DPP needs to come clean on nuke suspension costs: KMT
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A senior Kuomintang (KMT) official said yesterday that the opposition has not spelled out how its proposal for an immediate halt to work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (核四) would affect energy costs.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
According to reports, the official claimed that the KMT's long-term nuclear exit proposal has already been absorbed into the president's energy policy, but that the opposition's short-term plan to halt work on the fourth plant would drive up electricity prices, a problem it has yet to offer a solution to.
Calls by New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) for nuclear safety are in-line with President Ma Ying-jeou's attitude toward the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the official said.
The president's plan is to move toward phasing out nuclear energy in favor of green sources, the source added.
Since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposes halting Fourth Nuclear Power Plant operations, it needs to come up with a substitutive measure, the official said.
It also needs to tell the public that if the plant were to be suspended, electricity prices would increase 6 percent, and that the more than NT$300 billion loss would drive Taiwan Power Company to bankruptcy, the source said, stressing that the DPP should come clean on the actual costs involved in its proposal.