The Debate: Safely Mining Minerals Needed for Renewables

Mark Compton - American Exploration & Mining Association
Allison Henderson - Center for Biological Diversity
Andrew Mergen - Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Scott D. Odell - George Washington University and MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
Payal Sampat - Earthworks
Katie Sweeney - National Mining Association
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A carbon-free economy requires renewable power like solar voltaics and wind turbines, feeding into electric homes and vehicles. That in turn will require the United States to vastly increase its use of lithium for batteries and several other vital chemicals. How can we incentivize strong environmental and social safeguards for mining critical minerals? What reforms are needed in existing regulations, such as the General Mining Act of 1872?

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The Debate: Safely Mining Minerals Needed for Renewables
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