Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters
Indonesia is not considered to be industrialised in the sense that it is a major steel producing country: Krakatau Steel in Cilegon protests that it has to compete with subsidised imports. However, with the current drive to build coal-fired power stations in order to generate enough electricity, we can yet expect to see the associated pollution as seen above.
In a study published by motor oil firm Castrol last year, Jakarta ranked top among 78 cities for traffic stops and starts, with the average driver having to stop 33,240 times a year – more than twice the number in New York. The resulting longer journey times add considerably to the air pollution.
The solution provided by the blinkered bureaucrats is to build more roads.
And I haven’t mentioned how it all impacts climate change ….