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U.S., Canada Look to Wean Themselves Off Dependence on China for Critical Minerals

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the U.S. "does not want to be over-reliant on countries whose values we may not share." Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Energy ministers from the United States and Canada expressed deep reservations about their countries’ current reliance on China for processed minerals that are used to power next-generation mobility and technologies.

In separate interviews, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson laid out detailed plans for what they’re doing to build alternate supply chains for resources like cobalt, nickel, and lithium, among others, that are used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles.

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