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Old 07-11-2021, 09:43 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Mr.Coffee View Post
Anyway as to batteries, I wonder about all the mining and collection of the minerals required to make these things. I wonder about the environmental impact of making batteries and if it’ll be any better really. Maybe less carbon emissions, but perhaps not less environmental impact. The countries that generate these minerals don’t have great track records either. I believe that cobalt, for example, is a huge problem what with something like ~80% of the worlds cobalt coming from blood-diamond-like conditions in west Africa. Required in all of these batteries…..

If we continue our high energy lifestyles we’ll just shift the problem from one thing to another. Moving off carbon is the first priority but complete electrification has its own collateral damage. We ultimately need to reduce our overall resource footprint for long term ecological and political stability.
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