Video: Electric Cars: How They Destroy the Environment | WDR DOCU (43min.)
(original German: Elektroautos: Wie sie die Umwelt zerstören | WDR DOKU
Video: Elektroautos: Wie sie die Umwelt zerstören | WDR DOKU (43min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS_xTJmzdgA - YouTube channel: WDR doku - upload June 4, 2019
Genocide in the name of the electric car? NO THANKS!
2. Summary: Lithium mining in the high Andes (in the triangle Bolivia - Chile - Argentina): water of the salt lakes is pumped out - sources dry up - poison dust makes lamas blind - existence of the Kolla aborigines is destroyed
Province Jujuy in Argentina, this is all high steppe - The farmer Carlos Guzman from Jujuy Province with livestock (lama breeding) -
Scheme: Robbery of water in a salt lake under the salt crust causes the groundwater streams are diverted refilling it from underground
Jujuy province, destroyed landscape with salt water tanks for lithium production - Jujuy province, demonstration with road blockade against the lithium companies 03, banners - China is destroying entire regions due to the mining of "rare earths" 1
CHINA WILL ALSO BE DESTROYED: The mining of rare
earths in China has serious consequences with the
destruction of entire regions, including groundwater
The documentation of German TV "WDR" with the title "Electric Cars: How they are destroying the environment" from June 4, 2019 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS_xTJmzdgA)
shows clearly that the region of the Kolla in Argentina in Jujuy Province is in high danger because the salt lakes of the Kolla region are victims of lithium mining for car batteries of electric cars. The price of lithium has already increased sevenfold thanks to Tesla's e-cars. The water under the salt crusts is pumped off, evaporates on large surfaces and by means of chemical substances (lime, caustic soda, potash) the lithium is separated from the remaining mass. There are dramatic consequences for the population of the region:
1) The rare groundwater of the high Andean region (4000m) is "diverted" to replenish the salt lakes so the groundwater level is sinking dramaticly and the springs on the surface dry up.
2) The chemical substances (lime, caustic soda, potash) are blown by the wind and are poisoning with their combination effect the air, so that the lamas of the farmers often go blind.
NO INSPECTION: Without water and with poison air, the existence of the Kolla is totally destroyed. The e-car builders do not (yet) know anything about this because the corporations are relinquishing all responsibility to their suppliers, without controlling the situation with the Kolla at all.
CORRUPTION: In addition, the regional government of Jujuy in Argentina is involved in mining companies (these are the companies: "Sales de Jujuy" or "Minera Exar"), so the government is promoting lithium mining and awards lithium-mining licenses WITHOUT asking the population. This violates all human rights and lawsuits in Buenos Aires have already stopped test drilling "provisionally". There are constantly demonstrations and roads are blocked.
EVERYTHING WILL BE DESERTED: Not only that: If the industry and the government of Argentina continue like this, the groundwater in the high Andean region will completely disappear and the salt lakes will soon no longer be replenished elsewhere. Then will not only be a desert, but then all industries have to let be lithium batteries for ever because no lithium can be mined any more. What will be so?
Fuel cell, compressed air or water motor instead of E-car
The problem can be easily solved NOT building e-cars any more (which are not safe anyway), but fuel cell cars can be (Wik.link Engl.), or cars with compressed air (Wik.link Engl.), or also cars with simple water motor. Tesla boss Musk has to change to produce environmentally friendly and safe fuel cell cars, or compressed air cars, or water cars, as also BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, etc. According to recent reports, China has already planned to switch to the fuel cell (News from the Austrian Crown Newspaper "Kronenzeitung" of June 8, 2019: Finish with subsidies: e-cars in China are braked now - new credo: hydrogen - https://www.krone.at/1937484).
Michael Palomino, Lima, June 14, 2019
Genocide in the name of the electric car? NO THANKS!
