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Mexican energy industry going back to the future under Lopez Obrador

Mexico’s energy industry, long reserved exclusively for state-owned enterprises, began opening up to the private sector following a major reform under President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012 – 2018). During the current administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), however, changes are taking place that suggest a return toward government domination of the industry. AMLO has stated his desire to return state enterprises Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to their former preeminent position in the oil and electricity industries, respectively, and the trends during the first year and a half of his administration appear to be toward shifting the focus of energy production back to fossil fuels and away from solar and wind. The following are examples of some of the changes taking place. Continue reading Mexican energy industry going back to the future under Lopez Obrador

AMLO in zany refurb airport caper

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (herein AMLO or El Peje) announced last week that work would begin Monday, April 29 to convert a military air base outside Mexico City for commercial aviation.  When multiple sources jumped to point out that neither the master plan nor the required environmental impact assessment had been presented, the aggravated president agreed to push back start of work until June.  If this barmy caper has a happy ending we will be a monkey’s uncle, but Dear Leader is determined so it looks like we will find out.  Continue reading AMLO in zany refurb airport caper

ZEE Economic Zones face chop under AMLO

Rictus, El Financiero, March 28, 2019

So far we’ve been resisting the urge to complain about the new government, and for the moment we’re going to stick with that policy until more time has passed to evaluate the direction things are taking.  But we will say this: the rise to power of a leftist political party with a near-monopoly over the institutions of government raised a lot of questions about what would happen to the center-right programs and reforms of the two previous administrations. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), in office for four months now, has demonstrated from the start that he is willing to cancel previous governments’ initiatives regardless of their scale.  The best example of this is the partially-built new Mexico City airport, which now is a 4,430-hectare empty lot, but parts of the energy and education reforms could be thrown in as well.  Every pharaoh has his pyramid, though, and no sooner did AMLO scrap previous president Enrique Peña’s US$13 billion airport than he set to work on his Tren Maya tourist train, projected to begin trampling virgin Yucatan jungle by 2022 to the relatively thrifty tune of US$8 billion.  Continue reading ZEE Economic Zones face chop under AMLO