Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas was the PRD presidential candidate in 1988, 1994 and 2000 (Screenshot: Twitter/alca88)
On the day of the commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Oil Expropriation, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, son of General Lázaro Cárdenas, criticized this Saturday the energy policy of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for being “extractive.”
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After placing a floral arrangement in honor of his father, at the Monument of the Revolution in Mexico City, the so-called “moral leader of the left”, declared before the press some mistakes of the self-called “Fourth Transformation” (4T), like the fact that the refineries are not being modernized.
“First, maintain a simply extractivist policy and not allocate resources, not allocate hydrocarbons mainly to the petrochemical industry”
“The refineries are not being modernized, it is essential to be able to modernize or accelerate the modernization of the existing refineries and from there reduce the importation that we are making of fuels,” he added.
President López Obrador supervising the construction of the new Olmeca oil refinery, better known as “Dos Bocas” (Photo: Reuters)
It is worth mentioning that on March 16, the Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle, assured that a rehabilitation program is being implemented in the six refineries that includes both minor and major maintenance, with an investment of 62.9 million pesos, a figure that qualified as historical.
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Likewise, Cárdenas Solórzano criticized the high costs of the Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco, one of the flagship mega-projects of AMLO’s six-year term, considering that its construction may not be the total solution for energy independence.
“I don’t know if it’s the right solution, but it will certainly contribute. Unfortunately, it is having a much higher cost than what was budgeted for in December, at least three times more than what was budgeted for in December, at least three times more than what was initially thought.”
Although this March 17 López Obrador affirmed that he maintained a good relationship with the former presidential candidate of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in 1988, 1994 and 2000, the engineer assured that he will not attend the concentration of the capital’s Zócalo this Saturday afternoon. where the president has convened to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the oil expropriation. “Everyone was summoned, I have other commitments,” he said.
Lázaro Cárdenas Batel with President López Obrador (Photo: special)
For his part, one day after resigning as chief adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, Lázaro Cárdenas Batel, son of Cuauhtémoc, denied in the same event that his departure was due to some break with AMLO, whom he thanked for all his trust.
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On the contrary, he assured that his departure, prior to the commemoration, was due to a “chance” and because he had already “completed a cycle”, since he confirmed the offer of a position in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac).
“It was a coincidence of life, there is no problem […] I have completed a cycle, I am very grateful to the President for his confidence, I thank him for the opportunity to have collaborated with him, with his Government”
However, when questioned about the version that his departure was due to the president’s criticism of his father, whom he described as a “political adversary” after his participation in Mexicolectivo, from which he later distanced himself, he stated:
“My father’s career is perfectly clear on which side he has always been, in defense of the best causes in the country, in defense of popular causes, in defense of democracy, in defense of a prosperous, fair, sovereign and independent Mexico. This has always been clear.”
“It is very clear that he is not someone who is going to be considered an adversary, he is a positive voice that hopefully we will always hear in our country,” he said.
On March 18, 1938, the general and former president Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, decreed on national radio the expropriation of oil companies. The government legally appropriated 17 foreign companies that controlled the industry.