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Making sense of batteries, with Giles Whittell

Making sense of batteries, with Giles Whittell

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A race is on for control of vital materials that go into batteries. China is way out in front, and demand for these materials — lithium, copper, nickel, cobalt and rare earths few people can name — is going to quintuple by 2030. Is it time for democratic countries to form a western battery alliance to make sure they’re not held hostage by dictatorships as they make the energy transition?

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editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Amber Rudd
Former Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change

Chris Skidmore
MP for Kingswood

Lee Rowley
MP for North East Derbyshire

Steve LeVine
Editor, The Electric