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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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Repeal of ONRR Valuation Rule Moves Forward

September 07, 2017

Repeal of ONRR Valuation Rule Moves Forward On August 30, a U.S. District Court found that the Department of the Interior (DOI) had violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA)... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on Renewable Fuel Standard Program

September 06, 2017

Comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on Renewable Fuel Standard Program Taxpayers for Common Sense sent a letter to the EPA providing comments on its proposed rule titled “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019."... Read More

Press Releases

DOI Royalty Policy Committee Does Not Include Any Taxpayer Advocates

September 01, 2017

DOI Royalty Policy Committee Does Not Include Any Taxpayer Advocates Washington, DC — Today Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the appointees to the newly reformed Royalty Policy Committee.... Read More

Our Take

Vogtle Owner Asking for $1.6 Billion More in Loan Guarantees

August 29, 2017

Vogtle Owner Asking for $1.6 Billion More in Loan Guarantees On Thursday, Oglethorpe Power Company reported it was seeking an additional $1.5-$1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy... Read More

Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet

August 14, 2017

Biomass Crop Assistance Program Fact Sheet The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a program added to the energy title of the 2008 farm bill, was intended to spur development of... Read More

Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet

August 14, 2017

Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet The Repowering Assistance Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, reimburses... Read More

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Locked into Outdated, Ineffective Methane Rule: Taxpayers Will Lose

June 16, 2017

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed the date of when certain sections of its Methane Waste Rule will take effect, citing... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

DOI should be allowed to collect royalties owed to the taxpayer

September 08, 2017 | The Hill

Having failed to strike the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule in the spring using the Congressional Review Act, some members... Read More

Georgia Power weighs next steps as Chatham County residents help pay for Plant Vogtle reactors

August 28, 2017 | SavannahNow/Savannah Morning News

Utility to perform time, money assessment by the end of the month ... Read More

Subsidies for Nuclear Reactor Projects Waste Taxpayer Money

August 17, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress should stop subsidizing nuclear power’s failures.... Read More

After Failure of SC Nuke Plant, Backers Seek Federal Aid

August 14, 2017 | Associated Press

Proponents of nuclear power are pushing to revive a failed project to build two reactors in South Carolina, arguing that the demise of the $14... Read More

Royalty Screwed

August 10, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Ryan Zinke is scrapping a rule that ensures taxpayers fair royalties on oil, gas and coal development. ... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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June 30, 2017

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ

  It’s officially summer! School’s out, the Fourth of July is upon us, and folks are firing up the backyard... Read More

Venting and Flaring of Natural Gas on Federal Lands

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