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We’ll need hundreds of new critical metals mines to decarbonize

Henry Lee and Xin Sun write in The Hill about the need for new critical metal mines.

The C3 Take
  • To power a clean and secure energy future, the United States and its allies will need to increase critical metal mining.
  • Environmental reviews and inefficient permitting have made domestic mining and mineral processing uneconomical and difficult to accomplish.
  • Ensuring that mining does not leave a lasting footprint will also be crucial, but can be accomplished with private sector innovation.


“[T]he primary hurdle to meeting the demand for batteries will not be raw material availability but whether governments and industries can manage the environmental impacts of mining on a time schedule that will be compressed into 25-40 years. Doing so will require substantial investment in prevention of toxic waste leakages from mining, improved options to protect the local ecology, and development of better land reclamation techniques.”

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