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    Report: 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 ...

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    Report: 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 ...

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    Official: 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 Ex-Alaska governor) Sarah Palin can't do the same. In a Facebook post that bashed subsidies for ...

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    Report: 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. In this case, the two groups are using the ...

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    Read This: 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. Estimates from ...

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    Report: 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 ...

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    Ethanol company CEO says the biofuel is a "most hated" industry

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The ethanol industry in the U.S. has gotten billions in farm subsidies and has been praised by politicians of both major parties, but the recent bad press has not only led to the end of 30 years of corn subsidies to make the biofuel, but also for the entire ...

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    Report: BMW CEO says governments need to offer more tax subsidies for EVs

    Bruder, can you spare a Euro? That's what BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer was saying to the German government at a Munich conference, Green Car Congress reports, citing (and translating from German, danke schön) Financial Times Deutschland. The Reithofer said that the German government's goal of ...

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    Report: 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. U.S. ethanol production actually cut wholesale gas prices by $1.09 a gallon last year because of relatively lower ethanol ...

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    Gasoline subsidies total $200 billion a year, making it dirt cheap in some countries

    The price of gasoline varies by a ridiculous amount around the world, from pennies for a gallon in some countries to the equivalent of $10 in others. One of the big reasons for this variation is fossil fuel subsidies. Driving The Nation's Lou Ann Hammond recently interviewed Renault's Philippe ...

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    Report: U.S. ethanol subsidy expiration may be driving up gas prices

    Last month's expiration of ethanol subsidies from the U.S. federal government may already be driving up gas prices. Average gas prices as of Friday were $3.39 a gallon, up three cents from a week ago and up from $3.26 a month ago, according to AAA. Fuel prices for the three weeks ended ...

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    Report: Can we credit the Tea Party for ending ethanol tax credit?

    The Tea Party movement was a key factor in ending corn-based ethanol subsidies because it pushed Republican candidates to speak out against spending, in this case monies that would provide little benefit to the transportation industry while exacerbating the national debt and deficit ...

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    Why alternative energy has a hard time: fossil fuels get 250 subsidies

    If you think ending the ethanol subsidy puts all fuel sources on an equal footing, think again. While there has been a great deal of vitriol directed toward subsidies for alternative energy and plug-in vehicles, very little has been heard about the ways in which fossil fuels are given a huge ...

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    Report: Canceling ethanol subsidy likely to raise the price of gas at the pump

    That falling ball in Times Square didn't just signal the end of 2011, it was also the death knell for thirty years of ethanol subsidies. That in turn could signal an abrupt rise in prices at the pump. By failing to vote in an extension, Congress allowed the $0.45 per gallon production subsidy to ...

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    T. Boone Pickens has a federal subsidy beef with the Koch brothers over natural gas, ethanol

    Since the summer, natural gas supporter T. Boone Pickens (pictured) has been in an energy fight with the Koch brothers. Think of it as a battle of the conservative billionaires to see who can get more money from the federal government. According to the Des Moines Register, Pickens has been ...

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    Report: France increasing gas-guzzler penalty while reducing green incentives

    The government of France uses a "bonus-malus" system to encourage its citizens to go green with their next car purchase. The more fuel efficient a vehicle you buy, the bigger incentive you get. The more gas guzzling a vehicle you buy, the bigger penalty you pay. Unfortunately for France, too many ...

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    Report: Fossil fuel subsidies on the rise across the globe

    Despite plenty of pledges to reduce them in the coming years, fossil fuel consumption subsidies rose all across the globe in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA estimates that subsidies that artificially lower the cost of fossil fuels – and also impede ...

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    China to GM: Give us Chevy Volt secrets or it'll cost $19,000 more

    Like many countries, China provides subsidies to support the use of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Considering the heavy levels of pollution often found in China's rapidly growing cities, this seems both admirable and understandable. It can also be significant, with subsidies going as ...

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    Opinion: Why no country should promote a specific type of alternative fuel

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    Governments here in the U.S. have offered some significant incentives for purchasing green vehicles. Buyers can get up to $7,500 off an electric vehicle, thousands off on hybrids and even deeper discounts in select states. Though ...

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    Senate shoots down proposal to end ethanol subsidies

    Earlier today, the United States Senate rejected an amendment that would have put an end to the $6 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for producers of corn-based ethanol.
    Introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), the amendment was unable to martial the 60 votes needed to end debate in the ...


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