3. The movie log
-- Harald Lesch, physics professor University of Munich: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Bread for the World (German: Brot für die Welt): https://www.brot-fuer-die-welt.de/en/bread-for-the-world/
-- PowerShift in Berlin (NWO PowerShift for Trade, Raw Materials and Climate Policy): https://power-shift.de/home-en/
-- Swedish Environmental Institute IVL: https://www.ivl.se/english/startpage.html
-- Wuppertal Institute for Climate Research (Wuppertaler Institut für Klimaforschung): https://wupperinst.org/en/
Woman film speaker: Batteries need lithium, 60% come from South "America" from the high Andes of the natives of the Kolla (Wik.link Engl.), in the province Jujuy (Wik.link Engl.), where it hardly rains. When more and more mining is used and the scarce water is used for mining, nothing remains for the population, so it does not work (5'37 '').
[Altogether, the Kolla natives live in the high Andes of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia (Link Wi.Engl.), and everywhere there are salt lakes, and the global industry now wants to destroy EVERYTHING for the e-cars due to lithium. That's genocide! The film shows an example in Argentina]:
|Map 01: Argentina with
provinces, Jujuy is up in the north [map 01]
The province of Jujuy is the northernmost province of Argentina, the capital is called San Salvador de Jujuy, average altitude above sea level is 3433m above sea level, population of Jujuy province in 2015 was: 727,780 [web01 - Wik.link Engl.]
Jujuy Province in Argentina, this is all high steppe - The farmer Carlos Guzman from Jujuy Province with livestock (lama breeding)
"First plant for lithium mining from Jujuy for the world"
("Primera Planta de Carbonato de Litio de Jujuy para el mundo")
And all groundwater destruction and air contamination are concealed!
The lithium-water under the salt lakes - mining
companies "Sales de Juijuy" or "Minera Exar" -
gigantic pools, all the water is lost
Under a salt lake is salt water, and in this salt water, the lithium is dissolved (5'53 ''). The industry advertises billboards for lithium carbonate mining: "Primera Planta de Carbonato de Litio - de Jujuy para el mundo - Sales de Juijuy" (5'47 ''). First, there is a layer of dust, then a thick crust, and below that is the salt water, and the mining company "Exar" is pumping the salt water to the surface (5'59 ''). So now all salt lakes are being tapped (6'11 ''). The dimensions are thus e.g. a 450m deep well, the mining company brings out 55 liters of water per second (6'30 ''). The water is led into huge water basins, billions of liters of salt water are processed per year (6'47''). When the water has evaporated after 6 months, a concentrate with 6% lithium remains (7'1 "). This will then be further processed industrially (7'4 ''). Chemicals are added (7'12 '').
Jujuy Province, drilling on a salt lake for lithium recovery - Jujuy Province, Martin Gasper of a mining company presents the water robbery for lithium extraction - Jujuy Province, ruined landscape with saltwater basin for lithium recovery
The separation of the lithium - 7 times price by Tesla - 1 ton of lithium = 14,000 "US" dollars
Martin Gasper: In the end, only the highly concentrated lithium remains (7'23 ''), for example with the mining company Minera Exar (7'27 ''). Now more and more salt lakes are drilled, in total the all salt lakes have an area as big as the German federal state of Hesse, and the price of lithium has increased sevenfold due to the high demand for electric cars (7'41 ''). Commentator: "Investors call it the White Gold." (7'44 '') - The final product is called "Lithium Carbonate" (7'50 "). 1 ton costs around 14,000 "US" dollars (8'0 ''), [so: 1 kg costs 140 "US" dollars] (8'6 '').
Jujuy Province, Sergio Casanueva of the mining company "Exar" presents the extraction of lithium - 1kg of lithium (lithium carbonate)
Lithium mining: The destruction of the salt lakes in the high Andes: Groundwater is refilling the salt lakes - groundwater streams are "diverted" - water sources dry up
There is a "gold rush atmosphere", but the salt lakes are destroyed. If the salt lakes are destroyed, the last water sources in the region are in danger (8'19 ''). The sparse groundwater is refilling the salt lakes, is mixing with the salt water, and so the groundwater becomes salty (8'40 ''). [The groundwater streams are DIVERTED and flow to the salt lakes. The groundwater level drops, and water sources on the surface dry up]. The salt lakes are millions of years old and the water content of the salt lakes is completely lost (8'54 '').
