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Mexico’s Supreme Court lets controversial energy policy stand

Mexico’s Supreme Court has allowed a controversial energy policy to stand. 

The March 2021 law, which prioritizes energy produced by the national electricity utility the CFE over private producers,  survivedconstitutional challenges Thursday at the nation’s highest court. Critics have said it will undermine private investment in clean energy in the country.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador  praisedthe ruling Friday, saying it will allow his government to rescue the government-owned utility.

After the ruling, the United States’ Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar released a  statementsaying the law will likely open the door to "endless litigation, creating uncertainty and impeding investment."

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.