California bans seabed mining despite need for minerals for electric vehicles

The state of California banned deep sea mining on Monday, despite the fact that it provides rare earth minerals needed for ‘green’ technologies like electric vehicles that the state will require all drivers to buy from of 2035.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday:

Seabed mining, a controversial practice that extracts minerals from the seabed for use in electric cars, cellphones and clean energy generation, was banned in California waters on Monday.

Although seabed mining is not yet happening in state waters that stretch 3 miles off the coast, opponents say it was important to preemptively protect the area from 2,500 square miles. Demand for the minerals targeted in seabed mining is expected to grow in coming years, especially with the push for electric cars and clean energy by California and the federal government.

The California Seabed Mining Prevention Act, which Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday after the legislature unanimously passed it, follows the lead of Oregon and Washington. Those states banned the practice in 1991 and 2021, respectively.

As the the wall street journal noted earlier this year that China has all but cornered the market for rare-earth minerals needed to build the batteries for electric vehicles, meaning “green” mandates bolster America’s main global economic rival.

In recent weeks, California has urged owners of electric vehicles not to charge their cars in the afternoon and evening in the event of a power shortage, in part due to the failure of solar and wind power. to offset fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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