It’s December 29th. You’re listening to the President’s Daily Brief. Your morning intel starts now.
Today is Part IV of our Series on Dirty Green Energy — Or as some might say, “renewable energy” or “clean energy.” But always we here at the PDB are asking, “How clean or green is this stuff - really?”
Well, so far we’ve discovered that solar panels are not clean or green. They use Chinese slave labor and lots of coal energy to create polysilicon.
And we know that wind energy is very dirty too. It’s killing America’s national bird — the bald eagle — but the federal government won’t tell us how many. How odd.
Then of course we have to talk about the batteries that store and distribute the dirty green power that comes from solar and wind.
Well, yesterday, we talked about the Dirty Minerals that go inside those batteries. And as we now know — Lithium and Cobalt in particular — are very dirty for America: they have to be mined in other countries, and in some cases, the people mining are little children, some only six years old.
Today we’re looking at the next, dirty step in the battery process. We gotta explore the refining, the manufacturing, the life, and the ultimate death of these batteries.
But before we get going, let’s remind ourselves of the goal of this Dirty Green Energy Series. It is not to degrade solar or wind or batteries because they deserve some sort of unique or targeted prosecution for their sins. Instead, it’s inform ourselves that Green Energy isn’t green at all, but rather very dirty, and we need to hold that industry to the same standards as we do for traditional forms of energy like oil, gas, and coal.
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