. This may be earth shattering news to you. Weve all heard that electric vehicles are the future and that they will save us from our impending head on collision with climate change.. If youve ever smelled the exhaust coming out of a car, it seems obvious that an electric car that doesnt emit any toxic fumes would be better for the environment.. However, we often only hear about the benefits of electric vehicles, while the negatives are downplayed or outright ignored. In the media., Just like being in the streets of Bangkok, hearing about an amazing deal for tonight only made just for you, you always got ta ask whats the catch. Electric vehicles are plagued with environmental concerns and even potential human rights. Issues. Join us as we explore the massive problems electrical vehicles could be causing. Alrighty to kick things off were going to discuss the battery.. Arguably, the worst part of an electric vehicle with regards to the environment is the massive battery needed to power. It. The battery causes environmental problems, starting from its production all the way through to its disposal. Heres why.. Electric car batteries are primarily composed of lithium, which is an extremely resource intensive element to mine. To extract lithium from underground deposits. Vast amounts of water are pumped into the ground where it mixes with the natural lithium in the Earth.. The water is then pumped back out now highly saturated with lithium.. The lithium is then separated from the water and other minerals that might be present and sent for further refinement before being used to manufacture batteries.

. However, this separation process involves evaporating the water, meaning that it cannot be easily reclaimed or treated, and it can take nearly 2 million liters of water just to mine, a single ton of lithium. To make things worse. Many of the worlds lithium deposits are found in drought. Stricken areas., So you got ta think How responsible can it be to use huge amounts of water to extract lithium when these areas already struggle to have enough water for the people that live there? Additionally, this process of extracting lithium runs a high risk of contaminating the ground nearby and polluting the groundwater.. This is obviously a major concern for any people and wildlife in the area who rely on the land or water to survive. In areas of South America, where lithium mining takes place. Indications of droughts and desertification have already been observed, threatening vulnerable species. People who used to farm in some of these areas are now unable to, and the promised jobs that the lithium mines would bring are far fewer in number than those lost., Not to mention entire ways Of life being totally disrupted. Next issue, Cobalt., Another important element used in making batteries for electric vehicles is Cobalt whose mining process can potentially release toxic byproducts., Not to mention most of the worlds. Cobalt is found in Africa where corruption runs high and safety regulations are low. Leading to mistreatment of workers and horrible work environments where safety is almost nonexistent.. There have been plenty of reports of child labor workers being injured and children being born with birth defects due to exposure to hazardous materials and conditions from mining Cobalt.

. With the demand for Cobalt sharply on the rise due to its increased use, especially in lithium batteries, prices have soared, leading to more and more production, and only making problems with mining. Cobalt worse., We have to wonder, is an electric vehicle really worth both the environmental and human impacts of mining. These rare earth metals – Something else important to consider – is how the cars are being charged once theyre in the hands of customers., While driving the car itself. Doesnt produce any emissions. It would be irresponsible not to consider how the electricity that charged the car was produced. In the United States. Still more than half of electricity production comes from non renewable sources such as natural gas, coal or petroleum, all of which are massive pollutants for the environment., So its very possible that many of the electric cars on the road today arent reducing pollution, theyre just passing the Buck moving the pollution from the car itself to a powerplant., Not to mention in many other less developed countries. The reliance on fossil fuels or coal is even higher, so its even more likely that an electric car in those areas would be charged with power produced from pollutants. In essence, theres. No guarantee that your electric car, isnt indirectly petroleum powered unless youve got solar panels. On your roof, an expensive investment that most people simply cant afford., But wait theres more., Along with everything we already talked about the worst thing yet about EVs, is what happens to them at the end of the cars lifetime.

Right now. Only about 5 of lithium batteries are recycled in the United States, which means that most of them are ending up in landfills. Instead of being recycled. Id say, we have a long way to go, considering we barely recycle empty, soda, bottles. Large scale. Recycling programs for lithium batteries have yet to be implemented due to the extremely high cost of recycling them. Recycling batteries is so expensive, because many different components are often used together and interwoven with each other.. On top of that, much like any pain in the ass to work on car engine produced in the last 5 years. The batteries themselves are not designed to be easily disassembled.. They are complex and compact devices, often consisting of thousands of individual cells.. Some of us can hardly put a transmission back together without any extra pieces at the end, let alone deal with thousands of cells interwoven with toxic materials.. These difficult processes, along with the large amounts of labor needed to perform them, put a price tag on recycling the batteries that is just too high for anyone to deal with right, now., Basically its cheaper to mine, more raw materials than it is to recycle the batteries. Already made so they end up in landfills instead of being reused.. Initially, it might not sound that horrible to put old batteries in a landfill.. I mean we put most of our trash now into landfills anyway, so whats the difference them in a landfill just isnt, effective at all.

. Well, the difference is that lithium batteries can leak extremely harmful chemicals as they break down in landfills, leading to ground pollution and possibly even contamination of groundwater., Making things worse. Many of the metals used in batteries dont break down, naturally at least not in any reasonable amount of time and theyre toxic, even in tiny amounts., So putting them in a landfill just isnt effective at all.. Another fun fact about lithium batteries is that if the lithium touches water, it creates a chemical fire. And guess what You cant put it out with water. Since water is what causes the lithium fire in the first place., Something to think about., Okay were wrapping it up. Here. We know that was a lot of doom and gloom., But were not just trying to scare you out of buying EVs. Electric vehicles do offer a promising way forward to reduce fossil fuel emissions. We just had to point out that theres a lot more to the story than most people realize. This whole electric car thing is still in its infancy and were hopeful that alternative energy power plants and better battery practices will be on the horizon. If electric vehicles want To be the carbon friendly alternative that they claim to be, there is a lot of difficult work that needs to happen.. For now, electric vehicles will continue to cause major environmental problems. If youve made it this far. Thank you so much for watching.. If you found this to be informational or helpful in any way, please hit that, like button.

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