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Ahn comes up with policies

So, this is another political coverage (the toilet version). There is a common Korean expression (not very ladylike) 똥줄 탄다, and indeed this might be the sentiment of the people quietly hoping for something good to happen in the coming presidential election. I’m referring to impatience felt at the dithering that is happening in merging the two opposition candidates.

Whereas Moon has been doing everything to hurry things up (apart from giving up the top position), Ahn has been keeping relatively mum saying “he would like to concentrate on presenting policies by the 10th, as promised”.
Well, he’s done them, just as our collective 똥줄 was about to disappear.

At least, in the environment sector, he is going to
1. Stop building new nuclear power plants
2. Increase the proportion of renewable energy to 6 percent by the year 2017
3. No more building of new coal power stations, and halt the running of nuclear power plants and fire-powered plants at the end of their designed lifetime.
4. Through investigation into the (botched) 4 rivers project, he will look into restoring the marshlands, removing the hastily created large artificial reservoirs.
There is more to come, I am sure.

The next bit belongs to opinion/personal aside
When I discussed the two candidates with my father more than a couple of months ago, he dismissed Ahn as a candidate, and when pressed for a reason, just said – “Ah, but he has no political experience” in that handwaving ajossi-like manner. Usually my father is wrong.

Ahn reminds me of a diligent boy doing his homework by the deadline. He felt like he had to actually come up with some policies before (aw, bless him) the political strutting about to win the election. Well, if this is what having no political experience results in, hurrah! All the better!

Finally, here is what we discussed earlier. I am usually a little reluctant to link to survey results (I think they are opinion forming, and sometimes varies a lot) but it’s still interesting to note the breakdown of the number of possible “defectors” or “abstainees” in case of each scneario (with Moon or Ahn at the top).

  • http://coryinkorea.wordpress.com/ 코리아

    My response to Mr. Ahn with all due respect:
    1. What about electricity levels running on razor thin margins during the busy season? The nations usage, in the short term, is likely to increase annually rather than decrease.
    2. This increase will likely be more than 6%, so where is the electricity going to come from?
    3. Again, where is the electricity going to come from? Some plants are already past their designed lifetimes. No new plants, close the old ones, marginal increase in renewables that can’t possibly meet demand, it just won’t add up.
    4. So he’ll throw more billions into a hole to undue to billions already wasted and in doing so prevent the commerce that could have possibly recouped a small part of the investment? The four rivers damage is done, ending it unilaterally will cause more problems. Just finish it, use it and write it off.

    Far from an inexperienced politician, Ahn sounds like a seasoned pro to me. Populists talking points with no regards, or information, given to the the additional problems these “solutions” will cause in reality.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Yeah, where will the electricity come from indeed? We’re already baking in summer and freezing in winter more so than we used to be. Perhaps the progressives could build power-plants in NK and let the Norks sell it to SK.

  • R. Elgin

    Regarding electricity usage, more effort at conservation can and should be done. The cable boxes on almost everyone’s TV here consume much energy even when not in use and do consume more electricity than any other household appliance. Short of unplugging these things when not in use, Samsung, et. al could produce more energy-efficient devices for use in Korea.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    ^ How about not opening all the windows when cleaning?

  • ecorn

    He’s borrowing material from one of my least favorite world leaders, Francois Hollande, it would appear.

  • Arghaeri

    Short of unplugging these things when not in use,

    Why stop short, mine is switched off when not in use!!!

  • hardyandtiny

    ewff! another Korean expression

  • keith

    Some of the 4 rivers project is having good results. The cycle path development- which I’ve heard is linked to the four rivers – is astounding. Paldang lake is a wonderful place to have a ride. I hope to fit one in if we have another weekend with decent weather. It really is lovely out there, and you can even get to the bike friendly subway station and cycle as far, or as shorter course as you like. It’s pretty cool and they’ve done a really good job.

    Renewable energy is the way forward. Some areas of Korea have huge tidal flows. Tidal energy, solar, thermal, wind all have a place. Oil is running out, and it’s scary. We need alternative energy.

    Ever since studying chemistry I’ve always thought that burning oil is wasteful. Oil is an incredibly useful resource and can be made into so many things, burning the stuff is just stupid. Oil is not the future, even the big oil companies realise this.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    In today’s JoongAngDaily: SNU will examine theses by Ahn

    Excerpts:

    Seoul National University yesterday announced it has begun a preliminary review of plagiarism allegations against its alumnus Ahn Cheol-soo, the independent presidential candidate.

