Power, copper, coca: Chile commodities triple-play

Chile Mining Minister Hernán de Solminihac and Tarapacá Governor Luz Ebensperger lead the groundbreaking of the Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi photovoltaic plant, to be built in the  Pozo Almonte municipality.

Chile Mining Minister Hernán de Solminihac and Tarapacá Governor Luz Ebensperger lead the groundbreaking of the Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi photovoltaic plant, to be built in the Pozo Almonte municipality. Credit: Ministerio de Minería

I think it’s great that the copper industry is increasing its use of solar power. I think it’s great that political leaders bless the power plant site in the local tradition, including the use of what appears to be coca leaf. I also think it sucks that Chile arrests and sentences people to as much as three years in prison for carrying coca leaves. Make up your mind, people.