Premier pledges tougher anti-pollution measures
Premier Li Keqiang called pollution in China a “blight on people’s quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts”, and pledged tougher environmental protection measures.
Speaking at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to the opening session of the National People’s Congress on Thursday, Li promised to build a more effective environmental regime in a country plagued by frequent smog and other types of pollution from industrial operations.
Li said the nation will cut its use of energy, as measured by energy intensity, by 3.1 percent while reducing the discharge of all key pollutants.
He also pledged to enforce environmental laws and regulations, to crack down on illegal emissions and to ensure heavy penalties are handed out to offenders. (Photo 1)