Better Mining of Energy Minerals Sought in #US Backed Effort


The move, spearheaded by the department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, aims to lay the groundwork for cleaner mining of the minerals that will be crucial components in shifting to a greater reliance on renewable energy. That includes solar cells wind turbines and the batteries that will power the 130 million electric vehicles projected to be on the road in 2030, up from 5 million today.

“There’s this incredible bottom-up demand but that has incredible stressors on the demand for the minerals that allow those products to exist,” Francis Fannon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for energy resources, said in an interview. “As clean and green as any technology is, it requires really big shovels at the beginning of their life cycles.”

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