Everyone from Joe Biden to Stephen Colbert to Greta Thunberg is demanding that we all simply drive a $100,000 electric car if we don’t like high gas prices. This meme shows the real cost of what it would be like to have everyone driving electric cars. Actually, it shows the cost of every electric car that’s on the road right now.
You need cobalt and other precious metals to make an electric car battery. There’s simply no other way to do it. And the vast majority of the world’s cobalt comes from open pit mines like the one in this meme, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
If you’ve never researched mining in the DRC, just know that it’s worse than Communist China in terms of human rights abuses. Child slave labor and horrific abuses are the norm there. And it all happens so that rich white liberals can feel virtuous as they drive around in their Priuses.
No child ever dies in slave labor during the production of gasoline or diesel. But it happens a lot in the production of electric car batteries.