For the sake of this conversation, let’s assume the American people are going to finally accept electric vehicles to replace in large part the fossil fuel cars and trucks. We all learn daily the downside of battery-driven vehicles: lack of charging stations, cost of batteries, and the costs of these battery-operated vehicles when compared to those powered today by fossil fuel. But there’s one more consideration that must be resolved before we cap those oil and gas wells.

Among other dilemmas discovered with the invention of “workable” electric vehicles (EVs) is finding and obtaining all of the additional resources necessary to build the necessary infrastructure to fuel these EVs. What is the resource that is specifically required for these vehicles? Electric batteries. One can understand we’re not talking flashlight batteries, either! The most-in-demand element to produce the type of battery and the size of battery necessary to operate an EV is the element “lithium.” But there’s a problem with that. Until the last few months, it was thought that China had discovered places around the World and had taken control of those troves of lithium — and there were NO others!

But there’s hope!

A California lake could be sitting on top of the world’s largest “white gold” mine.

The Salton Sea in southern California has been swarmed by companies large and small looking for cost-effective ways to extract lithium that is dissolved in scalding hot brine water that flows beneath the lake’s southern point.

But a new study funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) found the basin has even more lithium – dubbed white gold because of its soft, silvery-white look – than previously estimated.

It found there could be 18 million tons of extractable metal – enough to meet the US’s demand for the valuable metal for decades.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has previously described the Salton Sea as the Saudi Arabia of lithium mining.


A California lake could be sitting on top of the world’s largest ‘white gold’ mine