In the middle of the country’s presidential race, Gustavo Petro released a statement that put him in the eye of the storm, by his political allies. According to Petro, should he become head of state, he will stop oil exploitation in Colombia. It was in an interview with the newspaper El Tiempo that he made that proposal and, since then, the debate around it has not stopped. On the morning of this Monday, November 22, Jorge Robledo, in addition to raising points against what Petro declared, invited him to a public debate to discuss the matter.
“The first decision I am going to make is to stop contracting for oil exploration in Colombia. It has a clear message: We are moving towards a productive, non-extractivist economy (…) There will be a spontaneous, but safe and serious infection. This will be my clear message to all the artists in the society and economy that we are starting another type of economy“The former mayor of Bogota commented for that national newspaper. The network was flooded with criticism, branding her a populist, David Barguil even coming to compare her to the late former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. ,Not even Hugo Chavez dared! We need those resources to fight poverty. Any other decision is immoral”, For him this proposal is about ‘mass suicide’.
For Robledo, with whom Petro most recently held debates regarding his statements on Twitter, the presidential candidate’s proposal is wrong and, moreover, the only thing it will cause would be a collapse in the national economy. “Gustavo Petro says ‘no’ when to seek oil and that there are reserves until 2034, he is silent that for this it may be necessary to stop exports, because otherwise reserves would not be depleted by that date. Ho. And before he said. That he would stop exporting Simultaneously the national economy would collapse (…) when he had to end coal exports, because of the solar and wind power that can be produced in La Guajira. Proposal, he creates a paradox that does not exist. We can generate electricity with the sun and wind and, in addition, export coal. Eye, Gazira and Caesar “He wrote on his account before starting a discussion thread with the leader of Colombia Humana.
As Robledo pointed out, Petro’s justification for proposing brakes on oil exploitation does not actually solve environmental problems, but on the contrary, they will bring more difficulties and complications. “These measures will not reduce global warming, because what Colombia stops exporting will be exported from other countries and Only 0.6% of the world‘s greenhouse gases (GHG) are produced here.“That’s justified.
For Robaldo, praising the Duke for ‘environmental democracy’ to justify the purchase of the ISA by Ecopetrol is a big mistake by Petro. “Nothing changes in the environment for this business and it has undermined Ecopetrol and the progress made in privatization of it and the ISA,” Robaldo said and then asked the senator to participate in a public debate. which will clarify the alternative issues surrounding the proposal raised. By Petro before El Tiempo. “I look forward to this time that you country becomes brilliant and will be able to understand from the posts”He concluded.
Gustavo Petro, for his part, does not seem to be changing his mind about his statements in spite of many criticisms, but on the contrary, he defended his point and more to justify his initial premise. reasoned given. “I said the way to change those currencies, those of 2019, not those of 2013 that we will not see again, in the short term is with tourism, and with agriculture, agribusiness and industry. With the development in the long run (…) the state of the tourism boom in Colombia is calm”.
“Not only is this not possible, it is irresponsible. It will eventually affect Colombians, the poor (…) that would mean Colombia will lose its self-reliance after five-six years And it should have been to meet the needs of the oil and gas importing country. We will stop receiving very significant income (…) about 40% of the country’s exports, in testimony to the blue collected by this industry, ”commented Francisco José Lloreda, President of the Colombian Association of Oil and Gas (ACPG) Ongoing radio.