The mass protests shine a spotlight on the tension between policies that raise energy prices and day-to-day energy affordability.
Had the EU eliminated all subsidies between 2010 and 2017, its emissions would have been 9% lower over the period and governments across the EU would have saved US$441 billion.
New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.
There is simply no credible evidence supporting the contention that America is experiencing a grid emergency.
Reforms to fossil fuel subsidies must be combined with effective anti-poverty policies.
Even Trump's most destructive proposals pale in comparison. The president is merely throwing a match on a burning building.