Petro agreed with former President Álvaro Uribe and stated that Colombia should not depend exclusively on gas from another country


Colombian President Gustavo Petro attends a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Bogota, Colombia August 24, 2022. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

Quoting former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez on the dependence on gas imported from Venezuela, the current president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, affirmed this Wednesday that Colombia should not depend on another country for energy.

He did so in the joint statement he made with the President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, with whom he had a long day of meetings in which different bilateral issues were addressed.

The Colombian president said that The problem in Europe has to do with energy dependencies and precisely with respect to the gas that comes from Algeria or Russia, since there are tubes that pass through Ukraine, a country that is at war precisely with the Russians.

Petro stated that gas is still a fossil fuel, which is a discrepancy with the European Union, which has just classified it as a green fuel and that, according to the Colombian president, is not the case. “It is a fossil fuel and there is an inability to reach the level of clean energy that is needed today precisely to save humanity and that makes countries dependent on fossil fuels,” he pointed out.

He assured that the location of fossil fuel generates this type of distortion of peace between peoples, as has been seen in the war in Iraq or the one in Libya or Syria, which are wars of this century.

“In my personal opinion, former President Uribe is partially right in the sense that we cannot depend exclusively on any one country, but instead we could build a mechanism of so many countries, which in itself generates security and peace, which is the proposal that we have made of a strong American electrical network, from Alaska to Patagonia”, he explained.

As an example, he presented the Empresa de Energia de Bogotá, which is a transmitter of electricity, with the contribution of ISA, which is owned by Ecopetrol, and already has networks built to do so.

According to him, Few efforts are needed, especially in Central America, to achieve a common network, which would open up a completely different horizon because it would not depend on one country, but all of America would depend on all of America.

“That is peace. The next step is that all the generation sources of that network are clean. Latin America is perhaps one of the places in the world where more has been done or can be done almost than completing this network 100%”, he stressed.

He said that to make it you need water, but on this continent the amount of water is not a problem. As an example, he took the Iguazú, in Paraguay, and all the riches of Colombia. In addition, they have winds, like those of Patagonia or those of the Colombian Guajira.

As for the sun, he stated that if measured by deserts, there is the northern Mexican desert, the northern Chilean desert, and the Colombian-Venezuelan altillanura.

“Therein lies our potential. If the world went to green hydrogen and green hydrogen was based on clean energy, and with the water that there is, green hydrogen would be made here”, he stressed.

noted that there is a potential and the discussion therefore, understanding what is happening with Russia and Ukraine, is not to stop depending on one country, but to build the multilateral strategy that leads to energy sufficiency for all of America in which the cables would even pass through California (United States), which is badly needed.

“If this multi-country circulation were achieved, not from one country, but multicultural, this would not be an instrument of war, but would become an instrument of peace,” concluded Petro, saying that he does not rule out taking Ecopetrol to the Sahara desert in Africa. , to learn how to produce solar energy.

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