Cryptocurrency fans have counted Tesla boss, Elon Musk as among their championships. Bitcoin, cryptocurrency investors have risen more in this pandemic. In his recent tweet, he said, “it is high time there was a carbon tax!”. If we look at the decision from the environmental point of view, this may be the best decision. But on the other hand, this has created a huge mess in the stock market.
Tesla proposed purchasing a vehicle through bitcoin currency recently. And now we see a tweet about the carbon emission which is increasing due to bitcoin mining. He suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin. He has also mentioned that we are concerned about the environment. For Bitcoin mining and transactions, fossil fuels are used especially coal, and it has the worst emissions of any fuel. Due to this change in the stock market cryptocurrency’s value gone down 15% to a two-and-a-half-month low.
Bitcoin and Energy consumption
Obtaining bitcoin is an energy-intensive endeavor. The chart shows the evolution of power usage, rising constantly from the year 2016 and increasing sharply in 2020.
On an annualized basis, it hit its current level of 149 terawatt-hours, an all-time high. The data if we compare to Google’s entire energy usage of 12.2 TWh, and approximately 200 TWh used by all data centers in the world. One more interesting fact is that if Bitcoin were a country, it would use around the same amount of electricity a year to mine as Switzerland does in total.
According to the IEA prediction, the situation could worsen, if miners used the most energy-intensive equipment, their consumption could rise to 500 TWh.
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