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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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Statements

Statement on GAO Report on Flaring and Venting of Natural Gas

July 21, 2016

Statement on GAO Report on Flaring and Venting of Natural Gas Ryan Alexander, president, Taxpayers for Common Sense, issued the following statement on the Government Accountability Office’s findings that... Read More

Statements

Comments on Proposed Self-Bonding Rule

July 20, 2016

Re: Comments on Proposed Self-Bonding Rule Changes, Docket ID: OSM-2016-0006 Dear Director Pizarchik: Taxpayers for Common Sense (“TCS”)... Read More

Coming Up

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM!

July 05, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM! Make your voice heard on federal coal reform!   Coal mined on federal land belongs to all U.S. taxpayers and getting a fair return for its... Read More

Statements

Statement on Coal Valuation Rule

June 30, 2016

Statement by Ryan Alexander, president, Taxpayers for Common Sense in response to the release today of the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and... Read More

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

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Fact Sheets

Correcting the Record: Federal Efforts to Curb Natural Gas Waste

July 15, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management recently proposed new rules to limit the practice of venting and flaring natural gas from oil and gas wells on... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

BLM Proposed Royalty Rule on Wasted Natural Gas Would Benefit Taxpayers

July 19, 2016 | The Hill

If the heat escapes from your home, you still pay the power company for it. Oil and gas companies often lose a precious resource—natural... Read More

Big Coal Just Saw One Of Its Favorite Loopholes Closed

July 06, 2016 | Think Progress

The Obama Administration last week took a closely-watched first step in its effort to reform the federal coal program by issuing a rule that... Read More

White House Economists: American Taxpayers Are Getting Ripped-Off by Coal Leasing Program

July 05, 2016 | Circa

A new report released by the Council of Economic Advisers found the federal coal leasing program does not provide a fair return to... Read More

Rules Change for Energy Royalty Valuation

June 30, 2016 | The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO)

The Interior Department on Thursday released a new rule aimed at properly valuing coal, oil and gas for royalty purposes, particularly to... Read More

Protect Our Public Lands

June 28, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh today on the hot-button issue of modernizing coal for the 21st century. The... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... 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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