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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, January 10, 2022, 21:49 (17 days ago)


https://youtu.be/o9JDeepW2Uw

Guerrero's health authorities report there are currently 66 active cases of Covid-19 in Zihuatanejo. The one patient admitted to the hospital last weekend passed away and is our first official death of the year. The state issued a restriction on occupancy at hotels, theaters, bars, restaurants and beaches in effect until at least January 23. Hotels, beaches, recreational yachts, water sports, banks, stores, beauty salons, public transport, churches, galleries, museums, public plazas and pretty much everywhere people gather can have a maximum occupancy of 70%. Restaurants and bars must close by 1AM. No alcohol can be sold after 10PM. Even though it hasn't been enforced, beaches are supposed to be closed after 7PM until 6AM. Massive indoor events can only have 50% occupancy and event-goers must have a certificate of vaccination (we have those here in Mexico) or a clean antigen test within 72 hours prior. You can consult the complete decree and all its details on the website for the Periódico Oficial del Gobierno del Estado de Guerrero.

Needless to say, hotels, stores, restaurants and other businesses here and throughout the state will be stepping up their health safety protocols.

Our Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador tested positive today for Covid-19. We are all wishing him a speedy and full recovery while he remains in isolation.

¡Cuidemos nuestro patrimonio!
#NoBlueFlagEnNuestrasPlayas
#PreservemosPlayaManzanillo

There has been a lot of activity along the shoreline every morning for the past several weeks. It seems like more every day, and the pelicans have also increased in numbers. Still, it's nothing like it used to be when my wife grew up here and you could almost scoop fish out of the water with your hands during the mornings, but it's encouraging to see so much marine life. Unfortunately there was a huge fish kill last week in Petacalco from that damn oil-burning power plant that continues to poison everything around it (thank you NAFTA).
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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, January 10, 2022, 22:11 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Getting an access denied error on the link. Do I need to be using a Mexican proxy server?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:50 (17 days ago) @ Timmac

Getting an access denied error on the link. Do I need to be using a Mexican proxy server?

Probably. Or try a different browser if you have more than one installed.

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by jaui @, Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 05:29 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Excerpt from Z Rob's post--->

Guerrero's health authorities report there are currently 66 active cases of Covid-19 in Zihuatanejo. The one patient admitted to the hospital last weekend passed away and is our first official death of the year. The state issued a restriction on occupancy at hotels, theaters, bars, restaurants and beaches in effect until at least January 23. Hotels, beaches, recreational yachts, water sports, banks, stores, beauty salons, public transport, churches, galleries, museums, public plazas and pretty much everywhere people gather can have a maximum occupancy of 70%. Restaurants and bars must close by 1AM. No alcohol can be sold after 10PM. Even though it hasn't been enforced, beaches are supposed to be closed after 7PM until 6AM. Massive indoor events can only have 50% occupancy and event-goers must have a certificate of vaccination (we have those here in Mexico) or a clean antigen test within 72 hours prior. You can consult the complete decree and all its details on the website for the Periódico Oficial del Gobierno del Estado de Guerrero.

The compliance is less than zero as far as the bar situation goes.
Here in the area of your street to Calle N. Bravo --> la calle Ejido, I hear "music" to 4 a.m.:nono:
Zero patrullas de la supuesta "Policia" (por lo menos no los he visto).
y muy poca presencia de la G. Nacional.
Como va el dicho "brilla por su auscenica":omg:

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by Tere @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:20 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Glad to hear things are getting under control a bit more with the cases rising. And quite amused to see that "someone" scooped up a dumptruck load of the dead fish in Petacalco and dumped them on the doorstep to the plant!

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 09:02 (17 days ago) @ Tere

I hope you’re right that things are getting “under control,” but given what is happening in Washington, I am concerned that it will follow a similar pattern down there. I hope I’m wrong.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11:36 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Too bad the current president wants to continue to prioritize power generation from those types of power plants regardless of whether or not they cost more to operate and in damage to our environment.

