As the world’s leaders meet at the G20 in Mexico and the Rio +20 Earth Summit in Brazil, there is strong a global call to end government subsidies for dirty energy. 350.org has spearheaded a Twitterstorm that is climbing its way to the top of the trending twitter topics. There are also several other campaigns underway and new reports available showing the negative economic and environmental implications of continuing the trillion dollars in public handouts to fossil fuel companies worldwide.
RT @HuffposGreen Robert Redford “We should not be subsidizing the destruction of our planet” http://t.co/0M9bn2kX #endfossilfuelsubsidies
- Social Media Campaign: Twitter storm demanding end to fossil fuel subsidies at the G20 and Rio +20 Summit
- Sites to follow and spread: “Tweets from Hillary” Tumbr account devoted to the EndFossilFuelSubsidies campaign
- Hashtag to use: #EndFossilFuelSubsidies
- Images and blogs to spread: Avaaz and 350.org unveil banner at Rio +20 Earth Conference
- The time for talk is over. We need to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, as the OECD and the International Energy Agency (IEA) point out, fossil fuel subsidies are a drag on economic recovery.
- Three years after the G20 announced it would deal with fossil fuel subsidies – it’s now time for action.
- At a time of global austerity, it is untenable that big oil and king coal are receiving producer subsidies from taxpayers who are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.
New reports now show that each year the world’s governments give at least a trillion dollars to fossil fuel companies around the world. These subsidies come at a cost to taxpayers as well as the environment. Reports also show that these trillions of dollars are also stifling the clean energy sector.
Since the G20 meetings in Pittsburgh in 2009, changing the way fossil fuels are subsidized has been a subject often talked about, yet no actions or clear phase out plans have been drawn up the subsequent G20 meetings or UN Climate Summits. In fact countries like Canada, are reportedly trying to mute discussions of reducing subsidies at this week’s G20 and Rio +20 Earth Summit.
Despite these efforts, a global movement has sprung up during the week of this year’s G20 meetings and the and the Rio +20 meeting where citizens are calling for a clear path towards phasing out these subsidies as soon as 2015. These efforts (see: Related Actions section above) combined with new evidence of the economic and environmental destruction caused by these subsidies (see: More Resources section below), are aimed at getting the attention of the world’s most influential leaders at a time where they are talking about reigning in government spending around the world.
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- Oil Change International’s breakdown of the trillion (or more) dollars going to subsidize the fossil fuel industry
- Fossil fuel pollution, here, here and here
- Green business, also here and here
- Oil Change International’s report outlining steps to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2015
- New joint factsheet by NRDC and Oil Change International on negative economic impacts of fossil fuel subsidies and steps to be taken to remove them, also here and here
- OECD reports on G20 meetings and fossil fuel subsidy policy
- OECD & IEA recommend reforming fossil fuel subsidies to improve economy and environment
- RT @NRDC Help us create a Twitter Storm! We need as many ppl as possible using #EndFossilFuelSubsidies now for #RioPlus20 http://t.co/HurixC7g
- RT @Guardianeco Campaigners demand an end to $1tn fossil fuel subsidies, writes @theduncanclark: http://t.co/7jggF6xZ #EndFossilFuelSubsidies