Alt-E, batteries and E-waste

Think about the overall environmental footprint and $costs of acquiring mineral rights, mining, manufacturing (with very dangerous cancer causing chemicals) just the batteries.

Now consider that all on a scale that would even put a dent in a dent of the energy needs world-wide. Now consider all of the places and times where alt-E simply won’t work.


Now consider the environmental footprint and $costs of recycling and disposing of just the battery e-waste on that world-wide scale.

If any of the above is even possible. China controls 90% of the world’s REE.

A complete environmental disaster. And that’s just for the batteries alone.

E-waste is already a huge problem and will be the NEXT existential man-made threat to the world.

And a social justice problem because poor people and poor countries will have the waste dumped on them.

Headlines in the news …

“Turkish President Erdogan denounces police raid at a mosque in German capital, saying the actions were “obviously nourished by racism and Islamophobia”

“Joe Biden calls climate change the ‘number one issue facing humanity’”

End oil?

End oil?

“We use petroleum products … The petrochemical industry uses petroleum as a raw material (a feedstock) to make products such as plastics, polyurethane, solvents, and hundreds of other intermediate and end-user goods.” — EIA

Covid and life expectancy

No one dies from Covid or any pathogen.  People die (pass away) hopefully only from natural causes at the end of their expected, natural life span which varies at any point in time, and individual to individual.

Over time, life spans all over the world have increased dramatically naturally, and have been extended for many artificially.


A pathogen or accident (for examples) can cause premature death, or shortened life expectancy or excess death IF and ONLY IF the expected life span was in fact shortened.

If an 80 year old that made it that far thanks to the US medical system succumbs to anything, society GAINED 8 years of life expectancy (80 minus 72). A huge win!  And most everyone says he/she led a good life, maybe a great life. Had a chance to marry, attend college, see their kids graduate from college.

At least half of the deaths attributed to covid in the US are the result of severe mis-management of the nursing and elder care facilities.  If Sweden admits to the same mistake. In the US though how much was negligence?

As many have said many times already, resources should be laser focused on those vulnerable to a bad outcome from Covid.

Research shows that a child pushed into poverty loses 15 years of life expectancy. A big loss!

Lose a 5 year old (expected to live to 100) to the flu for example and society has LOST 95 years of life expectancy. Not to mention the emotional grief for everyone, not just relatives and friends.

A devastating loss.

Covid mortality

The CDC is reporting 2.2 million deaths this year vs. 1.9 million last year. 

300,000 to be explained.

200,000 reported to be attributed to the covid virus.
— 100,000 mismanaged in nursing homes
— 100,000 elderly and/or with comorbidities

100,000 young and healthy attributed to the covid shut downs and lock downs

“A third possibility, the one we’re quite concerned about, is indirect mortality — deaths caused by the response to the pandemic,” explains one of the study’s authors, Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH1 who is also the director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health. “People who never had the virus may have died from other causes because of the spillover effects of the pandemic, such as delayed medical care, economic hardship or emotional distress.”

Far more lost expectancy to the shutdown lockdown mitigation approach than to the virus itself.