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Hours before the visit to Mexico of the head of Energy of the United States, Jennifer Granholm, the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate asked the federal government of the northern neighbor to review the actions of the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, considering that they should be guided towards a greater use of renewable energy in favor of both trading partners.

“President López Obrador’s political agenda prioritizes intensive carbon emissions, pollutants and more expensive sources of energy simply because production is owned by the state. We strongly recommend making this a priority topic of discussion during this important year for climate action, and we especially urge Secretary of Energy Granholm to raise this issue with Mexican government counterparts during her January visit to Mexico.”

Congressmen from 20 states of the neighboring country to the north, led by the Democratic senator from New Jersey, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, sent the public letter to the Secretary of State, Antony Blink, and Secretary Granholm, expressing their concerns regarding the changes that will soon be discussed regarding the rules for electricity dispatch and the priority that would be given to the State company, the Federal electricity commission (CFE) in this activity if the electrical reform in Mexico.

“We write with concern for the actions of President López Obrador to subvert the efforts to develop renewable energy from the private sector in Mexico in favor of the state ones and their generation using fossil fuels,” the congressmen explained, “we urge the administration of the president Joe Biden to speak more forcefully in support of renewable energy production that will benefit both countries.”

The congressmen assured that last December Mexico presented a regrettably poor performance in terms of fulfilling its commitments in the Paris Agreement, reaching only a 22% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, a goal that will be 51% by 2030.

Besides, the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico will probably vote in mid-April on a bill that would reverse the 2014 energy reform, which allowed private and foreign investment in Mexico’s energy sector, with which it seeks to restore the dominance of the state-owned CFE about the energy sector.

If the initiative of constitutional changes is promulgated, the Mexican government would cancel the permits, contracts and energy certificates signed up to now; it would also eliminate federal energy regulatory agencies that provide checks and balances on state-owned energy companies; it will force CFE to keep at least 54% of the power generation market; the balance of contribution and energy between private companies and the CFE would be reorganized, favoring the Mexican State and generation through fossil fuels, and the transition to clean energy in the country would be left in the hands of the Mexican government, according to what they stated.

In addition, they considered that the most damaging to the priorities of the Biden administration is that the new legislation would prohibit concessions to exploit strategic minerals such as lithium.

“This policy would go against the ban on North American Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) attempt to impose new investment restrictions and exacerbate national security concerns related to critical mineral shortages. Likewise, they supported the argument of the Mexican private sector, which ensures that the approval of the reform threatens some 44,000 million dollars in private investment.

In their wake-up call, they recalled that the United States ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, publicly expressed the need to thoroughly review the issue last year, and emphatically called for a review of the fossil fuel agenda of the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, since not doing so would imply a tacit agreement with it.

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