We agree that alterative engines are the future, be it EVs or Hydrogen or some other method.
But you cant sit high on the hog about the positive effects of an EV without recognizing the major negative human, environmental and moral implication of the precious metal mining that takes place in their production. Nor the fact the mass amount of plastic used in vehicle fabrication is dependent on petroleum production.
While cobalt is the mineral conundrum at the heart of the renewable energy transition, cobalt mining is associated with environmental and social issues.
Cell phones and electric cars rely on the mineral, causing a boom in demand. Locals are hunting for this buried treasure—but are getting almost none of the profit.
Its much akin to the social justice warrior pontificating about the great injustices in their society from an electronic device; and while wearing clothing; and eating food that was probably manufactured or grown using slave labor in some far off land.