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Nuclear future referendum needed

By Chang Kuo-tsai 張國財

Germany and Japan, both world leaders in science and technology, have announced timetables for becoming nuclear-free countries.

Does Taiwan want to keep its nuclear power stations, which are like ticking timebombs that could go off at any moment? Or would it be better to formulate policies allowing present and future generations to live free of the threat of nuclear accidents?

The question of whether to finish building the Longmen plant or scrap it is the most urgent question in this respect. Holding a referendum on the question would form a consensus encompassing a relative majority of the public as the basis for future policy. Without doubt, a referendum is the solution that best suits the principles and spirit of democracy.

Chang Kuo-tsai is a former deputy secretary-general of the Taiwan Association of University Professors and a retired associate professor of National Hsinchu University of Education.

Translated by Julian Clegg

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