Mining For Lithium For Electric Vehicles Is Bad For The Environment

Let’s see, first they said ethanol was a great answer for fossil fuels. Nope, bad for the environment. Then they wanted to push diesel vehicles. Nope, also bad. Then they pushed hybrids hard (not a bad idea, IMO). But, that wasn’t good enough, so now they’re pushing EVs, which most people cannot afford, and

From the article

unintended consequencesLithium extraction fields in South America have been captured by an aerial photographer in stunning high definition.

But while the images may be breathtaking to look at, they represent the dark side of our swiftly electrifying world.

Lithium represents a route out of our reliance on fossil fuel production. As the lightest known metal on the planet, it is now widely used in electric devices from mobile phones and laptops, to cars and aircraft.

Lithium-ion batteries are most famous for powering electric vehicles, which are set to account for up to 60 per cent of new car sales by 2030. The battery of a Tesla Model S, for example, uses around 12 kg of lithium.

These batteries are the key to lightweight, rechargeable power. As it stands, demand for lithium is unprecedented and many say it is crucial in order to transition to renewables.

However, this doesn’t come without a cost – mining the chemical element can be harmful to the environment.

And what kinds of problems? Well, it can cause air contamination and

Any type of resource extraction is harmful to the planet. This is because removing these raw materials can result in soil degradation, water shortages, biodiversity loss, damage to ecosystem functions and an increase in global warming.


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6 Responses to “Mining For Lithium For Electric Vehicles Is Bad For The Environment”

  1. st says:

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  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Well yes, it’s wise to weigh the risk vs benefit balance of activities. Fossil fuels extraction and uses have their own risks, as do nuclear, hydroelectric, solar and wind. Wide scale battery use also has risks.

    IF one considers fossil fuel CO2-caused global warming to be a hoax or a scam then of course any effort to supplant coal, gas or oil will carry too high a price. One can’t really get something for nothin’.

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    On the other hand, the surrounding communities have the lowest rate of bipolar disorders on Earth!!

    But seriously folks. What are the odds that these areas will become some of the richest on Earth? Or like most colonial exploitations, will this area suffer environmental and health depredations with little compensation for their natural wealth?

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