Fossil Fuel Subsidies Have Got To Go: Tune In for TreeHugger's Brian Merchant & MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan, Feb 8, 4pm ET
TreeHugger on the Dylan Ratigan Show, 4 pm, EST
Today, I published a big fat article revealing how the fossil fuels industry has teamed up with D.C. politicians to make sure the prices of oil, gas, and coal stay dirt cheap. In doing so, they rig the market to favor dirty energy—while hobbling innovation in clean energy and dumping the costs industry should be paying onto the taxpayer:
Industry gets tax breaks, subsidies, military support in volatile regions, the right to use our air and water like a sewer, and assurance that the government will clean up its environmental messes. Politicians get campaign contributions, a steady flow of dirty energy, and a talking point to brandish about how they kept gas affordable.
But the American public just gets screwed.
I spoke with MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan, the top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, the late public health expert Dr. Paul Epstein, and former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. In short, it's awesome, and you should read it. Especially because tomorrow I'll be dropping by the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC at 4 pm EST to talk about it. Dr. Hansen will be on as well, and it should make for fascinating conversation. Check it out.
And, of course, read the piece, Unearthing the True Costs of Fossil Fuels.