averaging 750-1,000 pounds of minerals that had to be mined and processed into a battery that merely stores electricity, electricity which is generated by oil, gas, coal, nuclear, or water (and a bit of wind and solar).
That is the truth, about the lie, of "green" energy.
By the way, a hybrid? Not such a terrible idea, as they get about 40-60 mpg. There's a shit ton of toxic non recycle lithium ion battery in them too, I understand.
So, yeah, there will be pollution, no matter how we get electricity, unless we use our intellect, and make hydro electric work smarter.
You don't HAVE to store electricity in batteries, the electricity generated CAN be used to power an electric motor that lifts or pump mass, which releases that energy when the direction changes, and the mass moves an electric generator.
OR, those long term iron batteries that last decades, take up the size of a warehouse, and are recycleable.