DPP chair urges nuke shutdown sans referendum
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The major opposition party chairman urged President Ma Ying-jeou to shut down the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant immediately to save taxpayers the cost of a national referendum.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
In a surprise move yesterday, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said that the central government supports holding a national referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
“Holding a referendum is not so necessary,” responded Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on a visit to the DPP caucus on Monday, just before opening day of the new legislative session.
Instead, the Ma administration should order the project's immediate shutdown to avoid “wasting national resources and social capital,” Su continued.
Su's remarks took him a step back from his support this January for a local anti-nuclear referendum.
But Su emphasized yesterday that the DPP remains committed to a “nuclear-free homeland.” In the upcoming legislative session, the DPP will promote its “Nuclear-free Homeland Promotion Bill” (非核家園推動法), as well as draft a bill on environmental sustainability, he told reporters.
“That's in line with Taiwan's public opinion and with the mainstream opinion of the international community,” said Su, adding that the global turn against nuclear energy sources show that the DPP's platform established 30 years ago has proven prescient.
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