Comment 107355

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted December 22, 2014 at 23:25:05 in reply to Comment 107350

Why so closed minded to the concepts of good stewardship, continuous improvement, and application of new tech? Why does it invoke such mocking and sarcasm in you?

getting the metals

Everything is made from materials which can be obtained responsibly or irresponsibly. This is a bigger economics discussion that exceeds the scope of your mocking of cleaner energy. Good stewardship always requires diligence to ensure best practices are being applied. It's a greedy rotten world and they often aren't. It is dishonest of you to nitpick one technology selectively using this argument. Material and labor footprints factor into everything, your phone, diamonds, gasoline, clothing, lithium batteries, fuel cells, yet to be discovered future tech, even the hamburger on your plate.

Not to mention there's really no responsible way to dispose of the car's batteries once they are spent.

False. 1 2

Recycling is an important aspect of the battery's journey, even though the lithium-ion batteries used in most EVs and plug-in hybrids and the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in most conventional hybrids are not considered toxic. Both types, unlike conventional 12-volt lead-acid car batteries, are safe for landfills.

Lastly,

I mean, you don't see how it got there, so it must be clean!

While you mock them in between your drives to Mississauga, hard working and innovative people continue to improve our clean energy supplies. If we live in a society where improvement and science is welcomed, the Prius driver doesn't have to wonder about where each charge came from. Just to be an informed and responsible voter and perhaps supportive of clean energy initiatives.

Holy smokes your mind is closed. Or are you just amping up the sarcasm to toy with certain people here.

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2014-12-22 23:41:03

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