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Mexico’s lower house approves lithium nationalization; Sonora’s governor applauds move

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies has approved a measure that would nationalize lithium production in the country.

That move came on Monday, one day after a major constitutional reform concerning energy policy failed. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called that legislative loss a “betrayal” of the nation, and then urged legislators to quickly pass the lithium reform. The country’s senate still needs to approve the measure.

Sonora’s Gov. Alfonso Durazo praised the move, saying on Twitter that it would turn his state into a “lever for energy development.”

The state is home to a major lithium deposit, concessions for which are currently controlled by the Chinese firm Ganfeng. On Tuesday, President Lopez Obrador said those concessions are going to be reviewed.

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.