Power Showdown: New Party to launch petition on nuclear plant

LIN I-HSIUNG:The party said it would seek out Lin for ‘threatening’ the Ma administration by staging a hunger strike to oppose the power plant’s construction

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 11, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

The New Party yesterday said it would launch a petition for a referendum asking the

New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung, center, announces the party’s petition for a referendum on whether the public should share the construction cost of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant at a news conference at party headquarters in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

public whether it is willing to shoulder the cost of suspending construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮) because of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) hardline stance against nuclear energy.

“The inconveniences caused by sporadic power outages and Premier Lin Chuan’s (林全) ordering of central government agencies to turn off air-conditioners over the past week pale in comparison to the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which would cost the public NT$283.8 billion [US$9.36 billion] if left unused,” New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠) told a news conference in Taipei.

The figure is based on Taiwan Power Co’s estimate of the suspended plant’s construction cost.    [FULL  STORY]

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