Exploitation Fuels the EV Revolution

Do you drive an electric car?
Chances are, the cobalt used to make its all-important battery was mined in the DRC by workers in Chinese-run industrial mines, who earn ~$3.50 a day under dire conditions.  
Being hired through sub-contractors leaves workers even more vulnerable.
Last year, the DRC supplied ~70% of the world’s cobalt, the vast majority from large-scale industrial mines—and demand is climbing amid the electric vehicle revolution.
Some companies, like Tesla, appear to be making progress toward “responsible sourcing” of such minerals—but workers make clear the industry has a long way to go.

As miner named Pierre describes it: “The relationship between us and the [mine] is like a slave and a master.”

The Guardian

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