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Energy Issues in the EU and Taiwan

Edited by Roland Vogt

in Europe and China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083879
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.003.0010
Energy Issues in the EU and Taiwan

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Energy presents the EU and Taiwan with serious political and existential challenges. The EU and Taiwan have to cope with trade-offs between secure energy supplies, environmental costs and benefits, and global competition for resources in an environment in which domestic public opinion tends to favour or reject some energy sources (such as nuclear energy) over others (such as renewables). Both Taiwan and Europe compete with mainland China for access to secure energy supplies and both have strong domestic constituencies concerned about climate change. Profound readjustments to political priorities on energy are likely to follow, as tough - and potentially expensive - choices regarding energy supplies will have to be made in a more contested and competitive global environment.

Keywords: Taiwan; Energy security; Emissions reductions; Renewables; Nuclear energy; Public opinion

Chapter.  8908 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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