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Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 4/18/2014
Complex security, environmental, and economic trade-offs remain the norm for the energy sector.   Government intervention is also the norm, and too often involves a torrent of energy plans, white-papers, and legislation.  In an ideal world, government policies should work in tandem with market… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 4/7/2014
Large natural gas finds off the coast of Israel create significant financial and energy challenges for a State long focused on high technology exports and alternative energy development.  To address these concerns, Israel has already implemented study commissions and proposed a Sovereign Wealth… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 2/7/2014
Keynote presentation at the Expert Workshop on Subsidies to Fossil Fuels and Climate Mitigation Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), held at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC on January 14, 2014.  Slides review recent global estimates of fossil fuel subsidies… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 7/19/2013
Special legislative provisions have allowed a select group of industries to operate as tax-favored publicly-traded partnerships (PTPs) more than 25 years after Congress stripped eligibility for most sectors of the economy. These firms, organized as Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), are heavily… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow (Earth Track) and Max Chang (Synapse Energy Economics)Posted on: 1/31/2013
Hundreds of documents released from DOE under a Freedom of Information Request and subsequent litigation shed new light onto DOE's management of an $8.33 billion loan guarantee on offer to support the construction of two new nuclear units at the Vogtle reactor in Georgia.  The documents raise… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow and Gabe ElsnerPosted on: 1/31/2013
As a researcher, and a as co-director of watchdog group that have both worked to draw attention to the significant subsidies and tax breaks that are lavished on the fossil fuel industry, we are eager to see elected officials take notice of this waste of taxpayer money, especially as the… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 1/31/2013
Presentation at the 124th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners for a panel entitled "How Should Subsidies be Crafted to Ensure Usefulness as an Effective Tool to Achieve Energy Policy Objectives."  The presentation discussed the range of energy subsidies,… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow and Cynthia LinPosted on: 12/13/2012
Although data on fossil fuel subsidies around the world have been growing, most of this information focuses on national level policies.  The thousands of subsidies at the state, provincial or local levels are largely untracked -- with little visibility either in the United States or in most… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 11/5/2012
Despite a stated commitment to using market forces, the Romney campaign is turning a blind eye to large and distortionary subsidies to conventional fuels.  This review highlights problems with how Romney has framed the energy subsidy problem and highlights important subsidies to fossil fuels that… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 8/27/2012
Webinar slides prepared for the Vote Solar Initiative to provide an overview of fossil fuel subsidies.  The presentation discusses the informational gaps that often plague numbers on fossil fuel subsidies reported in the press, and provides a number of frameworks and tools to help Vote Solar… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 8/8/2012
Table summarizing the ways G20 member countries have defined reportable subsidies to fossil fuels, and the gaps these definitions open up to missing entire classes of government support to the fossil fuels sector.  The table has been extracted from Phasing Out Fossil-Fuel Subsidies in the G20:  A… Read More
Published: Jun 2012
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 6/18/2012
In this, our second review of progress in meeting this phase out commitment (an earlier review was published in November 2010), we reviewed formal submittals by member countries to the G20 and the WTO, reached out individually to staff from each member country, and reviewed third-party assessments… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow, Lorne Stockman, Anthony SwiftPosted on: 5/15/2012
For the past decade imports of tar sands crude oil or bitumen have been increasing. Tar sands is stripmined and drilled in an energy‐and water‐intensive process from under the Boreal forests and wetlands of Alberta. In the process, Canada is destroying critical habitat while releasing three times… Read More
Written by: Earth Track review of data from the Louisiana State Bond CommissionPosted on: 3/26/2012
The ability to issue tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds ended in 2011. Because the interest on the bonds is not taxed, the interest rates paid on these bonds is lower than would otherwise be the case.  This tabulation provides a full summary of the applications and issuance of bond capacity… Read More
Written by: Earth Track and Oil Change InternationalPosted on: 2/8/2012
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, like all oil industry projects, benefits from substantial taxpayer subsidies.  Some, like reduced property taxes, are directed at the pipeline itself.  Others increase the viability of the pipeline by reducing the cost of the oil going into it, or the… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 6/16/2011
Despite surging prices for energy and other commodities, the vast majority of materials generated in the United States continues to be thrown away in landfills or burned in incinerators.  This Webinar, prepared for the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, provides an overview of the importance… Read More
Published: Jun 15 2011
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 5/6/2011
Earth Track presentation at the Biofuels Policy Forum briefing on April 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.  The document provides an overview of the historical and projected level of subsidization to biofuels, and why this policy is not an efficient way to address concerns over greenhouse gas emissions or… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 5/2/2011
Earth Track's submitted comments on the National Academy of Sciences' upcoming analysis on the effects of the federal tax code on greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions. The comments cover a variety of issues on subsidy valuation and presentation that have arisen during more than twenty years of work in… Read More
Published: Apr 29 2011
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 2/22/2011
This is the Executive Summary only.  For the full report, click here.  Report description can be accessed here.
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 2/18/2011
Conspicuously absent from industry press releases and briefing memos touting nuclear power’s potential as a solution to global warming is any mention of the industry’s long and expensive history of taxpayer subsidies and excessive charges to utility ratepayers. These subsidies not only enabled the… Read More