President Biden May Employ Little-Used Protocol to Boost Electric Vehicle Battery Production

Recent developments concerning Russia and China have exacerbated the existing need for EV battery production. President Biden has plans to increase U.S.-based mining.
Written by Kerry Gibson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Updated on Sep 27, 2022
As the need for greener travel grows and the production of electric vehicles ramps up, so does the demand for batteries. Recent U.S. sanctions placed on Russian oil and gas have put further pressure on the matter. The availability of
car parts
depends largely on changes to the energy supply chain.
President Biden is drafting an executive order in response. A rarely used protocol could be the answer to weaning American dependency on fossil

A plan to increase battery production

The Defense Production Act (DPA) is a law from 1950. President Biden is planning to add materials for batteries to the list of commodities it covers, as reported by
Yahoo! News
Under the DPA, U.S. mining companies would have access to $750 million in funds in order to boost production of vital minerals for battery storage. This would include lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and graphite. These are currently largely sourced from China by U.S. manufacturers of electric vehicles.
China’s allegiance to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, oppression of ethnic minorities, and unfair trade practices are all factors being weighed by U.S. policy makers at the moment. Over 100 clean energy and transportation companies have written to urge Congress to pass these provisions.
Signed letters from mostly Democrat Senators also confirm their support to use the DPA to reinforce domestic battery manufacturing for electric vehicles. The Biden administration’s Build Back Better proposal suggests significant investment in clean energy and EV infrastructure. The Senate has yet to pass the bill due to unified Republican opposition.

The implications of mining

Mineral mining is certainly not without its challenges. While the U.S. has an abundance of lithium, removing it from the earth is an expensive and difficult process. In response, electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, has launched a new enterprise to recycle EV batteries.
In addition to fossil fuels, Russia is currently the main source for key metals like nickel and platinum. The latter is used to make so-called green hydrogen, a potential replacement for natural gas in home heating and industrial uses.
President Biden’s team is apparently taking steps to ensure the proper environmental reviews and permit regulations are established. Critics have voiced concerns about the harmful effects that mineral mining can have on local ecosystems. These encompass everything from water loss, to water and soil contamination.

The future of electric vehicles

Increased domestic mineral mining presents many opportunities and drawbacks for the United States. This endeavor does require substantial investment from Congress. But the need to expand the clean energy supply chain is inevitable, whether the administration’s efforts to pass the DPA’s provisions are successful or not.
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