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Taiwan: Demonstrators Force Government to Halt
Nuclear Power Plant Construction

May 1, 2014
| Energy
| Asia and the Pacific
Taiwanese police attempt to disperse protesters during
 anti-nuclear demonstrations in Taipei on April 28, 2014.

The Taiwanese government agreed Sunday to temporarily suspend construction of the country’s fourth nuclear power plant as thousands of protesters disrupted traffic in the capital Taipei last weekend . . . Taiwan’s six reactors supply about a fifth of Taiwan’s power, although they are scheduled to be phased out by 2025 . . . Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch warned Monday energy costs would rise at least 40 percent unless the new nuclear plant comes online . . . police used water cannons to disperse the protests Monday . . . Taiwan’s shift away from atomic power could force the country to raise its reliance on China for energy . . . dependence on China for energy would raise red flags in Taiwan, which is already grappling with protesters worried about increased influence of the mainland in Taiwan . . . additionally, Taiwan’s economy is likely to struggle under more expensive prices for electricity without nuclear power.

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