Michigan Republicans Move To Stop Funding Child Labor Via Green Energy

Towmotor driver Corey Reid transports solar panels at the assembly line at the First Solar manufacturing plant, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Walbridge, Ohio. First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive PV solar systems using advanced module and system technology. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • As Michigan aims for 100% clean energy by 2040, a new plan aims to ensure that child slaves aren’t mining the rare earth minerals and assembling the solar panels.
  • Michigan House Republicans proposed a package aiming to stop taxpayer money from funding projects using child or forced labor for solar panels and electric vehicle battery parts.
  • Widespread EV adoption would require rare earth minerals, including cobalt, lithium, and nickel, which are in short supply in the United States. Importing the minerals, moreover, sparks ethical questions as rare earth minerals extraction overseas often involves child slave labor and can damage the environment.