Blackout Politics: AMLO’s Energy Plan Will Backfire

By Vanessa Rubio

AMLO’s push to expand state control over energy markets is misguided and harmful.

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. But the President’s nationalistic energy policy — a push to re-establish state...

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