Protestors march in Lagos during a demonstration against fuel subsidy removal in 2012.
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Removal of the fuel subsidy in Nigeria is long overdue, but replacing it with a transport grant is not the best approach.
Surplus corn piled outside a farmer’s co-op storage facility in Paoli, Colorado.
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The US has required motor fuels to contain 10% biofuels since 2005. As this program nears a key milestone in 2022, farm advocates want to expand it while critics want to pare it back or repeal it.
Water: an increasingly expensive necessity.
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Should the U.S. help low-income households afford water service, as it does with heating and groceries? Chile does. An economist explains how it works there and how it could work here.
Sandstorm approaching Merzouga Settlement in Erg Chebbi Desert, Morocco.
Humanity’s biggest challenges are not technical, but social, economic, political and behavioural. Effective actions are still possible to stabilise the climate and the planet, but must be taken now.
A January 2012 demonstration against the removal of petroleum subsidies in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
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Nigeria must remove fuel subsidies and channel the funds to critical sectors of its economy.
Aerial view of the 6-megawatt Stanton Solar Farm near Orlando, Fla.
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President Biden’s proposed solar power expansion would cost $350 billion in federal support over the coming decade. An energy expert explains where that money would come from and who it would help.
Nigeria has a new law to regulate its oil industry
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Nigeria’s new petroleum law will make its petroleum industry as competitive and attractive to investors as its peers.
Electric cars charging at Washington, DC’s Union Station.
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Electric cars offer benefits for low-income and minority drivers, including cleaner air and lower maintenance costs. But it will take more than rebates on new models to make EVs accessible for all.
Profit margins in South Africa’s minibus taxi industry have been under pressure long before the COVID-19 lockdown.
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The role of government should be to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to do precisely that.
One of the President’s moves in health care had surprising results.
The idea, says our experts, was to shut down Obamacare. But it didn’t work out that way. This could take on more importance as the number of uninsured swells due to coronavirus.
The border closure has affected goods from other West African countries.
Efforts to increase trade within the continent are being undermined from the start
The trade war has high costs for both the U.S and China.
An economist explains why the US and Chinese governments are most likely to dig in their heels rather than find a compromise to end the costly trade conflict.
Carbon pricing is the most market-based means of addressing the climate crisis, yet it is strongly opposed by politicians that claim to support free markets.
A Renault Zoe charging. It’s currently one of the top-selling plug-in electric vehicles in Europe, but what would happen if subsidies dried up?
Electric vehicles are taking off, but will demand remain sustainable once governments phase out subsidies? And as the “hidden costs” of the EV revolution emerge, some might get left behind…
Zimbabwe erupted in violent protest after the government doubled the price of petrol.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to double the price of petrol shows very poor judgement and bad leadership.
The UK’s “illegal” backup power subsidy scheme effectively subsidised fossil fuel power generation. Lets use the hiatus to build a more flexible, low carbon energy system.
Farmer Michael Petefish walks through one of his soybean fields in southern Minnesota.
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The Trump administration’s promise of $12 billion in aid to offset losses from retaliatory tariffs will not make up for the long-term consequences of a prolonged trade war.
Increasing prices to levels that reflect the costs of production sends a signal that electricity is a valuable commodity.
Indonesia will freeze electricity prices until the end of 2019, a presidential election year. Research shows that earlier cuts to electricity subsidies led to improved efficiency in electricity use.
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Reforms to fossil fuel subsidies must be combined with effective anti-poverty policies.
Construction at Plant Vogtle, Georgia, Dec. 1, 2014.
Nuclear power provides 60 percent of US carbon-free electricity generation, but existing plants are aging and only one is under construction. Should government intervene to keep nuclear energy in the mix?