Why is coal still getting subsidies?

Update: • The US provides over US$1 billion per year in fiscal support for coal mining at federal level (2016–2017 average), split between tax expenditures that benefit coal mining companies and research and development spending via the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. • Support for consumption of coal and... show more • The US provides over US$1 billion per year in fiscal support for coal mining at federal level (2016–2017 average), split between tax expenditures that benefit coal mining companies and research and development spending via the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

• Support for consumption of coal and coal-fired electricity is mainly provided at state level, accounting for over US$718 million in fiscal support (2016–2017 average).
Update 2: In 2017 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry proposed subsidisation of coal-fired power plants, arguing that the reliability of facilities that keep more than 90 days of fuel on site was undervalued by the market. However, this was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
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