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Monday, May 12, 2008

Who Gets Federal Energy Subsidies?

The Wall Street Journal has an article on who gets federal energy subsidies, based on a EIA report. The WSJ focuses most of the attention on electricity subsidies; as their headline notes the difference in subsidy per megawatthour - Wind ($23.37) v. Gas (25 Cents).

The discrepancy between ethanol and gasoline is equally disparate and fascinating, and given the role of ethanol in the global food price spike, the demonizing of subsidies for "Big Oil", and the call of Governor Rendell for state subsidies and mandates for ethanol. (Data can be found in the Executive Summary of the EIA report):

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