The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Friday told the Biden administration that unfair treatment of U.S. energy companies by Mexico’s government is worsening and is likely in violation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). 

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In a letter to cabinet officials, API CEO Mike Sommers alleged an intensifying pattern of nationalist regulatory and legislative reforms under Mexico’s firebrand president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The rule changes are designed to give national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and state power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) unfair advantages over non-state competitors, Sommers said.

The oil and gas lobbying group had previously warned the Trump administration in June 2020 about López Obrador’s energy policies,...