The dependency on China and ‘blood minerals’ human rights abuses for EV batteries supported by our government.

This article provides irrefutable evidence that Joe Biden and the members of his administration are forcing us into a venture that is draining our federal funds and will fail to achieve his goals of developing and using energy without use of fossil fuels. Unlike John Kennedy’s challenge: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” led us into the most successful and inspiring event of the century. This was accomplished because we had the knowledge and wisdom to foresee from the beginning of the program to the end that our designs and manufacturing capability could be achieved, and on time! I know this is true, because I had a significant part from start to finish, as did other members of the TRCS Research Team. Kudos to the author, Ronald.Stein@EnergyLiteracy.net

Jim Peacock

Chairman, TRCS

Be sure to share this with family and friends. Education is absolutely necessary to avoid the impending catastrophe if we allow the climate change scaremongers to have their way.


Energy Literacy Newsletter – Let’s Face The Elephant in the room

The dependency on China and ‘blood minerals’ human rights abuses for EV batteries supported by our government


Public and private conversations are needed to discuss the conundrums about the transition to a so-called “green” society.


 Many of us had a chance to view the 2006 movie “Blood Diamond” starring  Leonardo DiCaprio that portrays many of the similar atrocities now occurring in poorer developing countries in pursuit of the those exotic minerals and metals to support the “green” movement within wealthy countries, i.e., “Blood Minerals”. 


The “green” movement continues promoting environmental degradation to landscapes in poorer underdeveloped countries, and imposes humanity atrocities to citizens with yellow, brown, and black skinned workers in those poorer countries being exploited for the green movement of the few wealthy nations.


Despite the Biden administration declaration in 2022 that batteries from China may be tainted by child labor and a report by the U.S. Labor Department that excoriated “clean energy” supply chains for using forced labor, the march toward more ”blood minerals” continues.


Today, policymakers and EV owners have NO ethical or moral apprehensions of the Clean Energy Exploitations of people that support the supply chain of “blood minerals” for EV batteries!


Short of visiting a mining operation to see for themselves, policymakers and potential EV buyer should read the Pulitzer Prize nominated book Clean Energy Exploitations – Helping Citizens Understand the Environmental and Humanity Abuses That Support Clean Energy. The book does an excellent job of discussing the lack of transparency to the world of the green movement’s impact upon humanity exploitations in the developing countries that are mining for the exotic minerals and metals required to create the batteries needed to store “green energy”, and the environmental degradation to their landscapes.


In those developing countries, those mining operations exploit child labor, and are responsible for the most egregious human rights’ violations of vulnerable minority populations. These operations are also directly destroying the planet through environmental degradation.


Today, a typical EV battery for a Tesla sedan weighs 1,000 pounds and includes these exotic minerals and metals: 

  1. 25 pounds of lithium
  2. 30 pounds of cobalt
  3. 60 pounds of nickel
  4. 44 pounds of manganese 
  5.  200 pounds of copper 
  6. 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic


It should concern everyone that all those “blood minerals” come from mining at locations in the world that are never seen by policymakers and EV buyers.

  1. For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, just one Tesla EV battery requires the processing of more than 500,000 pounds of materials somewhere on the planet.


The oxymoron to the EV battery supply chain is that both Lithium and Cobalt, the major components of the EV battery, are noted on The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements as having a limited availability or facing supply limitations in the coming years due to increased usage.


Here are a few EV “blood mineral” component sources:

  1. LithiumArgentina comprises a significant portion of the so-called Lithium Triangle, which covers northwestern Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, and which is home to more than half of the world’s resources of lithium. This district produces about half of the world’s lithium and hosts approximately 60% of the known lithium reserves.

Cobalt: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa is by far the world’s largest producer of cobalt, accounting for roughly 70 percent of global production.

NickelIndonesia, Australia, and Brazil make up the lion’s share of global nickel reserves.

ManganeseManganese mines can be found all over the world. The highest concentration of reserves and mining activity are in South Africa.


