Groups challenge DOE on grid study

Media Contacts:
Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org
Lukas Ross, (202) 222-0724, lross@foe.org
Basav Sen, (202) 997 0479, basav@ips-dc.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today six groups sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry challenging the biased premise of a recently announced study of grid reliability. Theoretically an investigation into the retirement of baseload power plants, the proposed study is better understood as a political line of attack against renewable energy—including against the modest incentives for wind and solar.

The letter urges the Department of Energy to consider the century-long subsidization of fossil fuels and other polluting industries, instead of developing arguments against clean, renewable energy.

“From our tax code to our public lands, the fossil fuel industry remains one of the most heavily subsidized segments of our economy,” said Lukas Ross, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth.“If Secretary Perry pretends otherwise then this study is just his latest adventure in climate denial.”

“Rick Perry’s biased order to review electricity markets reveals he can only see what’s behind us, not what’s clearly up ahead. In a climate constrained world, fossil fuels are simple not viable with renewable power and energy efficiency – even with $ 21 billion in government subsidies each year. Perry’s nostalgia for the days when coal ruled the national grid is clouding his vision of where technology, markets, and consumers are moving,” said Janet Redman, U.S. Policy Director at Oil Change International.

“Secretary Perry’s energy agenda is a reflection of the oil, gas and coal climate killers who have funded the Trump campaign from day one,” said Bill Snape, Senior Counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity.  “Federal funds ought to go to activities that protect Americans and our planet, not threaten them with catastrophe.”

“Secretary Perry made a not-so-veiled threat to Renewable Portfolio Standards, which are State policies expanding renewable energy, in comments at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference last month, making clear his intent to use this politicized ‘report’ to undermine policy support for clean energy at all levels of government,” said Basav Sen, Climate Policy Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studies.“State governments need to tell him in no uncertain terms that his efforts to thwart their progress will kill jobs, hurt the environment, and is a completely unacceptable Federal power grab.”

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Following Oxfam’s January report revealing that just 85 people owned the same wealth as the bottom half the world’s population, Forbes has updated its “billionaires’ list”, showing that extreme inequality has worsened– just 67 people at the top now own half the wealth.

Global wealth inequality threatens economic and social viability

Following Oxfam’s January report revealing that just 85 people owned the same wealth as the bottom half the world’s population, Forbes has updated its “billionaires’ list”, showing that extreme inequality has worsened– just 67 people at the top now own half the wealth.

Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam America Executive Director, said: “Bank President Jim Kim and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde have been outspoken about the dangers of skyrocketing inequality. This week we need to see real initiatives to back up their rhetoric.

“International financial institutions should change the policy advice they gives countries, and shift the balance towards investment in health, education and progressive fiscal policies.”

“The IMF should acknowledge that corporate tax dodging is a key driver of inequality- companies must pay their fair share.”

Developing countries lose an estimated $ 100 billion to $ 160 billion annually to corporate tax dodging.

“Austerity worsens inequality, as the IMF and World Bank know well. They advised aggressive cuts to health and education in developing countries in the 1980s and 90s, and some of these countries took two decades to climb back to square one. Gaps between rich and poor widened, economies were shattered, and the poor continued to get poorer even when growth improved.”

Oxfam will advocate for change during the IMF-World Bank spring meetings in Washington, including:

  • The IMF and World Bank putting inequality and poverty at the center of discussions with their members
  • Committing to measure the gap between the richest 10% and the poorest 40%
  • Changing IMF and World Bank lending and advisory policies to bring them in line with new thinking on the economic, social and developmental damage done by extreme income inequality
  • Pushing the World Bank to support of a goal on inequality in the new post-2015 global development framework.
International financial institutions should change the policy advice they give countries, and shift the balance towards investment in health, education and progressive fiscal policies.

Ray Offenheiser

Oxfam America Executive Director

Notes to Editors

Christine Lagarde has said inequality damages long term growth and wastes human potential: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/NEW020314A.htm

World Bank President Jim Kim has committed the Bank to advancing shared prosperity http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140122175445-32702694-at-davos-income-inequality-should-be-front-and-center

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For interviews or press inquiries, please contact:

Caroline Hooper-Box, caroline.hooper-box@oxfaminternational.org, tel + 1 (202) 321 2967

Patricia Brooks patricia@matchmapmedia.com + 1 (202) 351-1757

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