said by tshirt:everyone seems to miss or forget that point quite often. said by Kearnstd:
....because much of that plant is tax payer owned.
Very little of that plant is taxpayer owned.
Yes Taxpayers paid for a lot of it, but not payments towards ownership, but payments to direct it's growth in a way that gov'ts (mostly federal, but some state and local influance) decided best fit the public need.
No different then the penagon paying for massive development of weapon X, yes the gov't (customer) paid all the cost and eventually made the company quite rich, but they only bought the end product, not the factories and labs, and test ranges needed to develop that product.