|A crane dumps coal into Colombian coastal waters. |
|Rail cars carrying coal. In many areas, residents complain that |
these coal shipments cover communities with coal dust.
Coal, along with oil and natural gas production, is also distorting Colombia's economy, according to a recent OECD report. That could continue over-valuing the Colombian peso, suffocating the manufacturing sector. And, in a longer view, by continuing to produce fossil fuels, Colombia is contributing to global warming, which may very well devastate the country's environment and economy in future decades.
Is Colombia's dependence on coal and other fossil fuels inherently disfunctional or something which the country can exploit constructively?
Perhaps only time - and Colombian authorities - will tell.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours