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The electricity should not come from polluting fossil fuels or dangerous nuclear power (“Nuclear is no answer,” Mar. 28, 2011, page 8), but from renewable sources of which the nation has more than plenty (“Taiwan has many renewable energy resources: activist,” Jun. 27, 2013, page 3).

In a similar vein, Asian countries must curb their catastrophic and mindless consumption of emblematic species.

The main reason for the steep decline of tigers, elephants, rhinos and sharks around the world is their extravagant or superstitious consumption in East Asian countries.

Writers have repeatedly called for the end of shark consumption (“Saving biodiversity,” Feb. 14, 2011, page 8; “The plight of sharks,” Jun. 26, 2011, page 8), and again call on the Ma administration to follow the lead of the Chinese government (“Tide turns against shark fin soup in China,” Jan. 17, page 9) and once and for all outlaw the consumption of shark fins and any other shark products in Taiwan.

Bruno Walther


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