Things Self Didn’t Know About Copper

Clean technologies generally require more copper than traditional technologies. Wind and solar use about four times more copper than conventional energy to generate one megawatt of power. The average conventional car requires up to 55 pounds of copper, an electric car uses triple that. Usage of copper has climbed dramatically in recent years . . . In the coming decades, we will need to dramatically increase usage of solar and wind power to keep global temperatures down. Mitigating planetary warming will almost certainly cause a further surge in demand for copper.

Worldwide, there is a vibrant trade in stolen copper. When commodity prices rise, so does the number of copper thefts.

— Chapter 5, Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West

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