The Subsidy Scandal: How Your Government Wastes Your Money to Wreck Your Environment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Subsidy Scandal

How Your Government Wastes Your Money to Wreck Your Environment, 1st Edition

By Charlie Pye-Smith


274 pages

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Hardback: 9780367416546
pub: 2019-12-17
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Originally published in 2002, The Subsidy Scandal examines the subsidies spent by governments and the affect this has had on the environment. The book examines industries ranging from agriculture to mining, energy to transport and the subsidies spent on these industries by government. The book argues that these industries have had a negative impact on the environment, often funded through government subsidies derived from public taxes. The book suggests that these subsidies go to those who least need them – frequently to corporations and special interest groups which recycle some of the funds to support the politicians who keep the subsidies going. Based on research in North America, with examples from Europe and elsewhere, the book provides an investigative report into to the money assigned to environmental policies to find out where the money goes and what produces it.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations


Introduction: On the Subsidy Trail

1 Pulping the Forests

2. Cashing in on Cows?

3. Sweet Charity

4. Wasting Water

5. Nature: On the Wanted List

6. Fished Out

7. Highway Robbery

8. Mining the Treasury

9. The Price of Power

10. Taking Stock


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection