Here’s an interesting article from Gizmag about the subsidies governments around the world give to various forms of energy. Not surprisingly, fossil fuels like coal and oil get far more money than renewable like solar, wind or biofuels. It makes sense. We’ve known for decades that energy companies practically own our governments. And it’s a lot easier to believe than some “global warming conspiracy” that governments are using to intentionally cripple our economy.

Years ago my high school economics teacher put the whole subsidy issue in a brilliant context. Ontario, at that time, was spending about $20 million on each anti-smoking programs and tobacco farming/industry subsidies. It isn’t about whether they accomplish anything in the real world – only if they make some friends for the people who grant them.

The fox is guarding the hen house, and we’re the hens. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Relying on governments and corporations to bring us a just and sustainable world is a failing proposition. These people have spent the last century doing everything possible to make global warming worse, and they still are. If we want to stop global warming, we need to stop them.

(Apologies for not being able to post the original paper. It’s a pay-per-view study on the Bloomburg network. One more example of how “intellectual property” keeps necessary knowledge from the public.)

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