Premier reaffirms Taiwan’s commitment to nuclear-free future

Premier Cho Jung-tai (TVBS News)
Premier Cho Jung-tai (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Premier Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) reaffirmed the government's commitment to a nuclear-free homeland and the diversified development of green energy during a banquet for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators on Thursday (June 6).

This statement comes in response to concerns raised after Economic Affairs Minister J.W. Kuo (郭智輝) suggested that the extension of nuclear power plants could be possible if legal amendments are passed and safety is assured.

Energy Policy in Focus

The government's stance on energy policy has been under scrutiny following Kuo's remarks about potentially extending the operational life of the second and third nuclear power plants by 20 to 30 years, pending safety inspections and tests. However, the costs associated with extending nuclear power, including operation and raw material expenses, must be considered. Government spokesperson Chen Shih-kai (陳世凱) clarified that Kuo's comments were based on international cases and that the government's goal of achieving a nuclear-free homeland remains unchanged.

Legislative Concerns and Reassurances

During the banquet, DPP legislator Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) relayed that some legislators expressed concerns over Kuo's recent statements on nuclear power extension. They emphasized the need for precise preparation in response to inquiries from the legislature and the media to prevent opposition parties from exploiting the issue.

Premier Cho and Deputy Premier Cheng Li-chun (鄭麗君) reiterated three key points of the government's energy policy: ensuring stable power supply by 2030, continuing to lead in green energy development in Asia, and steadfastly implementing the nuclear-free homeland policy according to law.