Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Why Encourage Pollution?

This has to be one of the simplest infographics i've seen. It compares the subsidies available to fossil fuels alongside the investment in programs to tackle the climate change that fossil fuels cause.

The analysis was done by the ACF, and shows fossil fuel subsidies cost the taxpayer 12 times more than the climate change programs. Or in ACF's words "$11 billion more on encouraging pollution that cleaning it up".

Even in recent years, the $500 million increase in climate change programs is just one-third of the $1.5 billion increase for fossil fuels.

How is it so, that we can spend so much money subsidising pollution, and encouraging fuel to be wasted. As the head ACF, Don Henry, puts it:
There has been a lot of good talk about addressing climate change, but unfortunately the numbers tell a different story.

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