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A New Chilean Constitution Could Mean Big Changes to Copper and Lithium Mining

A shift to renewables opens up all kinds of new issues.

Brine pools at a lithium mine in Calama, Antofagasta region, Chile.

Brine pools at a lithium mine in Calama, Antofagasta region, Chile.

Photographer: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

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In theory, a big shift towards renewable sources of energy (like wind and solar and electric vehicles) mean less money and power for Russia, and the OPEC nations. But new forms of energy also require resource extraction. And we've already seen growing tension in places that have abundant copper and lithium deposits. So what are the new politics of extraction? On this episode of the podcast we speak with microbiologist Cristina Dorador who, among other things, has been a contributor to a proposed new Chilean constitution that will be put to a referendum later this year. The constitution seeks to enshrine certain restrictions and rights that may make mining more difficult or costlier than it has been in the past. And whether the constitutional reforms pass or not, it's representative of a growing backlash in many places to the way mining rights were handled in the past.

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