The boom in electric buses, cars, trucks and trains has fueled a corresponding rush for the minerals needed to produce the batteries that power them. This global scale-up in what is essentially a brand-new supply chain is part of the vital transition necessary to tackle the climate crisis, moving us toward electric transportation and away from fossil fuels.
But it also has created a moment to ensure we don’t exacerbate the longstanding problems associated with mining — a challenge the federal government has just attempted to address with the release of a new interagency report with recommendations for mining reform in the U.S. Much of this work though will take years to implement, whether here in the United States or in mineral-producing countries around the world.
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Source: The Hill
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