Mexico’s AMLO Vows to Work With U.S. on Climate Change
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently vowed to work with the U.S. government to push for stronger action on climate. At an event with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, López Obrador said that “we are going to support the plan President [Joe] Biden is promoting” ahead of a U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the month. Kerry appeared alongside López Obrador at a ceremony for Mexico’s tree-planting program, in which the government pays farmers a monthly stipend to plant and care for trees, and which López Obrador says is a solution to both climate change and migration. Kerry lauded the reforestation effort, adding that the U.S. energy transition away from fossil fuels would open an opportunity for Mexico to manufacture electric vehicles, creating jobs in that sector. "Mexico's industrial base, already deeply integrated with the rest of North America, absolutely stands to benefit from the energy transition," Kerry said. Critics of López Obrador have blasted the president's energy policies, in particular his efforts to favor state utility CFE over private power generators that produce much cleaner electricity.