Obrador vows to outlaw fracking in Mexico

As not reported in the New York Times.

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Mexican President-Elect Promises to Outlaw Fracking 

Environmentalists are urging him to “move even farther by pledging to transition Mexico to a fully clean, renewable energy future.”

August 02nd, 2018

 

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, whose victory last month left many hopeful for the nation’s next chapter, elicited praise from environmentalists for promising Wednesday to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting natural gas that’s often called fracking.

“This is the climate leadership we need,” declared 350.org.

The “plan to ban fracking in Mexico represents the latest common-sense decision by a world leader to prohibit this inherently toxic, polluting practice,” Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter told DeSmog.

“President-elect Obrador is moving in the right direction on many issues, including energy and the environment,” Hauter added. “He can move even farther by pledging to transition Mexico to a fully clean, renewable energy future, thereby setting a remarkable example for its neighbors to the north.”

López Obrador, who will take office Dec. 1, made the fracking announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. “We will no longer use that method to extract petroleum,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

He also railed against the 2013 privatization of oil and gas reserves that had long been controlled by the state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), declaring, “The neoliberal governments deliberately closed the CFE plants in order to buy electricity from foreign companies at very high prices… All of that will be corrected.”

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