We hear repeatedly how Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the answer to their (democrats and confused environmentally concerned others) Climate Change and evil fossil fuel prayers.
“If we could all switch over to EVs, all of our Climate change concerns, and the whining about the cost of gas, would disappear!” This is what we hear repeatedly from the dolts in the Biden administration.
Well, here is a reality check for battery-powered vehicle owners, their proponents, and climate propagandists:
This massive and ungodly machine is required to move 500 tons of earth/ore, in search of lithium, which will be refined into ONE lithium car battery.
That’s ONE lithium car battery.
It burns 900-1,000 gallons of fuel in a 12 hour shift.
Lithium is refined from Ore using sulfuric acid. Which is handled in an environmentally responsible way I’m sure.
But the mining of lithium is only the beginning.
A battery in the average electric car is made from:
25 pounds of lithium,
60 pounds of nickel,
44 pounds of manganese,
30 pounds of cobalt,
200 pounds of copper, and
400 pounds of aluminum, steel, plastic etc.
That averages to 750-1,000 pounds of minerals, mined and processed (in many cases by child/slave labor) into a battery that merely stores electricity…, electricity generated by oil, gas, coal, and nuclear, with a small fraction drawn from water, wind and/or solar (typically less than 10%).
Are you beginning to see reality behind the EV hoax?
I would hope so.
In addition…, The Earth is already piling up spent batteries…, which are being disposed of in the most environmentally responsible ways I’m sure.
In TRUTH, there’s nothing “green” about the “Green New Deal” …, just a whole lot of power grabbing, “green” pockets being lined, and our environment being destroyed by greed and environmental disingenuousness.
But let’s hear from some other sources regarding these electric vehicles, which are going to save us all from climate change, and our dependence on evil fossil fuels.
“The environmental downside of Electric Vehicles,” according to Michael Heberling for “The Maine Wire.” The Maine Wire is a project of the Maine Policy Institute, Maine’s preeminent free-market policy think tank.
“According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), an electric vehicle requires SIX TIMES the mineral inputs of a comparable internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE). EV batteries are very heavy and are made with some exotic, expensive, toxic, and flammable materials.”
“The primary metals in EV batteries include Nickel, Lithium, Cobalt, Copper and Rare Earth metals (Neodymium and Dysprosium). The mining of these materials, their use in manufacturing and their ultimate disposal all present significant environmental challenges.
That’s “significant environmental challenges,” regarding EV batteries.
Ninety percent (90%) of the ICE lead-acid batteries are recycled, while only five percent (5%) of the EV lithium-ion batteries are.”
“Oil has been so demonized that we tend to overlook some of its positive traits as a power source relative to the battery power of EVs.”
“Positive traits” of oil?! You better shut your dirty fossil fuel mouth!
“The power for an internal combustion engine, oil, is a homogeneous commodity found abundantly around the world (especially in our own backyard).”
“In spite of the environmental hysteria about oil drilling, the surface area disturbed is relatively small [in comparison to] many of the materials prominent in the clean energy revolution, which are obtained through open-pit horizontal mining, which is extremely damaging to wide areas of the environment.”
You don’t say?
Let’s look a little closer at some of these materials which are prominent in the “clean energy revolution.”
“Nickel, a major component of the EV batteries, is found just below the topsoil in the Rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines. As a result, the nickel is extracted using horizontal surface mining that results in extensive environmental degradation: deforestation and removal of the top layer of soil. It should be noted that Rainforests play a major role in “fighting climate change” by removing Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The environmental battle cry “Save the Rainforests!” needs to be replaced with a new slogan reminiscent of this one from the Vietnam War: “It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.” Here is the new environmental bumper sticker for all Clean Energy EVs: “It was necessary to destroy the rainforest in order to save the planet”.
“Lithium. Over half of the world’s Lithium reserves are found in three South American countries that border the Andes Mountains: Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. These countries are collectively known as the ‘Lithium Triangle.’”
“According to the Institute for Energy Research, Lithium is found in salt flats in very arid areas which complicates the mining process. A multi-mineral mixture containing Lithium is removed from beneath the salt flats. The Lithium extraction from the mixture is a lengthy, 12 to 18 months, evaporation process that is water intensive. Each ton of lithium produced requires 500,000 gallons of water. Besides the discarded mineral salt mixture, the process can result in water and soil contamination plus a depleted water table.”
“It should be noted that the United States is 4th in total Lithium reserves behind the Lithium Triangle countries. However, NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) environmental protests to “Save the Planet” have stymied efforts to develop the US Lithium market. It seems that our provincial “Earth-Firsters” want to maintain a pristine US, but have no problem turning a blind eye to the environmental exploitation of third world countries.”
At least they’re consistent!
Regarding cobalt, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) produces 70% of the world’s Cobalt. While there is no shortage of environmental issues with its Cobalt mining, the overriding problem here is human rights: dangerous working conditions and the use of child labor.”
Hmm…, that never seemed to be an issue as far as China and other Asian countries were concerned. I’m guessing the EV hucksters are looking the other way with this as well.
“Cobalt is a toxic metal. Prolonged exposure and inhalation of Cobalt dust can lead to health issues of the eyes, skin, and lungs. Because Cobalt can be easily extracted from the ground by hand, small scale, bare-bones “artisanal” mines are common.”
“Artisanal mining” refers to informal mining activities carried out using low technology, with minimal machinery.” Basically, slave mining.
“The simplicity of the operation discourages/negates the need for ‘occupational safety measures’ and encourages the use of child labor.”
“Occupational safety measures” is a term that is completely foreign to these slave drivers, I assure you.
“According to the Wilson Center, ‘small-scale mining in the DRC involves people of all ages, including children, obligated to work under harsh conditions. Of the 255,000 Congolese mining for cobalt, 40,000 are children, some as young as six years.’”
Well, isn’t that lovely.
“Amnesty International has also made similar comments. ‘Thousands of children mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.’”
Oh…, that’s odd!
These slave drivers should be reported to John Kerry and Greta Thunberg immediately!
“Chile is the leading producer of the world’s Copper. The vast majority of Chile’s Copper comes from open-pit/strip mines. This type of mining negatively affects vegetation, topsoil, wildlife habitats, and groundwater. The next three largest producers of copper are Peru, China, and the infamous Democratic Republic of the Congo. Number five happens to be the United States.
Well, there you have it.
The EV fairytale appears to be just the latest democrat hoax to be perpetrated on America, and the rest of the world as well.
And why does this gigantic hoax continue to go unchallenged and unreported?
Like I said, it’s just the latest in a long line of democrat and climate crazy activist propaganda, which includes propaganda by omission.
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