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US Seeks New Lithium Sources as Demand for Batteries Grows

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NEWRY, Maine (AP) — The race is on to produce more lithium in the United States.

The U.S. will need far more lithium to achieve its clean energy goals — and the industry that mines, extracts and processes the chemical element is poised to grow. But it also faces a host of challenges from environmentalists, Indigenous groups and government regulators.

Although lithium reserves are distributed widely across the globe, the U.S. is home to just one active lithium mine, in Nevada. The element is critical to development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are seen as key to reducing climate-changing carbon emissions created by cars and other forms of transportation.



“Nobody really foresaw this huge spike in demand,” said Tim Crowley, vice president of government affairs for Lithium Nevada, a subsidiary of a company developing a mine in Thacker Pass, Nevada. “We owned the lithium space for a long time, and we forfeited it to China.”


Interesting analysis on the issues with increasing lithium mining in the US. The article states a couple of time the dilemma that faces environmental groups; do they oppose expanded mining sites and operations to protect the environment, or do they support the mining activities to allow for more electric vehicles in order to protect the environment?
 

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The Salton Sea is now regarded as the global "Saudi Arabia" of lithium and in about another two years time it will be supplying enough to satisfy
hundreds of years of demand.
 

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NEWRY, Maine (AP) — The race is on to produce more lithium in the United States.

The U.S. will need far more lithium to achieve its clean energy goals — and the industry that mines, extracts and processes the chemical element is poised to grow. But it also faces a host of challenges from environmentalists, Indigenous groups and government regulators.

Although lithium reserves are distributed widely across the globe, the U.S. is home to just one active lithium mine, in Nevada. The element is critical to development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are seen as key to reducing climate-changing carbon emissions created by cars and other forms of transportation.



“Nobody really foresaw this huge spike in demand,” said Tim Crowley, vice president of government affairs for Lithium Nevada, a subsidiary of a company developing a mine in Thacker Pass, Nevada. “We owned the lithium space for a long time, and we forfeited it to China.”


Interesting analysis on the issues with increasing lithium mining in the US. The article states a couple of time the dilemma that faces environmental groups; do they oppose expanded mining sites and operations to protect the environment, or do they support the mining activities to allow for more electric vehicles in order to protect the environment?
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