If you were tasked with crafting the worst possible energy policy, what would you do? Well, you’d say, “OK, I’m going to reward bad behavior, and penalize good behavior,” right? Then you’d send enormous sums of tax-payers’ money to the most egregious polluters you could find, while making sure that any potential competitors were ground into the pavement.
That’s exactly what we do here in the United States. We subsidize the oil and coal companies, and we make it tough for alternative energy sources by scaring off investors with our constantly changing swings from one piece of politically motivated grandstanding after another. Honestly, you could not write a more destructive energy policy if you were paid to do so.
But this sad chapter in American history may be coming to a close.
We’ve updated the “Advocate!” page to focus on the “End Polluter Welfare Act” — a bill in Congress that deserves your support. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) have introduced legislation that would end these subsidies, eliminating tax breaks, financial assistance, royalty relief, direct federal research and development and many loopholes that benefit the fossil fuel industry.
The bill has the backing of numerous groups, including Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and 350.org, which has vowed to campaign on Capitol Hill in support of the legislation. We hope you’ll support it as well, and write your elected leaders urging them to pass the measure.
Here’s the link to the Advocacy page: http://2greenenergy.com/express-yourself/