Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Extraction:
How can we challenge the decarbonization divide to make the shift toward green energy sustainable for all?
Domestic lithium mining for electric vehicles and clean energy infrastructure, heavily subsidized by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, introduces a new set of land sovereignty, water quality, ecosystem impact, and environmental justice questions around Thacker Pass.
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The process of decarbonization increases the demand for lithium, which is critical in the manufacturing of green technologies. However, lithium extraction can threaten ecosystems & indigenous communities and exacerbate global inequalities. This study examines the Nevada Thacker Pass lithium mine for past and future implications. We address socio-economic dynamics and consider policy interventions for environmental justice and sustainability.