1. It is likely that the KMT will instruct its people to stay home.
2. It is also likely that the referendum will not combined with next year's elections.
3. Thus, the only thing voted on will be the Fourth Nuke Plant referendum.
If KMT types are ordered to stay home, this means that the only people going will be, in the very least, people who are voting to stop construction and operation of the plant, and who are more than likely pan-Green voters. In other words, anyone who goes to the polls that day outs themselves as a probable DPP supporter. That will be a consideration in people's minds, and it will inhibit participation in some cases.
Latest TISR poll: 58% want Fourth Nuclear Plant suspended, 52% support keeping the other three plants in operation. The public is wary of Nuke 4 but separates that issue from the issue of nuclear power as a whole, says TISR.
The Atomic Energy agency and the KMT rejected a DPP proposal to amend the law to provide for a local referendum when a nuclear power plant has its fuel rods loaded, TT said. Although it is local lives and health affected by the plant, the government refuses to give them any say in whether they want such a plant in their neighborhood. The article also observed that the plan to remove the nuke waste from Orchid Island by 2016 is "hardly possible" and thus the project has been pushed back to 2021 at the moment. Argh.
- Latest Quadrennial Defense Review says time not ripe for cross-strait military confidence building measures.
- Reuters on the NCC's tougher line with the WantWant media monopoly.
- Major security issue in East Asia is climate change
- Photos of North Korea
- The Diplomat on Manny Ramirez in Taiwan
- I've blogged on the Gaoping Great Lakes controversy before. Add land speculation to the list of reasons the government is pushing this dog of a project.
- DGBAS refuses to provide estimates of the economic effects of the fourth nuclear plant stoppage. With good reason, since they depend on the policy decisions of others.
- Commonwealth has a long piece Can Taiwan Survive a Nuclear Free Future? The pro-nuke propaganda we've been hearing for the last twenty years is all here, with the bonus that the article is constructed so that the tech types are all sourced for the pro-nuke commentary while citizen activists are sourced for anti-nuke commentary. LOL.
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