The visit to Mexico of Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy of the US government headed by Democrat Joe Biden, concluded with opposing views on the conclusions of the meetings she held with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and other high-ranking officials of his government.
In the opinion of the Secretary of Energy of the Mexican government, Rocío Nahle, who spoke on Thursday night, there was no concern from her counterpart regarding the electrical reform initiative that is about to be discussed in the Mexican Congress.
“It was a very pleasant dialogue, very respectful, both of the energy policy of the United States and that of Mexico and (there was) a brief description of the reform that we presented, which is very good, and everything quite well, with great respect”, he said at the end of Granholm’s meeting with President López Obrador at the National Palace.
Was there any concern from the US government? He was directly questioned. “No, all very well,” Nahle said.
On Friday, however, Granholm made it clear that regardless of the cordiality and good attitude on both sides, the government he represents has “real concerns” about the possible negative impacts that the constitutional changes would have on US investment.
In a statement, the official added that, if the initiative is approved, binational cooperation on energy transition and climate change would be difficult.
And on Saturday, in the same vein, a letter signed by Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce, Katherine Tai, White House Trade Representative, and Granholm herself, was made public, in which they express to Republican Representative Earl Carter that they share his concern about the changes proposed in Mexico, thus responding to a letter sent by the legislator on November 3.
Until last night, neither Secretary Nahle nor Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard – also a participant in the meetings with the US official – had issued any response regarding Jennifer Granholm’s position.