The CAT 994 – Not Exactly a GREEN MACHINE
The Cat 994K Wheel Loader meets your demand for greater productivity by delivering more: More payload. More power. More performance. And more profitability. The 994K builds on the 25-year history of the 994 model and combines it with your input to deliver a bigger, better machine. We made the 994K larger — increasing payload up to 30%. We improved the engine to make it more powerful and efficient. We made it more comfortable and quieter, improved visibility and made it safer for your operators. New serviceability features and a modular design make it more serviceable, and high-strength structures and axles make it more reliable, durable, and longer-lasting. The 994K is built to load more material for a more productive operation and a better bottom line.
This machine is required to move 500 tons of earth/ore which will be refined into one lithium car battery.
It burns 900-1000 gallons of fuel in a 12-hour shift.
Lithium is refined from ore using sulfuric acid. The proposed lithium mine at Thacker Pass is estimated to require up to 75 semi loads of sulfuric acid a day. The (used) acid does not turn into unicorn food like AOC believes.
A battery in an electric car, let’s say an average Tesla, is made of 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic, etc., averaging 750-1,000 pounds of minerals, that had to be mined and processed into a battery that merely stores electricity.
Electricity is generated by oil, gas, coal, or water (and a tiny fraction of wind and solar). That is the truth, about the lie, of “green” energy. There’s nothing green about the green new deal.