Do you support elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, which will address climate change?
Subsidizing the most profitable corporations in the history of the world with, in essence, tax dollars from poor people is obscene, and only happens because those corporations use those subsidies to corrupt the politicians we elect. $21 billion to the oil companies in 2015? Maybe $70-odd billion in all subsidies, overt and hidden, to all fossils? No, Bernie, we don’t need that money, or a punitive tax that would be passed on to the consumers’ backs, handed out as a trifling dividend. We need to invest that money to hugely speed the last research that may be needed here and there, and the deployment, of algal biodiesel, biogas, wind, solar electric, geothermal, passive house and passive solar heat, and some of the new approaches to fusion. The people who bring those technologies on line are going to make a mint, but the fossils have their heads stuck so firmly in the past that they won't invest in the future. They get our politicians to steal, for them, the subsidies that should be helping to bring a sustainable=survivable future on line.
Jobs are a huge issue for many people, as they should be after a jobless “recovery.” There are far more jobs to be created in sustainable energy production than there ever were in fossils, because production will be local—you can grow algae successfully from the Equator to central Canada, anaerobic digesters to replace “natural” gas with carbon-neutral biogas work practically anywhere, and where there is wind or sun or tidal power there will be jobs capturing them. Local jobs, local profits, and economic democracy, which will greatly aid political democracy. Far less fuel burned transporting fuel around the world. “Waste” products (from algae) you can eat or feed to livestock. Carbon wastes that are easy to sequester. It all makes so much sense—unless you own an oil company. Or a politician.
Could we please stop being forced to subsidize our own extinction?
Yes but that is a wimpy change.