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The War Below: Lithium, Copper, and the Global Battle to Power Our Lives

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by Ernest Scheyder (Author)

This unprecedented look inside the global battle to power our lives is “required reading for anyone interested in the 360-degree impacts of the energy transition” (Daniel Poneman, former US Deputy Secretary of Energy) from acclaimed Reuters reporter Ernest Scheyder.

To build electric vehicles, solar panels, cell phones, and millions of other devices means the world must dig more mines to extract lithium, copper, and other vital building blocks. But mines are deeply unpopular, even as they have a role to play in fighting climate change and powering crucial technologies. These tensions have sparked a worldwide reckoning over the sourcing of necessary materials, and no one understands the complexities of these issues better than Ernest Scheyder.

The War Belowreveals the explosive brawl among industry titans, conservationists, community groups, policymakers, and many others over whether the habitats of rare plants, sensitive ecosystems, Indigenous holy sites, and other places should be dug up for their riches.

With accessible and “illuminating” (Chris Miller, author of Chip War) writing, Scheyder shows the human toll of this war and explains why recycling and other newer technologies have struggled to gain widespread use. He also expertly chronicles Washington’s attempts to wean itself off supplies from China, the global leader in mineral production and processing. The War Below paints a powerfully honest and nuanced picture of what is at stake in this new fight for energy independence, revealing how America and the rest of the world’s hunt for the “new oil” directly affects us all.


"A nuanced and invaluable deep dive into the questions that need to be addressed if we are to fight climate change and achieve energy security."—Financial Times

“Incredibly important.”—BBC World

“Highlights the myriad difficulties faced by the people who build mines, as well as those hurt by or opposed to them.”Wall Street Journal

"A much-needed introduction to one of the defining issues of our time."New York Post

"Insightful...the stories he shares are stark reminders of why we need to have a systems view of material supply, from mines to markets."Science

Categories : Oil & Energy Industry, International Economics


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria/One Signal Publishers (January 30, 2024)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 30, 2024

Language ‏ : ‎ English

File‏ : ‎ EPUB, 5.4 MB

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported

Print length ‏ : ‎ 377 pages

You will get a EPUB (5MB) file

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