The Subsidy Scandal: How Your Government Wastes Your Money to Wreck Your Environment, 1st Edition (e-Book) 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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pub: 2019-12-10
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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


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Conservation

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of ecology and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines ecology from a broad range of disciplines, from examining the economic impact of wildlife trade on ecosystems, to studies of the biodiversity of ecosystems across mountains, forests, wetlands and the arctic. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, botany, geography and sociology. The 17 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into plant ecosystems, philosophy surrounding ecological scarcity, tropical environments and the relationship between ecology and society. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of ecology and the environment and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and ecology, but of philosophy, sociology and economics.

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Subject Categories

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