Taipei--Vice President Chen Chien-jen (???) said Sunday that the government is determined to clear up Taiwan's air and fight global warming, while admitting air pollution has been a long-term problem for the country and relevant laws should be revised to resolve it once and for all.
On his Facebook page, Chen wrote that it will take time to fix the problem of air pollution, but "the government will definitely work with enterprises and the private sector in efforts to avert the hazards caused by air pollution and global warming."
Chen noted that that the Executive Yuan last year opened an office tasked with handling energy resources and reducing carbon emission. Premier Lin Chuan (??) has also instructed the relevant authorities to propose action plans aimed at reducing pollutants, he added.
The Executive Yuan has taken responsibility for the work aimed at reducing air pollution in Taiwan, Chen said, noting that administrative resources are being integrated for plans to achieve the goal that will involve industrial manufacture, traffic and transport operations, energy saving eduction, and customs.
He also said that he will work with former Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (???), an adviser to the president, in the fight against air pollution and global warming.
Chen's post came in the wake of marches held by environmental protection activists in Taichung and Kaohsiung calling for clean air earlier in the day. Lee showed up in the Taichung event to give his support for the protesters' appeals.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel