Wealthy countries mandating green electricity encourage human cruelty in developing countries!
Posted on March 3, 2023 by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow https://www.cfact.org/2023/03/03/climate-child-labor-who-cares/
Ronald Stein is an engineer, senior policy adviser on energy literacy for the Heartland Institute and CFACT, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Clean Energy Exploitations.
The ruling class, powerful elite and media lack energy literacy, which may be why they avoid talking about the ugly side of “green” mandates and subsidies. Before anyone in Washington decides to buy a wind turbine, solar panel or electric vehicle, they should read the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book.use of clean energy“, and decide for themselves if they want to fund the atrocities against humanity and environmental destruction among the yellow, brown and black people in developing countries so that the rich countries can go green.
Child Cobalt Miners in Kailo, Congo – Author Julien Harneis, Source Wikimedia.
Wealth without ethical or moral standards for low earners can be dangerous and lethal to the cheap labor of the available workforce. We have seen the impact on the available workforce as Qatar “had to” build seven new stadiums in a decade to be ready for the 2022 World Cup. The World Cup in Qatar started on Sunday 20th November at Al Bayt Stadium but the toll was ‘acceptable’ more than 6,500 migrant workers who died between 2011 and 2020helping build the World Cup infrastructure with cheap labor available will leave viewers and participants with many lingering questions about our ethical and moral beliefs stemming from the murky toll.
The transition to wind and solar power generation has proven extremely expensive for wealthy countries like Germany, Australia, the UK and the US, which represent 6 percent of the world’s population (508 million versus 8 billion). These affluent countries now have some of the highest costs for their electricity, while poorer developing countries are currently living without the use of 20th-century crude oil products 11,000,000 children die every year due to the unavailability of fossil fuel products used in wealthy countries.
If we look beyond the few prosperous countries, at least that’s what we see 80 percent of humanityor more than six billion are in this world live on less than $10 a dayand billions live with little to no access to electricitypolicy is pursuing the most expensive routes to intermittent power generation. Energy poverty is one of the most debilitating crises of the 21st century, but one of the least talked about. We should not take energy for granted. Wealthy countries may be able to tolerate expensive electricity and fuel, but not those who can least afford to live in “energy poverty”.
Decades ago it was textile sweatshops that grabbed everyone’s human interests, but today it’s the “green” movement, dominated by poorer developing countries mining for the exotic minerals and metals that support the rich countries that… go green at all costs to humanity, stay out of the limelight.
Today, wealthy countries understand that developing countries have virtually no environmental or labor laws, giving these places unlimited opportunities to exploit yellow, brown, and black-skinned people and inflict environmental destruction on their local landscape.
A recently International Energy Agency (IEA) report states: “A typical electric car requires six times the mineral resources of a conventional car, and an onshore wind turbine requires nine times more mineral resources than a gas-powered plant.”
- Lithium: Over half of the world’s lithium reserves are located in three South American countries bordering the Andes: Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. These countries are collectively referred to as the “Lithium Triangle”.
- Cobalt: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) produces 70 percent of the world’s cobalt. While there is no shortage of environmental issues in cobalt mining, the overriding issue here is human rights: hazardous working conditions and the use of child labor. Cobalt is a toxic metal. Prolonged exposure and inhalation of cobalt dust can cause eye, skin and lung health problems.
- Nickel: A key component of EV batteries, found just under topsoil in the rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines. As a result, the nickel is extracted using horizontal open pit mining, leading to widespread environmental degradation: deforestation and stripping of the topsoil.
- Copper: Chile is the world’s leading producer of copper. Most of Chile’s copper comes from open pit/strip mines. This type of mining negatively impacts vegetation, topsoil, wildlife habitats and groundwater. The next three largest copper producers are Peru, China and the notorious Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Wealthy countries show no moral or ethical concerns about the available labor force and continue to encourage subsidies for electric vehicle procurement and building more wind and solar power. These subsidies provide financial incentives to developing countries that extract these “green” materials to continue their exploitation of poor people and environmental degradation of their local landscapes. Are these subsidies ethical, moral and socially responsible to those who are being exploited?
Many of us had the opportunity to watch the 2006 film.blood diamonds‘ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who depicts many of the similar atrocities now occurring in the pursuit of ‘blood minerals’, those exotic minerals and metals in support of the ‘green’ movement in wealthy countries that continue to abolish environmental degradation in landscapes in developing countries, and imposes atrocities of humanity on the citizens, exploiting yellow, brown and black skinned workers for the green movement of the wealthy few nations.
A few years ago, in 2021, Ronald Stein co-authored the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book,Clean Energy Exploitation – Help citizens understand the abuses of the environment and humanity that support clean energy. The book does an excellent job of discussing the lack of transparency to the world of the green movement’s impact on the exploitation of humanity in the developing world, which mines for the exotic minerals and metals needed to manufacture the batteries used to store ” green energy” are needed. In these developing countries, these mining companies exploit child labor and are responsible for the most egregious human rights abuses against vulnerable minorities. These operations also directly destroy the planet through environmental destruction.
Every individual should improve their energy literacy and know where and how lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, etc. are mined and what global atrocities and environmental degradation are occurring in the developing world with yellow, brown and black skinned people. With this knowledge of the supply chain of these “blood minerals” required to support rich countries’ green power mandates and subsidies, they can then make their own decision to fund or not fund these atrocities of exploitation.