Green Energy’s Overseas Dependence

Workmen install solar panels on a home at Scripps Ranch in San Diego, Calif., in 2016. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
The energy sources that environmentalists want us to depend on are themselves dependent on overseas materials and components.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C hildren scrabbling with bare hands, never mind shovels, and carrying bags of rocks is not the image Elon Musk wants for his wildly successful green-car company. So, in early June, Tesla signed a deal with global miner, Glencore, to help “ethically” source an increased supply of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where child labor accounts for “only” one-fifth of mining for that critical battery element.

For its part, Ford plans to get batteries for its electric vehicles (EVs) from China’s BYD and leave it to that company to determine sources of “energy minerals.” So it bears noting that about 60 percent of

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Mark Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of the forthcoming report, "Mining, Minerals, and 'Green' Energy: A Reality Check."


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