Lithium source presents conundrum for environmentalists


Those who believe strongly in green energy and against fossil fuels are, as the old saying goes, “between a crack and a hard place” when it comes to the discovery of a new source for lithium, the mineral used in the development of batteries for electric vehicles.

The source? Wastewater from fracking. So environmentalists and EV supporters have to decide—do you want to support the very industry you oppose—oil and gas?

As Fox News reported, A University of Pittsburgh study suggested processing byproducts from natural gas production in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale basin could potentially meet nearly half of U.S. lithium needs.

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