On Wednesday, the Mexican House of Representatives approved controversial reforms aimed at strengthening state-owned utilities, despite warnings from environmentalists that they are pushing fossil fuels over renewables.
Opposition parties and activists see this change as a setback in efforts to tackle climate change and say it violates Mexico’s international promises.
The bill was overwhelmingly approved early by the Senate, but still needs to be passed by the Senate.
Both are dominated by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s party and its allies.
Left-wing populists say reforms are needed to strengthen the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission and prevent rising electricity prices.
However, critics say they have unfairly penalized private companies that produce renewable energy from energy sources such as wind and solar.
The bill “prioritizes the use of carbon dioxide-emitting energy sources such as fuel oil and diesel, cancels the United Nations’ commitment to sustainable development and limits the possibility of finding more and better sources. “Opposition lawmaker Maria de Los Angeles Ayala said.
Greenpeace, an environmental group, warned that the bill “perpetuates a model that promotes, but is very damaging to the environment, rather than fighting climate change, which the state of Mexico is constitutionally obliged to fight.”
At the moment, the Federal Power Commission needs to buy renewable energy through auctions, but reforms will end that obligation.
Businessmen have also expressed concern that Mexico is at risk of violating trade agreements with the United States and Canada by favoring state-owned enterprises over private enterprises.
It risks creating friction with US President Joe Biden’s administration, which promised to put global warming efforts first.
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