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The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile

By: 
Yanis Iqbal

In the lithium mining region of Antofagasta, the Coronavirus positivity rate was a stupendous 46.1%... Amid this Coronavirus chaos, the Chilean lithium sector is poised to economically expand itself due to an anticipated increase in demand... Lithium serves as an important modality for substituting fossil fuel extractivism with green extractivism and consistently maintaining a relentless system of commodification. Instead of “tackling the systemic bloating of northern economies and the excessive demands this places on the world’s resources”, green lithium extractivism allows capitalists to stabilize the unequal imperialist architecture of core-peripheral countries... Lithium imperialism, therefore, involves the perpetuation of core-periphery relations under the discursive regime of climate change...