Fossil fuel subsidies in America

Fantastic visualization of how the US subsidizes fossil fuel production versus renewables. Really would love to see this for Canada and especially Australia (where the question of renewables is much on my organization’s and the electorate’s mind heading into a federal election.).

Fossil fuel subsidies

One point that should be made: Not all fossil fuel subsidies are evil. For instance, low income home heating assistance is actually something good even if it falls under those auspices. But it’s clear from the graph that for a more independent and sustainable future, America has a ways to go. ANd most of the renewables subsidies are from ethanol-based subsidies (which is really just propping up the farming sector).

Read the full paper this graph is based on.

via BoingBoing.