Germany’s utilities and major energy consuming businesses are taking the battle over special taxes into the public domain. They are refusing to be patsies for the politicians who are trying to frame the debate and tell the public that extending nuclear power plant operation is simply a gift to the plant owners. Though I do not speak German and am thus at a bit of a disadvantage in understanding the nuances, it seems that some of the government’s negotiators have indicated that the offer to allow extended operation can be taken away if the plant owners refuse to “do their share” to attempt to turn the wind and sun into reliable replacements for nuclear power plants.
Claudia Kemfert, DW Research Institute, made an interesting comment in reaction to the efforts of the utilities to bring the discussion about special nuclear power taxes to the public’s attention.
“The utilities try to avoid a tax simply because they increase the cost. Capital oriented companies, of course, would like to reduce the cost. And they would like to influence energy policy and pressure Chancellor Merkel.”
Can you believe the nerve of companies full of technically trained or educated energy specialists thinking they should influence future energy policy decisions? (End Ironic Commentary.)