Copper demand has skyrocketed as the push for electrification of vehicles and energy sources continue to take over. The non-precious metal is important in the shift away from fossil fuels as it is critical for EVs, windmills, solar panels and even the entire power grid. So why aren’t more companies starting new copper mines to fuel this boom in demand?

WSJ explains why copper is so important to the global economy – and how a massive shortage is threatening the green-tech transition.

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