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Mexico and Texas: Connected by Water, Agriculture, Energy, Immigration and Climate Change
Photo: Farms in Guanajuato, central Mexico, where the intersection of climate change, water scarcity and more demand for agricultural products are subjecting the region to more long-term risks.
Mexico is among the largest and most important trading partners of the U.S. In September 2020, total U.S. import-export trade with Mexico topped both China and Canada. That does not even come close to accounting for the ebb and flow of labor, across the U.S., and especially in states like Texas, which shares almost 2,000 miles of border with Mexico.
But Texas doesn’t only share geographic proximity and economic factors with Mexico. Both also face water, agriculture and energy challenges, especially in the face of a changing climate. Recently Mexico and Texas also shared in the power outages caused by the winter storm. In fact, one reason for Mexico’s blackouts were because of delayed natural gas shipments from Texas. And all of those factors are tied to Mexican immigration to Texas and beyond, which will only be exacerbated by climate change . Agriculture, central to the looming battle over water
Water has long been an issue between Mexico and Texas, made worse by the frequent droughts and flooding on both sides […]