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After energy reform fails, Mexico’s president pushes lithium nationalization

A major piece of energy legislation failedin Mexico’s congress over the weekend.

The constitutional reform, which would have privileged electricity produced by the federal electricity utility the CFE over private producers, fell short of the necessary votes on Sunday.

The major legislative defeat was described as a “betrayal” of the nation by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, one of the measure's key backers. He said its opponents were protecting the interests of foreign companies over those of the Mexican people.

But he also calledon legislators to carry out a separate reform of the country’s mining law that would nationalize the country’s lithium resources. Sonora has one of the world’s largest lithium deposits.

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.