With the liquid biofuels industry so well organized and so well financed, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are other uses for biomass. No, not habitat, compost, or food; other subsidized uses. Like burning it for electricity.
Government policies should work in tandem with market forces to achieve an adequate energy supply mix that is cleaner and more diverse than what preceeded it. In reality, thousands of government policies in place around the world act counter to stated objectives regarding energy security, diversification, and environmental protection. Based on past work by Earth Track, and querying subsidy experts from around the world, this paper highlights ten global subsidies deemed particularly eggregious.