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Electric Cars’ Dirty Little Secrets

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Published on: July 25, 2022

We hear a lot from Joe Biden and others about how great the electric cars are, but do they really provide a good, economical, and clean alternative to our our vehicles that use our vast supply of oil?

We have to ask, do they really provide a good change, or is it just another hoop to shove our nation through to get to Socialism?  Why is there such a hard push to go to electric cars? Can they be as dependable as gas driven vehicles? How hard is it for electric cars to go long distances in relatively short times? How long do the batteries last? How do they perform on hot and cold days? How do they perform over the life of the car? These are many questions to which our government may not want us to know the answers. In this article, we will expose some of these questions and show that electric cars may not be better for the environment and, in many cases, they may be worse. Read this with an open mind because our government wants to push these cars down our throats and they do not inform us of many things that these electric cars do not do. Where do the minerals come from that make these batteries? Where are the batteries made? Who gets the most money from the batteries? Is forced child labor used to obtain the materials needed to make the batteries?

We looked at several articles about the “good” of electric cars and vehicles, but none of those articles explained where the minerals come from nor how they are obtained. Many of the articles, which are numerous, never once address the way the minerals that make the batteries alone are derived. Many of these same articles never address the amount of money it costs to replace a defective battery nor do they address what becomes of the bad batteries once they are removed. We found a few articles that give answers to these questions and it is amazing and understandable why none of the electric car articles ever address these questions. Let us begin with an article from forbes.com titled, “The Dirty Secrets Of  ‘Clean’ Electric Cars By Tijak Doshi.  Doshi states, I have worked in the oil and gas sector as an economist in both private industry and in think tanks, in Asia, the Middle East and the US over the past 25 years.” 

“A recent United Nations report warns that the raw materials used in electric car batteries are highly concentrated in a small number of countries where environmental and labour regulations are weak or non-existent. Thus, battery production for EVs is driving a boom in small-scale or ‘artisanal’ cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo which supplies two thirds of global output of the mineral. These artisanal mines, which account for up to a quarter of the country’s production, have been found to be dangerous and employ child labour.

Mindful of what the image of children scrabbling for hand-dug minerals in Africa can do to high tech’s clean and green image, most tech and auto companies using cobalt and other toxic heavy metals avoid direct sourcing from mines. Tesla Inc. TSLA +1.2% struck a deal last month with Swiss-based Glencore Plc to buy as much as 6,000 tons of cobalt annually from the latter’s Congolese mines. While Tesla has said it aims to remove reputational risks associated with sourcing minerals from countries such as the DRC where corruption is rampant, Glencore  assures buyers that no hand-dug cobalt is treated at its mechanized mines.”

Here Mr. Doshi shows what is known by the United Nations where “child labor” is used to obtain the elements needed to make a battery  None of the articles about the “good” of electric cars ever show this because this by itself is dangerous since very few articles show what happens when these elements are mined from the earth. He states:

 “Mindful of what the image of children scrabbling for hand-dug minerals in Africa can do to high tech’s clean and green image, most tech and auto companies using cobalt and other toxic heavy metals avoid direct sourcing from mines.”

Children used to mine Cobalt and other toxic heavy metals? When and what type of deformities will these children get from doing this work? Why has the media made sure that any info about electric cars does not have this mentioned in it? Several articles spell out the problems with these “clean” electric cars that should make people stop in their tracks from buying them. This article shows children digging in the ground for the materials to use to extract cobalt. It is a very good article and it should be read to understand that just this one element to make “green energy” is harming children and people where cobalt is being mined. That article is listed below.

The Dirty Secrets Of ‘Clean’ Electric Vehicles (forbes.com) 

Below, we include the entire article from CBS News showing how bad it is for the mining of cobalt, one of the main elements for electric car batteries. Here we learn so much about how bad it is to mine cobalt in Africa, but this is never mentioned when anyone speaks of the “clean” electric cars.  With all the bad associated with the mining of cobalt, it is no wonder no one really wants to let you know what and how cobalt is mined in Africa which makes it a serious hazard for all that dig it out of the ground by hand. Read this article and think of this before you buy any electric car. Think of how many children and other people you are allowing to be permanently injured while digging for this element needed to make electric cars work.

The toll of the cobalt mining industry on health and the environment

MARCH 6, 2018 / 5:29 PM / CBS NEWS

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-toll-of-the-cobalt-mining-industry-congo/

According to the CDC, “chronic exposure to cobalt-containing hard metal (dust or fume) can result in a serious lung disease called ‘hard metal lung disease'” – a kind of pneumoconiosis, meaning a lung disease caused by inhaling dust particles. Inhalation of cobalt particles can cause respiratory sensitization, asthma, decreased pulmonary function and shortness of breath, the CDC says.

The health agency says skin contact is also a significant health concern “because dermal exposures to hard metal and cobalt salts can result in significant systemic uptake.”

“Sustained exposures can cause skin sensitization, which may result in eruptions of contact dermatitis,” a red, itchy skin rash, the CDC says.

Despite the health risks, researchers with Amnesty International found that most cobalt miners in Congo lack basic protective equipment like face masks, work clothing and gloves. Many of the miners the organization spoke with for its 2016 report – 90 people in total who work, or worked, in the mines – complained of frequent coughing or lung problems.

Some women complained about the physical nature of the work, with one describing hauling 110-pound sacks of cobalt ore. “We all have problems with our lungs, and pain all over our bodies,” the woman said, according to Amnesty.

Moreover, miners said unsupported mining tunnels frequently give way, and that accidents are common.

Miners know their work is dangerous, Todd C. Frankel wrote late last month in The Washington Post.

