350.org – Time to Stop Fuel Subsidies


A couple of years ago, some of the students teachers and I were very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear the distinguished US environmental expert, Bill McKibbin speak. Bill talks very eloquently, scientifically and logically about global warming and the need to awaken mass-awareness of the people globally to bring about meaningful change. He has been one of the most active people in developing 350.org that has sought to draw attention particularly to the ways in which government policies tend to contribute to the problems, rather than acting responsibly for the good of mankind.

With a major ‘Earth Summit’ coming up in Brazil, I wanted to pass on this powerful message from Bill to all the readers of this blog:


Dear friends,

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 approches — and that push starts today with this global call to action:

One Response

  1. Mr. Mark , in the way , this Article has answered a question creeping in my mind. The Main Headline , Increase in cost of Petrol . ” Lets’ say , its ‘ positive in long run . Somewhere , somewhat , if us , country men take it positive , just imagine resources saved.

    I don’t say that we are to go back to Stone Age but conservation would help. and High cost might have positive impact for at least Environment . Just praying , they don’t stall the Parliament protesting.

    Haw can it be said that we think above our self interests ? Lets’ hope.

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