Consequences of Electric Car Batteries-Reading a Peer’s Project

I chose to read Liz’s project about lithium-ion batteries and their impact on the environment. It was interesting to learn that these lithium batteries are used in electric cars, which are meant to be the “greener” alternative to a normal car. Although it is great that cleaner energy is becoming popular, these batteries still have their own detrimental effects such as water contamination and air pollution from the mining process of lithium. This is just another example of a situation, where alternatives may not always be better or simply cannot be 100% better. This project reminded me of the the idea of “toxic trespassing” in chapter 5 of Bigelow & Swinehart. Without even knowing, many of our everyday products such as cars and batteries have a way of harming us.

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