Materials like lithium are used in batteries for things like electric vehicles. For Cornwall, England, that’s already led to a small mining boom.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused a spike in energy prices worldwide. As we’ve noted, Russia is a major exporter of oil and gas, and officials in the U.S. and Europe are looking for ways to reduce Russian profits from those exports. One side effect – the race is also on to find more reliable domestic sources of green energy materials, such as lithium, an element used in electric car batteries. Willem Marx has this report from the U.K., where a small mining boom for lithium is already underway.
WILLEM MARX, BYLINE: British geologist Robin Kelly’s spent his career searching for the right variety of rock – first in Africa, focused on gold, zinc, copper, now much closer to home, on a windswept hillside in Cornwall, England, where he works for a firm called British Lithium, focused on a rock called lithium mica granite.
ROBIN KELLY: We’ve spent all these years conducting exploration work to really understand that. So we’re now at the point where we believe we have an ec …