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On 5/7/2019 at 2:59 AM, Tom Kirkman said:

I generally roll my eyes at environmentalists, but I think there's room to be fair here:

1)  Once you mine the lithium, it can be recycled with high efficiency.  That means you need far less of it than petroleum fuels, which are once-through-only. 
2)  Mining is more environmentally friendly than war.

I don't think the true purpose of environmentalism is the environment though.  The hysteria about climate change seems to be having two effects:
1)  It's weaning developed nations off oil imports.
2)  It's convincing the general population to pay a lot more for energy.
3)  It's moving the world towards more capital intensive products. 

If I had to guess, I'd say Western elites and their lawyers realized they could enrich themselves while improving their strategic position in the world.  Once that's accomplished, I suspect climate change research will quietly disappear. 

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