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The Energy Game is Rigged: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

February 28th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more than $620 billion to subsidize fossil fuel energy in

Join Us to Discuss & Dissect the Environmental Claims in Last Week's Presidential Debate

October 10th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

If somebody had told me that energy and environmental policy would get the level of attention they did in last week's presidential debate, I wouldn't have believed them. Given the areas of focus in candidate advertisements and stump speeches, none of us had any reason to believe that the President's spending on green jobs and energy, or Governor Romney's support of "clean" coal and "responsible drilling" would have been front and center in the debate. So let's discuss

National Park Service Asks "Where are All the Young People?"

June 8th, 2012 | by Brian Gumz

This past week, NBC News reported on a rather upsetting trend among national parks visitors. It seems that instead of the young backpacker often associated with national parks, the average national park visitor is actually middle-aged. What's the National Park Service doing about this potentially disturbing trend

Full-Cost Pricing: Getting the Market to Tell the Truth

April 11th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

The key to restructuring the economy is to get the market to tell the truth through full-cost pricing. If the world is to move onto a sustainable path, we need economists who will calculate indirect costs and work with political leaders to incorporate them into market prices by restructuring taxes. Full-cost pricing that will create an honest market is essential to building an economy that can sustain civilization and progress

Time to Slap a Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels?

March 16th, 2012 | by Guest Author

Cheap Chinese solar panels are great for installers, but present a challenge for US solar manufacturers. Is it time to put a tariff on panels from China in order to level the playing field

The State of Solar Incentives in the UK – The Story So Far

February 14th, 2012 | by Guest Author

Back in April 2010, the UK’s Feed-in Tariff scheme was introduced by the government, which aimed to increase the level of renewable energy in accordance with the legal commitment to produce at least 15% of the country’s total energy from renewables by 2020. After nearly two years, how well is the system working

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