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FILE PHOTO: Nevada Copper's Pumpkin Hollow copper mine in Yerington, Nevada

U.S. needs more mines to go electric. Can it build them?

Biden has vowed to set aside at least 30% of U.S. federal land and coastal areas for conservation, triple current levels. But that aim could conflict with his promises to hasten the electrification of vehicles and to reduce the country’s dependence on China for rare earths, lithium and other minerals needed for EV batteries.

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