“But what’s less understood are the environmental health risks posed by the extensive mining,” he reported. “Southern Congo holds not only vast deposits of cobalt and copper but also uranium. Scientists have recorded alarming radioactivity levels in some mining regions. Mining waste often pollutes rivers and drinking water. The dust from the pulverized rock is known to cause breathing problems. The mining industry’s toxic fallout is only now being studied by researchers, mostly in Lubumbashi, the country’s mining capital.”

This shows the dangers of cobalt mining upon people especially, children that are mining the substance.

Let us remind you that every aspect of the building of a “clean” electric car does nothing to save any part of the environment just to illustrate the real problems with that. Let us look at parts of the car that has to use oil, natural gas, or coal. The glass takes sand and high temperatures to make using natural gas.  Electricity cannot develop the type of energy needed to make glass. The steel that is used for parts of the vehicle has to be melted using coal and a byproduct called coke to melt it down to form the frames or metal to make the cars. The copper used to generate the electricity in the wheels uses copper to produce the power to push the car, that is another product that cannot be refined using just electricity. The plastic used in the dashboard and seats comes from oil, all these items have to have oil, coal, or natural gas to make so building the “electric” car does not stop the use of the so-called fossil fuels. If we abandon all the oil, natural gas, and coal, we cannot make the wonderful “electric” car. Using electric cars is not a “Green” way to make anything clean because of all the ways that the car has to use many different elements to make the batteries alone.

Here’s a little about the mining of lithium, another element used in the electric car batteries. Take a look at the “carbon footprint” it takes to mine lithium.

Lithium Mining: Dirty Investment or Sustainable Business?

By

SHELLEY GOLDBERG

Lithium Mining: Dirty Investment or Sustainable Business? (investopedia.com)

Updated August 19, 2021

Reviewed by

SOMER ANDERSON

Lithium Mining Effects

Mining does have a big footprint. In fact, in 2016, the largest mining companies, as measured by CO2 emissions, were responsible for 211.3 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions in that year alone. Mining for lithium, like most metals, is a dirty business.

But by the same token, the metal these companies extract may be used for sustainable initiatives. In particular, lithium goes into the batteries of electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbines, and electronic (smart) grids, all of which lower global C02 emissions.

Notice how much the carbon footprint is to extract Lithium? Yep it is a lot, so just how does using electric cars help reduce carbon if it takes so very much carbon to make it, look in 2016 it took 211.3 MILLION metric tons of carbon emissions to extract this mineral.  How much of that is saved by using electric cars if it will take more mining to make more batteries for more electric cars?  Why buy an electric cars that takes MILLIONS of tons of carbon just for lithium?

Let us continue with some more facts that seem to show electric cars are not worth the money and just to make them takes more carbon to make than they save.

Lithium mining in the United States: an industry in Nevada

Lithium Mining in the U.S.: Why is it Controversial? | EnergySage

Posted on JUNE 8, 2021 by EMILY WALKER.

Lithium is typically mined from two sources: hard rock (usually igneous) or subsurface brine–water with high concentrations of lithium carbonate–reservoirs below dried lake beds. The methods used for mining lithium from hard rock mirror those used for coal mining, oil drilling, and fracking. The ore (rock with valuable minerals) is extracted from either open-pit or underground mines through boring holes drilled hundreds of feet beneath Earth’s surface. This process requires large supplies of water and emits significant amounts of carbon dioxide. Extracting lithium from brine lake deposits requires even more water and typically takes place in areas already experiencing drought conditions; however, it is typically a cheaper process than mining lithium from hard rock.

Here we see that lithium uses vast amounts of water which is a source that can be replenished but what will it take to clean that water after mining Lithium that is a metal that is toxic? They have many more problems associated with just the batteries for these electric cars that we have with gasoline vehicles. If we compare both, especially knowing our nation has around 600 years supply of oil sitting right below our feet. Think about that, we do not have to shut down our source of power just to switch over to electric cars that seem to hurt more of the environment and people than the gas cars do now. Biden will not get this lithium from our supplies here in the United States because of the environmental problems that are caused by the mining operations and production of Lithium.

Once again, we see that Biden does not want to mine this element from our natural resource and that alone will drive up the cost. Why does Biden not want to obtain this element from our natural resources? It begs to be questioned as to why Biden wants to obtain any energy from anywhere except the United States, which does have hundreds of years plus of oil, coal, and natural gas, but we have to give that up for an electric car that in the long run hurts our environment.

We have shown but a few of the reasons why electric cars are not what they proclaim to be. We list below links to these articles, as well as articles about charging costs and other info that few, if any, news media wish to inform people about. Read them and think if an electric car is really a value when the environmental, health and other concerns are added to the building of one.

One also has to consider the distance that you can travel before having to stop and recharge the battery. Most gasoline cars can go about 700 miles on one tank of gas. Electric cars, on the other hand, can only go 250 to maybe 300 miles before having to recharge and maybe less depending on hills, use of the heater or air conditioner, which will shorten the distance due to the drain on the battery. Then, you have to find a charger and hope you don’t have to wait in a line for your turn to charge your car. It will take about 15 minutes for a fast charge, but that weakens the battery and in the long run, the battery will fail, bringing you a cost of about $7,000 or more to replace. But the single day trip by a gas driven car will take about 2 days in an electric car if everything goes right and you can find an open charging station. Then, you have to consider a motel room to sleep in while your battery charges. Electric cars may be good in big cities, but in open country and highways, it is an illusion to think it will outperform a gas driven car. They may be great in the future, but why suffer now while we have a 600+ year supply of oil sitting right below our feet?

Below we have included a few sites that show the downside of electric cars. This list of sites is not all inclusive because we do not include what fails on electric cars, that is a future article.

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