Taiwan Thinktank, a pan-Green operation, came out with a poll on the referendum on the fourth nuclear plant.
More than 60 percent of respondents said they would vote in a proposed national referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮) and almost 70 percent of those polled supported the suspension of construction and operations at the controversial power plant, a survey released yesterday showed.8-10% higher than the other polls. Reading this.....
People’s concerns about nuclear safety were so strong that 71.6 percent said they would still oppose completing the construction of the plant even if electricity prices would have to increase by 10 percent as the government has claimed....I got to wondering how the referendum relates to the Ma government's electricity price increase fiasco of last year. If the public scotches the nuclear plant, it follows that the government will attempt to increase prices and blame the referendum. Meanwhile the Premier, with a straight face, called for nuclear phase out by 2055. LOL.
The China Post rapped the government on the knuckles for its nuclear waste policy, as big a public concern as the fourth nuclear plant:
North Korea's reported impending lawsuit against Taiwan over an allegedly unfulfilled nuclear waste disposal contract is a blindside amid the feverishly boiling public debate over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum. All of a sudden, one of the world's most infamous and secluded states has thrown itself into the debate, and this raises a tangle of painful questions about Taiwan's nuclear policy.Well put.....
No matter to which side the legal advantage eventually goes, Taiwan must review why and how it has found itself mired in these nuclear power controversies. In addition to Nuke 4, there is the problem of poor domestic storage as exemplified by complaints about decaying storage containers at Orchid Island (Lanyu), off the coast of Southern Taiwan. The poor state of management and lack of preplanning seems to haunt the country's tussle with nuclear power.
Here's the formal scholarly piece for that PPT I linked to the other day showing that the east coast has probably been hit by tsunamis in the past, with the finding of probable tsunami-deposited boulders. This group also took soil samples that appeared to show tsunami deposits, but they could well be typhoons.
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