The China Post
Date: June 21, 2017
TAIPEI, Taiwan — More than 50 percent of the respondents to a recent survey said they are opposed
to the idea of paying higher electricity rates in order to eliminate the use of nuclear power, according to the results of the survey, released Wednesday.
About 52.6 percent of the respondents said they are unwilling to pay higher power prices for the goal of making Taiwan nuclear-free, while 42.3 percent said they are willing to do so, according to the results of the survey by the National Policy Foundation, a Taipei-based think tank affiliated with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), to gauge the public’s opinion of the Democratic Progressive Party government’s energy policy.
The survey also found that 53.9 percent said they did not agree with the idea that all of Taiwan’s nuclear power plants should stop operations to make the country nuclear free, despite the threat of power shortages, while 33 percent agreed with the idea.
Nearly 47 percent of the respondents expressed support for resumed operations of the No. 1 reactor at the second nuclear power plant and the No. 2 reactor at the third nuclear power plant to generate electricity, and 32.5 percent said they are opposed to the idea, the survey shows. [FULL STORY]