Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed John D. O’Connor.

Presently, for each EV battery we produce, 500,000 pounds of earth must be torn up, which includes 100,000 pounds of ore with 400,000 pounds of overburden. Moreover, each EV needs far more copper wiring and silicon for electronics than a conventional vehicle. With an increased need for EV rare earth minerals, the amount of destroyed earth will multiply as we must accept lower ore grades. If, for example, we will need to accept .2% nickel ore versus the .4% minimum today, we must destroy at least double the earth per battery, and use 700% more energy to extract it. Today lithium of one EV battery causes 20,000 pounds of brine when mined in Chile. If we need more lithium, our next source is Australia, where lithium is extracted from rock, using 300% more energy, to go along with massive acreage destroyed, along with habitat loss and decrease in biodiversity. Since China controls rare earth mineral processing, we will be beholden to that country, and be unable to defend or protect Taiwan, which controls our most advanced AI and national security chip manufacturing.

Because of increased energy needs to extract and process minerals, we will not save on fossil fuels, but increase their use in mining operations, which cannot be powered by windmills. CO2 emissions will increase markedly.

Our incompetent or compromised leaders should not be credited and followed blindly. Otherwise, we are headed to an EV dystopian future.


Kevin Price introduces Price of Business show recurring guest, John D. O’Connor. O’Connor was the famed attorney of Watergate’s “Deep Throat. 
According to “O’Connor served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Northern California from 1974-1979, representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases. Among his interesting assignments have been representation of the government during the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s; writing Fifth Amendment and “state of mind” briefs for the prosecution in United States v. Patricia Hearst; representing the FDIC, FSLC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s; representing California Attorney General Dan Lungren in campaign-related litigation; defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in significant smoking and health litigation; representing Coach Don Nelson in litigation with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; and representing W. Mark Felt regarding the revelation of his identity as Deep Throat.”

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