Earth Track Blog

Written by dkoplowPosted: November 15, 2009 - 10:26pm

Royalty subsidies to US oil and gas production

Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a Washington, DC-based organization focused on improved transparency in government budgeting and spending, has just completed a nice summary of the state-of-play in federal oil and gas royalty subsidies. Royalties are the payments that private firms make to the… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: November 11, 2009 - 3:56pm

Knight on shining bicycle

I've never met Franny Armstrong, though her brother is a good friend and I certainly admire her dedication to doing something about climate change.  But getting rescued by the Mayor of London, on his bike no less, is a story too good to pass on.  Thankfully Franny was not hurt.  And, yet a bit… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: November 9, 2009 - 1:16pm

Liquored up: politics and problems in subsidy transparency

Another good catch by Steve Mufson at the Washington Post on the world of subsidies.  Mufson earlier did great work to expose the games Congress was playing on loan guarantees to "advanced" energy to boost the level of credit support that would ultimately be available to large scale power producers… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: November 6, 2009 - 10:41am

The trouble with leakage: Trying to micro-manage market innovation in climate legislation

Starting a conversation about leakage immediately makes people uncomfortable.  Their gaze shifts to floor, and it is clear they are hoping the speaker will have the good sense to avoid the rather uncomfortable topic addressed by the smiling actors in a Depends undergarments commercial. Rest assured… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: October 27, 2009 - 11:42am

U.S. Energy Policy: Who Needs Prices?

As government interventions in US energy markets grow by leaps and bounds, some of the core principles that made the US an economic superpower are being forgotten.  These include using price signals to guide allocation of capital; aligning incentives such that promoters have enough "skin" in the… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: October 16, 2009 - 3:45pm

State and local subsidies to environmentally-harmful activities: too often ignored

While subsidies to fossil fuels are thankfully getting increasing attention, even at the level of the G20 (see paragraphs 24-26 of the link), subsidies to a variety of environmentally harmful activities are pervasive at lower levels of government as well.  An Earth Track review of state-level… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: October 6, 2009 - 11:30am

About our new web site

We are excited to welcome you to the new Earth Track web site.  In addition to much better visuals, the site is structured to make it easier for people interested in environmentally harmful subsidies to share information on new work you are doing, and to track subsidy recipients around the world. … Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: October 6, 2009 - 11:11am

Welcome to the Earth Track Blog

This blog is about environmentally harmful subsidies: what they are, where they come from, how you measure them, how you make others disclose them, and just maybe how you can get rid of them.I should say I'll be writing mostly about environmentally harmful subsidies, because some other stuff will… Read More