How Big are Subsidies for "Big Wind"?

I wrote [the other day](http://prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?base_name=how_big_is_big_w...) that, in terms of lobbying expenditures and political contributions, "Big Wind" is trailing far behind Big Oil. [Via Clean Technica](http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/20/wind-power-subsidies-dont-compare-to...), this graphic from a 2010 report by the Environmental Law Institute illustrates how much smaller subsidies for "Big Wind" and other renewables have been than subsidies for fossil fuels.

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The chart only covers subsidies from 2002 to 2008. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put some money towards wind and solar that's not included. But recent subsidies would have had to be huge to catch renewables up with fossil fuels; in the period covered in the chart, the federal government gave more money directly to fossil fuels than it gave to renewables in both direct spending and in tax breaks.

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