Sunday, March 20, 2016

Here are the numbers on Canada's direct subsidies to fossil-fuel industry

Oil Change International : "Each year, the Government of Canada hands out an average of $1.8 billion (CAD) in subsidies to oil, gas, and coal companies. The subsidies in the federal budget aren’t the only forms of public support that benefit Canada’s fossil fuel industry: government-owned Export Development Canada provides between $2.7 billion and $5.7 billion (CAD) in government-backed finance to oil and gas projects each year, largely to projects overseas.

That means billions of taxpayer dollars per year are being used to fuel the climate crisis and undermine clean energy development. And while Canada first committed to ending fossil fuel subsidies in 2009 as part of a commitment by all G20 governments, little progress has been made. In 2016, it’s way past time for these handouts to end."

Sunday, March 6, 2016

More welfare for sprawl profiteers. Costs that don't come out of their profits.

The Repository - Canton, OH: "The Canton City Health Department and property owners are using such tactics to crack down on illegal dumping and keep hundreds of tires from piling up in yards, garages and living rooms."
The system of autos and sprawl creates a mess. The clean up creates costs that do not come out of the oil, auto, and sprawl profits. That is subsidy. Autosprawlsubsidy.


photo CantonRep.com/Scott Heckel

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Let's get cars off welfare

The True Costs of Driving - The Atlantic: "A report published earlier this year confirms, in tremendous detail, a very basic fact of transportation that’s widely disbelieved: Drivers don’t come close to paying for the costs of the roads they use. Published jointly by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, “Who Pays for Roads?” exposes the myth that drivers are covering what they’re using."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Coal industry made millions providing electricity to suburbs, now taxpayers will clean up the mess

dailykos: "Yet one thing that will certainly suffer is the company's ability to meet its obligations to reclaim land despoiled by mining. As Arch Coal begins the bankruptcy process, regulators and elected officials must do more to guarantee taxpayers are not left holding the bag for hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-up costs at Arch's coal mines, which have scarred the landscape, damaged critical watersheds, and added to the carbon pollution problems the Administration is working hard to address."

Monday, November 9, 2015

Costs of cars - health costs

medical express: "A Japanese study compared bus/train commuters, walkers/bikers and drivers and adjusted for other factors such as age, gender, smoking, and others. Compared to drivers, public transportation users were:
44 percent less likely to be overweight;
27 percent less likely to have high blood pressure; and
34 percent less likely to have diabetes."

Friday, October 30, 2015

Direct subsidy to cars - for roads only - calculated at $1,100 per household.

City Observatory: "The report documents that the amount that road users pay through gas taxes now accounts for less than half of what we spend to maintain and expand the road system. The shortfall is made up from other sources of tax revenue at the state and local level. This subsidization of car users costs the typical household about $1,100 per year – over and above what they pay in gas taxes, tolls and other user fees."

Report: The Price of Driving Doesn't Match the Cost of Driving

Planetizen: : ""Puncturing the widely held myth that cars pay their own way makes this report required reading for those thinking about transportation finance reform," writes Joe Cortwright."