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Chile Tensions Over Lithium Contracts Show Scope of Clean-Energy Task

  • Lawmakers file injunction to halt an auction for new contracts
  • Nation with biggest reserves is reassessing stance on mining
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Mounting opposition to new lithium contracts in Chile is the latest indication of just how difficult it will be for the world to churn out the building blocks of the clean-energy transition.

In the final months of its term, the government of President Sebastian Pinera is about to award new production quotas in an effort to tap more of the world’s biggest reserves. It comes as surging electric-vehicle demand sends prices of the battery metal to record highs.