California Bans Seabed Mining Despite Need for Minerals for Electric Vehicles

The State of California banned seabed mining on Monday, despite the fact that it provides rare earth minerals that are necessary for “green” technologies like the electric vehicles the state will force all drivers to purchase starting in 2035.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday:

Seabed mining, a controversial practice that extracts minerals from the sea floor for use in electric cars, cell phones and clean-energy production, was banned in California waters Monday.

While seabed mining does not yet occur within the state waters that extend 3 miles off the coast, opponents say it was important to preemptively protect the 2,500 square-mile area. Demand for the minerals targeted in seabed mining is likely to grow in the 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 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday after it passed unanimously in the…

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