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
The presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is already starting to feel like a slog, and it hasn’t even begun yet. López Obrador was elected in July and is set to begin his six-year term on December 1, but it certainly feels like he’s president already and an embattled one at that. Memory can be hazy but it seems to us that in prior transition years, the president-elect maintained a far lower profile during the five-month period between election and inauguration and took care not to overshadow the sitting president. That may be because in the past the transitions were largely between PRI administrations, or between the PRI and the PAN, which aren’t much different anyway. Continue reading Willy nilly Morena rattling nerves and markets
Mexico’s 2014 energy industry reform generated a great deal of interest among foreign energy companies eager to participate in the the newly opened sector. Although most of the media coverage has focused on oil exploration and extraction, proponents of non-fossil-based fuels are hoping that the regulatory changes will spur growth in renewables as well.
In 2012, Mexico became one of the first countries to pass a national climate change law, setting ambitious targets for emissions reductions by 2020. Despite the legal directives, renewable energy development has been largely slow to galvanize, with most new investment channeled into wind power. While media coverage has focused on high cost mega-projects such as wind farms in the south and a small number of large scale solar plants in the north, proponents of biomass energy are working hard to develop some important new projects in this area. Continue reading Biomass projects developing in shadow of energy reform