Bolivia has some of the world's largest known deposits of lithium, but so far the unrest has not affected those operations. The mines that have been shut down are owned by Sumitomo Corp of Japan. President Evo Morale's administration has promised not to use force to break up the protests and mining operations resumed earlier this week, however there is no gaurantee that protests won't spread. What this situation points out is the need to diversify energy and transportation sources. Just as relying entirely on a petroleum monoculture is bad for society and the environment, excessive reliance on lithium from one or two locations for advanced vehicle batteries could create its own problems.
[Source: Reuters | Image: Jennifrog - Flickr]