Mayor Ko not opposed to nuclear power, but against it in Taiwan

Taipei's Mayor Ko Wen-je in an interview said that he's not against nuclear power, but feels its not suitable for Taiwan

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In an interview with the media about Taiwan's energy policy on Thursday, Taipei's Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said that he is not against nuclear power in principle, but due to Taiwan's small land area and dense population, he does not believe it is suitable for the island nation, reported CNA

In the wake of Taiwan's massive power blackout last Tuesday, Ko was asked by reporters about his take on nuclear energy during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new public housing project in Taipei's Muzha District. Ko said that in larger countries, there is usually a 50 kilometer radius around nuclear power plants which is sparsely populated, but in Taiwan because of its unique geographical condition, evacuation in the event of an emergency is a big problem. These geographic conditions make Taiwan unsuitable for the development of nuclear power, said Ko. 

In the short term, it may generate electricity cheaply, but in the long run that patch of land cannot be used for any other purpose for 10,000 years, that's a huge burden for future generations, said Ko.  

Ko believes that the government should continue on its path to develop green energy sources, however everyone needs to understand that "green energy is relatively expensive," he said frankly. He added that the price of electricity in Taiwan is relatively cheap, but the people need to consider that Taiwan is not a resource-rich country, so they need to think about what the real price of this cheap power is. 

Ko reiterated that he is not against nuclear power itself, but he is against nuclear power in Taiwan, and that the nation needs to be prepared to for the higher costs that will come with moving away from that energy source.