Posted 698 days ago
The shift to green energy has a dark side that many wish to ignore. A good portrayal of this is Nicholas Niarcho's The Dark Side of Congo's Cobalt Rush published in The New Yorker. But if we have learned anything from the past month or so, it's that energy infrastructure is essential to nearly everything. We may have grown complacent with the global trading scheme that seemed to be working decently (albeit ignoring many, many wars waged in the Middle East to secure energy resources). But what can we do? We can't just stop using energy, and we don't have the means to just change our energy infrastructure from today to tomorrow. Many criticize that Europe is still buying gas, but it doesn't really seem like there is an alternative.