WASHINGTON—Supplies of rare-earth materials, mined mostly in China and used in a handful of clean-energy products, could be cut off or disrupted in future years, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
Five rare-earth materials that are used to build electric vehicles, energy-efficient lighting, solar panels and wind turbines "are at risk of supply disruptions," David Sandalow, assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Energy Department, said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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