Will Taiwan achieve its 2025 goal of a nuclear free homeland?

Will Taiwan achieve its 2025 goal of a nuclear free homeland?

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 1,200 responses conducted on March 16-19, 2018, shows that 2.6% are very confident that Taiwan will achieve its 2025 goal of a nuclear free homeland, 2.0% are “somewhat confident”, 6.0% are “not too confident”, 88.2% are “absolutely not confident”, and 1.2% “do not know”.

Because of the Tsai Ing-wen government’s policy of restarting the Shen Ao coal fired power plant and restarting the second generator group of Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 to ensure a stable power supply, electricity prices will be increased in April of 2018.  The survey asked if this were acceptable?  19.0% say “yes”, 78.6% say “no”, and 2.4% “do not know”.

Which method of electric power generation do you think would be most practical?  1.1% say “coal fired electric power generation”, 4.6% say “natural gas fired electric power generation”, 76.7% say “nuclear power”, 13.5% say “regenerative power sources such as solar power, wind power and hydroelectric power”, 2.1% say “other” and 2.0% “do not know”.

A previous Yahoo Taiwan survey of 6,600 responses conducted on March 15-18, 2018, asked about the passage of the environmental evaluation of the Shen Ao Coal Fired Power Plant by a vote of 8-9 after intervention by the head of the Environmental Protection Administration, seen by critics as political intervention:  5,7% “very much agree”, 3.2% “somewhat agree”, 4.1% “do not agree very much”, 86.3% “very much disagree”, and 0.7% “do not know”.

Scholars’s simulation estimates that the pollutants released by the Shen Ao coal fired power plant if it goes into operation will be 3 times the amount estimated by the environmental evaluation report.  This indicates that the government has intentionally  underestimated the amount of pollution by the plant when it becomes operational.

When asked:  Do you think air quality over northern Taiwan will be better or worse if the Shen Ao coal fired power plant goes into operation?  2.3% say “it will be better”, 1.6% say “it may be better”, 6.1% say “it may be worse”, 88.4% say “it will surely be worse”, and 1.6% “do not know”.

When asked:  Do you support the Shen Ao coal fired power plant in providing electricity to northern Taiwan?  7.1% “do”, 3.8% “somewhat support it”, 7.7% “do not support it very much”, 80.3% “very much do not support it”, and 1.1% “do not know”.  This survey consisted of 82.7% men and 17.3% women.

It seems that the Tsai Ing-wen government’s energy policy is all wrong, and is opposed by the majority of people.  Even with the dismantling of the brand new unused Nuclear Power Plant No. 4, 76.7% think nuclear power is the most practical way to generate electricity.

This is a slap in the face of the impractical and unrealistic political agenda of the 2025 nuclear free homeland policy of the vulgar government of the vulgar Tsai Ing-wen and her vulgar Democratic Progressive Party.


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Taiwanese seniors now surpass 14% of total population

Taiwanese seniors now surpass 14% of total population

In the first two months of 2018, the number of Taiwanese who died out number those born by 670 persons.  The number of Taiwanese seniors 65 years old and older now surpass the number of those 15 years old and younger.  Taiwanese seniors now surpass 14% of its total population.

Even with increased subsidies for families to have more children and building more public childcare facilities, it will be difficult to raise the birthrate to a sustainable level of a birthrate of 1.3 per woman of child bearing age.

The problem, a commentator says, is that young people of marriageable age and child bearing age have not confidence in their future on Taiwan.  And within 29 years, Taiwan’s population will drop by half.

The year 2018 is the 13th annual Hakka Tung flower festival and wedding season.  As of March 18, 2018, the Miaoli Hakka Tung Flower Festival, which celebrates the wedding season annually, has prepared wedding festivities for 66 new couples but only 52 couples have registered so far.  It seems that young people are not keen on marriage anymore.

The Miaoli Tung flower (Vernicia fordii) has five pink and purple pedals and blooms in March, April and May.


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Alarming marriage ages!

Alarming marriage ages!

In 2017, Taiwanese female government workers married at an average age of 34.69 years old, female teachers married at an average age of 35.31 years old, and policewomen married at an average age of 32.48 years old.

In January, 2018, there were 14,314 newlywed couples.  The marriage rate 7.5/1,000 people. There were 4,384 couples who divorced.  The divorce rate was 2.19/1,000 persons.

In 2017, 138,000 people got married and 54,412 couples divorced.  The marriage rate in 2017 was 5.86/1,000 people and the divorce rate was 2.31/1,000 persons.

According to Taiwan’s national household registry, at the end of December, 2017, Taiwan’s population 15-64 years old was 17,211,341 people, constituting 73.02% of Taiwan’s total population, those 65 years old and above numbered 3,268,013 seniors or 13.86% of the total population, and those 0-14 years old numbered 3,091,873 persons, or 13.12% of the total population.


