Mexico candidates see more red than green


The bitter race leading up to Mexico’s July 2 presidential election remains too close to call. But so far, neither of the leading candidates is making the environment a top campaign priority. Independent environmentalists agree that front-runners Francisco Labastida Ochoa, of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and former Coca-Cola executive Vicente Fox, with the center-right opposition National Action Party (PAN), have done little to address green issues beyond calling for forest protection and sustainable development. To be sure, bold new environmental initiatives were not expected from Labastida, standard-bearer for a party that has exercised seven decades of uninterrupted, machine-style rule. But some environmental observers had expected green campaign planks from Fox. They’re still waiting. Fox has allied himself with... [Log in to read more]

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