The people say, “It’s time to end handouts to big oil!”

Note from Priscilla: This is my first post from the Rio Earth Summit, where I’m a guest of after winning their blogging contest earlier this spring. You can read the full post here. Twitterstorm logo

“The people are having their say,” Jamie Henn, communications director for, announced jubilantly on a panel at Rio+20. The results of the Twitterstorm he’d helped organize were rolling in—and they were overwhelming. The hashtag #EndFossilFuelSubsidies peaked several times during the day, at one point breaking out as the second-most-used hashtag in the whole Twitterverse. It trended again late in the day even as I was writing:

Image of trending tweets showing #endfossilfuelsubsidies along with Avaaz, Greenpeace, and other climate groups organized the Twitterstorm to let world leaders know that the people heartily support a proposal that’s been on the table for years but only halfheartedly endorsed by a few governments and never acted upon at all.

What difference do the subsidies make?

At least $775 billion dollars’ worth—and that’s only the subsidies that can be tracked. Additional hundreds of billions of dollars are hidden “underground,” such as in the military costs of securing the routes by which oil flows.

Tweet from Aotearoa saying, "endfossilfuelsubsidies & we start to get back on track to 350ppm (safe level of CO2) and there's an extra trillion lying around for all...

What could the world do with $775 billion? Continue reading this post…


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