Scheme: The robbery of water in the salt lake causes that the groundwater is diverted refilling the salt lakes from below - salt water basins are dry with toxic brine with lithium in it (lithium carbonate), and the wind is contaminating all with toxic dust from there
Ground water level is sinking
now and all small water sources on the surface are
now DRYING UP!!! (9'9 '').
Film woman speaker: "But the population in the region of the salt lakes need the water urgently for their survival (8'59 ''), for their agriculture on barren soils, and for breeding of local llamas and goats (9'4 ''). Every liter counts (9'6 ''). But now whole springs are drying up (9'9 ''). "Farmer Carlos Guzman: There, where lithium is mined in this way with the high loss of water, the agriculture is destroyed (9'14 '').
(original German: "Dabei brauchen die Menschen in der Gegend der Salzseen das Wasser dringend zum Überleben (8'59''), zum Bestellen der kargen Böden, und zur Zucht der heimischen Lamas und Ziegen (9'4''). Jeder Liter zählt (9'6''). Doch nun versiegen ganze Quellen (9'9'').")
Lithium mining: Contamination of the region by toxic dust - llamas become BLIND of it (!!!)
Farmer Carlos Guzman: In addition, there are the chemicals that are used for the separation process. The wind distributes the toxic dust throughout the region (9'26 ''). There is lime, caustic soda, potash, and the combination effect is very aggressive (9'40 ''). The barren agriculture with the few plants here is affected, and the llamas suffer new diseases, e.g. they become blind:
"In some places our lamas go blind because of the dust." (9'51 '')
(original German: "An einigen Orten erblinden unsere Lamas wegen des Staubs.")
Woman film speaker: The blindness of the llamas by
the poison dust was reported in several villages
(10'7 ''). The llamas with wool and meat are the
livelihoods of the farmers in the high Andes (10'7
''). The Kolla have always lived in this region,
even before the Incas came (10'15 ''). They have
always survived, but lithium mining is now
threatening their very existence (10'18 ''). Village
Chief Romualdo Morales:
"The Kolla have always been connected to nature, to the salt lake, to the birds, to the lamas, so we say no to lithium mining." (10'40 '')
(original German: "Die Kolla sind immer mit der Natur verbunden gewesen, mit dem Salzsee, mit den Vögeln, mit den Lamas. Deswegen sagen wir Nein zum Lithium-Abbau." (10'40'')
Film woman speaker: The region is covered with
miles of water basins and the area is contaminated
with toxic dust (10'45 '').
The e-car euphoria of Tesla and Musk - the battery as the big point - no one asks where the lithium comes from
Billionaire Musk with his Tesla company says lithium batteries should be built for his Tesla at the giant factory in Nevada (12'2 ''). And new battery factories are also under construction in New York and in China, so all this madness of e-cars is connected with batteries that need lithium, even in Europe (12'32 ''). The German car factories BMW, VW and Porsche think that by 2025, dozens of E models will be launched (13'21 ''). Daimler also believes that 10 billion euros of research "investment" in e-mobility is necessary (13'31 ''). The Merkel government promotes e-cars with all sorts of benefits and tricks (13'56 ''). All this is supported by a "panel of experts" (14'14 ''), it is called "National Platform Future of Mobility" ("Nationale Plattform Zukunft der Mobilität"), under the direction of Prof. Henning Kagermann [TU Braunschweig - Wik.link ( German)] (14'22 '').
Billionaire Musk with a new Tesla E-car 2016 - also Musk will have to remember that the destruction of culture with lithium can not go on - "expert" of the Merkel regime Henning Kagermann - BMW in Dingolfing builds an e-car plant, another dead end
Film woman speaker: The battery for the range is
the sticking point, and the battery is gigantic
large, so these e-cars are gigantically large (15'37
''). BMW builds e-vehicles in Dingolfing (16'21 ''),
and the plant is to be expanded (16'46 ''). 2025
should be 20% e-cars (17'0 ''). The need for
batteries will increase more than tenfold, according
to the fat bug from the Merkel government (17'15
The Altmaier bug (Minister of Economy of the Merkel censorship regime) says the worldwide demand for lithium batteries will increase tenfold - not considering ANY environmental damage (!!!)
