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Govts spent record $1 trillion last year subsidising fossil fuels

The splash of state cash on energy last year followed climate talks in November 2021 when world leaders pledged to end such subsidies.

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Even as global governments raise their ambitions to cut fossil fuels in the future, they spent a record $1 trillion last year subsidizing energy sources that are the main driver of climate change.

That’s the finding from the International Energy Agency, which estimates that the combined subsidies for oil, natural gas, electricity and coal hit an all-time high in 2022 as soaring energy prices crippled economies. It underlines the challenge for policy makers trying to grapple with the immediate threat of runaway fuel inflation, while still trying to push a shift to low-carbon sources.

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First Published: Feb 17 2023 | 10:43 PM IST

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