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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:26 PM

7. This is why EVs are not necessarily the right solution.

The demand for Lithium, Cobalt and other elements that must be mined somewhere is growing at a record pace.

The problem is that mining those minerals creates huge environmental risks. We don't normally see such mining, since most of it takes place in second and third-world nations, out of sight and out of public awareness. We don't like mining in the United States, because it is a nasty industry that must destroy natural places to obtain the ore being sought.

So, demand is triggering plans to mine lithium here. But, at what cost to the environment?

Are we sure this is what we want to do? I'm not.

Here's a lithium processing facility. Lithium is mined in old salt deposits from dry lakebeds. It goes through a process of evaporative concentration in water based brines:

https://thumbor.forbes.com/thumbor/711x511/

Here's a photo of an proposed Tesla open pit lithium mine on the bed of an ancient dry lake bed:

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