Lithium is becoming more crucial in a warming world, but Maine’s huge deposits may never be mined because of environmental concerns
Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Lange contributes to this article about how in Maine, on the north side of Plumbago Mountain, the ore of a newly precious and highly sought metal: lithium, a vital ingredient of a carbon-free future, essential for running electric cars and storing solar energy is in vast supply. But none of their ore is being mined here. The state has refused to allow it, citing Maine’s strict environmental laws. April 1, 2023.