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Taiwan’s Lai needs to rethink nuclear shutdown plan

Jordan McGillis writes in NikkeiAsia that Taiwan should rethink its policy on nuclear power.

The C3 Take
  • For years, Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has held control of the presidency and legislature and has successfully led the charge for shutting down of country’s nuclear power plants.
  • With Taiwan’s economy being heavily reliant on manufacturing and production, the closure of reliable and clean baseload power is a mistake.
  • With the election of President-elect Lai Ching-te, the DPP should rethink its stance on nuclear power to strengthen its national security, energy security, and economy.

“Some misguided environmental activists and old party hands who have not moved on from the 1980s might be alienated, but millions of voters who backed the KMT and TPP in January would be gratified if Lai showed his party recognizes how important energy abundance is for a thriving Taiwan. Lai hinted at the possibility of pivot a year ago when he suggested that the island’s nuclear plants could be kept available for emergency use, distancing himself slightly from Tsai.”

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