Danny Ervin writes in RealClearEnergy about the need to expand domestic copper production.
- Every EV battery requires roughly 90 pounds of copper while a single 3-MW offshore wind turbine requires 4.7 tons of copper.
- The U.S. currently relies on copper imports from Chile and Peru to meet 40% of its needs despite the fact there is an estimated 48 trillion tons of copper reserves in western states like Arizona and New Mexico.
- The U.S. must modernize its permitting process to allow for more domestic mining and processing of important minerals like copper.
Read the full article here.