Resistance to lithium
mining: 33 communities in Argentina are
demonstrating and launching lawsuits -
Argentinian government gives land to the
Rin Conna Dias is already affected. Thirty-three communities have now joined to defend themselves against the corporations (17'43 ''). The water in the village is getting scarcer, watering the garden is not possible any more, the water is not enough (17'59 ''). The drilling has just begun (18'6 '').
Jujuy province, a village community opposes the criminal lithium companies - another representative of Kolla culture in Jujuy Province against criminal lithium mining - Jujuy Province, demonstration and roadblock against the lithium companies 01
Province Jujuy, demonstration with road blockade against the lithium corporations 02, information material is distributed, with the Andean flag in the background - 03, banners
No to Lithium, Yes to Water (No al litio sí al agua)
Sierra landscape. Morau, the origin and guardian, where the rivers come from that spread life in our country
(Serrania el Morau, el seno Guardián donde crían los ríos quienes da vida a todo nuestro territorio)
No to mining (No a la minería)
Aboriginal community of Aguas Blancas presents here the defense of our country
(Comunidad aborígenes de aguas blancas presente en defensa de nuestros territorios)
The inhabitants do not let themselves be driven
away, but they fight now against the criminal
corporations (18'18 ''). Community secretary Monza
Sarapura: Rural tourism was built around the lagoon
(18'27 ''). When lithium wells arrive, it's all
destroyed (18'33 '') because corporations just leave
their waste (18'41 '').
Demonstration with banners: Lithium today - causes the hunger of tomorrow (Litio para hoy - hambre para mañana).
Film woman speaker: The protest of the 33 villages is causing reactions throughout Argentina (18'46 ''), with street blockades and demonstrations (18'50 ''), and there are lawsuits in Buenos Aires against the criminal corporations, and test drilling was stopped so far (18'59 '').
"Comunidad Aborigen de Aguas Blancas presente de defensa de nuestros territorios"
"No a la minería" (18'59 '')
"Serranía el Morau - el seno guardián donde rían los ríos quienes vida a todo nuestro territorio" (19'2 '')
Film woman speaker: The criminal government of
Argentina is simply continuing to distribute land to
multinational corporations (19'5 ''), "further
violating their human and civil rights." (19'8 '') -
The leader of the resistance is Clemente Flores,
lama breeding and farmer (19'24 ''). The water for
his farm is getting scarcer (19'35 '').
Clemente Flores: The water level which was 1,5m last year has dropped to 50cm now in the same month (19'52 ''). So the water table has fallen sharply (19'57 '').
Film woman speaker: The existence of the farm is seriously endangered (20'2 ''), nothing will grow, and even livestock will be impossible (20'25 ''). On salt lakes there are also fresh water lakes, that's all threatened (20'35 '').
Jujuy province, with farmer Clemente Flores, the well only has a water level of 50cm, in former times it was 1,5m
Within the salt lakes also freshwater lakes exist, all these details will be destroyed by lithium mining
The warning of the organization "Bread for the
World" ("Brot für die Welt"): 1 ton of lithium
consumes 2 million liters of water - the
government of Argentina distributes concessions
without asking the population - pampa will become
The [German] organization "Bread for the World" (Link) also warns of further lithium mining. Sarah Lincoln of Bread for the World:
"For 1 ton of lithium 2 million liters of water are evaporating (20'58 '') and the problem is that the whole thing takes place in an extremely arid region and will eventually drain the area." (21'8 '')
(original German: "Für 1 Tonne Lithium verdunsten 2 Millionen Liter Wasser (20'58''). Und das Problem ist eben, dass das Ganze in einer extrem trockenen Region stattfindet, und auf Dauer zur Austrocknung der Region führen wird." (21'8'')
For 1 E-car battery, it needs 80,000 liters of
water from a salt lake of the Kolla region (21'15
''). According to [German organization] "Bread for
for the World", the lagoon "Guayatayoc" with its
many flamingos has already been "sold" to
corporations, and then no flamingo can live there
any more (21'50 ''). (Lagoon Guayatayoc - Wik.link
Sp.). The criminal government
of Argentina has AUCTIONED concessions for lithium
mining in the region of "Salinas Grandes" [without
asking or involving the aborigines] (!!!). This salt
lake is as big as Lake Constance (21'59 '') [536km2
- Lake of Constance Wik.link].
