Electric car batteries damaging to environment: Amnesty International

Posted: March 22, 2019 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Travel

Typical electric car set-up

H/T Euronews

So this claimed solution turns out to be part of the supposed problem. Of course they are promoting their imaginary ‘climate crisis’ at the same time, while insisting that ‘the batteries which power green vehicles will continue to be tainted by human rights abuses’. EV owners should be feeling as bad as their diesel counterparts by now, with such negative press.

Extracting the minerals for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and electronics is fossil-fuel intensive, the NGO warned on Thursday.

Amnesty International called out electric car manufacturers on Thursday for producing batteries through unethical and fossil-fuel intensive methods.

The human rights NGO argued that years of unregulated industry practices for the extraction of the minerals used in lithium-ion batteries have led to “detrimental human rights and environmental impacts.”

“Finding effective solutions to the climate crisis is an absolute imperative, and electric cars have an important role to play in this,” Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said in a statement.

“But without radical changes, the batteries which power green vehicles will continue to be tainted by human rights abuses,” he added.

Full report here.

  1. Curious George says:

    I used to be a member of the Amnesty. Then the organization switched from helping politically persecuted people to helping all poor people. At the same time they used all my contributions, and much more, for a golden parachute about a million dollars for a departing VP. Good bye, Amnesty.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Furthermore, the production of the batteries is currently concentrated in Asian countries including China, South Korea and Japan, where “electricity generation remains dependent on coal and other polluting sources of power,” Amnesty noted.

    What was the point of EVs again?

  3. Patrick healy says:

    “Feeling as bad as their diesel counterparts…….”but i’m in love with my 6 year old oil burner which gives me over 50mpg. No feelings of guilt whatsoever. A bit pissed though with the tax on diesel.

  4. markesommer says:

    Hmm… Been saying for years EVs are simply prepolluting vehicles. The cost of batteries is paying for pollution in mining and refinement of lithium and Cobalt. The batteries in an EV cost more than the fuel for my Chevy for the same distance travelled. And I am subsidizing Mr. Musk here in the US. Beam me up Scotty!

  5. cognog2 says:

    A good point marksommer,

    A back of envelope calc at current prices shows I have spent less than £6500 for fuel over the 170000 on the clock of my 2.5 litre diesel Merc.
    I expect that would be about the cost of a suitable battery; but would then have had to put the energy into it, probably about a thousand times, if the battery actually lasted that long.

  6. Q. Daniels says:

    Green on the outside…

    … bloodstained on the inside.

  7. Dave Ward says:

    It’s the “Law of Unintended Consequences” all over again! Some idiot declared CO2 to be a dangerous poison, and said “We” (meaning everybody else) need to reduce it. So we were encouraged to buy diesel vehicles (because they emit less CO2 than petrol). Lo-and-behold, some years later, the entirely predictable discovery that they produce other (potentially more damaging) emissions. So now “We” need to scrap perfectly good cars and vans, and transition to EV’s. But the manufacture of the batteries needed causes huge environmental damage. Who could have guessed???

    This is why you should never listen to anyone described as an “Expert”…

  8. Coeur de Lion says:

    But I can’t understand why I’m only paying £20 road tax for my Picasso diesel with its urea additive if it’s so polluting ?