Portnoy at Global Voices has assembled an awesome collection of links and translations of blog posts on the government's program to push the petrochemical industry. It reads like something out of the US atomic energy commission's propaganda from the 1950s.... If you read one thing today, read this post: Taiwan Without a Petrochemical Industry.
Read the whole thing....
On September 6 and September 7, 8 half-page advertisements were published in the four major newspapers in Taiwan, telling the readers that “Without petrochemical industry, we won’t have new toothbrushes, new bicycle tires, new umbrellas, and new ink to print newspapers.” The IDB is the mastermind of the advertisements, and also plans to publish thousands of handbooks for demonstrating the value and benefits petrochemical industry has brought to Taiwan. This series of propaganda aims at persuading Taiwanese to support the government's decision to build the new Kuokuang petrochemical plant on the biggest wetland of Changhua County[en].
So far, IDB has spent TWD 3 million (about USD 100,000) of taxpayer’s money on the ads to defend private corporations' interests. Environmental groups[zht] and media and press watch organizations[zht] reacted to such an abuse of public expenses by making open statements, while bloggers and online activists adopted a different approach.
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