Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wind Tax Windfall, Nuclear Tax Burden

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 would nuclear investors benefit if new nuclear plants received the same treatment as new wind turbines.

  • How tax law have created massive subsidies for wind energy, but added tax burdens for nuclear.

  • A creative option for funding the industrial infrastructure for nuclear fuel cycling.

  • Comparisons of the lifetime energy provided by similar investment in wind and nuclear.

  • Who pays for new transmission line 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:

John Wheeler

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