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Once a government decides it is going to mandate the manufacturing of consumer goods or a percentage thereof, within its borders, it sends a shudder throughout the industry. Added confusion surfaces when previous policies established by the same government hinder their ability to abide by new regulations.

It is a classic shoot-yourself-in-foot scenario in the U.S. with lithium, the soft metal critical to the manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles. Current environmental laws and regulations are preventing two private companies from mining two large lithium deposits in Nevada. The U.S. Government is not striking a NIMBY pose as it has done recently with oil production, but rather finds itself in quite a pickle on how to move forward to facilitate its battery content mandates outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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