A water crisis resulting from a severe drought that has lasted for months is taking place in northern Mexico. Consequently, it has badly affected beer production in the area and climate change is reportedly to blame. Monterrey is one of Mexico’s most important economic hubs and home to some of the largest beermakers in the world and, according to Bloomberg, Mexico’s president says making beer there is basically over. From Bloomberg:
Alongside Heineken, Mexican beer giant Grupo Modelo, controlled by AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has facilities in the north. Lopez Obrador cited the case of Constellation Brands as an example of what policy for one of Mexico’s main industries should look like. The company had planned a beer plant in the border city of Mexicali, but in 2020 Lopez Obrador ordered that the project be stopped over water issues after a consultation with local citizens.
The company has since said it would build in the southeastern state of Veracruz. However, nine months after that announcement the company still hadn’t built anything on the site, as it still awaits permits, El Financiero newspaper reported last week.
In late July, Heineken offered to give up 20% of the rights it holds to water in Monterrey, and to donate a well, while the city deals with the crisis. Lopez Obrador had earlier called on beer companies to help out.
Not surprisingly, environmentalists blame beer producers and soft drink bottling companies in the region for the lack of water, claiming they are plundering Mexico’s natural resources, especially water. However, a little investigation reveals that Monterrey is located in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Droughts are regular occurrences in desert climates and so the lack of water seen now, can be revived with monsoon rains, precipitation in the winter along with a number of man-made solutions as well, such as water desalination. Accusations of corporate plundering of natural resources or a water crisis resulting from climate change makes for great news headlines and propaganda for leftist causes, doesn’t it? In this case, never let the facts get in the way of a good news story or propaganda.
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