Death Valley was my first 4-wheel drive trip, I was a ride-along. I fell in love with DV and immediately bought a new 1986 Toyota 4-wheel drive truck and began visiting and exploring DV. I have spent many many days and nights 4-wheeling in DV. It is truly one of the most fascinating and interesting places I have ever seen. I know it has changed since 1986.
I live in AZ so I have seen what mining does to the land, wild life, and all living things. I am not a tree hugger and believe there are some environmental movements that are not good, but preservation of certain land and areas on Earth is extremely important.
The human destruction of our planet is happening and way too rapidly.
Lithium is and will become an increasingly valuable element. There are 10s of thousand of lithium mines world-wide. We DO NOT need to destroy Death Valley National Park to mine lithium and line the pockets of some greedy faceless corporation that cares nothing about our environment.
That’s just my opinion – it may be worthless.