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Mexico – heading the wrong way?

Mexico currently stands out as a country that rejects the need for an energy transition and, instead, wants fossil fuels to remain at the centre of its energy mix. While many Mexicans have reservations about this approach, the policy is being driven forward by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Amlo) who took office in December 2018. Amlo comes from Tabasco, an oil and gas state, and spent much of his early political career in the 1970s and 1980s as a member of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) which was at the time known for its energy nationalism and its defence of state monopolies in the sector, such as oil and gas company Pemex and electricity generator and distributor Comisión Federal de Eletricidad (CFE).

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