Fossil Fuel Subsidies, c.2025

Composition of relic:

Tax breaks, cheap loans, price controls, purchase requirements.

Factors that led us to abandon this object:

Restrictions on money in politics loosen hold of fossil fuel lobby; rise of cheap renewable energy lessens consumer and industry reliance on fossil fuels; public recognition of role of fossil fuel companies in climate change and human rights abuses.

Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned:

Fossil fuel companies and their political enablers.

Strategies we used to overcome those obstacles:

Lobbying and campaign finance restrictions; continued documentation of and campaigning on climate impacts of reliance on fossil fuels; promotion of renewable energy as alternative.

picture by Tom Blackwell, flickr