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Eliminate Federal Tax Breaks and Subsidies for Oil and Gas
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Eliminate Federal Tax Breaks and Subsidies for Oil and Gas

The federal government currently invests billions of dollars annually in tax breaks and other subsidies for oil and gas, including royalty relief, research and development subsidies, and “accounting gimmicks”.

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The federal government currently invests billions of dollars annually in tax breaks and other subsidies for oil and gas, including royalty relief, research and development subsidies, and “accounting gimmicks”.  Given the high price of oil, oil companies are making record profits and do not need this government assistance. It is time to shift this federal investment—more than $6 billion per year—away from high-carbon dirty sources of energy and toward the clean energy necessary to power a low-carbon economy. Redirecting this investment toward policies to promote low-carbon energy alternatives will help  transform our economy and capture the energy opportunity this transformation provides.

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