End fossil fuel subsidies!

In just a few weeks, world leaders are converging on Rio for a landmark “Earth Summit” to talk about sustainability issues — but it’s time for them to stop talking and start doing. And we know where they can begin.


This year our governments will hand nearly hundreds of billions of dollars in government subsidies to the coal, gas, and oil industries. Instead, they should cut them off. Now.


Cutting fossil fuel subsidies could actually take a giant step towards solving the climate crisis: phasing out these subsidies would prevent gigatonnes of carbon emissions and help make clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels.


And here’s the thing: this demand is completely reasonable — so reasonable that the leaders of the big countries have already agreed to it. The G20 promised in 2009 that fossil fuel subsidies would be phased out in the “medium term.” But the political power of the corporate polluters scares them, and so no nation has yet followed through.


If we want real action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, we need to give world leaders a people-powered push as the Rio Summit approaches — with this global call to action: www.350.org/rio


Why focus on subsidies? The billions in fossil fuel subsidies handed out to the fossil fuel industry are driving climate disasters. Those billions should be spent investing in the world we want — in renewable energy, in efficiency, in public health and education — not spent on reducing the cost of dirty energy.


350.org, who are running this campaign say, “How are we going to ensure world leaders make good on their commitment to end fossil fuel subsidies? With a huge global groundswell of citizen pressure. Our friends at Avaaz, the planetary network for social good, are helping to lead this fight — already there are over half a million people signed on. In the US, hundreds of thousands of activists are pushing for landmark legislation to remove $113 billion in American fossil fuel subsidies over the next 10 years. But now we need a truly international effort in the lead-up to the Rio Earth Summit — which means enlisting you, and your friends.”


Click here to sign on and spread the word: www.350.org/rio


After you sign on, please share the campaign with anyone you know who cares about the future. Or, for that matter, anyone who cares about not wasting their tax money by sending it to the richest industry on earth.


350.org will deliver the signatures on June 18th when world leaders arrive for the Earth Summit — in fact, they’ve got big plans brewing for some exciting ways to make sure our message in Rio is unignorable. But first they need you on the list, so please sign on today.




Author: | Date: 24 May, 2012 | Category: Action Rio+20 | Comments: 1

Comments on "End fossil fuel subsidies!"

Rev. James Paesch:

September 10, 2012

Greetings Ruth, I am leader of the Canadian Social Credit Coalition, its a new starting organization that endorses CEL and among a small number of others. We agree to this proposal and would like to let you know its going to be voted in the Policy Committee of the Social Credit Party of Canada, another fledgling new political organization, as Policy for Social Credit when we come into be government. I later will propose or here and now for majority governments to STOP all fossil fuel production and trade by going only into Ethanol, Bio-Diesel, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), and Electricity within 10 Days RUSHED legislation. I know the " Buts " but the corporate elite will organize fast. All replies I am open for debate, after all we are a democracy ? Point is, our way is allowed in a democratic nation legally is it not ? Replies are to revise this or with no replies I take it as the UK's approval ?---For Policy we are saying only and our next federal election is in 2015. Thank You. P.S. We will join the 350.org. P.S.2 Revision of policy is all voted by early 2015.

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