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In Transit: ‘Lithium Valley’ Could Meet Entire U.S. Demand for EV Batteries

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Niland, CA - April 19: Brine pipes at Controlled Thermal Sources' Hell's Kitchen test facility near the Salton Sea in Niland, CA, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.  (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Australia, Chile and China are the top three sources of the world’s lithium – the element essential to build the batteries that power electric vehicles. But that could change as mining operations progress in California’s Imperial Valley. “Lithium Valley,” a vast underground reserve near the Salton Sea, contains enough lithium to meet all of U.S. future demand and more than one-third of global demand, according to the Governor’s office. We learn more about the project and its impacts as part of Forum’s “In Transit” series.


Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law; podcast host, Climate Break

Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember, representing California's 36th State Assembly District in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County


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