“So many of us in the environmental movement understand taking a mountain top off for coal is bad. Well, taking a mountain apart for lithium is bad, as well.” — Will Falk
KTVN interviewed campers at Thacker Pass Blockade. Here is the story that aired:
“So many of us in the environmental movement understand taking a mountain top off for coal is bad,” Falk said. “Well, taking a mountain apart for lithium is bad, as well.”
Indeed it is. Why is one perceived as “bad” and the other now perceived by most as “good”? Because of relentless “green” propaganda from corporations and the media they’ve captured. Because mining companies see the writing on the wall for fossil fuels and so are now shifting their profit hopes and dreams into false solutions like lithium.
The story also quotes an executive from Lithium Nevada, a subsidiary of Lithium Americas. He says: “They’re protesting the expansion of electric vehicles and lithium batteries for home energy storage. Those are two things that will profoundly bring down the country’s carbon footprint.”
Unfortunately the news organization doesn’t question the truth of this statement. As we know, the lithium mine will require massive amounts of fossil fuels to blast and dig up the lithium, and process it.
Later this same executive says: “We also know that every major car manufacturer is moving towards complete EV, electric vehicle production. That demand curve is expected to triple or more by 2025. That’s just around the corner.”
But we know that producing electric vehicles, like all cars, requires massive amounts of fossil fuels, not just for mining and producing the materials that go into the cars and batteries themselves, but also the roads the cars drive on and the lifestyles those cars enable.
No, EVs and lithium batteries will NOT bring down the country’s carbon footprint. It’s far more likely they will expand the country’s carbon footprint manyfold. For details on what it takes to mine and refine the materials that go into cars and batteries, as well as roads and the damage that roads do to ecosystems and life, please read Max’s new book Bright Green Lies.