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If we want more renewables, we’re going to need a lot more mining first

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) writes in The Washington Examiner that if we want more renewables, the United States must increase mining.

The C3 Take
  • To transition the global economy to one that is powered by renewable energy and EVs, worldwide demand for key resources such as lithium and rare earths will increase by 4,000% and 700%, respectively.
  • The United States is heavily reliant on China for our supply of rare earth minerals.
  • Obtaining a mining permit in the United States takes around 10 years, while in Canada and Australia the process is completed in two or three.
  • In order to have the resources that are needed to power clean energy, the United States must reduce regulations to accelerate domestic mining.


“We need to be energy self-sufficient — not just for oil, natural gas, and coal, but for the raw materials needed for nuclear, solar, wind, and batteries.”

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