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The World’s Biggest Governments Are Still Propping Up Fossil Fuels

Subsidies are falling, but polluters are still getting plenty of public support.

A refueling pump station for hydrogen-powered vehicles at the newly opened hydrogen fueling station, operated by Saudi Aramco, in the Air Products New Technology Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, June 27, 2021. 

A refueling pump station for hydrogen-powered vehicles at the newly opened hydrogen fueling station, operated by Saudi Aramco, in the Air Products New Technology Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, June 27, 2021. 

Photographer: Maya Siddiqui/Bloomberg

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The International Energy Agency published a hopeful finding last month on global subsidies for fossil fuel consumption, showing a fall of more than 40% in 2020 — following a drop of more than 30% in 2019.