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US Says It Will Back Miners to Stop China's Weaponization of Battery Metals

  • Administration has tools to support key minerals: Granholm
  • Nations wary over China’s dominant role in green supply chains

Developers of battery metals projects can win support from the US government as it seeks to counter the dominance of China in clean-technology supply chains, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

Nations including the US have raised concerns over the global concentration of refining and production capacity for key materials like lithium, rare earths and cobalt, prompting President Joe Biden to invoke the 1950 Defense Production Act to encourage domestic production.