by Christina Sarich at undergroundreporter.org
California — Elon Musk recently took Big Oil to task in an interview at the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF) at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory. He points out something that alternative energy advocates have wailed about for decades: all forms of fossil fuel come with government subsidies.
Musk says this is no different than being able to dump trash in the middle of your street and then avoid paying trash pick up fees. Fossil fuel subsidies are, in fact, choking progress in solar, wind, and other forms of alternative, clean energy; but sustainable energy will prevail nonetheless.
Dirty Money, Dirty Fuel
Glaring loopholes in our country’s tax code allow for some insane financial breaks to oil companies. Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industries by way of these generous, never-expiring tax breaks. While companies like SolarCity, Verengo Solar, Sungevity, and Sunpower face an uphill climb, special interest lobbyists working for Big Oil, such as the Koch Brothers and ALEC, employ all imaginable forms of propaganda possible to keep their fossil fuel billions rolling in.
In states like Arizona, those who were forward thinking enough to install solar panels on their homes were able to sell back excess power to energy companies; but new legislation has dramatically decreased the incentives for the use of solar energy.
“For the last several years Arizonans have enjoyed the ability to generate their own electricity on their own property,” said SolarCity.“Their choices have also helped contribute to the creation of more than 9,000 local solar jobs in Arizona. SRP [Arizona’s Salt River Project Utility Company] has sabotaged the ability of Arizona consumers to make this choice if they happen to live in SRP territory. SRP cannot justify the elimination of competition and the denial of Arizonans’ choice in electricity service. In America, we expect companies to respond to competition and innovation with better service, lower costs and increased efficiency. What SRP has done instead is unacceptable and unlawful.”
The Virtuous Cycle of Clean Energy Can’t Be Stopped
No matter how the Big Oil families continue to try to halt clean energy progress, sustainable energy keeps gathering momentum. Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to anew analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Solar power has seen similar success, and utilizing renewable energy is a self-reinforcing cycle.
As more renewables are installed, coal and natural gas plants are used less frequently — and the less coal and gas are utilized, the cost of using fossil fuels to generate electricity goes up. Thus, as the cost of coal and gas power rises, more renewables will be installed.
Musk and the Revolt Against Fossil Fuels
Musk says that we must stage a revolt against the continued financial breaks given to the fossil fuel industry. Citing data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), he lamented in his interview that he is “competing against something that has a $6 trillion per year subsidy,” and that the low gas prices subsidies create are “weakening the economic-forcing function to sustainable transport and clean energy in general.”
Musk also fights back against unrelenting propaganda published to discredit companies like SolarCity.
Musk implied that a Los Angeles Times article misleadingly asserted that his companies received $4.9 billion in subsidies originating from the fossil fuel industry.
Musk explained that the report was planted to counter the IMF study, which found the fossil fuel industry was receiving trillions in subsidies every year. Both reports came out around the same time. As Musk explained:
“After the IMF came out with their study showing that fossil fuels are subsidized to the tune of $6 trillion a year [it’s (sic) was actually $5.3 trillion in 2015]–like $6 trillion per year. Then some representatives from the oil and gas industry added up all the incentives that Tesla had received and will receive in the future, which happens to coincide with the $6 billion figure.”
Included in this figure was a Department of Energy loan, which Tesla paid back with interest. Musk said:
“They wanted it [the figure] to start with a ‘6’. So roughly a month or two after the IMF study came out, they started shopping that story around to journalists: ‘Tesla is getting a $6 billion subsidy’ and it sounds a bit like a ‘$6 trillion subsidy’. It has a ‘6’ in it and ‘billion’ or ‘trillion’, you know, it’s kind of close.”
He added, “[T]hen they get the LA Times to buy it. It was totally nonsensical.”
These tactics are nothing new. Anyone who threatens the petrodollar is an enemy to the billionaire magnates who like to play with people’s lives and tarnish the planet; but these cabalistic families running the world energy circus are on borrowed time.
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lithium batteries are going cause another mining boom (ie environmental destruction) controlled by three USA corporations.
a boom to benefit the power greedy needs of those already rich enough to screw over the planet.
I AM BEHIND THIS GUY 100 %. REMINDS ME OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. WE NEED MORE MEN LIKE HIM TO COME FORWARD!
While his cause is nobel understand he ain’t doing and saying this out of the goodness of his heart. He sees dollar signs… make no mistake about it
There’s nothing wrong with making a buck. Especially if you can help the world whilst doing so.
