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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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Press Releases

Taxpayers Win With Senate’s Refusal to use CRA on Methane Waste Rule

May 10, 2017

Taxpayers Win With Senate’s Refusal to use CRA on Methane Waste Rule Taxpayers for Common Sense issued the following press release following the Senate's disapproval to bring H.J.Res.36 up for a vote.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Protect Taxpayers from Millions in Lost Royalty Revenue: Vote No on H.J.Res.36

May 10, 2017

Protect Taxpayers from Millions in Lost Royalty Revenue: Vote No on H.J.Res.36 TCS sent the following letter to the Senate, telling Senators to not use the blunt axe of the CRA to repeal the BLM Methane Waste Rule. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Taxpayers Lose If Senate Uses Blunt Axe of the CRA to Repeal BLM Methane Waste Rule

May 08, 2017

Taxpayers Lose If Senate Uses Blunt Axe of the CRA to Repeal BLM Methane Waste Rule TCS sent the following letter early Monday morning to the Senate, telling Senators to not use the blunt axe of the CRA to repeal the BLM Methane Waste Rule. ... Read More

Our Take

Thank You, Sen. Graham, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests

April 26, 2017

Thank You, Sen. Graham, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests Last year, the Bureau of Land Management issued a new rule addressing the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal... Read More

Our Take

Thank You, Sen. Collins, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests

April 26, 2017

Thank You, Sen. Collins, For Defending Taxpayers’ Interests Last year, the Bureau of Land Management issued a new rule addressing the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal... Read More

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

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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

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

Heitkamp Influenced by Tribe’s Position as Senate Fails to Repeal Federal Methane Rule

May 10, 2017 | WDAZ 8

WASHINGTON – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted Wednesday, May 10, against repealing a federal rule related to methane emissions, a... Read More

Taxpayers Lose if Congress Axes the Bureau of Land Management Methane Rule

May 09, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

I've written about the Bureau of Land Management's proposals to reduce methane waste before. It's hard to believe solving such an obvious... 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

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Coal Subsidies Database

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