Watch: Eerie short film explains—with stunning facts—why we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

The Guadian, in a recent article explains that this vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas.

fossil-fuel-subsidiesFossil fuel subsidies in numbers, A Guardian graphic with information from the IMF

“These [fossil fuel subsidy] estimates are shocking,” said Vitor Gaspar, the IMF’s head of fiscal affairs and former finance minister of Portugal. “Energy prices remain woefully below levels that reflect their true costs.”

Let that sink in for a second.


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