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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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Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings

May 18, 2015

Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings The Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee gathered on Wednesday, May 13th for a hearing on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s FY2016... Read More

Statements

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule

May 08, 2015

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule TCS sent the following comments to the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) on their proposed rule for Coal Valuation reform. Click... Read More

Our Take

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill

May 04, 2015

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill After being introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, April 27 and a week of segmented debate, the fiscal year (FY)... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and POGO Urge House to Cut MOX Funding from Energy and Water Bill

May 01, 2015

TCS and POGO Urge House to Cut MOX Funding from Energy and Water Bill On April 30th, TCS and Project on Government Oversight sent the following letter to the House of Representatives urging members to eliminate... Read More

Statements

Statement on potential changes to federal onshore oil and gas regulations

April 17, 2015

The following is a statement by Ryan Alexander, President of Taxpayers for Common Sense on the Bureau of Land Management's advance notice of... Read More

Our Take

Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill

April 15, 2015

Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill Our Take: House Energy and Water Spending Bill FY2016 Passed by Appropriations Subcommittee On April 15th, the House Appropriations Energy... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate Royalties

May 08, 2015

Click [HERE] to view this fact sheet in PDF form.   Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate... Read More

Reports & Data

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014 > Updated: September 24, 2014

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Energy

Canary at the Coal Mine

May 08, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Secretary Sally Jewell’s comments on the need for the Department of Interior to get a fair market return for... Read More

Congress Keeps Funding Overbudget Plutonium Site with No Real Customers

May 08, 2015 | The Washington Times

This week the House approved over $300 million for a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at Savannah River in South Carolina as part of U.S.... Read More

Corn-Based Ethanol Debate Intensifies - A Bit

May 04, 2015 | JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent article in USA Today questions whether ethanol’s days are numbered. While that article is written from the perspective of whether the... Read More

Find Some Tax Day Budget Savings

April 15, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Tax day is here again. Whether or not you’ve already spent your refund or will be running to the post office or hitting the submit button at... Read More

Environmental Group Targets Ohio’s Portman over Clean Air

April 13, 2015 | The Toledo Blade

One of America’s most well-financed and courtroom-savvy environmental groups is going hard after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for a budget... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 13, 2015

Thinking Positive on Tax Reform

“We live in very partisan times.” So begins Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in a 340 page... Read More

Coal Subsidies Database

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