For immediate release: September 16, 2021
WASHINGTON– The Green Scissors coalition, an unlikely union of free-market, budget, consumer and environmental advocates, condemned the failure of the House Ways and Means Committee to repeal domestic fossil fuel tax breaks as infrastructure bill revenue raisers. In an open letter sent yesterday during the House mark-up of the bill, they demanded that Congressional leadership support the repeal of fossil fuel subsidies in the Build Back Better Act in the weeks ahead.
The coalition, which is made up of Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense, The R Street Institute, U.S. PIRG, and Environment America, made the following statement:
“The taxpayer should not be subsidizing fossil fuel extraction in the midst of this unprecedented climate crisis. To raise new revenue to cover the cost of infrastructure spending, Congress should start by cutting programs and tax expenditures that are harmful to the environment. This should include repealing the preferential tax treatment for fossil fuel extraction.”