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www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by Casa Juan @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11:39 (17 days ago) @ hromero

agreed

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:49 (17 days ago) @ hromero

Too bad the current president wants to continue to prioritize power generation from those types of power plants regardless of whether or not they cost more to operate and in damage to our environment.

Why do you say that? AMLO has nothing to do with Petacalco. That was NAFTA and Salinas de Gortari. What the current president wants is to be able to continue supplying Mexicans with the power they currently use, making Mexico independent from foreign sources, eliminate corruption in Mexico's energy sector while transitioning to cleaner sustainable sources, a task more apt for following administrations. First things first. Resources are limited and everything can't be done at once.

Here's the Reforma Energética currently being implemented through legislation.

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by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego/Rosarito, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 13:20 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What the current president wants is to be able to continue supplying Mexicans with the power they currently use, making Mexico independent from foreign sources, eliminate corruption in Mexico's energy sector while transitioning to cleaner sustainable sources, a task more apt for following administrations.

Apologies for not reading the white paper. (My Spanish jest ain't that good.) However, in a nutshell, is opening up more competition to Pemex part of the plan?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 13:29 (17 days ago) @ Padrino

What the current president wants is to be able to continue supplying Mexicans with the power they currently use, making Mexico independent from foreign sources, eliminate corruption in Mexico's energy sector while transitioning to cleaner sustainable sources, a task more apt for following administrations.


Apologies for not reading the white paper. (My Spanish jest ain't that good.) However, in a nutshell, is opening up more competition to Pemex part of the plan?

Foreigners will never be allowed to own Mexico's energy resources, and currently there's a bit of entanglement with foreign-registered businesses in the hydrocarbon sector that profit known Mexican scoundrels and scallywags (let's not forget Odebrecht). So after the dust settles we'll see where foreign capital can best profit, but I don't believe we'll ever see Exxon-Mobil gas stations, and I'm fine with that.

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by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego/Rosarito, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 15:22 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

..., but I don't believe we'll ever see Exxon-Mobil gas stations, and I'm fine with that.

In Tijuana, there are currently BP, Arco (owned by BP), and Chevron stations. All three spend a significant sum on outdoor billboard advertising in the Tijuana metropolitan area.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 17:10 (17 days ago) @ Padrino

Even as far south as Hermosillo, and a lot farther in other areas, PEMEX is not the only provider of petroleum products.

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by Ironwood @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 18:18 (16 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Even as far south as Hermosillo, and a lot farther in other areas, PEMEX is not the only provider of petroleum products.

Our recollection recently, driving through Mexico from Nogales to Zihua and back, is that the coast, from Lazaro Cardenas to Zihua, seemed to be the ONLY area where PEMEX appears to be the only show in town. Everywhere else, PEMEX stations were much less visible, and in some areas, almost non-existent. Some of the new names were familiar, but many were totally new to us. And there is now price competition between retailers....even between individual PEMEX stations, albeit at very high, Canadian-like prices.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 16:34 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I would note that the document Rob linked to is not the actual proposed law buy an attempt to summarize the proposals. As I read through it, I am struck that it was probably a document composed largely by supporters of the law and lacking in specifics or analysis of potential side effects. I am providing a link to the actual document proposed by the president and his party and I will highlight key parts that are relevant to my concern that plants like that at Petacalco will be prioritized over new clean energy. I will note that my link is also a party document and that there is a lot of salesmanship built into the document, but at least it is specific about some of the proposed reforms.

Link to proposed changes

1.You will notice in this document that solar and wind energy are in third place for electricity generation behind hydroelectric and other existing CFE plants, of which thermoelectric plants are included (in position 2). Only after those first 2 options are considered can solar and electric be considered.

