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Ma, Su to meet, talk about Nuke 4 today

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) this morning to talk about the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Following his meetings with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), Su on Monday expressed his willingness to talk to Ma over the controversial power plant, hoping to jointly find a solution to the long-stalled issue.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast; however, a press conference will not be held afterward, the Presidential Office said.

The president yesterday instructed Presidential Office Secretary-General Timothy Yang (楊進添) to officially invite Su to a meeting in order to discuss the issue, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) said.

This will be the first time for Ma to meet an opposition leader at the Presidential Office.

KMT Caucus Meeting

The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday held a caucus meeting to find a consensus on the controversial power plant issue. Both the premier and Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) attended the meeting.

The KMT caucus reached two points of consensus, namely that the issue of whether or not the power plant should be activated is to be decided by a national referendum, and that the DPP's draft bill concerning the proposed referendum should be deliberated article-by-article by the Legislature.

The KMT caucus echoed Jiang's remark, saying that no fuel rods are to be installed before a series of safety assessments are completed and that a national referendum should be held before there is further discussion on fuel rod installments.

Referring to its second resolution, the KMT caucus said that all ruling party lawmakers will be mobilized to attend the Yuan Sitting today in order to block the DPP's draft bill from automatically passing the second reading.

The bill should be thoroughly deliberated during committee sessions, the caucus said.

Demonstrations to Support Lin

The DPP caucus yesterday called on the public to light up candles or turn on the flashlights on their phones in front of the Presidential Office building and Xinyi Road, where former DPP chairman Lin Yi-hsiung's (林義雄) hunger strike is taking place, to show support for Lin.

Demonstrators arrived at Ketagalan Boulevard yesterday evening and arranged numerous candles in the shape of the Chinese character for “life” (命) in order to symbolize their determination to protect Lin's life.

April 25, 2014    billparkhurst@
What they need to discuss is a transition from nukes to solar. Installation of solar panels on all government buildings should be a priority and no future nuke plants to avoid another Fukashima incident.
April 25, 2014    yao1931@
More or less, there exists a risk whenever and whatever we do---traveling by plane or by ship, even eating rice. Of course, nuclear power generation is no exception. However, nowadays the advanced technology can keep such risk from happening. In effect, being afraid of nuclear power is not necessary.
April 26, 2014    normanytlim@
yao1931@ wrote:
More or less, there exists a risk whenever and whatever we do---traveling by plane or by ship, even eating rice. Of course, nuclear power generation is no exception. However, nowadays the advanced technology can keep such risk from happening. In effect, being afraid of nuclear power is not necessary.
I fully agree with you that risk is everywhere from the moment we were born. However, the main thing is to reduce it to the lowest possible level and should there be a chance of any mishap happening, we will try our best to avoid it. And should there be a choice we will not embark on the matter at all. Am I right? We cannot completely depend on technology to help us all the time as they can break down and the outcome can be an irrevocable disaster. Take crossing the road for example, if the traffic signals shows a green man indicating you can cross, I am sure you will still look at the traffic to ensure that the cars had stopped. You do not full trust technology, correct?

The situation regarding Nuke 4 is far worse than that. The nuclear plant was built right across the earthquake fault and there were several leaks and glaring defects. Even if we are assume that these leaks and defects are rectified, we cannot rule out the high possibility of a quake happening. With the plant being right across a fault means a catastrophe will happen if any quake takes place. What if a quake happens offshore and a tsunami sweeps inland ? On either of the occasions, at least half to two-third of Taiwan will be wiped out. We had seen what happened at Fukushima and Chernobyl. Also, there is also a possibility of human error. OK, let’s say nothing happens and God is on our side, what shall we do with the nuclear waste? The government has been dumping them secretly all over the country and some offshore islands. For all you know, you have been subjected to radiation for many years and some strange diseases are creeping inside you. I suppose you don’t need that.

Since the government will be spending billions of dollars more to get the plant up and running, why not use it to encourage the use of solar energy which is cleaner and without any waste?
April 27, 2014    krane8@
"advance technology can keep such risk from happening", are you kidding me?! For those that think nuclear power of today is still safe, than you don't have to look too far and see the Fukushima disaster.

Japan was supposed to be the most technically advance nation when it comes to earthquake safety...and the experience they had with nuclear power. So an earthquake just at the right location plus a tsunami...almost created a disaster the magnitude of Chernobyl, isn't such a big deal...huh?!

In an event of a Chernobyl type disaster in Japan, half of the island would had to be evacuated. What would happen if such incident occurred here in Taiwan? The entire island would have to be evacuated...and where would 23 million people go? Please tell us, all the politicians and people that support this absurdity.
April 27, 2014    happy.chatting@
Let's get by the numbers. The world’s largest solar plant is in the Mojave Desert with 9 plants providing total 350 MW. Current Taiwan nuclear power plants support about 5000 MW. That means Taiwan will need 15x USA's larger solar production to replace nuclear. Nuclear is about 8% total of Taiwan’s power production. Oil 49%, Coal 32%, Gas 10%. What are the alternatives? Use more oil, coal, gas? Taiwan's CO2 output is 1% of the whole world and growing fast. Are the DPP and protesters aware of the alternatives? What has to be done is to look at energy saving solutions. Solar, energy saving design in buildings and how people use electricity is definitely something that need to change but will the population, industries and construction companies support that? It will be felt in everyone's pockets. Is Taiwan ready for a big sacrifice? Voting against the #4 plant means you must be ready to sacrifice to save energy whatever it takes. Are you?
May 2, 2014    conorwhite@
happy.chatting@ wrote:
Let's get by the numbers. The world’s largest solar plant is in the Mojave Desert with 9 plants providing total 350 MW. Current Taiwan nuclear power plants support about 5000 MW. That means Taiwan will need 15x USA's larger solar production to replace nuclear. Nuclear is about 8% total of Taiwan’s power production. Oil 49%, Coal 32%, Gas 10%. What are the alternatives? Use more oil, coal, gas? Taiwan's CO2 output is 1% of the whole world and growing fast. Are the DPP and protesters aware of the alternatives? What has to be done is to look at energy saving solutions. Solar, energy saving design in buildings and how people use electricity is definitely something that need to change but will the population, industries and construction companies support that? It will be felt in everyone's pockets. Is Taiwan ready for a big sacrifice? Voting against the #4 plant means you must be ready to sacrifice to save energy whatever it takes. Are you?
Simple solution

People stop this unbridled wastage of electricity here with
1) poorly insulated apartments
2) neon flashy lights
.......

Supposedly Taiwan is moving to an IT/service economy, so meaning less power than intensive manufacturing - that has been moved over to China/



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Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), third right, walks out of a meeting room at the Kuomintang (KMT) headquarters last night in Taipei. The KMT yesterday convened its caucus meeting, reaching the consensus that no fuel rods are to be installed before a national referendum concerning the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is held. (CNA)

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