Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret (Part 1: Intro)

Newsweek (01/25/2023)
  • The human cost of modern society’s rechargeable batteries is the men, women, and children of the Congo (DRC).
  • The Congo’s Copper Belt, a 250-mile stretch, holds 10% of the world’s copper and about half of the world’s cobalt reserves.
  • Heterogenite is a rough mix of cobalt, nickel, and copper, ranging from fist-sized to smaller stones.
  • Deemed “critical” by the European Union and “strategic” by the United States, cobalt is essential for today’s rechargeable batteries, from smart devices to electric vehicles.