The Monitor's View In praise of a global sacrifice

From India to Indonesia, more leaders are reducing fuel subsidies, and not only for economic reasons. Doing so also helps reduce inequality, curb carbon pollution, and free up money to directly aid the poor.



Cue the applause. In recent months, quite a number of nations from Tunisia to Indonesia have made a great sacrifice never thought possible. They slashed government subsidies for fossil fuels. And they often did so by stating reasons other than pure economics.