Public to be asked for views on energy The government will consult the public early next year over adopting technology to convert waste into energy, Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung told legislators yesterday. In response to legislators' queries over controlling greenhouse gas emissions, Dr Liao said it would consider turning waste into energy as a way of reducing reliance on coal. She said eight feasible options had been shortlisted from an invitation for proposals on an integrated waste treatment facility. But she offered no further details. Dr Liao said the government would ask power companies to adopt more liquefied natural gas in power generation, and use more efficient coal-fired generation units to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Counting protesters nets company $35,000 The Central Policy Unit paid $35,000 to consultants Mercado Solutions Associates for counting the number of participants in the July 1 march this year. Mercado's count of rally participants was significantly smaller than the estimate of the rally organiser. The government said the company conducted its survey in a professional and credible manner. Legal challenge over Legco poll result A defeated Legislative Council candidate in the tourism functional constituency, Paul Tse Wai-chun, yesterday launched a legal challenge over whether Howard Young had been duly elected because of an allegedly misleading and false statement made by Mr Young. In a writ filed at the High Court, Mr Tse said Mr Young, who won the constituency in the September 12 election, had distributed election pamphlets which contained a materially false and misleading statement about behind-the-scenes support enjoyed by Mr Tse. HK drug dealer jailed in Suzhou Hong Kong resident Chan Chi-keung was jailed for 15 years by the Intermediate People's Court in Suzhou and also fined 50,000 yuan for selling 600 Ketamine pills to mainland drug dealers. They distributed them in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Jinjiang and Wuxi. He was one of six dealers imprisoned.