The slave miners that power the ‘green revolution’
The truth about smartphones and electric vehicles..
Cobalt is said to be “the new blood diamond”.
But unlike diamonds, which are a hoax, cobalt is highly-valuable and dangerous to extract.
As the world transitions to renewable energies to ‘fight climate change’, the demand — and the price — for cobalt, a crucial ingredient used to make lithium batteries, has skyrocketed.
These batteries power everyday technologies for much of the world, including mobile phones and electric car batteries.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is responsible for about 70% of the world’s supply of Cobalt.
The vast majority of that came from informal, or artisanal, cobalt mines.
Mines that are filled with labourers working under slave-like conditions.
Even as the cost increases, the working conditions of the people mining is brutal, and the pay is almost nothing.
One investigation found that workers were getting paid about 35 cents an hour.
Deep craters are dug into the earth to mine cobalt.
Largely unregulated, untrained men, women, and children without protective gear basically dig around looking for cobalt.
Powerful countries using the DRC for its natural resources is nothing new. The DRC has been mined for centuries.
At first, it was primarily for copper. In fact, cobalt is actually a by-product from producing copper.
There are an estimated 200,000 people in the DRC working in these mines, with another million people involved in other parts of the process.
Thousands of children are working in these mines, too.
Human rights groups fear this will only increase as the ‘green revolution’ continues to expand.
SET TO INCREASE
In mid 2020, it was worth $29,000 per metric ton.
By March 2022, it was up to $82,000 per ton.
Although some battery and car manufacturers have reduced the amount of cobalt in their batteries, experts say the volume of sales of cobalt into the sector will rise four or fivefold over the coming decade.
The World Bank estimates that demand for cobalt production will increase 585% by 2050.
Note the 2050 demand includes “Supplying Each Energy Technology”, highlighting how this need will also infiltrate other ‘green solutions’ that are rolled out to ‘stop climate change’.
Most Australian states are pushing full steam ahead with their transition to an electric vehicle future, despite the concerns.
More recently, a wave of new electric vehicles have entered into Australia’s economy,
By 2030, electric utes and vans will make up over half of light commercial vehicle sales in Australia, according to modelling published by research firm, Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
By next year, the BCG report says, light commercial vehicles will be as cheap as their internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents, based on total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the vehicle.
This will become possible due to outright bans on petrol and diesel models from 2035:
Due to bribery, the artisanal cobalt ends up being processed alongside the industrially mined cobalt, meaning it’s basically impossible to have a clean supply of cobalt, Harvard research fellow Siddharth Kara wrote in his book, “Red Cobalt.”
And it’s not just the slaves this impacts.
Mining cobalt is highly toxic to breathe and touch.
Land near the mines suffers, too.
Waterways are often contaminated, and workers are forced to touch and inhale toxic dust on a daily basis.
Thank goodness we are doing the ‘right thing’ for ‘the planet’..
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3 thoughts on “The slave miners that power the ‘green revolution’”
So tragic, it is hard to take, rich are making money off slavery, these people are just trying to survive, but obviously short and unhealthy lives, and those who are profiting off this have no care.
We all use something that comes from mining which means we are all part of this horrific situation.
NEWS JUST IN!!; New-Be Charles WindSir, formerly Private School Royal & Failed Fountain Pen Test Pilot, has taken time out from his Robust Engagements per ‘Prepping’ for his Final exams to Become King Cherles the International Mega Vacuuos Fascade # Something, to Wrestle with the ongoing Human rights & Child Slavery catastrophe, (Unless you’ve got Mega MultiNational shares in same), that IS the Democratic Republic de Congo. [ Queen Liz 2 > Cherles ‘Inherited’ Pounds/ Currency 39 BILLION- OR- AU$ 73.71BILLION, plus Cherles Existing ‘Kit’]
Cherles; “THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS & A TRAVERSTY! HOW COME MUMSIE & RIO T, DIDN’T SEE THIS NICHE MARKET [Cobalt] EARLIER? NOW THE BUY IN, ALONG WITH AMUSEMENT ‘GREEN’ SUPPORT, WILL COST US EXTRA! DAMN & BLAST! I say Chamelion Dear, Have You seen this? This IS Disgusting!!
My Fountain pen’s Leaking again!”
Not to be outdone, THE Australian EXTENDED Official Party Politic Co-Op Delegation going to Future King Cherles Car Robbery, (Sorry! -Soon, King Cherles @ his Corroboree, Um, sorry – COREaNation [MIS/DISpossessed under WEF/IMF CONvid # Something], Um -CORONAnation, & the Obscene SWILL UP directly afterwards serving WEF/IMF selected Bug Cuisine with appropriate Sorcery – Um- Sauces, washed down with Quaffings of FilTurd cow urine & other Lowy delicacies, including a topping up of 150 Year old Single Malt, a Tray of Belgian ‘Black Hands’ Chocolates [Current Belgian contribution – Hard habit to Break x 2] & Exclusive Cuban cigars, for Political correctness,)Continuing- OZ EXTENDED Delegation have decided- on the Back of Child Slavery in Former Belgian Congo, & with the ‘Product’ being ‘Mined by Minor Miners’ & it’s Extended pollution CONtributions all round (Along with the Local OZ $TRILLION DEBT CLUB ‘Inputters’ [Not sure Who’s ‘Exchange Rate being ‘Valued’ here, going by Previous ‘Weapons swindles’] spent on ‘Weapons Upgrades’ of Submarines TIMES 2, ICBMs, Drone Fleets, Current/Future CONtributions to Russian Sims Metal in Ucranial & the ONGOING ‘Bio Weapons/ Bio Counter Measures’ disguised as OPERATION ‘CONVID JAB’ Dark Winter/EVENT 201 BIOS – Phew! ). AND SO, ‘THE’ Delegation, commonly referred to as the Representative OZ PARASITE CLUB  have ‘Cancelled’ their COLLECT-hive attendance, HAVE parked the Jet back in the Hangar, & will be attending ‘Virtually’ in keeping with CONTINENTAL DISTANCING protocols! HOORAH!
Reality; NAH! = An Extraordinary chance @ groveling to an English Monarch (The Australian citizen’s ‘SUB Contractor’ under the Australian Constitution), along with other ‘CommonUNwealth Back Ticklers International Networking’ & Fooly Laid on Nosh up! MISS IT? – NOT ON YOUR BLOODY NELLIE D! (The ‘Duff’ can take care of itself!)
And the poor tikes, Slimed existence in the Congo toxic cobalt Cesspool, & their ‘invite’ to an ‘Apparent’ human rights Champion’s ‘IgnoreDuration’ ( King Cherles) as a Monarch? – NAH!!
 PARASITE CLUB; PerpetualAustralianRiggedAttendeesSanctioningInternationalTieredElitism. CommunistLeveragingUnilateralBias
Last; I assume THE VatiCAN’T will be sending a Representative to the King Cherles ‘Gig’, appropriately ‘Caped & BeJeweled’, but WILL NOT be sending such ‘representations’ to the ‘Democratic’ R of Congo FOR, The Kids, NOR, a Representative to THE U.N., NOR the Global recipients of the Toxic Cobalt ‘Treasure’, NOR throwing a Meagre trinket from the Vatican’s EXTENSIVE Vaults = Typical! Matthew Ch 19 V 14, in case ‘They’ve’ got an CorpoRAT ‘Edited Bible’ @ Hand. – Maybe a MIS/DIS heavily Redacted version, to Soothe ANY Sleeping anomolies! LOL.
OBSCENE AS A MINIMUM! Thank God, for CivilLIEsation.