The Anonymous Widower

Lithium In A California Lake Could Help U.S. Gain Energy Autonomy

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on NBC News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The ingredient crucial to electric car batteries is found in the brine of the Salton Sea, a once-busy recreation spot that fell into decay because of toxic runoff.

So where is the Salton Sea?

This Google Map shows the Salton Sea in the middle of the Californian desert.

It looks like a rather bleak hot place to me.

But if we can extract lithium out of little Cornwall, surely the Yanks can extract it from a dying lake.

January 19, 2022 - Posted by | Energy | , ,


  1. I planned to go there on a visit to California nearly 30 years ago but changed my mind as I went inland from San Diego.
    The Salton Sea was formed when Colorado River floodwater breached an irrigation canal that was a misguided scheme to bring fertilisation to California’s Imperial Valley in 1905. Flowing into a geological depression known as the Salton Sink it was an environmental disaster waiting to happen .
    If you’ve got the 30 minutes the following YouTube report which touches on the lithium project is worthy of a watch, although I think the abiding American ‘optimism’ is rather misplaced

    Comment by fammorris | January 19, 2022 | Reply

    • This project is still quite preliminary. The Thacker Pass site in northern Nevada is much further along and already has environmental permits.

      Comment by William James McIntyre | January 19, 2022 | Reply

      • Thanks! But these two projects and the Cornish ones are certainly kinder to the planet, than some of the other projects around the world.

        Comment by AnonW | January 19, 2022

      • I don’t think you meant kinder to the planet, I think you meant less harmful

        Comment by fammorris | January 19, 2022

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