Chilean lithium deposits [image credit: travelandleisure.com]
By a big majority, the people said no – that’s it. Ideology overload?
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Chile rejected a new constitution on Sunday which, if accepted, would have significantly expanded environmental rights and recognised the urgency of climate action, says Climate Home News.
In a referendum, the South American nation rejected the proposed constitution by 62% to 38% in favour. Voting was mandatory.
As home to the world’s largest reserves of lithium, a key component of batteries for electric vehicles, Chile is of strategic importance in the global clean energy transition. This comes with social and environmental tradeoffs.
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