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Miners (and autos) make their 45X ask

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Automakers are joining the mining industry to push for the Inflation Reduction Act to cover expenses for mineral extraction.

Why it matters: Companies behind the burgeoning U.S. electric vehicle supply chain are joining hands to make a big ask of the Treasury Department — with uncertain odds of success.

  • Who's on Monday's Treasury letter, according to a copy reviewed by Axios: the National Mining Association and American Exploration and Mining Association, as well as General Motors, Tesla and the Zero Emission Transportation Association, which represents EV startups.

Catch up quick: Mining companies lost out on a tax break they thought they were getting in the IRA, when the Treasury Department said it would not allow costs associated with extraction to qualify for the 45X battery credit.

  • Treasury said it didn't do what industry expected because of difficulties in avoiding waste and abuse.

Driving the news: The associations and EV manufacturers requested that implementation of the 45X credit be modified to account for "direct and indirect material costs" from extraction.

  • As proposed, the companies and groups argue, the credit's implementation would amount "to a missed opportunity to incentivize the development of a domestic critical minerals supply chain."

What we're watching: what climate advocates say about this, if anything.

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