Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial

How the U.S. fossil fuel industry depends on subsidies and climate denial.


Oil Change International (OCI)




“Policies, rules, and provisions in the tax code that continue to support fossil fuel production undermine efforts to transition to a clean energy economy, and rob the public purse of the resources needed to do so. Removing these highly inefficient subsidies – which waste billions of dollars propping up an industry incompatible with safe climate limits – should be the first priority of fiscally responsible climate, energy, and tax reform policies.”


“The United States federal and state governments gave away $20.5 billion a year on average in 2015 and 2016 in production subsidies to the oil, gas, and coal industries, including $14.7 billion in federal subsidies and $5.8 billion through state-level incentives. At the state level, this is likely a significantly conservative estimate, given limits to available data.”