2.The last paragraph of page 7 details that the reform also seeks to change the way in which clean energy certificates (CEL’s) are granted. Rather than being based on a specific location the certificates will be granted to organizations that produce a sufficient percentage of their electricity with the approved clean energy sources. So instead of only giving clean energy certificates to solar panel sites, for example, they can be given to companies whose energy is in part generated by solar panels but may be majority produced by fossil fuels.

3.In the document linked by Rob, on page 13, we can see that this government sees natural gas as a clean energy source even though it is far dirtier than solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.

4.There is absolutely no mention of investing in CFE so that it can transition to renewable energies but instead puts much focus on using the current power plants in CFE’s inventory that are all thermoelectric. Many of those plants have been shut down or scaled back because the introduction of cheaper renewable energies have been able to outcompete them on price. This document makes it very clear that it wants to prioritize those thermoelectric plants over the renewable ones simply because they are privately owned.

The bottom line is that this president is nostalgic for a time when government monopolies like Pemex and CFE controlled vast swaths of the Mexican economy and those in power were able to use them for their personal gain and also some handouts to the Mexican people to buy their votes at election time. Mexico’s electricity costs used to be substantially higher than the rest of the major economies in large part because of the monopoly of CFE. It is only in the last 7-8 years that it has begun to change because of the introduction of competition and because renewable energies are now less expensive than fossil fuels. Mr. Obrador believes that returning to that monopoly will somehow make Mexican lives better but it seems to me that he totally disregards the health implications that burning those fossil fuels burdens the Mexican people with. Not to mention the implications of a warming planet and the costs that it will impose on us all.

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www.casaarcoiriszihuatanejo.com

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 18:43 (16 days ago) @ hromero

I would note that the document Rob linked to is not the actual proposed law buy an attempt to summarize the proposals. As I read through it, I am struck that it was probably a document composed largely by supporters of the law and lacking in specifics or analysis of potential side effects. I am providing a link to the actual document proposed by the president and his party and I will highlight key parts that are relevant to my concern that plants like that at Petacalco will be prioritized over new clean energy. I will note that my link is also a party document and that there is a lot of salesmanship built into the document, but at least it is specific about some of the proposed reforms.

Link to proposed changes

1.You will notice in this document that solar and wind energy are in third place for electricity generation behind hydroelectric and other existing CFE plants, of which thermoelectric plants are included (in position 2). Only after those first 2 options are considered can solar and electric be considered.

2.The last paragraph of page 7 details that the reform also seeks to change the way in which clean energy certificates (CEL’s) are granted. Rather than being based on a specific location the certificates will be granted to organizations that produce a sufficient percentage of their electricity with the approved clean energy sources. So instead of only giving clean energy certificates to solar panel sites, for example, they can be given to companies whose energy is in part generated by solar panels but may be majority produced by fossil fuels.

3.In the document linked by Rob, on page 13, we can see that this government sees natural gas as a clean energy source even though it is far dirtier than solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.

4.There is absolutely no mention of investing in CFE so that it can transition to renewable energies but instead puts much focus on using the current power plants in CFE’s inventory that are all thermoelectric. Many of those plants have been shut down or scaled back because the introduction of cheaper renewable energies have been able to outcompete them on price. This document makes it very clear that it wants to prioritize those thermoelectric plants over the renewable ones simply because they are privately owned.

The bottom line is that this president is nostalgic for a time when government monopolies like Pemex and CFE controlled vast swaths of the Mexican economy and those in power were able to use them for their personal gain and also some handouts to the Mexican people to buy their votes at election time. Mexico’s electricity costs used to be substantially higher than the rest of the major economies in large part because of the monopoly of CFE. It is only in the last 7-8 years that it has begun to change because of the introduction of competition and because renewable energies are now less expensive than fossil fuels. Mr. Obrador believes that returning to that monopoly will somehow make Mexican lives better but it seems to me that he totally disregards the health implications that burning those fossil fuels burdens the Mexican people with. Not to mention the implications of a warming planet and the costs that it will impose on us all.

