Bitcoin's Environmental Impact - Alex de Vries

Bitcoin's Environmental Impact - Alex de Vries

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About this episode

Proof-of-work secures the Bitcoin network, but its security requires massive energy expenditure. Alex deVries explains how much energy is used and e-waste generated  for every transaction. Alex is the founder of Digiconomist, which created the first Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index.

Alex's Links

Digiconomist

Alex's Twitter

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What to listen for

  • What the environmental costs for Bitcoin are.
  • Why Alex create Digiconomist and the Bitcoin Energy Index.
  • Why Bitcoin mining machines cannot be recycled or repurposed.
  • What is the relationship between Bitcoin energy consumption and price.
  • Why ASIC production is Bitcoin's hashrate limiter.
  • How much energy Bitcoin mining would consume at 1 million per coin.
  • How much energy is consumed with every Bitcoin transaction.
  • Why Bitcoin mining does not use green energy and how seasonality affects pricing.
  • Why Alex thinks 7% of all Iranian energy is devoted to Bitcoin mining.

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