• http://rjhaffke.wordpress.com RJ Haffke

    If we only factor in the direct spending and tax breaks we’d be missing a big piece of the puzzle. If we factor in all of the indirect subsidies over the years, the statistics would skew to a more comparable figure. For example we are now spending upwards of 800B a year in defense spending to primarily “protect America’s vital interests in the middle east” as many a past President have proclaimed… So if we factor in those costs of protecting our existing energy supplies, the per BTU for non-electricity energy would be much different… Not to mention the social and environmental costs that should probably be valued and added in as well to paint the whole picture and true cost per unit of output (oil spills, fracking, CO2 emmissions etc).

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