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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Mike Leavy

Not lost on me that the US was conspicuously missing from the list of countries that are taking legislative steps towards protecting the environment. 🤔

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Not lost on me either. I have a hard time even picturing a US that would be capable of entertaining - let alone enacting - such a law.

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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023Liked by Mike Leavy

Very interesting, and hopefully something can effect some changes. As you mention, enforcement can be tricky.

Example: Here, we have a program that requires car emission inspection (apparently, buses are exempt because oh do they spew.) Anyway, in the couple of years, I've noticed more and more cars without plates. I asked a cop I know and he said that the police confiscate the plates of cars that don't have a current inspection sticker, but then they don't do anything about cars without a plate. Bit of a loophole, I'd say.

In Monterrey, they're currently burying cables in the San Pedro portion of the city. I wonder if that comes from the work of Karina Barrón Perales. That'll be a pleasant sight when they get that work done. My street (far from Nuevo Leon) is probably low on the list, though. Oh well.....

As for dogs, I'm with you on that one Mike. And I love that photo of the dogs parading in support. :)

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Thanks, Victor. Yes, the car inspection thing doesn't seem to be going over to well in Mexico. In some states that have tried to enact inspection, drivers have protested by regularly shutting down major traffic routes - to the extent that the states caved and gave up on the idea.

Interesting about Monterrey. And I've seen or heard about various cities throughout Mexico actively burying electrical/phone/cable lines. It is a sight to behold to see a colonia devoid of that tangle, but true that it is a long process. I hope they get to your neighborhood someday soon!

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We're at the end of a dead end street which is great because it's quiet. The streetlights are these old style things, kinda cool looking. Anyway, I doubt they'll be coming down here anytime soon to fix stuff. We (the neighbors and I) pretty much do our own maintenance. My next door neighbor has an electrical guy that comes by once in a while to fix street cables. And we've hired guys before to patch the street and fix up the sidewalks, which are also old style made of rocks, no smoothies like the states. Hey, no skateboarding either :)

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Mike Leavy

That is a story about leadership--thanks Mike!

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Indeed, it is - and the world needs more "real" leadership as opposed to the bluster that passes for leadership nowadays. Thanks for the comment, Doug!

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Mike Leavy

Here's hoping that many countries follow Mexico's lead in this! Is there language in it for reparations I wonder? The damage can be so widespread that reparations and mitigation make a lot of sense to me. Does Mexico have the same odd "corporate person" theory that the US does? That US policy has led to a lot of environmental damage with no accountability.

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There are fines and jail time codified in the language of the bill. Jail time of course does nothing for reparations, but the fines accumulate daily. I'm not sure though that the fines would have much of a reparatory impact on major damage to the environment.

I don't believe that Mexico has that same "corporate personhood" concept that the U.S. has - I think the U.S. is somewhat unique in that regard, and it is the consequence of case law particular to the U.S. and its unfettered pursuit of "free markets".

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