Batteries – looting scarce resources
Sir, – I cannot be the only one to see the irony of concern within the EU over the shortage of raw materials for making batteries and renewable energy equipment as it tries to become climatically neutral by 2050 (“EU sounds alarm on critical commodity shortages”, News, September 1).
The green agenda is certainly not limited to driving electric vehicles and breathing clean air in developed countries to the detriment of the environment of the countries from which these minerals are extracted and of the well-being of the peoples who use them. live.
Qualified as “critical raw materials”, their scarcity and difficulty of extraction mean that their dependence is not sustainable. For example, Chile is the world’s second largest producer of lithium after Australia, and its extraction has been shown to damage local ecosystems and natural water supplies. The mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 10% of which is mined by children and most of which is exported for processing elsewhere, is another huge accusation of the reckless exploitation by the developed world of less wealthy countries, easily ignored as we focus on maintaining our own standard of living while moving away from dependence on fossil fuels.
Climate change and its repercussions are global issues.
Putting myself in an electric car while plundering scarce resources elsewhere is neither ethical nor sustainable. – yours, etc.,