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Extend nuke plants' operations: Amcham

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei yesterday published its 2014 Taiwan White Paper, calling for the Taiwan government to secure a means of safe and sustainable energy and to prolong the operation of Taiwan's current nuclear power plants.

AmCham Chairman Thomas Fann (范炘) made the remarks in the chamber's annual publication in which AmCham lists suggestions for ways local governments can improve Taiwan's economy.

Fann began the introduction of the White Paper by lauding the Ma administration for its efforts in carrying out a broad range of economic reforms and liberalization.

The chairman noted that, among the 103 suggested reform goals proposed in last year's White Paper, six were labeled “resolved” while another 21 were “showing satisfactory progress.” In total, the 27 accounted for 26.2 percent of all suggestions and was the highest percentage gleaned in the past five years.

The six resolved issues are capital markets, intellectual property, manufacturing, medical devices, taxes and telecommunications, while the suggestions that displayed satisfactory progress include asset management, banking, education and training, human resources, intellectual property and licensing, public health, real estate and technology.

The paper advises the government to invest more effort in areas such as Taiwan's health care, in which an increased government budget would most likely improve the lack of new, innovative products in the medical market; consumer protection, which sometimes is being taken “to the extreme” in ways that create barriers to doing businesses in Taiwan; and human resources, in which a higher degree of flexibility is needed in the proposed Dispatch Labor Protection Law.

June 6, 2014    edann77@
Close to US$10 billion spent thus far on nuke4 for a total capacity of 2600MW if it were allowed to become operational. If the government had wisely spent the same amount on solar and wind production, the resulting total output would exceed that of nuke4! Quite possibly double that of nuke4, and at the same time create thousands of jobs.

Start up nuke4, phase out nukes 1, 2, & 3. Start investing in homegrown renewable technology now (wind, solar, thermal, and hydro). Promise not to build any more nukes, and do not extend the nuke plants that were designed and built in the 1970's.

And don't just buy the hardware from outside sources like the corrupt morons did with the high speed rail system. Start investing in Taiwan's future instead of selling it out for short term glory.
June 6, 2014    billparkhurst@
Amcham has there head up their collective a**es.....nukes are dangerous. With no place to disposal of spent fuel rods...solar panels on all Taiwan rooftops is the only viable path for energy on this island which has no gas reserves...
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American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) Chairman Thomas Fann (范炘) introduces the 2014 Taiwan White Paper at the Regent Hotel Taipei, yesterday.(CNA)

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