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The Battle of Thacker Pass

Electric cars require a lot of lithium. A showdown in Nevada shows that getting it won’t be easy.
 
There’s no way around the fact that the U.S. needs lots of lithium to decarbonize its economy. Thus, according to Michael Whittaker, a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center, it’s vitally important that we address the environmental issues posed by lithium mining.