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The Fossil Fuel Bailout: G20 Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Exploration

Oil Change International & Overseas Development Institute, November 2014

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A new report by Oil Change International (OCI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) discovers that the G20 governments’ exploration subsidies marry bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the development of oil, gas and coal reserves that cannot be exploited if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

Furthermore findings in ‘The Fossil Fuel Bailout: G20 Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Exploration’ show that by providing subsidies for fossil-fuel exploration, the G20 countries are creating a ‘triple-lose’ scenario. They are directing large volumes of finance into high-carbon assets that cannot be exploited without catastrophic climate effects. They are diverting investment from economic low-carbon alternatives such as solar, wind and hydro-power. And they are undermining the prospects for an ambitious climate deal in 2015.

Governments across the G20 countries are estimated to be spending $88 billion every year subsidising exploration for fossil fuels. This report documents, for the first time, the scale and structure of fossil fuel exploration subsidies in the G20 countries. The evidence points to a publicly financed bailout for carbon-intensive companies, and support for uneconomic investments that could drive the planet far beyond the internationally agreed target of limiting global temperature increases to no more than 2ºC.

More background information can be found here.

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Overseas Development Institute is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy.

Comments (2)

  1. Roberta Dees says:

    I love you, and it scares me to death, but WHY DON’T YOU GET THIS OUT INTO THE WORLD?

  2. Roberta we actually got pretty good press on this report: BBC World, Guardian, Reuters and others. But we’ll keep trying through mainstream media and other avenues until folks understand this.

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