The U.S. Doubles Down On Domestic Lithium Production

In 2010 the US Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Strategy included lithium as one of 14 elements expected to play a vital role in America’s clean energy economy.  Lithium is also among 23 critical metals President Trump has deemed critical to national security; in 2017 Trump signed a bill that would encourage the exploration and development of new US sources of these metals. According to the US Geological Survey, the United States last year imported around half of 48 minerals and 100 percent of 18 minerals. According to…