8:01 AM, Jan 15, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The EPA awarded $461,368 in grants this week for various environmental projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. About half of the funds went to projects in Calexico, CA and Phoenix, AZ, but the remaining $230,000 went to two cities on the Mexican side of the border, Nogales and Ensenada. The funding came under a partnership with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, part of the bi-national U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2020.
The projects funded in Mexico include:
- Restoration of the Upper Tijuana River Corridor - $98,500
- Air Emissions Inventory for Nogales, Sonora - $53,610
- Training on Handling of Wastewater Containing Metals and Cyanide - $63,015
- Used Oil Collection and Management in Nogales - $16,508
Generally the funds are remitted to non-profit organizations to carry out the projects, although the grant for the used oil collection project will go directly to the city of Nogales. For the other projects,
the recipient organizations will provide matching funds, a total of $354,746.
Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Pacific Southwest regional administrator, explained the benefits of these projects, as well as those on the U.S. side of the border:
These grants will help improve air quality, create a healthier river, and reduce the waste going into local landfills. Communities on both sides of the border will receive benefits as their environment and public health are better protected.
The EPA further touts the broader benefits to both countries from agreements going back decades, include the La Paz Agreement, as well as NAFTA:
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] and the 30th anniversary of the La Paz Agreement. Through these agreements, EPA has made significant investments that have resulted in major environmental benefits including more than 570 tons of e-waste properly disposed or recycled, the removal of more than 12 Million scrap tires from dump sites border wide, and the connection of households to drinking water and wastewater services benefitting the more than 8.5 Million border residents.
7:31 AM, May 9, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
During his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica last week, President Obama tried to highlight the positive and downplay the negative. Thus, he spoke at length about the growth of trade, commerce, and economic partnerships, arguing that security issues should not be allowed to dominate all discussions of U.S. policy in the region.
3:53 PM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Mexico, President Obama said that Obamacare passed after a "little bit of a fuss." The president made the statement while speaking at a press conference in support of over-the-counter Plan B for women as young as 15:
"The last time we had major gun legislation it took six, seven, eight tries toget passed."7:18 AM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama took a moment yesterday in Mexico to "editorialize just for a second about gun control," as he said at a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.
1:35 PM, May 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week.
9:15 AM, Apr 12, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
The day after his inauguration on December 1, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto joined with leaders of the country’s two main opposition parties to sign the “Pact for Mexico,” a joint pledge to pursue dozens of domestic reforms in areas such as education, telecommunications, and energy.
8:15 AM, Nov 29, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
When Mexican president Felipe Calderón leaves office on December 1, his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, will inherit a country with rampant corruption and high levels of drug-related violence. Of course, when Calderón entered the presidency six years ago, he himself inherited a country with rampant corruption and high levels of drug-related violence.
5:10 PM, Nov 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The president-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, praised President Barack Obama's immigration plan in a meeting today at the White House.
9:15 AM, Oct 22, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
At tonight’s presidential debate on foreign policy, we can expect questions related to the civil war in Syria, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, and the broader war on terrorism, including the September 11 Benghazi attack. But I hope that debate moderator Bob Schieffer also asks President Obama and Governor Romney about another war—the one that is currently raging in Mexico and Central America.
8:30 AM, Sep 28, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
We are now less than two weeks away from an election that could either save or destroy what remains of Venezuelan democracy.
11:05 AM, Sep 17, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Last month in London, Mexico’s Olympic soccer team won gold by defeating its Brazilian counterpart, 2-1. The victory gave Mexico its first-ever trophy in a major international soccer tournament (apart from the 1999 Confederations Cup), and it proved that the soccer gap between Latin America’s two largest countries is shrinking, with Mexico catching up on the region’s traditional powerhouse. The Olympic final also became a metaphor for the recent performance of the Mexican and Brazilian economies.
7:25 AM, Jul 24, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Last week, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report and held hearings on the giant British-based HSBC bank. HSBC Holdings was ranked as the sixth-largest public company in the world by Forbes in 2011, with assets of $2.5 trillion.
The PRI is about to regain power. Should we be worried?8:05 AM, Jun 28, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Assuming the polls are correct, Mexico’s notorious Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) will cruise to victory in Sunday’s presidential election and also win at least one chamber of the national legislature. Will this mean a return to the bad old days of authoritarian politics and corrupt deals with drug cartels, as many PRI critics fear? Or will it affirm the strength of Mexico’s young democracy and create a golden opportunity for economic reform?
2:02 PM, Jun 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexican president Felipe Calderón thanked President Obama for his Friday announcement not to prosecute young illegal immigrants: