Bloody Great Holes

Bloody Great Holes
That top image of the pair purports to be a lithium mine but it isn’t, it is BHP’s Escondida copper mine in Antofagasta Region. Picturing the wrong mine is only the most obvious deception in the image. The most important deception is the false equivalence of the surface impact and overall long term environmental damage.

Lithium extraction also requires bloody great holes in the ground and certainly has an environmental impact but there are significant benefits to adopting lithium technology over burning fossil fuels. The lithium battery is recycled at the end of its life whereas a tank of petrol is burnt then released into the atmosphere contributing to long lasting damage.

California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided a neat illustration:

“There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

Pick a door to open, enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?”

The posted image pair is false, its implications are false. Deliberate falsehoods have a name, they are called lies and those who knowingly propagate lies are rightly called liars.