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THE HUMAN & ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF “CLEAN ENERGY”

June 9, 2017
By Brian Rogers, et al.

Environmentalists who promote the environmental benefits of so call "clean energy," ignore the tremendous toll such energy sources impose on human health and the environment .

Advocates of so called “clean” or green energy, ignore the tremendous environmental toll imposed on human health and the environment through the manufacture solar panels and wind turbines, and the fact that fossil fuels power the facilities where these products are built. "Technology in solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles (EVs), and EV batteries rely on rare earth metals that are hard to find and even harder to extract." Some of these rare metals come from countries with poor records of human and worker rights and limited environmental safeguards.

"China, for example, is a prime source for the graphite that goes into the lithium batteries that power electric cars. Graphite is produced under 'lax environmental controls' in northeast China, with particles filling the air in nearby villages that pollute the water and make it difficult to breathe. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is a top country for the cobalt that goes into EVs. Workers in DR Congo, including children, 'labor in harsh and dangerous conditions.' Deaths are a regular occurrence in the underground mines, and the trade is so odious it recently caught the attention of Amnesty International. In addition to gross human rights violations, the tragic irony of rare earth production essential to 'clean' energy is that it pollutes the environment ... The inconvenient truth is that these 'clean' sources of energy are produced under the worst of labor and environmental rights violations. Read more to find out just what is under the hood of so-called “clean” energy."