MR. LÓPEZ has no illusions about where the trend in energy is going, but neither is he naïve enough to think Mexico's petroleum won't be of critical national importance in 20-30 years into the future. Maybe it is fair to expect a shift to clean energy and electric vehicles in the USA within 20-30 years, but not here in Mexico. Eso es un sueño guajiro. If you listen to him speak on the subject instead of relying on people telling you what he means or says, you'll clearly hear him acknowledge that he is leaving the task of taking the next step to future administrations because 6 years isn't enough time. For the moment he intends to reduce the dependence upon foreign refineries and reign in the unimaginable corruption that the PRI and PAN had allowed in the administration of Mexico's energy production.

In your argument I can hear the exact same words of his critics, many of them aligned with the interests of those most negatively affected by the Reforma: the historically corrupt and carpetbagger capitalists, the latter a mix of scoundrels from both sides of the border and beyond (Repsol, Odebrecht, etc). People waiting to pounce upon Mexico's energy resources including its lithium and kick a few crumb's Mexico's way as they rape the nation. Presidente López Obrador wants to break with colonialist practices and mentality. I say HELL YEAH! So I suspect you draw some of your criticism from the articles written on their behalf posing as reliable news sources.

Yes, I intentionally posted the summary of the federal government's position, not the more complicated to read proposed law. Because I've been listening to the arguments from all sides for years and watched as each time foreign investment wades into Mexico's natural resources, Mexico comes out with mostly a raw deal and a mess to clean up, to put it politely. Mexico has no reason to trust any foreign corporation when it comes to its natural resources. Thus the current rather narrowly defined Reforma that still doesn't put clean energy at the top of the list because so much of the nation still lives in the 19th century, and Mexico's hydrocarbon independence is a necessary step in fixing that problem sooner rather than later.

Since the previous Reforma that was passed during the sexenio of Enrique Peña Nieto it's been revealed that the legislators who voted for it were all bribed. This Reforma addresses that and removes their "prize" from their grasp as best as it can without violating contractual obligations for the most part, with few exceptions from what I understand: those dealing with previously mentioned scoundrels and scallywags.

A new Reforma more focused on cleaner renewable energy will be left to succeeding administrations. This one is intended to make Mexico energy independent and to reduce/remove the accumulated hubris of decades of corruption. It even has support among those in the PRI seeking to detach themselves from their previous reputation. True, a simple effort at legitimacy and self-preservation for the PRI at a time when Morena is winning municipalities and governorships across the nation, yet the PRI's strongest asset has always been its pragmatism when necessary.

Gee, the USA continues relying on natural gas and calling it clean energy. And in comparison to petroleum it is. It's still a mostly wasted by-product of petroleum exploration and extraction. Fracking is being eliminated in Mexico, though the recent gas crisis last February (thank you for that, Texas) has allowed several fracking operations to continue or get underway that otherwise would not have been allowed.

Initially I didn't support "Mr. Obrador" or his policies, but now I find myself taking his side more than not and especially correcting the propaganda being used against him. While neither perfect nor ideal, his pragmatism at this juncture in Mexico's history is better than the continued rape of the nation by the PRI, PAN and PRD who all had the opportunity to show what they could do and blew it. Here in Guerrero the current Gobernadora, ahijada of Presidente López Obrador and daughter of a tarnished politician, known drunk and accused rapist, has her hands full proving she (and Morena) are better for Guerrero than the PRI and PRD. This business with the Partenón is a real test for her here in Zihuatanejo. I'll respect whatever the people decide they want, but I'd just as soon see that nasty monument to corruption disappear and reparations made to my wife's family and others for what that criminal stole from them. The problem is, public perception by many is that the deal is intended to benefit her father. Lots of chisme going around out there.

You know I always respect your point of view, and I am grateful to you for taking the time and effort to express it here. I don't think there's really much difference in what we both hope for Mexico's and Zihuatanejo's future.

Un saludo y un abrazo, amigo.