Mexico’s president revived dangerous form of coal mining

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hopes have faded of rescuing 10 men trapped by a flood in a Mexican coal mine this month. But evidence is mounting that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador intentionally revived a form of coal mining so dangerous and primitive that lawmakers in both houses of Mexico’s Congress had tried to ban it a decade ago. López Obrador enacted a plan 1 1/2 years ago to revive coal-fired power plants in northern Mexico and giving preference to buying coal from the smallest mines. The purchases were part of the president’s populist policies to give more income to the poorest Mexicans.