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Happy New Year 2018 to you!

Happy New Year 2018 to you!

February 16, 2018, is Chinese New Year’s Day, the Year of the Dog.

At the end of 2017, there were 4,400,000 unmarried people 20-40 years old in Taiwan.  And between January and July, 2017, there were only 80,874 registered newlywed couples.

The Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics, February 9 to February 25, 2018, South Korea, is worth attending.  For the first time, the South Korean and the North Korean Olympic athletes will enter the arena together.

At the end of 2018, Taiwan will hold its nine-in-one local county and mayoral elections.  These elections may turn out to be a disaster for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party at the local level as a result of the growing discontent of the people after only two and a half years of  Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party in government.  It might also be interesting to observe how a democratic election is conducted with major government buildings in Taipei tightly surrounded by rows and rows of razor wire fences, a democracy encircled by razor wire barricades, or as a commentator described as a “republic incarcerated by razor wire barricades”.

I wish you all a Happy 2018!



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More nonsmokers than smokers got lung cancer in Taiwan in 2015

More nonsmokers than smokers got lung cancer in Taiwan in 2015

In 2015, 105,156 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Taiwan, 2,009 more than in 2014.

In 2015, among the 13,086 new lung cancer patients, 4,137 were smokers and 6,434 were nonsmokers.  The percentage of smokers was 4,137/13,086=31.613939%, and the percentage of nonsmokers was 6,434/13,086=49.167049%.

The big question in Taiwan is:  Why are there more lung cancer patients who are nonsmokers (49.167049%) than smokers (31.613939%)?

PM 2.5 air pollution is being blamed.

In 2015:

(1)  There were 15,579 new cases of cancer of the large intestine, constituting 14.815132% of the total number of 105,156 new cases.

(2)  There were 13,086 new cases of lung cancer, constituting 12.444368% of total.

(3)  There were 12,360 new cases of breast cancer, constituting 11.753966% of total.

(4)  There were 11,420 new cases of liver cancer, constituting 10.860056% of total..

(5)  There were 7,628 new cases of oral cancer, constituting 7.253985% of total.

(6)  There were 5,106 new cases of prostate cancer, constituting 4.855643% of total.

(7)  There were 3,849 new cases of stomach cancer, constituting 3.660276% of total.

(8)  There were 3,799 new cases of skin cancer, constituting 3.612728% of total.

(9)  There were 3,618 new cases of thyroid cancer, constituting 3.440603% of total.

(10)  There were 2,587 new cases of esophageal cancer, constituting 2.460154% of total.




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Three-year study of the effect of PM 2.5

Three-year study of the effect of PM 2.5

Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute studied the impact of PM 2.5 on the pulmonary function of 1,000 children for three years.  Results show that exposure to every 6 micrograms/cubic meter of PM 2.5 reduces the children’s lung function by 2%.

The study covered the impact of PM 2.5 on inflammation of the respiratory tract and asthma on 1,000 children from birth to 10 years of age and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on seniors 65 years old and older.

In 2016, PM 2.5 concentrations of various locations in Taiwan were estimated to average 24 micrograms/cubic meter in areas south of Taichung and as high as 30 micrograms/cubic meter in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas.

PM 2.5 pollution causes harm to the liver, the lungs, the kidney, the respiratory tract and increases the risk of getting liver cancer, and metabolic dysfunction.  In the Kaohsiung area, PM 2.5 is blamed for lowering kidney function, increases insomnia and causing depression.

The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party is being accused of rushing towards a “nuclear free homeland by 2025” by increasing coal fired thermal generation of electric power.  The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party are imprisoning the Taiwanese people in a “poison gas chamber” filled with PM 2.5 pollution, and “nobody is protecting the rights of the people to breathe clean air”, says a Kuomintang legislator.

The average PM 2.5 concentrations in central and southern Taiwan are: Miaoli (24-26 micrograms/cubic meter), Taichung (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Changhua (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Yunlin (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Chiayi (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Tainan (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Kaohsiung city (30 micrograms/cubic meter), and Kaohsiung county (< 24-28 micrograms/cubic meter).

The sources of PM 2.5 air pollution include vehicular exhaust, industrial release, coal burning, heavy oil burning, burning of biomass, aluminum smelting, iron smelting, steel making, and particulates from sprays of sea water and sea salt, and dust.






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Taiwan’s population will be less than 20,000,000 in 2050

Taiwan’s population will be less than 20,000,000 in 2050

In 2017, Taiwan’s senior population over 65 years old is 14% of Taiwan’s total population.  It will peak at 23,740,000 in 2030, and then drop to less than 20,000,000 in 2050.

Taiwan’s birthrate in 2016 was 1.17.


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