Matías Kulfas and Martín Guzmán support the encouragement of electric cars, something that Cristina Kirchner's referents in the Frente de Todos criticize.

“Who came up with this?” he asked. Cristina Kirchner.

-He came from [Matías] Kulfas-, they answered.

“I didn’t expect anything else,” closed the vice president.

The dispute between Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Kirchner’s date of birth was much earlier than the moment in which the differences in the front of all they were made public. The energy sector is a privileged laboratory to notice this process of degradation. There are piled up the sedimentary layers that led to distrust in the pinnacle of power that dominates the current situation.

One of the latest developments in this rugged geology has to do with cars. With the push of Alberto Fernández, the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfassent to Congress a bill that requires that in the coming years all new vehicles in Argentina run on electricity.

It is an initiative that fascinates Fernández. He believes that the dream of the country joining an industry of the future, towards where the world is turning, can hang from it. But there are details. If the presidential futuristic ecological dream comes true, it would deal a blow to the oil industry that sustains the Patagoniathe political cradle of Kirchnerism and where some important leaders reside, such as Alicia Kirchner (Santa Cruz), Gustavo Arcioni (Chubut) and Gustavo Melella (Tierra del Fuego). Hence the annoyance of the vice president, which is summarized in the dialogue partially reproduced above. She happened when she saw the title of the text at the moment she arrived at the Congress.

Matías Kulfas and Martín Guzmán support the encouragement of electric cars, something that Cristina Kirchner’s referents in the Frente de Todos criticize.Rodrigo Nespolo

The most discussed point of the potential rule has to do with the calendar. Maintains that from 2041 No more gasoline and diesel vehicles may be sold in Argentina. In other words, in less than 20 years they would begin to lose sense millionaire investments such as those of Axion, Raízen (Shell) and YPF, owner of the refinery located in La Plata, the largest industrial complex in the country, a lot that was left for Kirchnerism in the distribution of the State. It is understandable why La Cámpora -strong in oil management- enthusiastically rejects the Kulfas project. His annoyance results from a combination of ideology, political positioning and economic convenience.

The tankers met with Kulfas face to face to claim him for the project. According to him, the fact of establishing the year 2041 as the deadline will limit investments in the distilleries that manufacture gasoline and diesel. The minister relativized the statement. He thinks that in the worst case there will be no more disbursements, but the supply for combustion cars that are already circulating will remain. In any case, sources familiar with the initiative assure that he is willing to discuss that article.

There is also discouragement in the oil exploration and production sector, called upstream. The business is dominated by YPF and PAEG, of the Bulgheroni family, the British BP and the Chinese Cnooc. Their lobbyists go around public offices saying that it is increasingly difficult for them to find reasons to bury money with a view to extracting crude oil, a product that could be replaced in the future by electricity. It is estimated that oil moves around US$10,000 million a year in the country.

Instead, Alberto Fernández considers that electric cars could trigger a revolution in Argentina. It has the support of some opponents. The most enthusiastic is the governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Moraleswhose province has large reserves of lithium, the mineral used by the batteries of these vehicles.

Fernandez, Morales and Sergio Massa they are united by the same bond: the president of the Chamber of Deputies assured the president of the Nation that everything is in order to approve the Kulfas bill this year, whose delays Jujuy attributes to The Campora.

Darío Martínez and Federico Basualdo, together with Axel Kicillof.  The first two manage the Energy area, but they were not consulted to make the project that requires all cars to be electric.
Darío Martínez and Federico Basualdo, together with Axel Kicillof. The first two manage the Energy area, but they were not consulted to make the project that requires all cars to be electric.

The Casa Rosada seems to have checked all the boxes to disturb the widest shore of the Front of All. THE NATION officially consulted the Ministry on the positive and negative aspects of the project on the oil industry. The response to a request for access to information was curious. He maintains that a consensus was reached that the law would be industry neutral because both crude oil and its derivatives are sold worldwide and their future in the country will depend on global dynamics. It is an excess of liberalism for a key sector, according to the gaze of traditional Kirchnerism, which did not express its reproaches directly to Albertism either. It is known: communication has been difficult for a long time between the people who run the State.

In addition, the file raises a flag that Alberto Fernández himself does not wave, since today oil prices are intervened. So it is based on a future situation that Today the Government does not comply.

There is more. The Kulfas round of consultations went through 27 secretaries, sub-secretaries and directorates of four ministries, the Chief of Staff and the Presidency. But he dodged a mandatory stop: The Secretariat of Energy, which is managed by the dialogist Christian Darío Martínez, where the Undersecretariat of Electric Energy orbits, in charge of Frederic Basualdoa wayward cristinista according to the eyes of Alberto Fernández and the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán.

In 2021, 5,871 electric and hybrid vehicles (they have two engines) were sold in the country.  It is 148% more than in 2020, with one exception: less than 1% was electric, the segment that the President likes the most.
In 2021, 5,871 electric and hybrid vehicles (they have two engines) were sold in the country. It is 148% more than in 2020, with one exception: less than 1% was electric, the segment that the President likes the most.Toyota

In other words, the fights in the Front of All led to a unique oddity: the project to make cars run on electricity. does not have the opinion of the body that defines the policies to produce energytransport it to consumption centers and distribute it, a job that companies like Edenor and Edesur do.

Basualdo may have been left in the web of disputes with his own boss on the organization chart, Guzmán. It happens that Kulfas sent the project to Economy. From then on, his Cabinet partner decides.

The “rogue” official did not obtain a copy of the bill first-hand, but rather read it when it was already public. He considers that he has serious technical errors, something that he transmitted to Cristina and Maximo Kirchner. He made them notice that it supposes a disproportionate and impossible growth of the electrical sector for the current conditions of Argentina.

Cristina Kirchner’s annoyances with one of Alberto Fernández’s favorite ministers have accumulated since the first days of government. The Vice President sponsored Federico Bernal to lead Enargas, but Productive Development kept in office Mauricio Roitmann, which came from the management of Mauricio Macri. The replacement only came after a discussion between Alberto Fernández and the vice president.

The differences continued and led to a change in the organization chart. The Energy area passed to Economy, territory of Martín Guzmán, where coexistence is also unstable.

The hard Kirchnerism reproaches Kulfas for other decisions. For example, he has a prominent place in the management of Impsa, the Mendoza company that founded the Pescarmona family and rescued the State. The company is strong in the energy area, but there is no representative from the energy ministry on its board.

The project so that all new cars are electric was presented in extraordinary sessions this year, but was not discussed. Until now, he has no commission, so his future is uncertain.

In 2021, 5,871 electric and hybrid vehicles (they have two engines) were sold in the country. It is 148% more than in 2020, with one exception: less than 1% was electric, the segment that the President likes the most.

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