What a truly awful read over in the Daily Mail on child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo used to mine cobalt, a key ingredient in batteries for electric cars:
The effects of liberalism and junk science https://t.co/1QPj0LYpWW
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 9, 2017
The Daily Mail piece is based on a report from Sky News in February on cobalt use in smartphone batteries, but now that European nations are planning on banning gasoline cars, it’s even more important to show that there are consequences to the electric car future:
More from the Daily Mail:
And its feared that thousands more children could be about to be dragged into this hellish daily existence after the historic pledge made by Britain to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and switch to electric vehicles. It heralds a future of clean energy, free from pollution but though there can be no doubting the good intentions behind Environment Secretary Michael Goves announcement last month such ideals mean nothing for the children condemned to a life of hellish misery in the race to achieve his target. Dorsen, just eight, is one of 40,000 children working daily in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The terrible price they will pay for our clean air is ruined health and a likely early death.
Almost every big motor manufacturer striving to produce millions of electric vehicles buys its cobalt from the impoverished central African state. It is the worlds biggest producer, with 60 per cent of the planets reserves.
The cobalt is mined by unregulated labour and transported to Asia where battery manufacturers use it to make their products lighter, longer-lasting and rechargeable.
The planned switch to clean energy vehicles has led to an extraordinary surge in demand. While a smartphone battery uses no more than 10 grams of refined cobalt, an electric car needs 15kg (33lb).
So, where does this leave a firm like Tesla?
The Elon Musk effect has taken place, the UK to ban diesel, petrol cars by 2040, what are your thoughts on this? #AutoCentral
— AutoTrader (@AutoTraderSA) August 7, 2017
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