The 'white gold rush': Inside a lithium mine, where stores of recyclable energy lie | Nightline

The 'white gold rush': Inside a lithium mine, where stores of recyclable energy lie | Nightline

Lithium powers many of our devices as well as electric vehicles. Western states are believed to hold an immense amount of the metal and some say it could help the U.S. reach its climate goals.



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  1. Toro G on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm


  2. Robert Plansky on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    This is a nice little advertisement for the lithium industry

  3. Philip Lapierre on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    You people are a bunch of liars. Most of the lithium that we use comes from the Congo. Only a small percentage comes from first world countries. It’s too expensive to mine for cobalt in a first world country because of workers unions, insurance, and the cost of clean up. Those mines are highly toxic, and bad for the environment. I’m not surprised that the media is trying to shine a positive light on these mines seeing as the C.E.O’s that own these media corporations have a huge investment into these mining companies and Politicians that support those investments.
    Just remember. That huge battery that’s in your Tesla, or Chevy Volt, was brought to by a group of Africans risking their lives with no safety gear for only three dollars a day. I bet most of you liberals won’t look up lithium mines in Africa. This whole green energy via environmentally friendly electric cars is a political, and corporate sham.

  4. SmokeStack on July 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I do worry that people that criticize fossil fuel only do so because they’re invested in something else that could have potentially worse consequences if expanded. Too often we rely on studies conducted by industries themselves for information on the environmental effects of said industries. Just google search EV cars, wind power, solar, ect. Most of the results that pop up are ads from those industries that drown out any studies conducted from independent sources. No study into any subject can be trusted if it is funded by the industries it is researching. That’s like having a murderer investigate his/her own crime, but too often this is the only source of data.

  5. turcorox911 on July 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    What’s the name of the reporter?

  6. John Smith on July 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Everytime I hear the fossil medias speak, I realise that a guy who doesn’t even have a high school diploma like me is smarter than them

  7. Greg Sage on July 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Wonder when the black gold rush will be coming

  8. Dan Birch on July 26, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Gold $1,850 per ounce, lithium $26.50 per ounce.

  9. M on July 26, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Host is annoying

  10. UPstater5.9 on July 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Wow looks so green! All those huge diesel engines mining rock out of the earth destroying animal and plant habitats

  11. Christian Williams on July 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    biden make my stomach hurt

  12. New Mind on July 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Wait for méxico.

  13. rob379 on July 26, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    WTF? Absolute B.S. open your eyes.

  14. speedoflight0124 Ins on July 26, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Her voice is kind of MEG from family guy

  15. Mark Brophy on July 26, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Why can’t the miner raise a few thousand Tiehm’s buckwheat plants in a nursery? This seems like a poor balance of costs and benefits.

  16. Sean Owens on July 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    So let me get this right -we are holding up a process that could help revolutionize our economy and provide a whole new "green" industry within our country so that we can protect a bunch of glorified weeds that sit in a desert where no one lives.. This is why people vote for politicians like Trump.

  17. Jeffrey Culpepper on July 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Wow! Biden didn’t fall asleep. Or was that edited out?

  18. Robert Miller on July 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I know whats more environmental. OIL AND GAS. And plants breath carbon.

  19. Trevor7775 on July 26, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Kurt Cobain loved this documentary. RIP

  20. joe diver on July 26, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Evaporation , ? food batteries ? hum? wake up

  21. Tony Zamora on July 26, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Im just glad they had their masks on!

  22. d jack on July 26, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Where in the F*KK are they gonna get the boocoo water they need 4 this SH*T ??

  23. J P R on July 26, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Nurses are better

  24. STR on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    "To save the planet" this is a lie. They don t care. Is another story in the back for sure.

  25. William Zander on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Salton sea has lithium but California will screw that up with protests .There will be all types of new advanced technology that the government will kill to control lithium.The rich 🤑
    Control it .

