Biden vs. Lopez, Energy and the Environment
The inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States was a world relief. Demagogy, populism, lies, racism, and polarization (there) are forsaken. Biden places a new mantle of responsibility, seriousness and unity on the new administration. America is preparing once again to unleash the power of its model. Biden is restoring decency in the executive branch in North America (who would do it in Mexico?).
Biden, in his early hours as head of state, reflected Trump’s arbitrary, divisive and destructive policies and decisions, and will continue to do so in the coming days, paving the way for new leadership. Much needs to be repaired and rebuilt, and to meet new challenges in the broad and complex agenda imposed by this intense twenty-first century. Climate change and energy transformation occupy an important place, as well as other major environmental challenges of a planetary scale. Biden’s agenda anticipates a conflicting relationship with the Mexican government, given the divergence of opinions and interests, as well as competencies and goals. Indeed, a collision course is looming, which is unprecedented in the recent joint history of the two countries.
Biden, on Wednesday itself, has already reintegrated the United States into the Paris Agreement on climate change and is preparing to call a global summit this year to advance the net greenhouse gas emissions target in 2050, which is necessary to avoid the disastrous consequences of that. Global Warming. The United States will encourage governments to make increasingly ambitious emissions-cutting commitments in line with the Paris Agreement itself. In Mexico, the government is going in exactly the opposite direction. It is, in effect, violating the Paris Agreement and avoiding its obligations; It violates the Energy Transition Act and the Climate Change Act. He recently made a ridiculous nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the United Nations that sparked international ridicule.
Just on the day of his inauguration, Biden canceled the massive Keystone pipeline, which would bring highly polluted Canadian tar sands oil to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Biden will launch a far-reaching initiative, as part of his Green Plan for Economic Recovery, with public and private investment, to accelerate vehicle fleet electrification. Lopez builds an absurd refinery with public money and tries, anxiously and without interest, to exploit oil fields not in the illusion of illusion of self-sufficiency. Biden calls on the private sector in his climate achievements as part of competition and alliances between the public and private sectors to develop and deploy new technologies. Lopez is trying to reshape the monopolies in the energy field; It overrides Mexican laws and tramples on the rights of national and international companies. Biden will direct America toward a 100% clean energy economy. It plans to direct $ 500 billion into solar, wind and nuclear power, as well as developing smart electric grids and energy storage systems. Lopez blew up the energy transition, canceling transmission lines and clean energy auctions.
Aside from the protections that flourish in the judiciary, all of this opens the door to controversial commissions in the context of T-MEC lawsuits, reprisals, and tariffs by the US government. Remember, Biden is seeking to apply carbon offset fees to countries that do not comply with the Paris Agreement.
Regarding other issues, we must add that Biden has already scrapped the infamous Trump wall that was built in violation of US and Mexican environmental legislation, and with profound environmental impacts on both sides of the border (which, unfortunately, the Mexican government has continued to comply with … despicable). Biden has revoked Trump’s permits for mining, oil and forestry in National Forests and Federal Lands. Lopez deliberately destroys mangroves and tropical forests with crazy and crazy projects.
Clash with Biden is inevitable. Lopez condemns this as “imperialist intervention” (such as Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua) to justify and cover up his miserable failure.
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A Mexican politician, liberal environmental expert and researcher, he has held the position of public official and private sector activist. He was a candidate for the Nueva Alianza Party for President of Mexico in the 2012 elections.
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