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Subsidies & Corporate Welfare

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Timber industry subsidies

Timber industry subsidies include capital gains tax breaks, capital costs depreciation breaks, low timberland taxes, below cost public timber sales, publicly-funded mitigation and restoration of environmental and property damages due to clearcutting, and limited partnership natural resource income tax breaks -- as well as subsidies which are provided to industry in general, such as foreign aid, political risk insurance, export tax breaks, hazardous waste clean-up, etc.

Anderson, Anthony B.; May, Peter H.; Balick, Michael J. The Subsidy from Nature: Palm Forests, Peasantry, and Development on an Amazon Frontier. New York: Columbia University Press; 1991.

Cortner, H.J., Schweitzer DL. Below-Cost Timber Sales and the Political Market Place. Environmental Management 1993;17:7-14.

Erlandson, Dawn; Kripke, Gawain; Few, Jessica, et al. Dirty Little Secrets: Polluters Play While People Pay. Washington, DC: Friends of the Earth; 1995 Nov. http://www.foe.org/DLS/.

Mascall, Michael. Public Investments by Governments in the BC Forest Industry 1991/92. Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia: Michael Mascall and Associates, for BC Wild; 1994 Mar.

Roddy M. Subsidies Block Alternative Building Materials. Headwaters Journal, 1996, 6(1):57-8. Federal timber subsidies shift costs to taxpayers and produce poor quality housing.

Ryan, John C. Hazardous Handouts: Taxpayer Subsidies to Environmental Degradation. Seattle, WA: Northwest Environment Watch; 1995 Apr.

U.S. House, Committee on Natural Resources. Taking From the Taxpayer: Public Subsidies for Natural Resources Development; An Investigative Report; Majority Staff Report. Washington, DC: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, 103d Cong., 2d sess., Committee Print No. 8.; 1994.

 

Other Corporate Subsidies Resources

Corporate Welfare Information Center http://www.envirolink.org/issues/corporate/welfare/

Taxpayer Assets Project http://www.essential.org/tap/tap.html/

Green Scissors project reports some of the worst corporate subsidy pork barrel projects
http://www.foe.org/eco/scissors97/
http://www.essential.org/orgs/FOE/FOE/eco/scissors98/geo.html