by Alex MuÑoz
| Apr. 20, 2010
Chile has an extraordinary potential for the use of non-conventional renewable sources. We have vast places to take advantage of the wind — both in sea and land — and the sun, plus the benefits of tidal power.
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The topic is interesting but this is a weak piece for the reasons Kaizar cited. It starts off with a promising premise--quoting Pinera's response to journalists regarding new coal plants in the coastal zone. A bit naive, though, to expect that he should stick to his promises (not that any politician does.) The magazine of the organization for which the individual works had a better piece which cites the research to which he alludes (see link) Why the author didn't base his piece on that remains a mystery. BTW, Munoz is NOT the CEO of Oceana, as claimed in the editor's note; he is Alex Muñoz is Oceana's Vice-President for South America.
This story makes a series of claims about the clean-energy potential of Chile without a shred of evidence. Munoz cites Spain and Germany as examples, without considering the significant differences between these countries economically, politically, and geo-politically.