Tesla, GM, and Other Automakers Are All Reluctant To Say No To DSM – But What Is It?

From Transport Evolved.

In order to transition the world’s fleet away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner, greener, and more equitable solutions, we need more battery materials.

But just as the industry is experimenting with new battery chemistries that use materials that are easier to source and require fewer… problematic extraction methods and human rights violations, there’s a new kid on the block that promises the holy grail of more lithium, cobalt, and little consequences to boot…

At least, as long as you’re not an Ocean creature – because the new source of all of these raw minerals and metals is the deep sea, and the materials are extracted using a very, very destructive process.

So why then did Tesla recently suggest its shareholders vote against a proposal to execute a moratorium on deep-sea mining? And why are GM and other automakers equally skirmish about swearing off deep-sea-mined minerals?


00:00 – Introduction
02:57 – Background: Tesla Shareholder Vote
04:42 – What is DSM?
07:34 – Diversity in the Deep
09:01 – Getting permission to mine is relatively easy
10:56 – This isn’t fair or equitable
12:46 – Holdling Automakers Accountable
15:34 – Tesla tried to remove the vote
17:22 – What we CAN do
18:45 – We need to stop making masisve EVs
22:07 – Thanks, and Goodbye!


@LastWeekTonight covers Deep Sea Mining: https://youtu.be/qW7CGTK-1vA

Original proposal from As You Sow (voted against at Tesla Shareholder Meeting) : https://ir.tesla.com/_flysystem/s3/sec/000121465924007790/o429248px14a6g-gen.pdf

As You Sow asks GM shareholders for the same thing: https://www.asyousow.org/press-releases/2024/1/17/tesla-general-motors-shareholders-deep-sea-mining-moratorium

What is Deep Sea Mining? – https://www.wri.org/insights/deep-sea-mining-explained

Google, BMW, AB Volvo, Samsung all support moratorium on Deep Sea Mining: https://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?1909966/Brands-Back-Call-for-Moratorium-on-Deep-Seabed-Mining

Tesla tries to stop the moratorium proposal from As You Sow from being voted on: https://www.governance-intelligence.com/esg/sec-declines-tesla-request-over-excluding-deep-sea-mining-proposal

Fauna and FLora’s Deep Sea Mining Report – March 2023 – https://www.fauna-flora.org/publications/fauna-flora-deep-sea-mining-report-update-march-2023/


Presenter, Script, Audio: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Camera, Editor, Colorist: M. Horton
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2024

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