    The university’s Committee on Research Integrity yesterday held a meeting and decided to launch a preliminary probe into allegations of plagiarism in five of Ahn’s academic works, including his 1988 master’s dissertation and his 1991 doctoral dissertation.

    …Local media have accused the doctor-turned-businessman-turned-politician of plagiarism based on a Saenuri Party request during the National Assembly’s audit on the state-run university. The conservative ruling party asked the university on Oct. 23 to investigate the alleged plagiarism.

    Prof. Seong Rho-hyun, head of the Research Affairs Office of SNU, said yesterday the school will create a preliminary investigation committee and review the five research papers. The review will take 10 days to a month, he said, and the outcome will decide whether the case will be referred for a full investigation.

    “Since the legislature made the request, it is our position to comply with it,” Seong said. “We will review the five papers from a purely academic point of view.”

    That’s the way to Trump up a bombshell, bro.

  • yuna

    #1

    Far from an inexperienced politician, Ahn sounds like a seasoned pro to me.

    So either way my father’s wrong.

    #9

    Yes, that was news a couple of days ago. I actually wanted to include it in the post but it was getting too long.

    We have to wait for the result, and if that’s all they got (finding he’d recycled introduction chapter from another paper or his own, or his supervisor’s) then really there’s nothing to worry about.

    For comparison, there is a German aristocrat politician who had to step down from his pedestal because he didn’t even do the cut-and-paste himself, he used assistant payed by the taxpayer to do it.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    “We have to wait for the result, and if that’s all they got (finding he’d recycled introduction chapter from another paper or his own, or his supervisor’s) then really there’s nothing to worry about.”

    Oh, I agree that we have to wait for the result. I also find it irresponsible for SNU to investigate him let alone make a public statement about an investigation based on a “request without substantiation or reason.

    If he recycled an introduction chapter from his own paper, another’s paper, or his supervisor’s paper, then in academia it is a big deal. As a freshman undergraduate I knew that I could not recycle my own papers unattributed for another course’s. He would have known that certainly at the doctoral level.

  • yuna

    unattributed

    That is the key. It has to be referenced, but that’s why most papers in science have a full reference section (nobody would take your work seriously if it did not have a reference).
    By doing that you are clearly distinguishing what is new/original/your own even if it consists of 1/7 of the whole paper, which is what you are reviewed on.

  • yuna

    and Ahn’s academic swot level is too high to be like what’s his name who got disqualified from the IOC, or like the zu Guttenbergs.

    Whether the Saenuri party consists of somebody qualified to make such a judgment to bring it to light, I very much doubt it. They just want noise.

  • R. Elgin

    Saenuri/Hanara is slinging dung in hopes some of it will stick to ACS because their leadership doesn’t have a prayer between them since they are all vice-besotted devils.

    The public smells this misdirection for what it is and it only helps ACS.

  • Q

    I’m 90% sure most Koreans are with Ahn about 민주당:

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121102n27689

    As for his energy policy, I support stop building of nuclear power plants and searching for more safe energy source. We’ve had enough
    lessons from Japan’s crisis of nuclear power plants. I think he would not rush to tear down all the dams of four river project. What he tries to say seems the river project needs proper assessment and modification.

    “똥줄탄다” does not sound beautiful especially when the E. coli contaminated fecal word comes out of the mouth of a young lady, nor “생식기만 여성”, the recent comment of old macho man, prof Hwang (Yonsei univ.) when he bashes PGH about her policy on women.

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121102n16238

  • Q

    I did not translate “생식기만 여성”, taking dogbertt’s prepubertal innocence into consideration.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    “3. No more building of new coal power stations, and halt the running of nuclear power plants and fire-powered plants at the end of their designed lifetime.”

    Can someone tell me how this is possible without building new nuclear power plants?

  • Q

    I think he is trying to emulate German energy policy:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/30/germany-to-shut-nuclear-reactors

  • Yu Bum Suk

    ““3. No more building of new coal power stations, and halt the running of nuclear power plants and fire-powered plants at the end of their designed lifetime.”

    Can someone tell me how this is possible without building new nuclear power plants?”

    Hydro-electric? Solar? Thermal?

    But I still don’t think it would be possible in a five-year term.

  • Q

    As long as corruption involved, nuclear energy is not safe source of electricity at all:

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121105n08575?mid=n0308