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Written by: Douglas Koplow and Aaron MartinPosted on: 10/1/2008
Extremely detailed, widely peer-reviewed, examination of subsidies to oil in the United States throughout every stage of the fuel cycle. Includes plain-language explanations of how different types of subsidy programs operate and why the are valuable to the recipient industries. This is useful… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 10/1/2008
Learn about the power of Policy-Enhanced Investing to turn nuclear power from the dog of Wall Street into the mightily-hyped favored solution for all of the US' energy woes in this tongue-and-cheek strategic review of the industry.
Published: May 2005
Posted on: 10/1/2008
Released jointly with Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth, US PIRG, and Taxpayers for Common Sense.Despite its claim of energy “too cheap to meter,” the nuclear power industry continues to be dependent on taxpayer handouts to survive. Since its inception in 1948, the nuclear industry has… Read More
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Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 10/1/2008
Updated estimates of subsidies to nuclear energy showing that 60-90% of the cost of new nuclear power is the result of public subsidy rather than private investment. Prepared for the Nuclear Policy Institute Symposium on Nuclear Power and Global Warming, November 2005.
Published: Nov 7 2005
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 10/1/2008
Presentation to the OECD Workshop on Subsidy Reform and Sustainable Development, Helsinki, Finland.  (June 2006).
Published: Jun 20 2006
Written by: Doug Koplow and John Dernbach Posted on: 9/29/2008
Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, November 2001.Article provides a normalization and comparison of all of the major quantitative studies on US subsidies to fossil fuels over the last 25 years; a summary and discussion of multi-country efforts to model the climate change benefits… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc. and Alexi Lownie, Industrial Economics, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Prepared with Industrial Economics for the US EPA's Office of Water and the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability. May 2002.Pretreatment regulations require industries and municipalities to remove specialized and hard-to-treat pollutants before they are allowed to send their wastewater… Read More
Published: May 31 2002
Written by: Doug Koplow (Earth Track, Inc.) and Colin Macdonald (Industrial Economics)Posted on: 9/29/2008
April 2003. Prepared with Industrial Economics, Inc. for the US EPA's Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability and the Office of Solid Waste.Although a central source for trends on hazardous waste generation and management for over twenty years, the Biennial Report has been plagued by… Read More
Published: Apr 30 2003
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Presentation (in Powerpoint) at the 2nd Annual OECD Technical Expert Meeting on Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, Paris, 3-4 November 2003. Provides and overview of the political dynamics of subsidies and the structural challenges to reforming them.
Published: Nov 4 2003
Written by: Anja von Moltke, Colin McKee and Trevor MorganPosted on: 9/29/2008
Anja Von Moltke, Colin McKee, and Trevor Morgan.  United Nations Environment Programme, 2004. (Earth Track peer review, not authorship).The need to reform energy subsidies was one of the pressing issues highlighted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in September… Read More
Published: Sep 30 2004
Written by: Lead Author: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme under the auspices of the Economics and Trade Branch's Working Group on Economic Instruments. 2004.Guidance manual for non-technical staff in developing countries to enhance their understanding of the concepts and applications for economic… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
General introduction to the measurement and concepts associated with government subsidization of energy industries. Includes a review of a generic fuel cycle which identifies the most common types of subsidies at each stage and which energy types they tend to support within a global context. Also… Read More
Published: Dec 31 2004
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Program line review of federal fiscal subsidies to energy for fiscal year 2003, to support the work of the National Commission on Energy Policy.  Aggregate subsidies were worth between $37 and $64 billion to the energy sector.  Analysis includes main tax expenditure and programmatic subsidies. … Read More
Published: Jul 30 2004
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
This paper proposes two changes that I believe will make Tsunami relief efforts more effective. The first moves the detailed logistics system of the UN relief coordinator into the public domain. The objective of this change is to establish increased ability for outside groups to provide technology… Read More
Published: Jan 2008
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Examines the political drivers behind subsidy proliferation in the US federal system and a variety of options to improve transparency and contestability of the subsidy programs.  Paper contains ballpark values for US federal subsidies by energy type, based on an update of US energy subsidy… Read More
Written by: Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc.Posted on: 9/29/2008
Detailed review of state and federal subsidies, prepared for the Global Subsidies Initiative.  Subsidy costs per unit fossil fuel or GHG displaced exceed $500 per mt of CO2-equivalent.  Policy structures are duplicative and generally linked to production rather than to the carbon displacement… Read More
Written by: Doug KoplowPosted on: 9/8/2008
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,… Read More