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Mexico’s new president is a climate scientist. That could be a boon for California

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Mexican President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum's victory is seen as a positive development for California's climate efforts
• Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City, has existing ties with California and shares its environmental goals
• Her presidency could strengthen collaboration on climate issues between California and Mexico

🔭 The context: Sheinbaum has a background in engineering and has contributed to the U.N.'s climate reports
• California Governor Gavin Newsom has prioritized international climate diplomacy, particularly with Mexico. Sheinbaum's previous work in California, including at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, underscores her familiarity with the state

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Sheinbaum plans to invest $13.6 billion in renewable energy, contrasting with her predecessor’s focus on fossil fuels
• Her presidency may enhance cross-border efforts on renewable energy, drought resilience, and electric vehicle infrastructure
• This cooperation could serve as a model for international climate action

⏭️ What's next: Expect expanded partnerships on electric vehicles and lithium production between California and Mexico
• Increased focus on renewable energy projects and infrastructure is anticipated
• Enhanced binational collaboration on water management and environmental sustainability is likely

💬 One quote: “Having an engineer whose background is working on climate, it’s a big deal” (Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia)

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