New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Lithium fuels hopes for revival on Calif. lake

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Demand for electric vehicles has shifted investment­s into high gear to extract lithium from geothermal wastewater around California’s dying Salton Sea. The ultralight metal is critical to rechargeab­le batteries. Despite widespread availabili­ty in the United States, Nevada has the country’s only lithium plant, and U.S. production lags far behind Australia, Chile, Argentina and China. California’s largest but rapidly shrinking lake is at the forefront of efforts to make the U.S. a major global player.

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