Slavery Remains in the Congo

1Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.    Luke 17:1-2 King James Version

I’ve never been a fan of any sort of electric car. The whole thing is a lie.  These cars are NOT green, no matter what you want to say.  Here, briefly, are my proofs:

  • Batteries need to be recharged. You either burn fossil fuels in the vehicle to charge that battery or you burn fossil fuels – usually coal – in the plants on the other end of the wall outlet you plug your car into. People who want to brag that they’ve “gone green” just haven’t thought through the obvious. Just because you smell less or no exhaust, doesn’t mean fossil fuels are not ultimately powering electric cars. They are COMPLETELY powered by fossil fuels. It just SEEMS to be not the case, because, well, out of sight, out of mind.
    • Miscarried Fetus at 8 Weeks

      8 Weeks.  Definitely Human

      Just like abortion. Someone tells you the baby is a fetus, so you don’t think of him or her as a human being. Killing that child can’t be so bad, because you can’t see it and what you’re really doing, right?

  • The main lithium-ion battery of the Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing is dismantledWhile in college, I had a summer job as a security guard at a car battery factory. I spent the entire shift in the nurse’s station, except for the hourly rounds, which I was encouraged to do as quickly as possible. Employees are regularly checked for lead poisoning; it’s in the air and on everything. Battery manufacture is a filthy, health-threatening business.
  • While lead is the worst as far as toxicity goes, “Currently, there are far fewer hybrid cars on the road than conventional cars; however, concerns have been raised that if the number of hybrid cars increase, landfills will soon overflow with toxic batteries that are full of corrosive and carcinogenic materials.” From How Stuff Works.

But that isn’t the worst of it. From The London Daily Mail:

Child Slavery

  • Sky News investigated the Katanga mines and found Dorsen, 8, and Monica, 4
  • “…toxic red dust burns their eyes, and they run the risk of skin disease and a deadly lung condition. Here, for a wage of just 8p a day, the children are made to check the rocks for the tell-tale chocolate-brown streaks of cobalt – the prized ingredient essential for the batteries that power electric cars.”
  • And it’s feared that thousands more children could be about to be dragged into this hellish daily existence – after the historic pledge made by Britain to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and switch to electric vehicles.
  • The article says this heralds a future clean from pollution, which is certainly complete garbage as I demonstrated above. But”… such ideals mean nothing for the children condemned to a life of hellish misery in the race to achieve his target.”
  • “(The Congo) It is the world’s biggest producer, with 60 per cent of the planet’s reserves. We can’t just go get all we need from more “enlightened countries.”
  • “While a smartphone battery uses no more than 10 grams of refined cobalt, an electric car needs 15kg (33lb).”
  • “Adult miners dig up to 600ft below the surface using basic tools, without protective clothing or modern machinery. Sometimes the children are sent down into the narrow makeshift chambers where there is constant danger of collapse. Cobalt is such a health hazard that it has a respiratory disease named after it – cobalt lung, a form of pneumonia which causes coughing and leads to permanent incapacity and even death. Even simply eating vegetables grown in local soil can cause vomiting and diarrhea, thyroid damage and fatal lung diseases, while birds and fish cannot survive in the area.”

Child Slaves

  • “Challenged by the Washington Post about the appalling conditions in the mines, Huayou Cobalt said ‘it would be irresponsible’ to stop using child labour, claiming: ‘It could aggravate poverty in the cobalt mining regions and worsen the livelihood of local miners.’
    • To which I call “BULLSHIT!!”
    • Sorry

So that’s the story. You can argue any of my proofs above; at least we’re burning less fossil fuels, etc.

But before anyone tries any of those arguments, take a trip to the Congo and ask any of those kids if they give a shit about the fine points of whatever argument you want to make.

(sorry again)