The Dirty Extractive Underbelly of Clean Energy

E-Vehicle enthusiasts like to point at how clean their vehicles are. But CO2 does not know borders and CO2 concentration is not localized. Emit it anywhere on the planet and it soon is everywhere. That, of course, is a problem if you are afraid of such a thing. But where are most vehicle batteries produced? Yes, in China. Almost 3 quarters of them actually and China has one of the dirtiest electricity generation mixes there is on this planet. It’s also the biggest coal consumer – by an order of magnitude tot he second-largest user. If you live in a country that lives on 100% renewable (for the sake of argument), you still drive with the China CO2 backpack and this alone makes you a worse CO2 emitter than a gasoline vehicle.

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