David Foster and Mike Ritchie write on RealClearEnergy how America can produce a circular economy and responsible mining.
- With more and more car manufacturers and governments around the world announcing plans to produce all-electric vehicles, the United States should create a domestic supply chain of rare earth minerals that are needed to power EVs.
- Not only will this benefit our economy and energy independence, but it will also benefit the environment by having cleaner mining and no child labor produce these batteries.
- The United States can promote clean mining through technological innovation, transparency of practices, and regulatory reform.
“No single link in the vehicle supply chain is more important than the minerals needed for battery production. Ignoring this issue and failing to perfect environmentally sustainable mining practices in North America today will sow the seeds of another energy dependency crisis as serious as the Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970s.”
Read the full article here.