We are being pushed into getting rid of the fossil fuel engine and using electricity to power our cars. Well there is considerable discussion about the generation of that electricity. My Brother in Canada has sent me a piece from the USA on re newables.
Building ONE turbine uses 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45tons of plastic. I electric car battery weighs about 1000lbs and to produce that battery involves the digging up. fabrication,moving and processing 500,000 tons of raw material. A Wind or Solar farm stretching to the horizon can be replaced by a handful of gas turbines no bigger than a tractor and trailer.
The Democratic Republic of Congo produces 70% of the worlds Cobalt, China controls 90% of the refined Cobalt.
I have recently read a book in which it claims China controls the Democratic Republic of Congo's mines. That is not proved.
More than 90% of the worlds solar panels are built in Asia on coal heavy grids.
Yes, the experts claiming global warming requires us to get greener and rid ourselves of fossil fuels BUT at what cost.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of these figures BUT several years back I learned that electricity production is a very poor return on the input ( fossil fuels) about 30% BUT then the alternative is just as polluting and expensive in regards to the environment. I understand that concrete is extremely polluting
and certainly plastic is the villain of the times. Food for thought!