Category Archives: Politics

Mexico unmoved by this trendy clean energy thing

We read in Morning Brew today that the International Energy Agency (IEA) is projecting that renewables will surpass coal as the primary source of energy generation by 2025.  The Brew item actually says solar but the original Reuters story it links to says renewable sources.  Either way, the growing importance of solar and other renewable energy sources combined with the tenuous outlook for fossil fuels continues to cast a dark shadow over President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s campaign to prop up Mexico’s insolvent state oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).   The entire world is innovating and expanding generation capacity in clean, renewable energy, and the Mexican government is out here trying to get people to use more diesel.  Absolute face palm. Continue reading Mexico unmoved by this trendy clean energy thing

COVID blows AMLO legacy for lovers and haters alike

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic devastation and loss of life around the world, and we are now coming to the conclusion that the disease will rob us of one more thing some of us very much looked forward to seeing: The historical verdict on an AMLO government.  All our lives (or at least, in our case, since the López Portillo administration), we have parroted the same truisms about Mexican society: that all politicians are corrupt, the unions are corrupt, Pemex is corrupt, the police are corrupt, and generally that él que no transa no avanza — he who doesn’t engage in corruption doesn’t get ahead.  Continue reading COVID blows AMLO legacy for lovers and haters alike

U.S. sends ag trade mission to Mexico

We were surprised to see announcements early this month that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue would be arriving imminently in Mexico at the head of a major agricultural trade mission.  Surprised, for one, because we hadn’t heard a peep about such a large-scale, high profile mission, which was announced only the day before the group arrived in Mexico City.  And two, because the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship – particularly in agriculture — has been nothing if not fraught with conflict during the Trump administration.  Continue reading U.S. sends ag trade mission to Mexico