Lithium and Minerals Alert: To Mine or Not to Mine? The Perfect Paradox

Lithium and Minerals Alert: To Mine or Not to Mine? The Perfect Paradox

In March, ELM posted on the burgeoning environmental conflict over plans to construct an open-pit lithium mine in Thacker Pass, Nevada — plans triggered by what has become a momentous shift away from an emissions-intensive, fossil-fuel based economy, to one powered by renewables. See: “Ranchers, Environmentalists, and Indigenous Communities Lock Arms Against Homegrown Lithium. ”

Precipitated by the potential for domestically sourced minerals to foster homegrown energy and in turn breed income, twenty-first century prospectors have been flocking to the nation’s once abandoned mineral deposits from coast to coast. With an uptick in rare earth metal explorations, including proposed lithium mining facilities in Texas, California, and North Carolina, as well as the restoration of historic gold mines in California and uranium mines in Arizona, environmentalists, neighboring homeowners, and indigenous tribes are primed to decelerate the gold-rush revival and ultimately impede what looks to become a lithium/uranium rush.

North Carolina Lithium Mine […]

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