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Biden wants minerals, but mine permitting lags

Jael Holzman and Hannah Northey write in E&E News about the different ways in which permitting delays clean energy goals.

The C3 Take
  • The Biden administration’s Bureau of Land Management has approved 20 mining permits in the last two years, a significant dip from the Trump and Obama years.
  • Importantly, fewer companies are submitting applications to mine on federal lands due to the cumbersome and antiquated permitting process in the United States.
  • To make meaningful climate progress in an economically-beneficial way, the United States must modernize its current permitting process to encourage innovation.

“The U.S. could hold enormous potential to produce these EV metals. Nevada is chock-full of lithium potential and experiencing a jolt in exploration for the metal. One company in Idaho is trying to mine the state’s ‘cobalt belt.’ Others in Alaska want to develop a coastal graphite deposit that could be one of the world’s largest — a hypothetical boon for U.S. battery makers.”

Read the full article here.

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