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California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

Mexico (and the World) Doesn't Have the Luxury of Politics of Usual

July 1, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The ongoing political struggle between the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution for power and influence has created a drag on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ambitious vision for energy reform.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Reform Not All About the Oil and Gas Sector

June 20, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Mexico Energy Reform

This summer, the Mexican Congress is finally expected to approve the secondary legislation tied to Mexico’s energy reform. Prior to the announcement of energy sector reforms, Mexico was characterized by a very closed oil sector regime alongside a rudimentary electricity sector.[read more]

U.S. Petroleum Product Exports to Mexico Rise while Mexican Crude Exports to the U.S. Fall

June 1, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S., Mexico, and Petroleum

The United States imported 850,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Mexico in 2013, which is the lowest volume since 1993. In the past decade, U.S. crude oil imports from Mexico fell 47%, primarily as a result of declining production of crude oil in Mexico.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Mexican Energy Reform Seeks to Reverse Decline in Oil Production

May 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Mexico Energy Reform

In late 2013, Mexico's congress approved historic legislation that altered the 1938 ban on private sector participation in the Mexican energy sector. These reforms ended the 75-year monopoly of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and allow for greater foreign investment.[read more]

Driving Restrictions and Air Quality

May 7, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Driving and Air Pollution

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Recently we traveled south of the border for an update on Mexico City’s well-known driving restrictions. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Some people prefer margaritas, but here at the Energy Institute we like to analyze air pollution data. ¡Orale![read more]

At Mexican Summit, President Ties Keystone XL Pipeline to Climate Concerns

February 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone and Climate Concerns

The president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”. But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s Olympic ice hockey team would win today.[read more]

Mexico as Bellwether for an Unsubsidized Solar Eenrgy Future

January 8, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

While subsidies have driven the thriving solar markets of Germany, Japan, China and the U.S., botched efforts in Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic have driven markets to collapse. But with Mexico and the rest of Latin America, we're seeing renewable markets evolve with far less government largesse.[read more]

International Spotlights Shine on Mexico's Air Quality, Climate Change Efforts

August 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Mexico Air Quality Panel

Mexico hosted the Climate and Clean Air Coalition last week which met to discuss efforts among members to limit short-lived pollutants and mitigate climate change. There were commitments from the Mexican government to reduce black carbon.[read more]

Ford to Buy Solar Energy from Mexican Power Plant

June 2, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Mexican solar energy

Ford has signed an agreement to consume 15 percent of the electricity produced by Sonora80M Group’s 20 MW solar park, which is anticipated to get up to 80 MW after all four phases are complete.[read more]

Latin America’s Largest Solar Energy Plant In The Works

May 31, 2013 by Tina Casey

cause for celebration?

A new 30 MW solar photovoltaic power plant is currently being constructed in Mexico — in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Once completed, the plant will be Latin America’s largest photovoltaic solar energy plant.[read more]

Can Mexico's New President Achieve Energy Reform?

August 16, 2012 by James Coan

3D Map of Mexico via Shutterstock


Most probably, on December 1st, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN), the presidential candidate of PRI party, will become the new Mexican president for a six year term. The PRI was the dominant political party in Mexico from 1929 to 2000 although with different names. The resurgence of the PRI comes after a 12 year interregnum of the PAN, a...[read more]

A Prelude to Rio: Mexico Takes a Stand to Protect Irreplaceable Coral Reef

June 18, 2012 by Peter Lehner

NRDC has been calling for the Rio+20 Earth Summit to be a different type of international meeting – one where our world leaders act, and not just talk. On Friday, Mexican president Calderón set the stage for Rio with the rejection of a controversial and destructive tourism development project on the Baja California coast. This is...[read more]

Mexico Sets Legally Binding Carbon Reduction Targets

May 4, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Since Mexico’s legislative body passed sweeping climate change legislation on April 19, Mexico joins the UK as the only two countries in the world with legally binding emissions goals to combat climate change.[read more]

The Brazil Spill

December 16, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Late yesterday I saw a headline reporting that Chevron was being assessed more than $10 billion for a spill from its drilling activities offshore Brazil last month. The story was later revised to clarify that the amount in question was associated with a civil lawsuit being filed by a Brazilian prosecutor, rather than an actual fine by...[read more]