Secretary Clinton Announces New Energy Partnerships

April 16, 2010

Remarks made by Secretary Clinton yesterday at the InterAmerican Development Bank on the occasion of the preparatory meetings of the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas. Video is also available.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, Luis Alberto, and to everyone here at IDB. Thank you for hosting this important gathering. And I am delighted to see so many friends in the audience representing not only the important work that we talk about today, but the partnership across our hemisphere. And I know that Secretary Chu spoke with you this morning and someone’s already told me that he was the funniest physicist you’ve ever heard from. (Laughter.) And I have to agree, probably the funniest Nobel Prize Laureate as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Costs of Questionable Policies

November 26, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Sidney Weintraub, and is published here courtesy of CSIS, Washington, DC where Dr. Weintraub holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy .

Read this piece and you will see why I think Sidney Weintraub is among my wisest mentors… after all, who else could bring together the struggles of women in Saudi Arabia and energy issues in the Americas?

Until Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, it was taken for granted that no African-American could become president of the United States. Any great talent in that population group, about 13.5 percent of Americans, was discarded for the top position in the country. The situation has changed, and the United States is surely better for it. Read the rest of this entry »


Pulling the Plug on Luz y Fuerza del Centro: Between Economic Efficiency and Political Expediency

November 15, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Duncan Wood, and is published here courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, DC. A shorter was also  published in Sidney Weintraub’s blog at CSIS, Washington, DC

When President Felipe Calderón ordered public security forces to seize the offices and operations of Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC) at 11pm on the 10th of October 2009, and subsequently announced the closing of the company and liquidation of its liabilities to employees, an intense national debate began over the economic and political motivations that led the executive to make this surprise move. Read the rest of this entry »


Central America Set To Partially Integrate Electricity Network

November 2, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Jason Fargo, and is published here courtesy of Energy Intelligence Group

An ongoing effort by Central American countries to connect their electricity grids by mid-2010 could make gas-fired power plants and LNG infrastructure more economically viable in the region. Read the rest of this entry »


Change at Pemex: Shuffling deck chairs or deepening reform

September 16, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Jeremy Martin, director of the Institute of the Americas’ Energy Program . It was also published at MexBizNews, the website for Mexican business news.

President Calderon began the new legislative season and second half of his Sexenio with an impassioned Informe (Mexico’s State of the Union address). Most interesting, two weeks on, were his surprising comments aimed at the oil sector and Pemex. Read the rest of this entry »


The Three Amigos Summit tell the Canadian Story: Creative Destruction or Simply Self-Destruction?

August 11, 2009

Stephen Clarkson, guest contributor

The North American leaders’ summit gives us the first set of publicly observable results by which to judge the Canadian government’s new policy for the continent. Read the rest of this entry »


North American Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change and Clean Energy

August 10, 2009

Courtesy of the White House

We, the leaders of North American reaffirm the urgency and necessity of taking aggressive action on climate change. We stress that the experience developed during the last 15 years in the North American region on environmental cooperation, sustainable development, and clean energy research, development, and deployment constitutes a valuable platform for climate change action, and we resolve to make use of the opportunities offered by existing bilateral and trilateral institutions. Read the rest of this entry »