Making time. (Breves).
In 2001, Obrador launched a legal appeal against the federal government's right to adjust the clock, which ended with the Supreme Court ruling that only Congress could do so, which it did, granting the go-ahead to increase Mexico's summer period to seven months.
The biggest proponents of the summer time change are the Secretary of Energy (Sener) and state-owned power utility the Comision de Electricidad Federal (CFE), who are well aware of the country's looming electricity supply problems.
As a result of this year's time change, "some 910 megawatts of demand are expected to be avoided, which represents an investment deferral of $6.9 billion pesos," reported Sener.
Obrador wasn't willing to take the earlier waking hour lying down, and blamed it on wanting to have the Mexican Stock Exchange match Wall Street's working hours.
"It's done for the convenience of yuppies in the financial industry who don't want to get up an hour earlier," he said at a news conference.
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|Title Annotation:||Daylight Savings Time in Mexico|
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|Date:||May 1, 2002|
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