Disney doesn't like Hong Kong's air
HONG KONG: Walt Disney's chairman Michael Eisner has expressed concern about
air pollution in Hong Kong, which is building a Disney theme park, Radio
Hong Kong reported Tuesday.
The government-owned radio quoted Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
as saying that Eisner made the remark when Tung toured Disney facilities at
the company's headquarters in Burbank, Calif., earlier in the day as part of
his visit to the United States.
Tung was quoted as saying Eisner and his company were very concerned about
environmental protection and called on Hong Kong to do better in tackling
poor air quality.
The Hong Kong government has said it will spend the equivalent of $3.8
billion in the next 10 years to reduce pollution, including a plan for
drivers to use cleaner liquefied petroleum gas instead of diesel.
But only about 700 taxi drivers, out of a fleet of 19,000, have switched to
the cleaner fuel so far. Environmentalists say the government's plan doesn't
go far enough.
Government officials see the building of Disneyland in Hong Kong as a big
attraction that will boost tourism and maintain the territory's status as a
top Asian city. The $3.55 billion Disneyland is expected to open in 2005.
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