Researchers allege Bitcoin’s climate impact closer to ‘digital crude’ than gold

The Bitcoin (BTC) bashing has continued unabated even in the depths of a bear market with more research questioning its energy usage and impact on the environment. The latest paper by researchers at the department of economics at the University of New Mexico, published on Sept. 29, alleges that from a climate-damage perspective, Bitcoin operates more like “digital crude” than “digital gold.” The research attempts to estimate the energy-related climate damage caused by proof-of-work Bitcoin mining and make comparisons to other industries. It alleges that between 2016 and 2021, on…

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More ancient Bitcoins leave from its wallet after 10-year hibernation

Bitcoin (BTC) is seeing some of its oldest coins come back to life after a decade lying dormant. The latest on-chain data reveals that two-year BTC price lows have reawakened the most ancient part of the supply. “Very old” bitcoins come back to life As BTC/USD returns to levels not seen since Q4 2020, questions are arising over how long-term holders will respond. The on-chain picture is mixed — the dormant supply is aging, but certain old hands are showing signs of wanting to sell at current prices. The latest…

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Is it Bitcoin’s time to shine? British pound drops to all-time low against the dollar

On Sept. 26, the British pound hit a record low against the U.S. dollar following the announcement of tax cuts and further debt increases to curb the impact of a possible economic recession. The volatility simply reflects investors’ doubts about the government’s capacity to withstand the growing costs of living across the region. The U.S. dollar has been the clear winner as investors seek shelter in the largest global economy, but the British pound’s weakness could be a net positive for Bitcoin. The GBP, or British pound, is the world’s…

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Is post-Merge Ethereum PoS a threat to Bitcoin’s dominance?

While Ethereum (ETH) fans are enthusiastic about the successful Merge, Swan Bitcoin CEO Cory Klippsten believes the upgrade will lead Ethereum into a “slow slide to irrelevance and eventual death.”  According to Klippsten, the Ethereum community picked the wrong moment for detaching the protocol from its reliance on energy. As many parts of the world are experiencing severe energy shortages, he believed the environmental narrative is taking the back seat. In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph, Klippsten said “I think the world is just waking up to reality and Ethereum…

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Bitcoin’s 60% year-to-date correction looks bad, but many stocks have dropped by even more

Bitcoin’s (BTC) and Ether’s (ETH) agonizing 60% and 66% respective drops in price are drawing a lot of criticism from crypto critics and perhaps this is deserved, but there are also plenty of stocks with similar, if not worse, performances.  The sharp volatility witnessed in crypto prices is partially driven by major centralized yield and lending platforms becoming insolvent, Three Arrows Capital’s bankruptcy and a handful of exchanges and mining pools facing liquidity issues. For cryptocurrencies, 2022 has definitely not been a good year, and even Tesla sold 75% of…

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Michael Saylor slams “misinformation” about Bitcoin’s energy use

Ahead of Ethereum’s (ETH) transition to proof-of-stake, Bitcoin (BTC) maxi Michael Saylor has come out swinging against what he says is “misinformation and propaganda” about the environmental impacts around proof of work (PoW) BTC Mining.  The MicroStrategy executive chairman, who recently stepped down as CEO, shared a lengthy post on his Twitter account on Sept. 14, detailing seven of his “high level thoughts” on BTC mining and its impact on the environment. Given the sheer volume of misinformation & propaganda circulating lately, I thought it important to share the truth…

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Will Bitcoin’s rally sustain? DXY, SPX, GC and WTI could have the answer

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a question and answer session hosted by the Cato Institute on Sept. 8 that the central bank will continue to hike rates until inflation is under control. However, these comments did not rattle the markets as much as most would have anticipated, indicating that traders might have already factored in a 75 basis point rate hike in the Fed’s next meeting on Sept. 20–21. Bitcoin has been strongly correlated with the S&P 500 and inversely correlated with the United States dollar index (DXY)…

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Bitcoin’s in a bear market, but there are plenty of good reasons to keep investing

Let’s rewind the tape to the end of 2021 when Bitcoin (BTC) was trading near $47,000, which at the time was 32% lower than the all-time high. During that time, the tech-heavy Nasdaq stock market index held 15,650 points, just 3% below its highest-ever mark. Comparing the Nasdaq’s 75% gain between 2021 and 2022 to Bitcoin’s 544% positive move, one could assume that an eventual correction caused by macroeconomic tensions or a major crisis, would lead to Bitcoin’s price being disproportionately impacted than stocks. Eventually, these “macroeconomic tensions and crises”…

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Warren Buffett pivots to U.S. Treasuries — a bad omen for Bitcoin’s price?

Warren Buffett has put most of Berkshire Hathaway’s cash in short-term U.S. Treasury bills now that they offer as much as 3.27% in yields. But while the news does not concern Bitcoin (BTC) directly, it may still be a clue to the downside potential for BTC price in the near term. Berkshire Hathaway seeks safety in T-bills Treasury bills, or T-Bills, are U.S. government-backed securities that mature in less than a year. Investors prefer them over money-market funds and certificates of deposits (COD) because of their tax benefits. Related: Stablecoin issuers…

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3 reasons why Bitcoin’s drop to $21K and the market-wide sell-off could be worse than you think

On Friday, August 19, the total crypto market capitalization dropped by 9.1%, but more importantly, the all-important $1 trillion psychological support was tapped. The market’s latest venture below this just three weeks ago, meaning investors were pretty confident that the $780 billion total market-cap low on June 18 was a mere distant memory. Regulatory uncertainty increased on Aug. 17 after the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced that they were “deeply concerned” that proof-of-work mining could increase demand for fossil fuels. As a result, U.S. lawmakers requested…

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