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January 30, 2009 12:47 PM

Lithium could be Bolivia's future, if politics don't get in way

With the largest stores of lithium reserves in the world, Bolivia hopes to profit big-time from the automakers' push to develop electric cars that will run on lithium ion batteries. But first, it'll have to figure out how to exploit it. Bolivia's leaders are deeply suspicious of foreign companies, a sentiment the companies return after nationalizations and protests over natural-gas exports.

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