EVs support and require the mindset that it's OK to expand mineral extraction at the expense of poor people in other countries to supply whatever 'we' want for out lifestyles. The following blurb is taken from Marx's book, but you may want to read Ian Morse's review of three recent books on this. Morse's Green Rocks newsletter focuses on the potential (and real) conflict … [Read more...] about How electric vehicles can actually undermine a sustainable future
Clean, renewable energy is essential for sustainability. The main problems with getting to 100% renewable energy are that solar and wind energy spend on weather and time of day, and this makes some sort of storage important. Improved and less expensive batteries are often touted as the solution to the intermittency of truly renewable energy. Unfortunately, the demand for … [Read more...] about Clean energy, batteries, & mining
Let’s see… in 2010, 29 miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine because Massey Energy didn’t want to comply with safety regulations. BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, killing 35 workers and contaminating the Gulf of Mexico with over 50 million gallons of crude oil that will affect the ecosystem for years, maybe decades. Natural gas companies foul our land and ground … [Read more...] about Drilling & mining – worse than organized crime!