People used to talk around the water cooler about being sent to the salt mines as punishment. It was a joke. Tesla sends kids to cobalt mines – so that virtue signaling rich people can drive around in high-performance electric cars.
It’s not funny.
Or even “environmentally friendly.”
Cobalt is a critical component of lithium-ion batteries – and the high-performance electric batteries used to power Teslas need a lot of it. About 1,000 times more of it than is used to make a smartphone battery, which is just a few grams vs. about 18 pounds of it for a high-performance electric car battery.
Most of this cobalt is dug out of open pit mines in Africa – with kids as young as six-years-old doing much of the digging. By hand.
For $1.50 . . . per day.
It’s toxic drudgery of almost unfathomable awfulness to people living in the West, especially people whisking along in their electric virtue-signaling mobiles.
Because they are high-performance electric cars.
How does a Tesla achieve “ludicrous speed”? By having the equivalent – in electric car terms – of a supercharged seven-liter V8 under its hood.
Or rather, under its floorpans.
A Tesla is more than twice as quick as the average non-electric car because it has a battery twice the size and twice as powerful as what’s necessary to get from A to B at normal speed. Just as a Dodge Challenger Hellcat has twice as many cylinders (and three times as much power) as is necessary to get from A to B – as opposed to down the quarter mile in 10 seconds.
A Dodge Challenger Hellcat does use a lot of gas. But it burns cleanly – and no six-year-olds were enslaved to procure it.
Plus, Hellcat drivers don’t pretend they’re saving the planet.
Or expect you to pay for their gas.
The cobalt – and the energy – used to make one high-performance electric car like the Model 3 – could be used to make two or even three Corolla-like electric cars.
Sensible electric cars.
Corolla-like electric cars wouldn’t deliver “ludicrous speed.” But they would be adequate for getting from A to B. Better, arguably . . . if the point of the exercise is to reduce energy consumption – and the resultant byproducts of consuming it.
A Corolla-like electric car that took 10 seconds to get to 60 instead of less than three would probably only need a 500 pound battery pack – and half the cobalt.
It would have a less powerful (and smaller/lighter) electric motor – which would use less electricity and so increase its range and reduce the amount of time waiting for it to recharge.
It would be much more practical – and it would cost a lot less.
But that would miss the unspoken point.
They are not interested in driving around in electrified Corollas that don’t accelerate ludicrously any more than they are interested in hot-bunking cots in a communal hive apartment complex or eating Soylent Green rather than ribeyes.
Which is why electric cars tout high-performance.
The object isn’t to conserve resources. It’s to waste them . . . in politically correct ways.
It is just another con.
Including six-year-old kids clawing cobalt out of open pit mines in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo – where the “benefits” package includes being maimed for life or even killed for the sake of someone else’s virtue-signaling at ludicrous speed.
It’s of a piece with other toxic – and noxious – aspects of the electric car fraud. Most people don’t know about the cobalt – or the hundreds of pounds of graphite that goes into a high-performance electric car battery. A single Tesla battery contains about 200 pounds of the stuff, which is also dug out of mines – using heavy equipment that isn’t powered by solar panels or windmill farms.
It is then processed by furnaces that consume immense quantities of fuel – and which “emit” plumes of carbon dioxide.
But most of this happens far away, in China. Just as most cobalt mining happens out of sight – and mind – in far-away Congo.
These are among the environmental and human costs of the electric car fraud.
The greatest cost, however, may prove to be the stillborn electric car.
The Corolla-like electric car.
The sensible, affordable electric car. Which doesn’t exist because of the subsidization of electric high-performance cars. These artificially created things have suppressed the natural development of sensible things – for the sake of the virtue-signaling affluent.
Who signal on our dime – and on the backs of six-year-olds in the Congo.
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