Target: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Goal: Stop exploitation of Mexico’s oil and natural gas by investing in clean energy
Recently, Mexico’s Congress approved of a sweeping overhaul of the energy industry, which has cleared the way for international oil companies to tap into Mexico’s rich reserves of oil and gas. This new legislation is part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to jump start economic growth by allowing competition into one of Mexico’s most stagnant sectors. After weeks of debate, Mexico’s Congress approved most of the rules governing changes made to the Constitution, which ended 75 years of state control over the energy industry. President Peña Nieto’s government hopes that allowing the entry of international energy companies into the market will increase deficient oil output, exploit untapped reserves of natural gas, lead to the building of new refineries, and result in cheaper power for Mexico’s factories. This plan also aims to remake Mexico’s state energy companies, the oil monopoly Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission.
However, President Peña Nieto has sold his reform to a skeptical public by promising that it will create as many as two million new jobs and attract billions of dollars in investment. The question is whether those ambitious forecasts can be met. Critics on the left argue that Mexico is handing over part of its oil wealth to private companies. Past privatizations in Mexico have failed to deliver benefits to consumers, instead generating suspicions of cronyism and corruption.
This investment and expansion of oil and natural gas is a detriment to the environment. Instead of sinking Mexico’s limited means into dying and destructive energy sources, President Peña Nieto should instead be revitalizing Mexico’s energy sector with clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar. By doing this, the President can guarantee low cost energy infinitely. The transition to clean energy would also provide jobs for the people just as oil and natural gas would. This type of energy is better for the environment, would last indefinitely, and create jobs. Tell President Peña Nieto that he is making a mistake by investing in oil and natural gas, and to instead develop clean energy in Mexico.
Dear President Peña Nieto,
Your new legislation aims to provide a a sweeping overhaul of the energy industry by exploiting Mexico’s untapped oil and natural gas. You want to allow big oil companies to come into Mexico and use these resources to jump start economic growth. This, however, is not the best way to achieve that goal.
Instead of investing your time and Mexico’s money into trying to compete with other countries for oil and gas exports, you should be focusing on developing clean energy for Mexico. By using tax dollars to create clean energy, such as wind and solar, you will be guaranteeing the people an infinite amount of cheap energy. You will also be creating jobs by developing clean energy, just as you would if you carry out your plan of investing in dirty energy. By continuing with your plan to exploit oil and natural gas you will also be contributing to the rising problem of global warming and destruction of the environment.
The smarter and safer choice for revitalizing Mexico’s energy sector is not through the use of oil and natural gas. It is through investing in the energy sources of the future. I urge you to stop your plan and instead focus on developing clean energy in Mexico.
[You Name Here]
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