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Climate change more dangerous than nuclear power: EPA minister

Climate change more dangerous than nuclear power: EPA minister

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The dangers of climate change are greater than those of nuclear power, the head of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Wednesday, urging the government to create a platform to give the public greater access to information on nuclear safety issue. While it is possible to reduce the risks associated with nuclear power, climate change is an uncontrollable global phenomenon, EPA Minister Stephen Shen said at Cabinet meeting. He said the central question in the energy issue is what price people would be prepared to pay to give up nuclear power. People should not only decide on the use of nuclear power in the country, but should also take into account the dangers of climate change and the effects of increasing electricity costs, Shen said. For example, Shen said, public support for nuclear power grew in the Britain after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, as Britons became more environmentally aware. Shen said he does not have any particular stance on the government's proposed referendum on the fate of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant, which is near completion. However, the government should take the responsibility to provide more information to help the public make a critical decision, he reiterated. (By Wei yun-ling and Maia Huang)


Updated : 2021-04-21 23:26 GMT+08:00