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Why Everyone’s Worried About America’s Lithium Problem

Only 1% of global lithium is currently mined in the U.S. That could be a problem.

Number Crunch logo with the text “1%: Share of global lithium output that is mined and processed in the U.S. Source: Wall Street Journal.” Below the text is an illustration of 100 batteries — with 99 filled-in batteries and 1 outline of an empty battery.

1%: That’s the share of global lithium that is currently mined and processed in the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal. For context, China mines 10% of the world’s lithium and…