|A Bogotá garbage truck trashes the air.|
However, Pres. Santos' first pick for minister, Frank Pearl, had no notable experience in environmental issues. And now, with a second chance, Santos has selected Juan Gabriel Uribe, the editor of El Nuevo Siglo newspaper, with no particular environmentalist background, either.
|Deforestation is taking a huge toll on |
It makes one suspect that, for Santos, whose family is the historical owner of the El Tiempo newspaper, this is a case of friendship getting the nod over experience.
|Will polluters' 'total impunity' change?|
Under Pearl, previously an academic and peace negotiator, the ministry did stand up to big corporations on several controversial mining projects. But I saw no notable new laws or major new green initiatives.
Perhaps this new man will be better. But I'm not betting on it. One comment he made to El Tiempo does sound encouraging, however. He wants to emphasize urban environmental issues. Does that mean that Colombian cities will actually do something about air pollution?
We can only hope.
See also: A Minister From the Wrong Environment
|Valuable environmental experience? Juan Gabriel Uribe published the Nuevo Siglo newspaper.|
|A bus kiosk sign asks 'Who pollutes Bogotá?' The answer is in clear sight.|