Many minerals that are key to building electric vehicles are produced outside the United States. But the Biden administration keeps halting or preventing mining projects. At the Heartland Institute, Miles Pollard and Austin Gae review the current state of mining projects. (Direct quotes follow.) In January, the Environmental Protection Agency blocked development of a proposed…
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Biden’s Interior Department is preventing mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Wall Street Journal editorialized on this subject on January 30 (behind a paywall), saying “The Biden Administration is heavily subsidizing electric vehicles, but at the same time it is blocking mineral projects needed to produce them. Another example of this head-scratching contradiction…
“If you think the world is moving beyond coal, think again,” writes Robert Bryce in RealClearEnergy. India and China plan to increase their coal production by 700 million tons in the next two years. In comparison, total U.S. annual coal production is only 600 million tons. He writes: “In April, China announced it will increase…
Will the minerals needed for electric car production come from the U. S . or (more likely) overseas? Maxine Joselow writes in the Washington Post: “Prices of key minerals are skyrocketing amid the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, potentially increasing the cost of electric vehicles and other technologies crucial to the clean energy transition….