Wind Tax Windfalls, Nuclear Tax Burdens

podcast-150x150This Week in Nuclear Episode #78 – MP3 File

In this episode of This Week in Nuclear I interview Joseph Somsel, the author of “How Taxes Pervert Our Energy Choices”

Our discussion covered a wide range of topics including:

  • How favorably short depreciation schedules for wind have created a “gold mine” for investors, virtually independent of how much electricity the wind turbines produce.
  • How nuclear investors would benefit if new nuclear plants received the same treatment as new wind turbines.
  • How tax law have created hidden massive subsidies for wind energy, but added tax burdens for nuclear.
  • A creative option for funding the industrial infrastructure needed for nuclear fuel cycling.
  • Comparisons of the lifetime energy provided by similar investments in wind and nuclear.
  • Who pays for new transmission lines to support new wind turbines and new nuclear plants.
  • What do nuclear loan guarantees actually guarantee?

Be sure to read some of Mr. Somsel’s other works.  Here are a couple of places to start:

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