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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

After Intense Public Anger, Republicans Waver Over Slashing Obama-era Action on Methane Gas

March 17, 2017 | Los Angeles Times

As Republican lawmakers consider how closely to align with the climate skepticism and fossil fuel fervor radiating from the White House, a... Read More

Urge Sens. Toomey and Casey to Oppose This Effort to Turn Back the Clock on Methane Waste

March 16, 2017 | Penn Live

Millions of dollars of taxpayer-owned natural resources are currently going up in flames every year.... Read More

Wasting Gas and Losing Revenue

March 12, 2017 | Sierra Vista Herald

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have long been champions of rooting out waste in the federal government. We applaud that and have... Read More

Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More

March 05, 2017 | The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their... Read More

Trump’s EPA Repeals An Obama Methane Rule

March 04, 2017 | The Libertarian Republic

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) repealed an Obama-era rule Thursday forcing oil and natural gas companies to provide the agency... 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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