With increasing international support for Juan Guaido’s interim government, a deepening economic crisis and tightening sanctions, what does it mean politically for the Maduro government and what are the next steps for dialogue, elections and new leadership in the oil-rich nation? We spoke to David Mares, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego to address these questions and to further understand the rapidly changing domestic and international political elements of the Venezuela crisis.
Since the new year arrived in Mexico, the headlines have been dominated by the issue of gasoline theft, fuels consumption and logistics but particularly shortages. The Lopez Obrador government crackdown on the so-called huachicoleo and illegal fuels market has led to a national debate over the interconnected issues of corruption and availability of gasoline to meet the ever-growing demand in the country. We spoke to Marco Cota, CEO of Talanza Energy for his insights on the current fuels issues facing Mexico as well as the broader questions surrounding oil and Pemex and particularly finance and investment implications.
Colombia has long counted a clean energy matrix thanks largely to its hydroelectric capacity. But in the last few years policymakers and investors have sought to seize the potential of other renewable energy resources across the country. As 2018 draws to a close, plans have been made for Colombia’s first renewable energy auction. We spoke with Julia Gutierrez in the Office of Regulatory Affairs of the Ministry of Mines and Energy to get an update on the timing of the historic auction and terms, as well as the broader strategic goals for Colombia’s power market.
Before he reached the ten minute mark of his inaugural address, he had forcefully attacked the failure of the neoliberal model of the last several decades going as far to say that it had been a calamity for Mexico. As part of that critique, he immediately pivoted and said “for example, energy reform…it was going to save us.” Beyond intense criticism what else can be gleaned from his remarks on December 1st?