Hung de­nies con­flict with Chu on energy

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

Kuom­intang ( KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) has de­nied re­ports that her stance on the fu­ture of the Fourth Nu­clear Power Plant ( ) at Long­men con­tra­dicts the view­point of party leader Eric Chu ( ).

“I am not sure on which parts we do not agree. Does Chair­man Chu re­ally not sup­port nu­clear power? I do not think he has ever said this to me,” Hung said at a New Taipei City event com­mem­o­rat­ing those killed in the 8-23 Ar­tillery ( ) Bom­bard­ment in which Chu was also in at­ten­dance

In an ear­lier state­ment, Chu said that a “nu­clear free home­land” was a col­lec­tive pur­suit that would be con­tin­u­ally im­ple­mented. Not­ing that the Fourth Nu­clear Power Plant had al­ready been sealed, any pro­posal to bring it into op­er­a­tion would re­quire a ref­er­en­dum and hence an un­easy hur­dle.

On Satur­day, Hung posted “Energy au­ton­omy is a nec­es­sary con­di­tion for na­tional sur­vival” on her of­fi­cial cam­paign site and Face­book page, crit­i­ciz­ing the pro­posed poli­cies of Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing­wen ( ) in which she ac­cused her ri­val of us­ing cam­paign tac­tics in or­der to “evade re­spon­si­bil­ity” on the mat­ter. The DPP po­si­tion has ad­vo­cated for the phas­ing out of nu­clear power on Tai­wan.

Hung’s post also ar­gued that it was in­ac­cu­rate to analo­gize Tai­wan’s ex­pe­ri­ence with Ger­many’s nu­clear power phase out, or Ja­pan’s nu­clear pol­icy af­ter the Fukushima nu­clear dis­as­ter fol­low­ing a mag­ni­tude 9 earth­quake and en­su­ing tsunami in 2011. “The re­al­ity is that the Fukushima nu­clear dis­as­ter did not cause any fa­tal­i­ties. The lives lost were due to the earth­quake and tsunami,” she wrote. Hung ac­cused the DPP of “false in­for­ma­tion and logic” in “fan­ning the flames of fear” of the pop­u­la­tion on the is­sue of nu­clear power. She also em­pha­sized that the energy ex­penses for the Ja­panese and Ger­man peo­ple were three times higher than those in Tai­wan.

With re­gards to Hung’s online state­ment, Chu re­sponded that she was em­pha­siz­ing the need for guar­an­tee­ing Tai­wan’s energy sup­ply and that re­ac­ti­vat­ing the plant in Long­men was an op­tion should the sit­u­a­tion arise. Since the de­ci­sion to seal the plant was made by the Leg­isla­tive Yuan, any re­con­sid­er­a­tion in pol­icy would also need to be im­ple­mented in ac­cor­dance with the law, Chu added.

“Politi­cians have to speak hon­estly and frankly on the mat­ter,” Hung said af­ter echo­ing Chu’s com­ments above.

She added that ev­ery­one wants to sup­port a nu­clear free home­land, but that it was im­por­tant to con­sider the meth­ods and steps needed to reach that goal.

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