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With the electrical counter-reform promoted by the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico would become “a shame” at the international level for consuming fossil fuels, by closing the doors to renewable energies, translated into high costs for consumers, he said José Medina Mora, president of the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex).

“We have already seen, and suffered as consumers, what has happened with gasoline: they did not drop in price despite the promises (of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his campaign). It is difficult to believe now, as has been promised, without competition, closing the door to renewable energies and betting on highly polluting generation, Mexico will be better off”, questioned the leader.

Through his message Señal Coparmex, Medina Mora said that if the electrical reform of 2013 needs to be improved “so be it, but to put Mexico at the forefront in competitiveness, economic development and clean energy generation, and not make it an international embarrassment for their contempt for the environment.

He regretted that the electricity reform proposal promoted by the government fully shows the lack of interest of this administration for the environment, putting health and ecology above the finances of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the solution of problems that it generated, such as the overproduction of fuel oil.

He disapproved that Mexico is far from complying with the Paris Agreement, since the voluntary goals for 2020 have only been met by 30 percent.

The 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement: In 2015, 193 countries, including Mexico, signed the commitment to comply with the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. In line with this, the Energy Transition Law was promoted, which established a minimum participation of 35% of clean energy in the generation of electricity by 2024 (with intermediate goals for the period 2018 and 2021), he recalled.

The president of Coparmex accused that during the current six-year term it has turned its back on the environment and proof of this is the dismantling of institutions and the budget suffocation to which it has been subjected, where the most obvious case is the cuts to the Commission National Forestry (Conafor) in charge of reforesting the country and fighting forest fires, which seriously reduced its operating capacity.

But it is not the only case, federal agencies in charge of environmental protection and promotion, such as the Secretariat of Natural Resources (Semarnat), the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp), On average, they have suffered cuts of 30% of their necessary resources to operate and fulfill their functions.

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