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LA Times Today: Lithium in California electric cars takes climate change toll
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LA Times Today: Lithium in California electric cars takes climate change toll

Watch L.A. Times Today at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News 1 on Channel 1 or live stream on the Spectrum News App. Palos Verdes Peninsula and Orange County viewers can watch on Cox Systems on channel 99.

California has been leading the way in pushing automakers to transition to zero-emission cars to fight climate change.

But building heavy-duty lithium batteries for electric cars requires extracting metals from land and possibly also the ocean, which comes with a big environmental cost of its own.

In his first story of the series, “The United States of California,” L.A. Times national reporter Evan Halper wrote about how the race to build electric cars is unleashing an environment toll.