Smith: Alberta oil industry may be key to solving lithium shortage

Earlier this year, Tesla executives warned that the world may soon be facing a critical shortage of minerals and metals needed to build batteries, in particular nickel, copper and lithium. Cobalt is also going to be a growing problem not only because of scarcity, but because it seems the only place it can be mined in abundance is through the help of child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

If the great transition to renewables is to take place, the world needs to find and develop better sources of these key battery components. When it comes to lithium, Alberta oilfields may hold the answer.

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