• Do You Want Electrical Vehicles And Solar Panels Made By Child Slaves And Forced Laborers? 

    November 11, 2023
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    The next time Joe Biden or any politician pushes electrical vehicles or solar panels, ask them where they stand on slavery because the elements that run electrical vehicle batteries and the minerals that go into the creation of solar panels could be made off the sweat and tears of slave laborers as young as six years of age. 

    Everyone in the climate change world and anti-human trafficking arena knows this but the climate changers may be banking on the average person not knowing this.

    When state legislators claim they are working for clean energy, it is best to ask how they are going to achieve that and how are they going to prevent an increase in slavery to achieve their clean energy goals. 

    Michigan is shooting to reach 100% clean energy by 2040, but now, Michigan House Republicans are proposing to stop the funding of any projects that involves child slaves and forced laborers mining for the minerals to  assemble the solar panels and electrical vehicles battery parts. 

    Phil Green (R-Millington) and others sponsored House Bills 532253235324, and 5325 and House Resolution 168.

    “This legislation draws a clear line in opposition to any industry that utilizes forced labor or child labor,” Green said. “It states that if you’re going to do business in or with the state of Michigan, you must certify that your products are not sourced through these abhorrent actions. These bills protect children, position our state as a leader in working to stamp out forced labor, and prioritize a responsible and ethical use of people’s tax dollars.”

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    Electrical vehicles require rare earth minerals, like cobalt, lithium, and nickel, which are limited in the U.S. so manufacturers must look elsewhere.

    The world’s top lithium producers are in South America, where Argentina and Chile provide 93% of the U.S. lithium market.

    Amnesty International reports thousands of child laborers mine cobalt for lithium batteries. Children as young as six years of age are used for the mining. 

    The Democratic Republic of Congo produces most of the world’s cobalt. It has been known for decades that child slaves have been forced to work in those mines. 

    Reps. Joseph Aragona (R-Clinton) said that “the best price may mean the worst working conditions.” when society attempts to move to clean energy production. 

    "We've essentially just told the world that we plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on this type of equipment over the next twenty years,” Aragona said . We have to be just as aggressive in defining what that means ethically. The cheapest price cannot be allowed to win in these debates -- the best price may mean the worst working conditions. We have to be willing to vote with our dollars in favor of free and fair labor markets, even on the other side of the world."

    Gina Johnson (R-Lake Odessa) offered a resolution that condemns unethical and irresponsible manufacturing practices, namely child labor, in the production of electric vehicles and solar panels.

    “Any decent human should acknowledge that child labor is deplorable and advocate for ethical labor practices and basic human rights,” Johnsen said.



    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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