Blackout Politics: AMLO’s Energy Plan Will Backfire

02/17/2021

Source: Americas Quarterly

On Feb. 16, a day after a winter storm-related energy crisis left more than 4 million Mexicans without electricity, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tried to seize the moment. “What is the lesson in all of this? We must produce,” the president said in one of his daily press briefings.

The president, popularly known as AMLO, went on to blame the country’s dependence on natural gas imports from the U.S. The blackout, he said, was further proof of a need for Mexican energy self-sufficiency.

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