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US, China spend $22 billion a year on fossil fuel subsidies

China accounts for the lion's share of petroleum perks.

Many of those efforts are deemed "inefficient" examples of exploration and extraction.

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Rhode Island using dirty money to pay for clean cars

There's poetry in E-motion using pollutor fees to fund EV tax rebates.

Rhode Island is funding its DRIVE program with pollution settlements, turning things like "Stripper Well Oil Overcharges" into EV rebates.

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Koch brothers getting ready to take down electric vehicles

Hope you're ready for 'pro-petroleum transportation messages.'

An unnamed group funded by Koch Industries will attack plug-in vehicle subsidies and promoting fossil fuel transportation, perhaps as soon as this spring.

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Germany ready to make 2B euro bet on electric vehicles

Germany's economy minister has a plan to invest the equivalent of $2.2 billion to get people to buy more plug-in vehicles.

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France may scrap diesel fuel subsidies in wake of VW scandal

Government Miffed About VW Scandal

Diesel vehicles' majority share in France may be threatened after subsidies are removed.

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Taxpayers wasted $51 million on VW diesel credits

An analysis by the LA Times finds that the government paid out as much as $51 million in subsidies to buyers of VW's diesel models. We now know these vehicles have dishonest engine software that hides their actual emissions.

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California puts income limit on households that can get EV rebates

California now has an income limit to receive EV rebates, but critics want to see it reduced even further.

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Japanese automakers will seriously subsidize hydrogen fuel stations

Honda, Toyota, and Nissan are partnering in Japan to offer up to $90,000 a year per station to subsidize the operation of hydrogen refueling stations. The program is expected to run through 2020 and could cost as much as an estimated $49 million.

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Elon Musk's companies took $5 billion in subsidies [w/video]

According to an accounting by the LA Times, Tesla SpaceX and SolarCity have received $4.9 billion in government subsidies. However, Elon Musk has argued that the report was misleading.

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Ben Carson in favor of scrapping Big Oil subsidies, switching to E30

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is in favor of removing $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies and using the money to support ethanol. He also suggests a 30 percent ethanol blend in fuel.

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Japan offering $20,000 incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

That tailwind Toyota may be feeling in Japan won't be from a stiff breeze off the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to start selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in its native country next year. And the government is ponying up real big in incentives, Reuters says.

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UK getting ready to end EV subsidies

When it comes to electric-vehicle subsidies in the UK, the government is selling but the public isn't buying. British ministers are saying that a two-year-old program that funds 5,000 British pounds ($7,850) worth of subsidies to buyers of electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf will be shrunken and eventually phased out after demand turned out to be quite a bit less than expected, UK's Daily Mail reports.

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Sarah Palin calls Tesla a 'loser,' which 'wounds' CEO Elon Musk

Wasn't it the 2012 presidential race that featured Republican candidates disparaging electric vehicle companies? Well, yes, but that doesn't mean the 2008 vice presidential candidate (and

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Ethanol advocates poke fun at Big Oil with "Century of Subsidies" party

No one would mistake a bunch of ethanol advocates for the folks at Second City, but we give the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) credit for injecting a little humor into their political statements.

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How Big Oil gets bigger: over $620 Billion spent on subsidies for fossil fuel in 2011

We're being duped by Big Oil. The worse part is that governments around the world are working tirelessly to make sure the game is rigged in their favor. That's what Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, is saying, and he has the numbers to back the statement up.

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Germany questioning EV subsidy support. Sound familiar?

Germany is joining the ranks of countries (e.g., US, UK, France, Japan, China, and India) that are debating the value of government subsidies and showing frustration with the turtle-like sales pace of electric vehicles (EVs). Germany has plans to subsidize EVs after its next general election to meet its target of one million (sound familiar?) units sold by 2020, but support may be waning. "The question of how we will tackle this during the next legislative period (starting late 2013) and whether

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Obama calls for trade case against China

According to an Automotive News report, the U.S. government has launched a trade case that focuses on ending Chinese subsidies of its automotive industry, which threaten American auto industry jobs.

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Ethanol production shaved $1.09 a gallon off of last year's gas prices

If you thought last year was a bad one at the gas pump, it could've been worse. That's what one report partially funded by ethanol advocate Renewable Fuels Association says.

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