By Elizabeth D. Frausto Sotelo
and Silvia Susana Sánchez*

Chihuahua, Chihuahua.- One promising solution for controlling and mitigating climate change is the use of clean energy, according to the hosts and attendees at the 17th Mexico-United States Border Energy Forum.  “We need to use these forums to create strategies to control impact on the ozone layer,” said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General  Land  Office, while  wel-
coming people to the conference on Wednesday, September 29.

According to Patterson, it would be ideal to develop a common goal to reduce the levels of carbon by 85 percent annually worldwide. The goal should be to create a favorable, transparent, cross-border market, with state-to-state action programs, as has been the case with the U. S. and Mexico in terms of renewable energy.

Of any country, Mexico has the most bilateral agreements with the United States, putting itself in an unprecedented position among the world’s nations on this matter.

Favorable  conditions  for  renew-
able energy projects already exist, given that Mexico is currently producing wind energy, mostly in the north, said Carlos Pascual, U. S. Ambassador to Mexico.

“I am pleased to be here and see people both concerned and work-

of the Border Environment Coop-
eration Commission (BECC).

Both the bank  and  the  commis-
sion were created in 1993 under the Free Trade Agreement of North America, to promote policies and bilateral programs in sustainable development and environmental infrastructure in the border region.

"We must not be fatalistic. We have to work and deal with ongoing problems associated with

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The opening plenary session for the 17th Mexico-United States Border Energy Forum was led by Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Alberto Solomon Bayer, of the Economic Development Council of the State of Chihuahua, and Daniel Chacón, general manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).

By Elizabeth D. Frausto Sotelo
and Irvin Aguilar Chávez*

The region is endowed with a favorable climate since there are strong winds and fortunately, not being  densely populated, there is sufficient space to establish wind energy parks.

The public in attendance at the opening plenary session of the 17th Mexico-United States Border Energy Forum held in October 2010.
(Photos: Elizabeth Frausto Sotelo)

ing to find solutions to the energy problem,” Pascual said, while thanking those in attendance. He plans to work passionately to continue promoting cooperation and planning in the production and use of energy between Mexico and the United States.

With the creation of the Development Bank of North America there are unprecedented mechanisms both for financing and bi-national cooperation,  said Daniel Chacón, general manager

climate change," said Alberto Solomon Bayer, speaking on behalf of the Economic Development Council of the State of Chihuahua.

The speakers agreed that the phenomenon of climate change, something once considered a myth, does exist as the consequence of immoderate and irrational exploitation of natural resources. They stressed the need to confront it, working shoulder to shoulder on energy issues.

*Teachers, Center for Marine Technology Studies (CETMar) No. 26 and COBACH Preparatory School respectively.

Options promoted for dealing with climate change
The 17th Mexico-US
Border Energy Forum
Now is the time to work for
wind energy in Northwest Mexico
emissions will be lowered and everything will be all right. But that is not enough. We must add to the list changing our energy consumption habits, because it’s our actions that have gotten our planet into this mess. That’s why it’s time to get to work.

*Teacher and student, respectively,
Center for Marine Technology Studies (CETMar) NO. 26

The areas close to bays already have great potential as they are where the highest wind velocities in the region are registered.  This would bring a great benefit to the towns, at the same time that they would start to contribute to the protection of the environment. It would   generate    hundreds    of

green jobs and the electricity would be more economical.

It isn’t a dream to think of producing wind energy throughout all of the Northwest. It is a reality that we are already seeing at many other latitudes with the generation of clean energy and green jobs. It is time to react and think about leaving a better future to our children.

Many believe that with reforestation, recycling garbage, and educating the population, gas