Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rearranging of the deckchairs on the "Taiwan-EPA-atanic" ?

Changing of the guard or just rearranging of the deckchairs on the "Taiwan-EPA-atanic" ? The new Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister, Steven Shen, has vowed to work with outside groups claims the Taipei Times.

Yesterday saw the incoming President, President Ma Ying-jeou, sworn in and the return to power of the KMT. Last time round the KMT had a shocking environmental record and during the eight years of DPP rule not much seemed different in the EPA's attitude.

Outgoing EPA Minister, Winston Dang, while painting a rosy picture of his term can't get away from the fact that he bitterly disappointed most environmental groups with the handling of the reelection of EPA Commissioners and the Hushan Dam project, and the greenwashing of the global warming and emissions issue.

Will there really be a change of heart in the EPA or will they continue with the tradition of business first over the environment?

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