The wild hunt by lithium: How Tesla overthrew Morales

Дикая охота за литием: Как Tesla свергла Моралеса

Among the General public it is considered that there are different revolutions and coups happen as if by themselves. The cinematography adds to this view the idea of the role of personality in history. They say that once there was a man who changed the world solely by the magnitude of his personality and his strong-willed qualities. The press completes the picture, creating the impression that there are places where local just does not know how to live differently, because of the revolution they have — the most common thing.

At first glance, the coup in Bolivia looks precise proof of that. Who ruled the country for 14 years and once again won the national elections (47% of the votes) President Evo Morales in a coup, “according to the Ukrainian scheme” overthrew Luis Fernando Camacho.

Morales comes from a local tribe Aymara and is the first representative of the indigenous population at the highest helm. He relied on national minorities, the poor and the middle class and advocated for many of the region’s socialist ideas.

While Comacho enough that the billionaire, he actually is a kind of strong and independent Baron in the region of Santa Cruz, having even something like a private army. Adhere to extreme right-wing beliefs, up to overt fascism.

It would seem that the case in Latin America everyday. The economy is traditionally export oriented. The lion’s share of its revenue is deposited in the hands of a narrow circle of the elite, formed mostly of former colonizers. All the rest, especially the Indian population, with exports get little. Yes, and in production processes are not involved. Hence, the classic distribution of ideological preferences.

All this is true, except for one moment that radically changed everything. His name is Li, two-thirds of the world’s reserves (58%) which is concentrated in the triangle between Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Lithium material specific. He seems to be very necessary to modern industry, but the total demand does not exceed 20-25 thousand tons per year.

But towards the end of the first decade of this century came the Masks and said that in two decades the whole world will ride only on electric vehicles. In proof of which launched the project Tesla. The world was astonished and believed. So started the electric race, which resulted in a sharp increase in demand for batteries, based on the design which just lies same lithium.

As a result, the volume of its production in ten years has doubled (to 38 thousand tonnes) and price per ton jumped from 1670 euros in 1998 to 12 900 euros in 2018. the cost of logistics, China it is generally closer to 20 thousand.

And then came “any Indian” with his socialism. Yes, nimble, staged in Bolivia, the nationalization of deposits, depriving the billionaire of a fair portion of his income. And besides, who had the audacity in July this year to visit Moscow, where he held successful talks on cooperation and investment in the development of the mining industry in the country.

And that was the last straw. The similarity of the implemented schemes interception of power with the Maidan in Kiev more than convincingly points to the leading and guiding role of the United States. The growth of left sentiments in the backyard “America for Americans,” Washington, of course, annoyed, but overall happy with it. As Bolivians in any case would be forced to sell your lithium, particularly in the absence of other options. But to allow the consolidation there of Russian capital meant a direct threat regarding the current project of the formation of the Americas closed on Washington individual autarky.

And Morales was overthrown almost as in Ukraine. It betrayed not only the army command and the leadership of the security forces, to escape from the ship began administration officials and the leadership of the country’s largest trade Union. As a result, the power fell, and Morales himself had to seek political asylum in Mexico.

However, judging by the growing scale civil unrest, Pinochet from Comaco also came not very much. It obviously goes to full-scale civil war. But in the main, admittedly, the United States succeeded. About any Russian projects in Bolivia, especially from the strategically important lithium, now you can forget. America, it for Americans. Although not for everyone, but this is technical stuff.

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