Like the US, the EU is in a mad rush to replace gas-powered vehicles with EVs. The EU currently imports most of its lithium from Chile, the US and Russia, but like the US wants to develop its own supply chain so it’s less dependent on imports.
As a result there are a plethora of new mining projects springing up across Europe. As you already know from what we’ve shared on this website, these mines will have a horrific impact on the land. From a recent article:
“The plan has angered environmentalists because of what one, who did not want to be named, described as the “horrific” ecological footprint of lithium mining on soil, water and air, as well as increased carbon emissions, which, ironically, is what the EU wants to curb.
The rush for lithium, said environmentalists, is difficult to square with the EU’s desire to be a world leader in climate change and environmental legislation.
“It is not only a dichotomy, I would even go as far as saying it’s an hypocrisy, because right now we’re dealing with an issue of over-consumption that is driving the ecological and climate crisis,” said Diego Francesco Marin, environmental justice specialist at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), an umbrella group of civil society organisations.”
All across the world it seems that Green (so-called green energy) is the new Black (oil).
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Art by Sharon Colman, thank you Sharon!
Referenced article: https://chinadialogue.net/en/transport/eu-faces-green-paradox-over-evs-and-lithium-mining/