Let’s get back our trillion dollars: Governments subsidize dirty energy


A trillion dollars a year! We’re in the middle of a global economic and environmental meltdown, yet this is how much our governments are handing out to dirty energy,the richest industry on earth. It’s madness, but finally a few bold countries are speaking out.

New Zealand, Mexico, and Switzerland are leading a call for action at a meeting of world leaders in Rio in June. Slashing these scandalous subsidies now is crucial to saving our planet. But the polluters have a powerful grip over many of our governments. Only massive global public support can drown out the lobbyists of big oil, coal and gas — it’s what our people-powered movement was born to do.

The agenda for Rio is being finalised now — this meeting could be our last chance to avert climate catastrophe. Let’s give our champions the political teeth they need to stop this trillion dollar trickery. Sign the urgent petition to stop our government’s colossal collusion with polluters:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/lets_get_back_our_1_trillion_b/?vl

What could the world do with a trillion dollars? The UN believes we could end world hunger 33 times and over. Experts also say it’s enough to kickstart a clean energy revolution to replace all fossil fuels with renewables. But instead, our governments are locked into an outrageous trillion dollar spiral of collusion with the dirtiest industry known to humankind — each year governments subsidise these companies and then they in turn buy off politicians and pay lobbyists to get more tax breaks, while continuing to destroy our planet.

The fossil fuel industry falsely claims that ending subsidies would raise our fuel prices and result in massive lay offs. But this couldn’t be further from the truth — a chunk of the subsidies go straight to the cash reserves of dirty energy, and experts say removing fossil fuel subsidies will have little to no impact on jobs, or prices at the pump.

These subsidies are our tax dollars! We finally have a chance to stop this outrage — New Zealand, Mexico, and Switzerland are drawing a line in the sand and taking on the polluters. But, we don’t have long to give them the massive public support they need to push this through before the Rio summit. If we step up now we can prove people power can trump corporate greed, and together ensure fossil fuel subsidies are the no.1 priority when world leaders meet in Rio. Sign now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/lets_get_back_our_1_trillion_b/?vl

Together, time and time again we have achieved the impossible. And now, our entire planet’s future is at stake. Today, let’s launch a climate spring, end this corruption and take a step closer to freeing the world from the tyranny of fossil fuels.

With hope and determination,

the Avaaz team

P.S. By the time we’re done reading this email, Exxon will have made $235,000 in profits. Sign now!
http://www.avaaz.org/en/lets_get_back_our_1_trillion_b/?vl

More information:
Mexico passes aggressive climate bill (Mongabay)
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0423-hance_mexico_climatebill.html

Fossil-fuel subsidies: Helping the richest get richer (Los Angeles Times)
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/05/opinion/la-oe-mckibben-stop-oil-subsidies-20120404

Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies ‘could provide half of global carbon target’ (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/19/fossil-fuel-subsidies-carbon-target

Ending fossil fuel subsidies is ‘no-brainer’ says former Tory MP (Vancouver Sun)
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Ending+fossil+fuel+subsidies+brainer+says+former+Tory/6319323/story.html

Int’l Energy Agency wants governments to end subsidies for fossil fuels (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/04/iea-fossil-fuel-subsidies_n_994072.html

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