Province of Jujuy, the lagoon of Guayatayoc with Flamingos will not exist any more when the lithium mining will come - map of Jujuy Province with the flamingo lagoon Guayatayoc and salt lake "Salinas Grandes" [map 03]
The natives, the indigenous people are not asked,
but their region is destroyed, as the colonialists
from Spain did it (22'5 ''). The indigenous people
do not really own the land, even though they have
been farming it for centuries (22'19 ''). The land
belongs to the government, and the government can do
whatever it wants (22'24''). A farmer: If you get so
much water out there in such a short time, then the
pampa will turn into a real desert (22'38 '').
Narrator: Then nobody will be able to live here
anymore, and the culture in the Pampas will
disappear in a short time due to lithium mining
Province of Jujuy, farm with lama breeding, aerial view - lama breeding - close-up of the lamas
Jujuy Province, a farmer warns of the total desertification of the high steppe region when lithium mining comes - Jujuy province, saltwater basins destroy the Andes region
Warnings about lithium mining from scientific circles in Europe: Physics professor Mr. Dr. Lesch
Physics professor Dr. Harald Lesch, Munich
Warnings also come from scientific circles in Europe, e.g. from Dr. Harald Lesch, physics professor [from the University of Munich]: First it was the oil being consumed without consideration, and now it is the lithium. The car makers seem to think, the raw materials are just "delivered" and don't care about the consequences (23'21 ''). Car manufacturers never want to have to do anything with the environment (23'36 '').
Lithium mining: The car companies give a questionnaire and in this way they give the responsibility to the suppliers
Regime "expert" Henning Kagermann says that the suppliers are responsible for sustainability
As the "expert" Dr. Henning Kagermann says: The car industry has committed to transparency (24'11 ''). Film spokeswoman: The car makers are to control the suppliers, with a questionnaire the German car companies want to block depletion and cultural destruction by damaging mining of metals (25'19''). But the car factories don't know where lithium is coming from and how it's produced (25'43''). BMW car factory also admits that "for competitive reasons" transparency is not always possible:
"This is not always possible, especially when companies in the supply chain can not ensure full transparency for competitive reasons." (25'49 '')
(original German: "Dies ist nicht immer möglich. Gerade dann, wenn Unternehmen der Lieferkette aus Wettbewerbsgründen keine volle Transparenz gewährleisten können.")
In the villages of the high Andes in Argentina,
however, never any representative of the car
industry has come to inform himself about the
environmental damage (26'0 '').
Romualdo Morales, village head: There are only representatives of the mining companies, who are ordering now what will happen here. Actually, the government should first consult the population before granting concessions (26'14 ''). The law clearly states that there must be a permit from the population before any drilling takes place (26'20 ''). Also the obligation for an environmental impact assessment (study) is not fulfilled by the regional government (26'26'').
Jujuy Province: The preparation of saltwater basins is destroying the Andes region - nothing will live here anymore
Lithium mining: corruption between mining
companies and Argentine government
The regional government of Jujuy is itself involved in the largest mining company (!) (26'34 '').
The comparison of the consumption of raw materials of the combustion car and the E-car
The NWO PowerShift for trade, raw materials and climate policy (Link (Engl.)) says:
PowerShift brochure comparing car motors - Merle Groneweg, PowerShift's resource advisor
Merle Groneweg, resource solicitor of PowerShift: That should not remain with questionnaires, car makers can not just hand over their responsibility to the suppliers (27'2 ''). The car manufacturers have to control the production themselves, which is not done with a few check marks (27'8 '').
Physics professor Harald Lesch [from the University of Munich]: German economic policy simply "pushes away" on cultural destruction, environmental disasters and restrictions in other places (27'21 '').
Film spokeswoman: So it provokes collateral damage abroad to have better air in Germany (27'27 ''). Merkel's Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the SPD claims that e-cars have less and less ecological footprint the longer the cars are driven, and that's why it pays off (27'44 '').
Environment Minister Svenia Schulze says that e-cars are "more environmentally friendly" at the end,
Culture destruction and genocide elsewhere does not matter for her (!!!)
