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Environmentalists call for energy tax to reduce emissions

Staff writer, with CNA

Hundreds of environmental activists and academics are urging the government to introduce an energy consumption tax, saying it is a means of developing sustainable living amid climate change.

It is crucial that the government implement responsible energy programs, the groups said on Saturday after a conference discussing environmental issues such as pollution, food safety, biological diversity and natural resource development and management.

If there are reasonable controls on the consumption of energy, the level of carbon dioxide emissions could be better managed, they said.

The best way to achieve that goal is with a tax on energy use, which would encourage energy conservation, the groups said.

“Such a system would not necessarily mean a tax increase, but rather a more fair and transparent mechanism to manage the use of energy,” head of the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance Lai Wei-chieh (賴偉傑) said.

The energy tax was supported by about 50 civic groups, including the Homemakers United Foundation, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, the Society of Wilderness and the Union of No Meat No Heat.

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