In 2001, the European Court of Justice ruled that feed-in tariffs do not constitute “state aid” and are therefore not illegal subsidies, thereby paying the way for the boom of renewables. The law quickly led to a boom in in wind power in particular, so the conventional power sector decided to challenge the policy’s legality.
Oil Change International/ CC BY 2.0 Today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is unveiling a bill, the "End Polluter Welfare Act," that would pretty much eliminate federal fossil fuel subsidies as we know them. The ambitious proposal would remove the seemingly bottomless well of dubious handouts for the oil, coal, and natural gas industries, and expand fossil fuels companies' responsibility to pay for energy disasters like oil spills.
Amina Tyler publiceerde uit protest tegen de groeiende greep van de orthodoxie op het openbare leven en de politiek in Tunesië een topless foto op haar Facebookpagina, met op haar torso in het Arabisch de tekst dat haar lichaam alleen haar toebehoorde. Er ontstond een hoop commotie. De bloteborstenactiviste kreeg wagonladingen verwensingen en bedreigingen over zich heen.
Fossil fuels are subsidised in much of the world, causing billions of tonnes of addition CO2 emissions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
As debt negotiations continue in Congress, President Obama appears to be sticking to his guns on repealing the enormous tax breaks enjoyed by the oil and gas industry. The industry takes advantage of tax breaks dating back to the dawn of the oil age – the kind of fiscal encouragement intended to support nascent businesses, not consistently profitable ventures.