Latin America’s Lithium: Critical Minerals and the Global Energy Transition
In this new report, “Latin America’s Lithium: Perspectives on Critical Minerals and the Global Energy Transition,” the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program examines the region’s enormous potential to supply the lithium needed to drive the global energy transition.
This flagship report, the first in a series, looks at how U.S.-China competition is reflected in the scramble for lithium in South America, how opposition to lithium mining in local communities could curtail production, and how to improve regulations regarding water use to ensure a sustainable lithium industry in the region.
About the Authors
Ana Elizabeth Bastida
John D. Graham
John A. Rupp
Patricia I. Vásquez
Independent Energy Expert, Former Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Latin American Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. Read more
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