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Mexico’s Emissions Pledge Seen as Political Move With US Trade Dispute

  • Mexico ups its carbon emissions cut pledge to 35% in 2030
  • Promise seen as contrary to fossil fuels-heavy energy policy
John Kerry and Marcelo Ebrard. 

John Kerry and Marcelo Ebrard. 

Photographer: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

One of the highlights of the highly anticipated UN climate change convention last week was the ambitious emissions targets announced by Mexico, delivered proudly by the nation’s foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard alongside US special presidential envoy John Kerry.

There’s just one problem. Energy experts don’t see Mexico’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 35% in 2030 as indicative of a policy shift, but rather political maneuvering in a protracted trade dispute with its northern neighbor.