The nuclear industry, DBL found, benefited from an average of $3.5 billion a year in subsidies from 1947 to 1999.And coal, which has been getting federal and state subsidies since the early 1800s, currently receives at least $3.2 billion a year, according to a 2011 Harvard Medical School study . Renewables, on the other hand, averaged only $370 million per year in subsidies between 1994 and 2009, according to DBL. The 2009 stimulus package did provide $21 billion for renewables, but that support barely began to balance the scales that still tilt toward fossil fuels. Just last December, for example, the U.S. Congress allowed a key wind-industry tax break to expire , but it continues to support massive subsidies for coal, oil and gas. Americans represent less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but we’re responsible for 19 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. Despite the fact that China surpassed us as the world’s top carbon emitter in 2006, we’re still the worst offenders per capita.
The extensive document on which this blurb was in fact based can certainly be available at http://www.livescience.com/45265-time-for-wind-solar.html