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Mexican economy showing flickers of life

Mexico has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the fourth highest total among world nations, and total accumulated cases exceed one million.  The rate of infection remains uneven throughout the country, however five major states including Mexico City are registering an upward trend in the number of cases and are perilously close to returning to the red or highest level on the national epidemiological traffic light system.  A return to red would signify closure of all but essential businesses and other strict restrictions on movement and economic activity.  At the same time, 16 of Mexico’s 32 states are currently at the yellow level, implying relatively minor restrictions, and one state, Campeche, has returned to green or restriction-free status. Continue reading Mexican economy showing flickers of life

Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar

The spread of the COVID-19 virus in Mexico has not improved significantly this month and in fact has deteriorated in some areas.  Mexico has reported approximately 924,000 accumulated cases, ranking it 10th worldwide, and 92,000 deaths, fourth highest in the world.  Mexico City remains at the orange level of the epidemiological traffic light system, and the head of government of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, recently tested positive for COVID.  The city government is resisting raising the alert level to red, however authorities have said they intend to implement increased restrictions on activity to combat an upward trend in cases. Continue reading Mexican economy: Hoy no me puedo levantar

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