tells the whole of this tale, the position of especial importance that is Bolivia....the "fragile economics, fragile ecologics and fragile/explosive politic that are involved.
This of course is only the battery itself. There is also the generation of electricity to "fill" them. Biofuels, coal, wind, electric or that unmentionable source Nuke plants!!!! there, its uttered. All come with non-green consequences, even wind. For that we need that highly refined poklution generating silicon! Coal is the greatest threat of nuclear radiation, regular and predictable and greater than even nuke plants themselves except when one of those (irregularly and unpredictably)goes critical.
"Whether we choose to follow the breadcrumbs history provides or investigate new leads; the politician, the banker, and that old antagonist - risk, might not always be central characters in a techno-thriller like this, but one fact remains that we should not lose sight of. The motive for any great detective story; someone always dies in the beginning.
Society's best intentions are often misguided and it isn't until some catastrophic event that meaningful progress is deemed necessary. The proof is in the words of the world's greatest detective, Albert Einstein, who said, "The splitting of the atom has changed everything save man's mode of thinking, thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe".  Let us hope that society can make better use of this technology and change its way of acting, if not it's way of thinking before it is too late."
We've been here before. Let us not forget the oil crisis of 73  spawned by political tensions in the Middle East which served as the precursor to the technological stagnation and demise of the electric car during the 80's , due to the oil industry and bad politics as many suspect. Perhaps it is a sign of rational thinking that oil companies like Exxon  are researching and patenting integral lithium battery components. Given their track record, perhaps it's a lesson we should be mournful of. Either way, it would serve society well to reign in the usual suspects before any crimes are perpetrated and countless resources fall by the waist side once again."