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Pennsylvania Fracking Wastewater Could Provide Half the USA’s Lithium Needs – Watts Up With That?

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h/t Gunga Din; They have to extract the gas to get to the Lithium…

Major lithium discovery in fracking wastewater leaves the left facing EV ‘irony’

One Democrat welcomed the news, calling it an opportunity for job creation and reduced reliance on China

By Charles Creitz Fox News
Published June 8, 2024 4:00am EDT

The discovery of the potential for thousands of tons of lithium to be extracted annually from wastewater generated by fracking in the Marcellus Shale leaves proponents of a green energy future at a crossroads, Republicans said Thursday.

A University of Pittsburgh study suggested processing byproducts from natural gas production in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale basin could potentially meet nearly half of U.S. lithium needs. The typical electric vehicle (EV) requires nearly 18 pounds of lithium to power its battery. That figure grows exponentially for Teslas, according to reports.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., who represents much of the Marcellus territory, told Fox News he wants to see those on the left change their tune.

“Now nearly 40% of our nation’s domestic need for lithium can be found right here as a byproduct of fracking,” he said. “I fully expect every single Democrat to join Republicans in supporting domestic natural gas development.” 

“Fracking may provide the cleanest, most environmentally friendly way to produce natural gas energy and harvest the domestic lithium we need for the green future endorsed by my colleagues on the extreme left.”

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/major-lithium-discovery-fracking-wastewater-leaves-left-facing-ev-irony

Could this possibly get any funnier? If greens want to alleviate the Lithium crisis, to provide for their EV revolution, they need to support fracking natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region.

Your move greens.

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