WATCH LIVE: Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks in Virginia on electric school buses

On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks in Falls Church, Va., on electric school buses.

The event is scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m. ET. Look in the player above.

In March, President Joe Biden used a Cold War-era law to boost production of lithium and other minerals used to power electric vehicles, but experts say that move alone is unlikely to guarantee not the robust national mining that Biden seeks as he promotes cleaner energy sources. .

Biden’s action, part of his efforts to find alternatives to fossil fuels and fight climate change, does not waive or suspend existing environmental and labor standards, the White House said. It also fails to address the main obstacle to increasing domestic extraction of so-called critical minerals: the years-long process required to obtain a federal permit for a new mine.

Despite this, the mining industry and congressional supporters applauded Biden’s use of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to increase the US supply of lithium, nickel and other minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and other clean energy technologies.

Its March 31 executive order is a historic step by the White House to “recognize the critical importance of minerals and push to electrify the automotive industry,” said Rich Nolan, president and CEO of the National Mining Association.

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