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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Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Press Releases

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas

August 11, 2016

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas WASHINGTON, DC —Federal taxpayers lost nearly $600 million in royalty revenues during a 10-year period ending in 2015 because of royalty... Read More

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Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines

August 09, 2016

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in a new policy advisory to states on surface coal mining, says that coal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Comments on federal coal review

July 28, 2016

Comments on federal coal review Comments for the scoping period of the federal coal Programmatic EIS... Read More


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


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

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Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing from Wasted Gas

August 10, 2016

Oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands are losing a significant amount of natural gas. In their drilling operations, they are... Read More

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

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BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

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BLM expected to finalize wind and solar rule

September 24, 2016 | Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON —  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to release its wind and solar rule, intended to regulate land leasing for those... Read More

The Interior Department is too secretive with its public land policy.

August 31, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Across the federal government, information is too often locked away in what amounts to a black box. In some instances, the government... Read More

For the Obama Administration, the Clean Coal Dream Lives On

August 17, 2016 | Undark Magazine

The Obama administration continues to invest billions to find ways to capture carbon dioxide from power plants before it can become a greenhouse gas.... Read More

US Think Tanks Seek Info on Carbon Capture Tax Credit

August 11, 2016 | Tax News

On August 9, Green Scissors, a coalition between Friends of the Earth, the R Street Institute, and Taxpayers for Common Sense, announced it... Read More

Enviros, Small Government Groups Come Together

August 10, 2016 | Politico - Morning Tax

ENVIROS, SMALL GOVERNMENT GROUPS COME TOGETHER: An alliance going by the name of Green Scissors, consisting of Friends of the Earth, the R... Read More

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Fueling Corporate Welfare

  Congress is out for the summer, but government agencies are still at work. The Department of the Interior is... Read More

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Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

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Reform the Tax Code

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