|Two women leap away as a TransMilenio bus blasts them with smoke.|
When tickets to a football match run out, there's indignation.
When the price of gasoline goes up a few pesos, there's indignation.
when police crack down on illegal street sales, there's indignation.
So, why is it that all kinds of vehicles and industry can poison us, day in and day out, in plain sight, and almost nobody does anything?
But the fact that TM still employs these 'rolling chimneys' - even tho TM buses are relatively new (the system's only about 12 years old), are contracted by the city government and the buses supposedly use very low sulfur fuel - says to me that nobody is controlling pollution here at all - and that all official promises about fighting pollution are just hot air.
But buses like this one make me question EcoPetrol's claims. Is there an independent laboratory measuring the fuel's quality?
And, if TM buses REALLY ARE using clean diesel but still manages to pollute so horribly, then we can expect to live with rolling chimneys in Bogotá for a long time.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours