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López Obrador and Kerry talk renewable energy in latest meet

Mexico City, Mexico — On Tuesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered details of the recent meeting he had with the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

López Obrador said that continuity was given to the joint plan to promote energies that will boost industrial development in both countries and take care of the environment.

“It is a plan to promote renewable energies. In general, we are talking about generating more wind and solar energy and promoting the modernization of hydroelectric plants (…) It will mean that less fossil fuel is used, that is, gas, fuel oil and other derivatives of hydrocarbons, coal,” he explained.

In a morning conference, he explained that this comprehensive project will be presented in Egypt during the 2022 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in November, which will be attended by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, on behalf of the Government of Mexico.

The meeting between the two was held in Sonora Friday during a work tour by López Obrador, who also mentioned that the Sonora Plan includes the possibility of building five solar plants similar to the one projected in Puerto Peñasco.

López Obrador raised the possibility that the Sonora Plan could be part of a bilateral initiative between Mexico and the United States.

“Still in very general terms, we could sign this plan when President Biden visits us, which is probably at the end of December or January in Mexico (…) It will help a lot to industrial development in the United States and Mexico. It is of mutual interest. We are also going to analyze if it is done within the framework of the treaty (T-MEC) for Canada to participate or if it will be a bilateral agreement,” he added.