  1. CopperThe USA is the second largest producer of copper in the world. The largest copper mine is found in Utah (Bingham Canyon). Other major mines are found in Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, and Montana. In South America, Chile, the world’s largest producer, and Peru are both major producers of copper. EVs are at the forefront of the electrification revolution, account for 55% of copper demand and require 2.5 times more copper than an average internal combustion engine car.


The International Energy Agency (IEA) calculated that the needs for “energy transition minerals” such as lithium, graphite, nickel and rare-earth metals would rise by 4,200%, 2,500%, 1,900% and 700%, respectively, by 2040.



  1. A battery for a heavy-duty electric truck can weigh up to 16,000 pounds, which is 16 times more than the Tesla battery !!!! A single truck battery requires 8,000,000 pounds of earth to be dug up. That’s astounding – digging up 8 million pounds of earth for each truck battery!


Shockingly, the California GREEN movement is progressing at warp speed at any cost.


In 2023, California passed regulations that would turn the trucking industry upside down. Zero emission mandates would disrupt the industry, raise shipping costs, and put trucking companies out of business. A group including 19 states and several trucking organizations recently filed suit to block the California regulation.


A little background on the EV Truck mandate: California’s Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) Regulation went into effect on January 1, 2024. The ACF requires that truck operators buy only Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) trucks for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucking operations as early as January 2024. The ACF also requires that trucking companies transition their fleets to 100 percent ZEV trucks by 2035 to 2042, depending upon class of truck.


Electric trucks at any cost in dollars, and the environmental degradation to landscapes in poorer countries, and the humanity exploitations in those developing countries that are mining for the exotic minerals and metals required to create the batteries needed to store “green energy”, should have conversations about the conundrums associated with this mandate, before implementing a Mandate.


This EV truck mandate lacks conversations about the many conundrums associated with this mandate, i.e., the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about:


  1. For those huge EV truck batteries there is virtually non-existing transparency of the environmental degradation and the human rights abuses occurring in developing countries with yellow, brown, and black skinned people. Both human rights abuses and environmental degradation are directly connected to the mining for the exotic minerals and metals that are required to manufacture those EV batteries. The children used to produce the lithium for an EV battery is appalling.


Public and private conversations are needed to discuss the ethical and moral challenges to support the supply chain of “blood minerals” for EV batteries!



My books have a common theme as they address the elephant in the room that the ruling class and the media refuse to talk about, i.e., the lack of products in the future, and the lack of fuels for planes, ships, militaries, and space programs, manufactured from the fossil fuels that built the world from 1 to 8 billion people in less than 200 years.

Without a planned replacement for crude oil to make those same products, limiting the supply of the products and fuels manufactured from crude oil will inflict shortages and inflation in perpetuity on current lifestyles.



Energy literacy starts with the knowledge that Crude oil is the basis of our materialistic society... All the components and equipment for the generation of electricity by wind, solar, coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydro are all made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil !

For the 8 billion on this planet that are quite dependent on food and medications, those wind turbines and solar panels cannot manufacture any of the fuels for 50,000 ships, 50,000 planes, militaries, and space programs, nor can they make the 6,000 products in our daily lives. Enhancing ones energy literacy will empower individuals to have conversations on energy at the dinner table with friends and co-workers .








A few takeaways on energy literacy, i.e., the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about


  1. The potential for nuclear fusion for unlimited zero-emission electricity is exciting. It has the potential, in the decades ahead, to wean the world from coal and natural gas for electricity generation.
  2. Facing reality, fusion, like wind, solar, nuclear, and hydro, ONLY generate electricity. None can manufacture any products, or fuels for transportation infrastructures needed by the 8 billion on this planet.
  3. On the other hand, we have crude oil that is never used for generating electricity, AND is virtually useless until its manufactured into usable products via the 700 refineries around the world. 
  4. Today, the world’s 8 billion are dependent on food and medicine moving around the world via 50,000-merchant ships and 50,000 jets, and more than 6,000 products made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil.
  5. The militaries and space programs are all based on the fuels manufactured from crude oil.
  6. We may have long-range plans to generate electricity from wind, solar, and nuclear fusion, but no plans to replace crude oil that is manufactured into everything in our daily lives.