LET­TERS: Big min­ers love elec­tric ve­hi­cles

Big Rigs - - READER CORNER - — Viv Forbes Wash­pool

BIG min­ers like BHP dream of un­lim­ited prof­its in Green-topia, when we all drive elec­tric ve­hi­cles charged by non-coal elec­tric­ity.

Imag­ine the met­als and en­ergy needed to build all those elec­tric mo­tors, bat­ter­ies, charg­ing sta­tions, power leads, trans­mis­sion lines, wind tow­ers, so­lar farms, gen­er­a­tors, trans­form­ers, gas pipe­lines and back-up power sta­tions.

De­mand and prices for cop­per, alu­minium, nickel, cobalt, lithium, rare earths, lead, ti­ta­nium, sil­i­con, ura­nium, steel, cok­ing coal and gas will soar.

No won­der BHP, the big Aus­tralian miner who pro­duces many of th­ese com­modi­ties, has con­ve­niently joined the war on ther­mal coal and now wears gar­ish green lip­stick.

❝ elec­tric ve­hi­cles charged by non­coal elec­tric­ity.

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