Batteries require minerals, a fact many of us forget. In our second installment of the Seabed Mining as a National Security Threat series, co-hosts Elisa and Yvette sit down with Scott Segal, co-chair of the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP. Scott’s experience representing major companies in the renewable energy field includes The Metals Company, a Canadian mining startup and a major player in the race to mine the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ). Scott joins us to provide an industry perspective on seabed mineral mining, starting from the ground up. What are Polymetallic Nodules and how are they mined? Where does the U.S. currently source minerals needed to make batteries? And apart from the mining of these minerals, does the U.S have the ability to produce batteries or does that infrastructure lie in the hands of foreign adversaries?
Scott Segal is the co-chair of the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP