What a truly nasty 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
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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 scheming on banning gasoline automobiles, it’s even more important to show that there are consequences to the electric car future:
More from the Daily Mail:
And its is concerned that thousands of others infants could be about to be dragged into this hellish daily life after the historical pledge make use of Britain to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles 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 very best purposes behind Environment Secretary Michael Goves announcement last month such ideals signify nothing for the children condemned to a life of hellish misery in the race to reach his target. Dorsen, simply eight, is one of 40, 000 infants running daily in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo( DRC ). The awful cost they are able to pay for our clean air is ruined health and a likely early death.
Almost every big motor manufacturer striving to produce billions of electric vehicles buys its cobalt from the impoverished central African state. It is the worlds biggest producer, with 60 per cent of the members of the planets reserves.
The cobalt is mined by unregulated labour and transported to Asia where battery manufacturers use it to making such a 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 utilizes no more than 10 grams of refined cobalt, an electric car necessities 15 kg( 33 lb ).
So, where does this leave a firm like Tesla?
The Elon Musk effect has taken place, the UK to ban diesel, petrol autoes by 2040, what are your thoughts on this? #AutoCentral
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