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Bob Meinetz on Jan 10, 2022

Emily, though the prospects for commercial production of lithium continue to improve worldwide, the production of sufficient energy from geothermal wells to charge batteries made from it do not.
• In 2020 the U.S. consumed 3,800 TWh of electricity; geothermal electricity provided 15.2 TWh (.4%).
• Replacing fossil fuels with electricity to power U.S. transportation is expected to double electricity consumption.
• Geothermal electricity production would have to increase by more than 200 times.
• Geothermal wells are dependent on location, and notoriously short-lived (they can unpredictably "dry up" over a period of 8-10 years).

Hopefully INL will have funding restored for its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). Without new nuclear, the potential for electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions will be severely limited.

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