Fossil fuels are bad now but they wouldn't be if we could pull the bad stuff out. If that tech developed would you subsidise fossil fuels?
Is my mic on? I feel like I'm repeating myself.
We already subsidize fossil fuels more than any other energy source except maybe nuclear (just because the long term costs of nuclear are less well known). The government has been "playing favorites" for over a hundred years on this issue, and the last decade of incrementally increased subsidies to renewable energies are a drop in the bucket by comparison.
When official US foreign policy is driven by access to renewable energy for the next 100 years, I'll consider the scales evened out a little. Oh, and we'll have to make all of our federal lands available for lease at below-market rates to renewable energy companies. And we'll have to use imminent domain to acquire property for renewable energy processing and transportation facilities. And the US Navy will have to protect all of the renewable energy shipping routes. And renewable energy companies will have to get the same tax breaks that oil and gas companies get for all costs related to research, exploration, production, and equipment amortization. And whatever negative consequences the renewable energy industry generates will have to be paid for and cleaned up by several new federal agencies with multibillion dollar per year budgets devoted to the renewable energy equivalent of acid mine drainage, retention reservoir failures, fly ash uranium contamination, acid rain, strip mining operations that go bankrupt, black lung disease, increased asthma rates, river and aquifer contamination, mercury contamination of fish, and oh yes let's not forget the slow and inevitable release of greenhouse gas emissions that threaten all life on earth for the next twenty thousand years.
When faced with the trillions of dollars we have spent on subsidizing the oil and gas industry over the past 200 years, we'd be hard pressed to ever give renewables a fair shake. We could devote half of the federal budget to it for the next decade and totally solve the world's energy crisis, and STILL be way behind what we've spent on subsidizing carbon extraction industries.
So ya'll can just knock it off with the "renewables aren't cost competitive" bullshit. Renewable have been cheaper than carbon burning since the middle 90s, if you look at the cost to the country instead of the cost to the consumer.