“Clean” Energy Issues

This page contains links to the articles explaining the dark side of “clean” energy

Rare Earth Metals

  • French journalist and documentary filmmaker Guillaume Pitron has been following the global trade in rare earth metals. Unfortunately, mining these materials come with heavy environmental and social costs. Mining generates massive amounts of polluted wastewater, which left untreated, poisons crops and makes people sick. Guillaume documents these issues in his 2018 book “Rare Metals War’. Recently his work was summarized in the article “Toxic secrets behind your mobile phone: Electric cars, wind turbines and solar panels… how our so-called green world depends on the mining of rare metals which is a filthy, amoral industry totally dominated by China”.
  • Mines, Minerals, and “Green” Energy: A Reality Check Consideration of the broad environmental and supply-chain implications of renewable energy have not been discussed.
  • Lithium mining environmental impacts lithium extraction inevitably harms the soil and causes air contamination.

Disposal

Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York