AMLO releases letter he sent to Joe Biden on Mexico’s actions against climate change

From the National Palace, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced the content of a letter he sent to his US counterpart, Joe Biden, on the actions that Mexico commits to against climate change.

In the letter, which is dated October 26, before COP26 is was in Glasgow, Scotland, Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed with Joe Biden to work against the 1.5 degrees global warming.

“You can count on us in the transcendent and responsible purpose of preventing global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is a commitment that we make on behalf of the people and the Government of Mexico for the good of the planet and humanity,” the letter states.

After the visit to Mexico of the US special envoy for the climate, John Kerry, last October, the Mexican president sent this letter where Mexico also promised to “not extract more than 2 million barrels of oil a day” and to limit fuel fossils for “internal consumption” only.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador also informed Joe Biden that his government is modernizing 14 hydroelectric plants to “produce more electricity with the same water flow” and reducing the use of fuel oil and coal, as well as ensuring that 35% of electrical energy comes from renewable sources.

He insisted that Mexico has underway “the most important reforestation program in the world,” called Sembrando Vida, which invests 1,300 million dollars for the peasants to plant trees.

He assured that Mexico is “the first country in the world to regulate methane emissions in the entire value chain of the hydrocarbon sector” and recalled that his Government has not granted “not a single concession for the exploitation of toxic mining” or fracturing hydraulics.