每日英語跟讀 Ep.K268: 2021 Taiwanese referendum
In the 2021 Taiwanese referendum, there are four questions. The first question to have passed the qualification threshold, in January 2021, considered the activation of the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant. The three other questions on the referendum were certified by the Central Election Commission in May 2021. The opposition party Kuomintang offered support for two of the referendum questions, actively gathering signatures regarding ractopamine in imported pork, and future referendum scheduling.
Algae reef protection
The first question refers to the construction of a receiving terminal for natural gas energy production on Taoyuan’s Datan Algal Reef. It is argued as necessary by the government as part of its fossil fuel phase-out plan but heavily criticized by environmental activists due to potential damage to the reef and its eco-system.
The second question on the referendum has to do with attempts to lift restrictions on the import of ractopamine-containing pork. Critics argue ractopamine is an additive illegal in 160 countries due to food safety concerns and that its import could damage local producers.
The third question, and first to have passed the threshold is one on the activation of the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant, which is located in New Taipei City. The plant was under construction until 2014, when it was shut down due to concerns about nuclear power in the country, as well as following the program of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party regarding the gradual elimination of this type of energy production. That position is heavily disputed by proponents of nuclear power, as well as by the opposition Kuomintang, which lead to the inclusion of a question on the abandonment of the nuclear power termination plan in the 2018 referendum, in which results favoured the continuation of nuclear plants in the country.
The fourth and last question asks whether referendums should be held alongside general elections if a referendum proposal is confirmed less than six months before a general election. The question was proposed by the Kuomintang, arguing that holding referendums alongside general elections would attract higher vote turnouts. Source article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Taiwanese_referendum