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Most believe gov't needs to do more for environment: survey

More than half of the population, about 52.7 percent, in Taiwan thought the government was not doing enough to counter climate change, according to a latest survey done by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE).

In addition, 49.3 percent of survey participants thought the government should devote a considerable investment to fighting climate change and the impact it has on Taiwan, said the TAISE

In the section on climate change knowledge, 54.5 percent of respondents believed that in the category of CO2 emissions per capita, Taiwan ranked as a country with high CO2 emissions, and 57.2 percent of survey participants believed that Taiwan was a country at high risk from climate change.

In terms of energy, 72.4 percent of Taiwanese believed that solar and wind power should be prioritized sources in fulfilling the country's future energy needs. On the other hand, in light of energy needs, only 35.4 percent believed that nuclear plants should be built in Taiwan, manifesting the misgivings the Taiwanese population has towards nuclear power, according to the survey.

And 86.5 percent of Taiwanese supported the country signing international protocols and agreements related to climate change to effectively reduce carbon emissions in the country, and 84.4 percent of respondents thought that the government should subsidize the purchase of energy-efficient and energy-saving products.

In regards to spending more money to cut down on carbon, 61.0 percent of respondents said that they would support an energy or carbon tax, and 52.7 percent even supported raising electricity prices in order to raise the proportion of renewable energy being used. A figure of 46.0 percent of respondents supported raising gas and electrical prices in order to combat pollution, the study showed.

However, when asked if they would support nuclear power as a way to cut emissions, only 35.4 percent of Taiwanese agreed, the TAISE said.

A total of 1082 participants were interviewed on Jan. 25 and 26. All of them were Taiwanese residents above the age of 18. The confidence interval was 95 percent, with a margin of error of 3 percent, according to the TAISE.

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