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Newsom’s visit underscores electric car reality: China holds the keys to battery industry

Posted on AllSides October 27th, 2023
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Office of the California Governor via AP Photo

When it comes to California’s efforts to tackle climate change, China and California are linked in a critical way: The world’s most populous country processes the vast majority of rare metals needed for electric car batteries.

This week Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, is touring China with an emphasis on the environment, namely on how California and China can cooperate on climate.

Newsom is the third California governor in a row to make an official trip to China, and he does so at a moment when California is perhaps more heavily...

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