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Re: True Left breakthrough: seriousness in environmentalism
« on: October 19, 2021, 10:15:30 pm »
"Whatever Westerner began the propaganda campaign that "carbon" is the only pollutant worth regulating should be executed."

Related:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/electric-vehicles-certainly-do-pollute-their-battery-packs-are-poised-to-be-one-of-the-biggest-new-sources-of-pollution-11634577011

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Although EVs do not release carbon dioxide during their use, their production (and that of batteries) exerts the same toll on the environment as that of conventional cars, while the recycling of lithium-ion batteries poses unique challenges.
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battery waste could become a big problem not only for the car industry, but also for the environment.

How big? If an average car battery pack weighs 550 pounds, 100 million cars would produce about 55 billion pounds ó 28 million tons ó of battery waste that needs recycling. And we can expect a big portion of that waste to accumulate by 2040 if the IEAsí projections are even partially correct.

Water pollution

Although Li-ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream, several studies have shown they can contaminate the water. Nowadays, a lot of recycling is ďinformalĒ ó it often occurs in less developed, rural areas and without proper supervision or protective measures in place.

With these kind of operations, thereís a high probability of lithium seeping into the water supply. A similar situation occurs in highly developed areas where people improperly dispose of consumer electronics, which are more often than not powered by Li-ion batteries. Finally, itís not just lithium that can contaminate soil and groundwater. Nickel, cobalt, manganese and other metals found in EV batteries pose an even greater threat than lithium to both human life and the ecosystem.
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So, why arenít more batteries recycled? The reason is that recycling plants donít get much for scrap ó about $100 per ton. This is by far superseded by logistics costs involved in collecting, sorting and transporting it.

Finally, to make enough batteries, we would need to triple the current production rates for lithium, graphite, nickel and manganese.
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the result could be a situation thatís much worse than the plastic pollution thatís fouling up oceans.

This is why I keep saying: trying to use Western civilization to solve a problem created by Western civilization will only lead to even worse problems later. It is Western civilization as a whole which needs to be removed before we can tackle anything else in a serious manner.

Previous coverage:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/true-left-breakthrough-seriousness-in-environmentalism/msg6940/#msg6940