Former Academia Sinica President Yuan T. Lee was interviewed in an online program yesterday. He said the rate at which the DPP is becoming corrupt is faster now compared to its first time in power, and he feels very disappointed.
Yuan T. Lee, Former Academia Sinica President: “I'm very disappointed. If you look at it from a social perspective, the rate at which we're sinking is very fast.”
Former Academia Sinica President Yuan T. Lee expressed his despair over the way that Taiwan's society is developing during an interview for an online program. In 2000, he posed the question, "Is Taiwan rising, or is it sinking?" This time, he gave this answer.
Yuan T. Lee, Former Academia Sinica President: “Things should become better in the process of alternating between political parties. However, they're just becoming more corrupt after gaining political power. The rate at which they're becoming corrupt is faster than before. The driving force to rise from alternating between political parties is gone.”
Lee also spoke about the issue of net-zero emissions. He said he discussed this issue with President Tsai Ing-wen, but she didn't care about anything after 2024. If Taiwan wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, then it needs to reduce emissions by half by 2030. This is unachievable with current practices.
Yuan T. Lee, Former Academia Sinica President: “She (President Tsai Ing-wen) only said that anything that happens after 2024 is for the next generation to handle and has nothing to do with her. The targets are net-zero emissions in 2050 and a temperature increase of under 1.5 degrees, but she can't even achieve that. I just hope it won't be that bad. If you want to achieve this target in 2050, then you have to cut emissions in half by 2030 and you need to make proper plans.”
Lo Chih-cheng, Legislator (DPP): “The entire country is pushing for carbon reduction goals. This is very clear. In addition, the pace we've taken is taking us towards this goal one step at a time. With regards to personal opinions, we of course respect them. However, the government has never changed its policy.”
The Presidential Office responded that Tsai has been actively pushing for an energy transition since taking office and NT$900 billion will be invested before 2030 to achieve net-zero emissions. In March, the government announced its pathway to net-zero emissions. The Executive Yuan also passed a climate change adaptation draft bill and sent it to the legislature for deliberation. Taiwan will keep pace with the world to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The Presidential Office concluded there is a gap between Lee's words and what the government is promoting.