Taiwan premier agrees to cancel coal plant expansion

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Focus Taiwan News Channel:Activists on Friday applauded the government’s decision to scrap plans to expand the coal-fired Shen’ao power plant, which had been met with heavy opposition from environmental groups since it was announced in March.Hung Shen-han (洪申翰), secretary-general of the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, hailed the government’s decision as a step in the right direction, saying the project would have had a profoundly negative affect on the environment if the project had been carried out. The government needs to be more decisive in promoting energy transformation instead of resorting to coal or nuclear power, Hung contended.Chen Chih-chiang (陳志強), head of the Anti-Shen’ao Self-Help Association, said that while he applauded the decision, he will only have peace of mind when he sees the Ministry of Economic Affairs and state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) make the announcement official on paper.Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said at a legislative hearing earlier Friday that he agreed with a decision made by the (MOEA) to shelve the project in New Taipei. The announcement represented a U-turn from March 2018, when Lai’s administration approved an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Shen’ao facility and appeared determined to proceed with the project.The government’s reversal showed on Friday that public opinion and people power can indeed prevail, Hung said.More: Activists applauds decision to scrap Shen’ao expansion plan Taiwan premier agrees to cancel coal plant expansionlast_img read more

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Rik Gropp

first_imgRik Gropp of Lincoln, Neb., first raced at Super Nationals in 1988. He’s qualified for the Modified main event once, finishing seventh in 2003, and didn’t miss a trip to Boone from 1990 through 2011.“At my age, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be racing. I figured it was time to come back,” said Gropp, 59. “When you get older, you quit doing things like this. It was time to come back.”Most of his crew has been to Super Nationals as spectators and this will be the first time they’ve wrenched at America’s Racin’ Vacation. Gropp competes weekly at Eagle Raceway so they come well prepared for whatever Super Nationals throws at them.“We have a fast car,” said Gropp, who stayed in the points chase at Eagle until late in the season. “The competition there is pretty tough.”Now nicknamed Racing Relic, Gropp got his start in the sport in 1978 and has been in a Modified since 1988. Vermeer High Plains is his sole sponsor and car owner and he’s raced with Kevin Klein of Vermeer for 33 years.“Everything has changed (at the speedway) since we were here last. They’ve improved everything,” Gropp said before the Wednesday drivers’ meeting. “Some things haven’t changed. There are a lot of good cars, you’ve got to get a good draw and you’ve got to get after it.”last_img read more

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