That is exactly why I trust him, if he simply did it “out of the goodness of his heart” I’d wonder what’s up. He says up front that “I see a future, and I’ll make it a reality and earn money for it on the side.”
with no fosil fuel = no employment= no tax dollars= no money for the federal liberal fuctard Trudeau and no carbon tax for alberta twatley = no money for civil employees or aupe or federal employees
The oil companies get more in money from the feds then they give. If it switched to other things then the people will have jobs to work. I am mechanic, if only electric cars were alowed I would not loose my job. I would fix electric cars
Do his rockets run on non-fossil/green fuel?
All alternative fuels (bio-fuels, wind, electric, and solar) are subsidized. I agree with getting rid of subsidies including the alternative subsidies. How about zero-point energy and fusion technology! The 4 alternative energies are a scam used to keep the oil cartels in control while shutting down the fossil fuel industry. The oil cartels are the largest financiers of the 4 alternative energies. Start talking about true energy replacements like fusion, plasma, zero-point etc that can realistically replace large scale fossil fuels, like coal and oil.
We can’t ditch fossil fuels right away, the world energy demand is still covered from fossil fuels and a very tiny share of renewables, so we can’t replace coal and oil today and use only solar, wind and so on.
An easiest way to reduce the level of pollution generated by coal and oil, is to replace these fossil fuel resources with natural gas as the main fuel to produce energy and heat on the planet because natural gas releases less carbon emissions while burning.
On https://www.alternative-energies.net/12-pros-and-cons-of-natural-gas/ you can read all the pros and cons of natural gas, to better understand why natural gas can be fuel of the future, at least until the renewables will be capable of covering the entire energy demand on planet Earth.
I sense the basic Matrix behaviors in 80% commenting here… not saying something bad. simply the truth. It is like, humans are spinning on the edge of a circle. them-self are also spinning. They think technologies, leader, money, and whatever they think they have, will help them out for whatever reasons from where-ever they are trapped in. While spinning faster and getting dizzy by it…
Indeed it is a Matrix. Because these sequential patterns of behaviors repeat them-self in most individuals. Even if they think, they did the change of their life. It is still following the same behaviors.
Not only in most individuals, but especially collective. Over the amount of centuries… still the same, but different.
Why? One of many human keywords is: Generalization. All the time, everything, and it HAS to be categorized or most humans won´t find something in it. Or one would appear crazy to describe something that might not even have a word for at the moment…
This is a mental block. Ill-logic… call it whatever words you need to feel more comfortable to tell you the truth. And this is the problem most people are dealing with. No matter who influences us, what is happening around us. This is yours and your only body that you are driver of. Or master. Sounds cool huh? And who are you? Do you really know it?…. if I look at this world. Totally not.
Which words do you want to eat, to get the right product to recognize the actual needed changes.
Yourself. Humans in general.. A ridiculous species. Seriously.
Can not even fix them-self and trying to do everything else at once… running away from the own shadows it looks like. Like a small kid got catched while doing something bad, it just tries to give 100 reasons and suddenly runs away…
Not master of the own mind.
Ok go on Mr. Musk. Just using the great Tesla his name for your own sake. Stop blablabla here then. Tesla showed mosly results, while blablabla… no? Bblabla we are over of it.
Throw your TV into trash, turn smartphones off at home. And enjoy your life. But this might not be the first or the last one. +
And if you think, you will die one day, all will be over… then there are these idiotic humans thinking some aliens or something keeps them trapped. Lol, you really think that? Or what do you think will happen when you die? Stairway to heaven? yeah, you can try it. And if it ends up, as it looks like to you, is the other question 😉
Just, don´t open your small eyes please. This is just your optical vision. Maybe close your eyes, and start to open your soul??? How about that?
Do you really think, when you look at something focused, that you really can see everything there at this moment?
But you humans know about different dimension from computer sciences don´t you? Ok, did you realize, which position you have in those dimension-illustrations. Or do you think, this is it? Do you think, you are ultimate and the real thing like this in this universe?
Well ok, like this you will get extinct. Deserved. Or not…
No-ones else. Every single reader´s own decision.
You don´t like something? Then stop complaining? Do it yourself then.
Like this you will keep following your Matrix and become extinct. No alien, no hucksibucksiblabla… you allow it. No matter if aliens truly would do it… ridiculous Weaker then a worm or an ant. Yet stronger then anyone believes.
Would you believe in, knowledge that would shatter your reality right now at this moment? Showing you, how completly wrong you were all the years? Fells good huh?
Sincerely, your universe