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The shaming images that show where our
iPhones, laptops and Tesla cars REALLY
come from: The truth about the Congolese
mines where kids are paid $2-a-day to
dig for cobalt

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Posted By: Imright, 1/30/2023 2:14:24 PM

For years, big tech companies like Apple and Tesla have assured the customers of their glossy stores and showrooms that all their goods are ethically sourced and sold.  But a new series of images taken from inside mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 90 percent of the world's cobalt is mined and used to make the batteries that power our tech-led lives, raise uncomfortable questions.  Cobalt is the chemical element found in almost every tech gadget that uses a lithium-powered battery on the market today - a smartphone, tablet or laptop requires a few grams of it, while an electric vehicle requires 10kg.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 1/30/2023 2:38:09 PM (No. 1390661)
Lame Duck LLC promotes EVs - so just like the illegals who are trafficked by the Cartels, the "Green New Deal" is poisoning individuals in the third world so the EVs can be powered by electric batteries. Well Done Lame Duck, Well Done. And just wait until the solar panels have to be disposed off, they can't be recycled. Whoa another Easter Egg of the "Green New Deal". The GND is poisoning our planet.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: voxpopuli 1/30/2023 2:51:13 PM (No. 1390674)
and Diktator tim walz of Minnetaxes has just effectively shut down any chance of US using OUR natural resources on the Iron Range for cobalt.. after promising HE WOULD NOT.. oh.. HE didn't close them down.. it was just a series of "environmental" lawsuits....
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Birddog 1/30/2023 3:03:07 PM (No. 1390681)
Sheesh...jest more wy-peepo tryin to tell african folks how to live, chech yer "privilege" Good thing they had marxist revolutions and drove all of the colonialists and capitalists out, they are soooo much better off dealing with strictly communists now. (Truth be told, Congo is corrupt as Ukraine)
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Reply 4 - Posted by: privateer 1/30/2023 3:09:08 PM (No. 1390682)
Black Live Matter a whole lot more if they are criminals in the big cities of the USA, than if they're innocent men, women and children in the PRC. But 'green' is good! The Ecotyrants are gathering as much as possible into their wallets.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 1/30/2023 3:37:52 PM (No. 1390696)
How appalling! How are them poor kids ever gonna afford a pair of Air Jordans and the latest iPhone on a measly two dollars a day?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hermoine 1/30/2023 3:56:06 PM (No. 1390702)
I find it interesting that Musk announced in 2020 that Tesla would be moving away from Cobalt and that their goal is to "build batteries in house." Honestly, one has nothing to do with the other. They could still build batteries "in house" with Cobalt. Musk has also acknowledged that petroleum is needed in the future, especially for his rockets to get his Mars-bound spacecraft into the atmosphere. Therefore, one has to wonder, is Musk working on hydro powered cars? If you want a truly "clean" energy source hydrogen/nuclear is the only option, but I understand that it can be volatile so will need to be perfected if it is to be a reliable energy source.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Newtsche 1/30/2023 4:08:53 PM (No. 1390708)
Our betters would have us believe the lifestyle depicted in this article should be the norm, equity you know. You'll own nothing and be happy.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby 1/30/2023 4:10:29 PM (No. 1390711)
On the average, the 72 batteries with each Tesla, uses over 18k Tons of earth that needs to be moved.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 1/30/2023 4:24:18 PM (No. 1390719)
And as you read this heart-breaking story and view the images, keep in mind that biden the cheater just blocked a mining company from developing a cobalt/nickel/platinum/palladium/copper mine in Minnesota. This is one of the richest critical mineral deposits on the planet. But biden the cheater wants his ecars even if it requires outside black slave labor. Racism at its best, right, Vegetable?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: singermom9 1/30/2023 5:17:56 PM (No. 1390744)
Here are the slaves, many are children, who mine the toxic minerals used for your GREEN EV cars and your cell phones too. I thought we stopped slavery. Oh that's right Repubs stopped it in America but libs still pay for slavery in the Congo using many children as young as 4. Funny how dems do not mind using slaves today. Ya think they would stop this. Good job libs. Look at these people enslaved because of your CLIMATE CHANGE nonsense. Maybe if YOU support climate change YOU should be the one enslaved and picking toxins. Want to take your kids here? These slaves probably do not want to be there either.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: chumley 1/30/2023 5:21:12 PM (No. 1390747)
My social justice anger is triggered! I know, lets close that mine and free all those people. Oh yeah, they will starve. But thats ok, its Africa. People are supposed to starve. The social justice handbook does not address starvation of Africans.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: watashiyo 1/30/2023 6:02:31 PM (No. 1390759)
Blame their government. We've sent them trillions of dollars for 100 years and they're still poor and starving.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 1/30/2023 6:49:26 PM (No. 1390786)
Child child labor.....powering all those glorified golf carts out there.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Venturer 1/30/2023 9:27:03 PM (No. 1390869)
This electric craze that Biden and the liberals are engaged in is much worse for the environment than any gas powered or coal powered generating plant.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: czechlist 1/30/2023 9:30:17 PM (No. 1390874)
A German reporter documented all of this years ago when she did a story on BMW EVs. I believe she also reported on lithium mining in the Atacama high desert in Peru which is denying scarse water to the indigenous farmers.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: EVRgreen4058 1/31/2023 8:15:10 AM (No. 1391141)
I brought this up during a discussion several years ago when the push for EV's started and my liberal friends went ballistic? So I shut up as I have during this entire COVID boondoggle while I watch them get shot & boosted and test daily to see if they are infected & panic over what I've had that's a simple cold? How can you offer sympathy to stupidity like this? One supposedly educated friend explained to me that whatever they mine in Africa has nothing to do with the production of digital devices or EV's. Duh ??? Oh and it was perfectly all right for Hillary Clinton to broker the sale of US Uranium to Russia when she later ranted accusing Trump of "Russian Collusion"? Now I just keep my thoughts to myself but glad I can post here with many who think and point out the liberal hypocrisy as I do.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 1/31/2023 5:40:25 PM (No. 1391625)
RE #8....Uh, no--- NOT 8, the Tesla has a bit over 7,000 individual batteries in each vehicle.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: rochow 1/31/2023 7:53:14 PM (No. 1391694)
That stuff is poisonous, and we are supposed to have that in our cars???
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