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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Some of the biggest technology firms in the United States have been accused in a lawsuit of complicity in the death and maiming of hundreds, if not thousands of African children who mine cobalt, a mineral vital to the production of the lithium-ion batteries in everything from smartphones to electric cars.

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So eating is unethical .....

FFS Silence ... you are falling quickly...

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-31 09:56 PM | Reply

--if not thousands of African children who mine cobalt, a mineral vital to the production of the lithium-ion batteries in everything from smartphones to electric cars.

Who cares? My electric car is still virtuous. Can't make an omlette without breaking eggs. I'm saving the planet, dammit!
--Shriek

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-31 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

you are falling quickly...

#1 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

I rubbed Karen's face in her own shht and she thinks lesser of me.

Oh noes..

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-12-31 10:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 | POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOGOOD

You do you Silence ...

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-31 10:51 PM | Reply

Yeah, I've been posting these stories for years. the phony posers here don't care.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-12-31 11:08 PM | Reply

the phony posers here don't care.

#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

"EeeVeN Teh eeaTz?;?;?"
-- Karen

#6 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-12-31 11:35 PM | Reply

Obama's fault...

www.hrw.org

sad to say...most of Africa's problems come from the democrat party...

#7 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-01-01 06:04 PM | Reply

According the the cobalt institute web site, millions of tons more of cobalt are used in the oil refining industry to take the sulphur out of oil. So why does battery tech get attacked like this? Battery tech companies are actually trying to do something about it while the oils industry never did.

#8 | Posted by prius04 at 2020-01-01 06:06 PM | Reply

Good luck with that. Countries have a tendency to ignore things that if paid attention to would cripple their economy.

Why do you think russia overlooks its c********* problem?

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2020-01-01 06:13 PM | Reply

Battery tech companies are actually trying to do something about it while the oils industry never did.

You sure?

Tesla's Megapack Battery Ambitions Could Drain Cobalt Supply
www.forbes.com

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-01 06:16 PM | Reply

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aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children

That sounds similar to what's going on at Ivanka's Chinese sweatshops.

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-01-01 06:25 PM | Reply

Scrambling for Cobalt

#12 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-01-02 04:33 AM | Reply

Battery tech companies are actually trying to do something about it while the oils industry never did.

#8 | POSTED BY PRIUS04 AT 2020-01-01 06:06 PM | FLAG:

They're the same companies.

Panasonic makes the lipo cells that Tesla assembles into packs.
Panasonic is deeply embedded into the Oil & Gas industry.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-02 08:16 AM | Reply

Not to mention it conflates battery storage with power generation, which are clearly two completely different products. Most battery vehicles run on coal globally. In the US it's natural gas.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-02 08:23 AM | Reply

According the the cobalt institute web site

#8 | POSTED BY PRIUS04 AT 2020-01-01 06:06 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Per the Cobalt Institute, batteries are the biggest single industrial use, 44% of all mined cobalt. It's the billions of personal gadgets, mainly cell phones, have a short shelf life because lipos suck at longevity but are great for instant power output and devices with planned obsolesence, that have proliferated around the globe, don't get their cobalt recycled at all, and mostly end up burnt in open air pits.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-01-02 08:34 AM | Reply

There are Cobalt deposits in Canada and The USA but it is easier to exploit weak African governments with no worker rights compared to trying to roll over western governments and mine-workers who can join a union or sue the company in a court the mines can't buy.

#16 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-01-02 05:33 PM | Reply

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