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Response to d_r (Reply #10)

Wed May 2, 2018, 08:24 AM

11. I have a problem with the mindless enthusiasm...

...for Tesla on the nominal left.

The claim that there is something esteemable about a luxury consumer item for rich people is frankly obscene.

Let's be clear on something. There is absolutely no way to trace the source of cobalt. With many elements having more than one isotope it is sometimes possible by detecting very small deltas in distribution, but cobalt has one and only one isotope.

Electric cars impact on the environment depends on how the electricity to power them is produced. Overwhelmingly electricity is made from fossil fuels and the proportion so made is growing, not falling.

As for Musk's marketing, and subsidy seeking, there is no way in hell a car dependent on cobalt mining will be sustainable. Thus his big lie about a mainstream electric car is Trumpian in its dishonesty.

If he had a way to eliminate cobalt, he'd be doing it.

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