Cap & Trade … the Nuclear Dilemma

Factoid: 79% of France’s electricity is nuclear generated.

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Excerpted from WSJ, “The Carbon Cap Dilemma”, March 28, 2009

On the one hand, environmentalists claim that climate change is a “planetary emergency,” perhaps the greatest threat ever to face humanity. On the other, nuclear energy is still verboten in the green catechism — despite the fact that it provides roughly one-fifth of U.S. electricity, all of it free of carbon emissions. Without more nuclear power, it is nearly impossible to see even the glimmers of any low-emission future.

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A lot of companies stand to make a bundle off cap and trade.

Ironically, the nuclear industry stands to benefit as much as any “green” business from a carbon crackdown.

So, if Congress does create cap and trade, expect the next populist outcry to be for a windfall profits tax on nuclear.

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Ken’s Take: … and don’t expect any more nuclear power plants to be brought on line.

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Full article:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123819777143661833.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

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