Cover: Mexico’s Petroleum and U.S. Policy

Mexico’s Petroleum and U.S. Policy

Implications for the 1980s

Published 1980

by David Ronfeldt, Richard Nehring, Arturo Gandara

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 6.4 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

This report analyzes key factors that will influence Mexico's future petroleum policies, projects expected policy outcomes, and assesses the implications of these policies for U.S. interests, objectives, and options for the 1980s. The discussion covers (1) a region-by-region survey of Mexico's reserves, resources, and production possibilities--both future discoveries and further development of known fields--a resource assessment that is used to present several potential oil production profiles Mexico might choose; and (2) the idealized traditions of Mexico's petroleum nationalism, how these traditions may constrain its policy choices, and how they influence energy negotiations with the United States. The authors conclude (1) Mexico will probably choose low to moderate levels of petroleum production and export; (2) encouraging Mexico to maximize oil production and exports would not be in the best interests of either country; and (3) U.S. interests in Mexico are too complex and multidimensional to be dominated by petroleum issues.

This report is part of the RAND report series. The report was a product of RAND from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.