U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar. Photo: Google


Just hours after Mexico’s Supreme Court (SCJN) declared President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) electricity reform bill “constitutional” (in a bizarre four in favor-seven against vote that somehow favored the ayes over the nays), U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar late Thursday, April 7, warned that if the electrical reform promoted by the president is approved, “there will be endless litigation.”

“We are concerned that the Electricity Industry Law (LIE) of 2021 will likely open the door to endless litigation, creating uncertainty and obstructing investment,” Salazar said in a statement released by the U.S. Embassy.

In our various meetings with Mexican government officials, we have expressed our concerns about this and other proposed reforms.”

Salazar also said that the initiative, due to be voted on this week by Mexico’s Congress, would negatively affect the competitiveness of North America and potential harm the environment.

The ambassador specifically pointed to a clause within the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that protects the investments of U.S. companies in Mexico, both current and future.

Salazar said that clause “protects the integration of the United States-Mexico supply chains in favor of the prosperity of our region.”

“We hope that any legal framework establishes a clear commitment to combating the climate change crisis, and to providing clean, cheap and accessible energy for all,” he said.

On Friday, April 8, López Obrador responded to Salazar during his morning press conference, saying that if the United States were to lodge suits against his administration, Mexico would respond in kind.

“(Salazar) talks that possible legal actions, but we would also do the same, because we are an independent, free country,” AMLO said.

The president went on to say “the law does not violate any treaty,” and to imply that U.S. politicians are paid off by private-sector corporations.

“With all due respect, in the United States there is a custom that congressmen, senators, politicians receive money from business corporations. I am not going to qualify whether that is right or wrong, but that is how it is,” López Obrador said.

Within hours of AMLO’s statement, Salazar was seen arriving at the National Palace to meet with López Obrador.

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