Perverse financial incentives are undermining essential human progress in the energy revolution.
For sustainability of life on earth, we need to evolve out of the fossil fuels age and towards the cornucopia of renewable, clean, low cost and free energies that are ours for the using. The status quo meanwhile, remains heavily invested against this necessary renaissance and our own limited taxpayer funds, are being pledged against us.
The latest report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency — which provides independent energy analysis and has 29 member countries, including the United States, admits that present financial incentives are heavily favoring the use of fossil fuels over other more efficient energies. In simple math, it costs an average of $7 per ton to buy a certificate offsetting carbon emissions today, while total government subsidies and tax breaks favoring creation of carbon amount to an average $115 per ton. In this messed up dark ages-model, continuing to emit carbon is 16x more profitable than not, even while at the expense of literally everything else, see, Subsidies at 16 times carbon prices stymie pollution curbs:
Tax-breaks, subsidized fuel prices and other government support amount to an incentive to pollute worth $115 per metric ton of carbon-dioxide, the agency said Monday in its Energy and Climate Change report. That compares with an average $7 cost to buy emission permits in carbon markets, according to the Paris-based group.
In North America, carbon prices and subsidies each cover about 4 percent of emissions, the agency said. The subsidies amount to $36 a ton on average, while the carbon price is $9 a ton. Latin American subsidies are $208 a ton, compared with $173 a ton in the Middle East, $168 in Africa, $104 in India and $29 in China, the IEA said.