Campaign contributions. Yes. Campaign contributions are now "dirty money" as 350.org describes it and made this graphic.
Subsidies. We need to stop giving oil companies subsidies. But that is only partially correct. We need to stop giving ALL companies subsidies.
How they get it wrong is their motivation. They are just against using fossil fuels. How do they feel about renewable energy subsidies?
Subsidies need to stop for ALL companies and industries. It is not up to the government to decide what companies succeed by giving them money. That is up to the consumers with their purchasing power.
In relation to subsidies are niche taxes : gas taxes, phone taxes, tobacco taxes, et cetera. Those punish a product. That is not for the government to decide either.
See what I did there?
The government gives oil companies subsidies. Then a special gas tax is paid at the pump. What!? Really!? How much money is lost in administrative costs distributing the money and collecting the taxes. How much money is spent on accountants to track this? ( Nothing against accountants. I just think this is an absurd reason to NEED an accountant. )
In case you are curious, here is a break down of where your money at the pump goes according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.