Submitted by Madatgascar on June 30, 2019
Our friends’ daughter, a staunch environmentalist, reports from her college that mining lithium (and presumably cobalt and other materials) for electric vehicle batteries is “raping” third world countries of their limited resources, putting traditional farming out of business, and leaving a toxic wasteland behind. When it is depleted, these countries will be SOL, and there won’t be any lithium left for people who need it to treat their depression. For these reasons she is furious about Tesla and wants her parents to promise never to buy an EV.
Lots to unpack, but I thought I would ask the forums for help here.