A South American Lithium Cartel Faces Long Odds

The lithium-rich Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia, July 27, 2010 (AP photo by Dado Galdieri).
The lithium-rich Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia, July 27, 2010 (AP photo by Dado Galdieri).
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LA PAZ, Bolivia—With the swearing-in of Chilean President Gabriel Boric last month, the three countries of Latin America’s so-called lithium triangle—Chile, Bolivia and Argentina—all have leftist leaders who want their governments and citizens to benefit more from the extraction of their countries’ natural resources. At first glance, this could present an opportunity for the three countries to push for the creation of an OPEC-style price-setting cartel for lithium. They are all rich in the coveted resource, and there has been speculation about them banding together to form such an organization for years. But key differences between the oil and lithium […]

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