  26. Least Trending on July 26, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    All over one plant that noone will see or noonw will ever wanna see

  27. Silva Pereira on July 26, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Cars ev= covid

  28. Zachary Beaudoin on July 26, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Not using “water” that can be used for agriculture…… this country has gone bat shut crazy

  29. bowlinglefty on July 26, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I thought there was a drought out in Nevada. Looks like there’s plenty of water.

  30. Least Trending on July 26, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    All that bullshit over a fuckin weed

  31. 17 forever ! on July 26, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    So this video turned out to be about a flower? You liberals amaze me. As long as children in China are producing your products, you don’t care. As soon as you realize that there a consequences to every action, opps, there is an issue. All I have to say is that America is screwed now because of your way of thinking. We can do things safely for the environment and move forward. Instead, they will spend 20 years trying to get that mine open and millions of dollars. By the time it opens, lithium will no longer be needed. The entire world is passing us up and you are worried about a flower. God save us all!

  32. Anthony Martinez on July 26, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    A few weeds holding up a lithium mine? Only in this liberal ass country

  33. Rick Hewitt on July 26, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    biggest load of bollocks since they said smoking was safe. lithium is a small part of a massive environmental catastrophe making these batteries. cobalt is far worse, toxic and biggest deposits in the most unstable countries in the world.
    kids digging the stuff up!
    can’t remember seeing children on oil rigs?
    can’t replace oil with something just as bad or worse

  34. Michael Ramos on July 26, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Holy Spirit GOD Watsonville , California . The Sincerely prophecy and Prophesy and Prophet ISRAEL Michael Ramos ORAMOS PRINCE.

  35. Carlos Acero on July 26, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Buy LTUM Stock

  36. Nick Hahn on July 26, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Better and cleaner than coal. Not to mention lithium is 92% recyclable. Yet another weak argument by right being decimated by reality.

  37. Ice banna on July 26, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Can’t we just relocate the flower somewhere else with all the money that a lithium mine would generate

  38. Sukol Ponpojna on July 26, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    #Patent Rights are Racism

  39. Dr. Michael Mills, Phd. Esq. on July 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm


  40. James Gisondi on July 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    SAVE THE WILDFLOWER…….as this chode goes to Burger King and eats beef that leveled a rain forest………FKN moron.

  41. JK on July 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    You are outside doing an interview….take the mask off

  42. Emily Allstot on July 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    When high school cross country runners go to meets at Lithia Park, funny adults tell them there’s lithium in the water and it feels good to drink water there

  43. imperial.shredded.pilot on July 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm


  44. prasad Kadu on July 26, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Quite good narrator , i like her style of talking

  45. Eric's Commentaries on July 26, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    "We can regulate that"…. the government isnt a pressure valve. it is a series of beauracracies. Usually "Regulate", from a government standpoint, just means, "how much can we charge these businesses for an ‘Exception”?". the best regulation is competition between businesses as consumers purchase from the business who does their job in a more clean fashion.

  46. K B on July 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Funny how ABC music editors don’t know the difference between Kentucky bluegrass music (intro) and what was really played out west. hint: They didn’t play slide blues or banjos out there. Jeez.

  47. stephen1 shreve on July 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I thought white gold was coke😂

  48. Sayittomyface Idareyou on July 26, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    So is this where my anti psychotic comes from

  49. Ithad Beenso on July 26, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    FF replacement Wall Street investment substance… Coal strip mine style Gargantua operations… fossil fuelster "jump shipper" opportunists.. Why, it just so happens, they purport hydrogen fuel cells can never work, Metal hydride battery inovation will just lie there stalled, induction road charging inovation will just lie there stalled. All for fossil fuel style technology inovation derailment 2.0… LITHIUM. And YOU the people have to sit around WAITING like fools for your LITHIUM battery EVs to charge… It just so happens.

  50. ONEMORE Cast on July 26, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    The human race, or the buckwheat? Hard decision

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