Taxpayers

February 11, 2017 | Dickinson Press

The North Dakota Congressional Delegation will soon vote on a proposal to repeal a Bureau of Land Management rule to curb venting and flaring... Read More

Congress’s Repeal of Obama Methane Rule Will Cost Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions

February 06, 2017 | ThinkProgress

Repealing the methane rule will waste $330 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas and cost. The U.S. House of Representatives is voted... Read More

Congress Shouldn’t Repeal Federal Methane Rule

February 04, 2017 | Denver Post

The Bureau of Land Management is charged with ensuring a fair return to taxpayers and minimizing waste from the development of natural... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 24, 2017

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers... 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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