Battery production: The high power consumption
for the production of e-car batteries
German e-cars are currently running with batteries from China and South Korea (27'52 ''). The power to produce comes from coal-fired power plants, and that's officially bad for the climate (28'1 ''). The production of a car battery is extremely energy-intensive (28'7 ''). There is a calculation from the Swedish IVL Institute [Swedish Environmental Institute Link Engl.]: for one kW of power of an e-car battery the production needs 150-200kg CO2 released (28'18 ''). 100 kilowatts of energy equals 17 tons of CO2 (28'30 ''). A mid-range car has already driven 100,000 km for the same CO2 emissions (28'39 ''). The expert from the regime Mr. Henning Kagermann simply indicates: With environmentally friendly electricity, the battery will be environmentally friendly again (29'0 '').
Production of a gasoline-diesel car is only half as burdensome as the production of an electric car - China destroys itself for" rare earths"
The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy has come up with all the environmental burdens for an e-car battery: there is not only the destruction of the landscape in Argentina, but for "rare earths" China is also destroying entire regions (29'30 ' '). Chemicals and radioactive substances destroy the environment and pollute the groundwater at the Mongolian border region (29'37 '').
Manfred Fischedick from the Wuppertal Institute for
Climate Research: Overall, the material cost of an
e-car is about twice as high as in a car with an
internal combustion engine (29'53 ''), mainly
because of the e-car battery (29'57 ''). In concrete
Film spokeswoman: "For the production of an electric car twice as much environment is destroyed as for the production of a car with internal combustion engine." (30'3 '')
Graphic: The gasoline diesel car consumes copper,
petroleum (plastic), steel, iron, platinum. The
electric car needs: aluminum, graphite, copper,
steel, nickel, petroleum (plastic), boron, lithium,
iron, dysprosium, neodymium, platinum, manganese,
cobalt (30'10 ''). The steel production for the
gasoline-diesel car is not as damaging to the
environment as the mining of the metals needed for
the e-car battery (30'16 '').
Scheme: Comparison of the cost of materials in the combustion car compared to the electric car: electric cars are a disaster
Balance sheet: FINISH with E-cars!
The trend towards e-cars is therefore a "nonsense" (30'25 ''). You can not just replace the tank with a battery, that's too short thinking (30'33 ''). Physics professor Dr. Harald Lesch (Munich): The information on the origin of the metals are all concealed by the car industry until today (30'52 '').
[Good drive techniques without big environment intoxication for cars are: hydrogen fuel cell, pressed air, water motor].
Aachen (Germany): e-small car eGo
There is a little E-car produced with a range of 104km upwards with small e-car batteries from 14.9 kW (32'27 ''). With 25.000km the footprint of the petrol-diesel car is reached and then the car is "better" than the normal combustion motor car. On average, the range per day per person is only 39km anyway (32'53''). But even the eGo is produced with dirty metals (33'26 '').
Antwerp (Belgium): First battery recycling in Antwerp
In the town of Antwerp [in Belgium] there is a recycling company Umicore recycling "functional metals" from batteries, recovered cobalt, nickel, copper and lithium from batteries, so: with cobalt, nickel and copper at a recycling rate of 95%, with virtually no losses (33'52 "), for lithium with a recycling rate of over 50% (33'55 ''), but this can still increase (33'59 ''). The recycling process for lithium was only recently invented (34'15 '').
The sleeping EU does not know what a lithium
battery is and there is no obligation of recycling
for batteries (!) - Burning in Africa (!)
The EU has an outdated battery and recycling standard from 2006, lithium is not listed (34'56 ''). A regulation for recycling a battery is only 50% predetermined, and often valuable batteries are even simply shipped as garbage to Africa and burnt (35'20 ''), e.g. in Ghana and Nigeria, and everything is poisoned there again (35'29 ''). In Europe, only 10% of batteries are recycled so far, and politicians in Europe are sleeping (35'44 '').
The criminal civilization exports electronic waste to Africa, where it is burned and causes new contamination
Vilnius with a public transport app
With an app you can track the public transport in real time and put together even the best possible routes with the different public transport systems (38-43min.).