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Malice Or Ignorance? The New York Times Keeps Printing Lies About Bitcoin Mining

The New York Times’ campaign against bitcoin rages on. Even though this time they had the perfect opportunity to write a balanced article, they didn’t. The author reports one positive bitcoin mining story after another, while keeping a snooty attitude and suggesting it’s all a PR move. The title summarizes the New York Times’ stance, “Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-Friendly.” Related Reading | Valkyrie Bitcoin Mining ETF “WGMI” Approved For Nasdaq Listing Before we get into it, a quick story. The foremost expert in bitcoin’s energy consumption, Nic Carter, published an exhaustive report on mining. Among other things, it contained hard data that showed to what extent China was mining using hydropower energy. Mainstream media largely ignored it. The party line was that we couldn’t trust China’s statistics. And, that China was probably burning cole.  Fast forward to last month. China banned bitcoin mining a while ago and bitcoin’s hashrate relocated, recovered, while the network functioned perfectly throughout. Most of China’s mining industry relocated to green energy-abundant countries. What did the New York Times post? An article called “China Banished Cryptocurrencies. Now, ‘Mining’ Is Even Dirtier,” that claims that Chinese miners were using hydropower energy and thus used cleaner energy. That’s the level of propaganda we’re dealing with. What Did The New York Times Say About Bitcoin Mining This Time? The article starts by featuring Argo Blockchain, the company is building a new facility that “would be fueled mostly by wind and solar energy.” They even quote Peter Wall, Argo CEO, saying. “This is Bitcoin mining nirvana. You look off into the distance and you’ve got your renewable power.” What could be wrong with that? Two paragraphs later, the New York Times starts pushing lies and embarrassing numbers:  “A single Bitcoin transaction now requires more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, or enough energy to power the average American household for 73 days, researchers estimate.” Of course, those ridiculous claims come from Digiconomist, a widely debunked researcher who happens to be an employee of the Dutch Central Bank. And then, they blatantly quote the malicious study mentioned in the intro.  “The Bitcoin network’s use of green energy sources also dropped to an average of 25 percent in August 2021 from 42 percent in 2020. (The industry has argued that its average renewable use is closer to 60 percent.) That’s partly a result of China’s crackdown, which cut off a source of cheap hydropower.” And quote Alex de Vries, one of the study’s authors, being completely off the mark. “What a miner is going to do if they want to maximize the profit is put their machine wherever it can run the entire day.” WHAT? To maximize profit, a miner is going to find the cheapest source of energy possible. Energy is their biggest cost. The cheapest source possible is energy that’s currently being wasted. That’s the situation. BTC price chart for 03/26/2022 on Forex.com | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com More Feel-Good Stories Framed As Bad News The New York Times even quotes Paul Prager, TeraWulf CEO, saying “Everyone I talk to now is talking about carbon neutrality. The language has absolutely changed.” And then, the newspaper spreads the good news. “TeraWulf, has pledged to run cryptocurrency mines using more than 90 percent zero-carbon energy. It has two projects in the works — a retired coal plant in upstate New York fueled by hydropower, and a nuclear-powered facility in Pennsylvania.” None of these stories are celebrated. Remember the article’s title, they are cynically presented as PR stunts. Then, it´s time for Sangha Systems, who “repurposed an old steel mill in the town of Hennepin. Sangha is run by a former lawyer, Spencer Marr, who says he founded the company to promote clean energy. But about half the Hennepin operation’s power comes from fossil fuels.” The New York Times Closes The Loop That’s the worst example that the New York Times could find. A person who “founded the company to promote clean energy” but had to make a compromise to start his business. To close the article, the author brings us back to Argo Blockchain and tries to pull something similar. Apparently, the CEO “can’t guarantee that Argo’s new center will have no carbon footprint. That would require bypassing the grid and buying energy directly from a renewable power company.” Related Reading | Biden Loves Intel’s Plan To Produce Semiconductors. What About Bitcoin Mining? And then, they quote him again. “A lot of those renewable energy producers are still a little bit skeptical of cryptocurrency. The crypto miners don’t have the credit profiles to sign 10- or 15-year deals.” So, Argo is really trying but it’s not possible at the moment for understandable reasons. And the whole industry is moving to a greener path because the incentives are aligned that way. Got it, New York Times. Got it. Featured Image by tacskooo on Pixabay | Charts by TradingView

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Bitcoin Jumps To $40k As Putin Sees “Positive Movement” In Negotiations

Bitcoin has reclaimed the $40,000 mark in the last hour, following indications of progress in discussions between and Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that “positive movement” was being made in the negotiations on a “daily basis.” Russia is facing penalties from Western countries, among others, as world leaders criticize the invasion of Ukraine. Bitcoin Spikes Following Putin Remarks The spike came in the wake of new comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who indicated in a meeting with his Belarussian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, that there had been “positive shifts” in the Ukraine dynamic. Putin said improvements has been made in the talks between the Kremlin and Ukraine: “There are certain positive shifts, negotiators on our side tell me.” BTC/USD trades close to $40k. Source: TradingView Putin’s remarks boosted global markets. Futures on the S&P 500 rose 1.31%, while futures on the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 rose 1.65%. Sentiment in Europe was higher, with the DAX in Germany rising 3.41% and the Stoxx Europe 600 rising 2.09%. At the time of writing, BTC/USD volatility remained high, with bulls aiming to break through $40,000 resistance more convincingly. The increasing volatility had an effect on liquidations as well, with over $24 million in leveraged positions being wiped off the market in the last hour alone. The largest single liquidation order was on Bybit, worth about $6 million. Explosive growth in #Bitcoin bitfinex shorts hate to say it, capitulation incoming pic.twitter.com/FTQGt41UBQ — Cole Garner (@ColeGarnerXBT) March 11, 2022 Related Reading | Bitcoin On Course To Hit $100K Nine Months From Now, Bitbull CEO Predicts Traders Unsure Of Market The cryptocurrency market remains volatile. Bitcoin rose from $38,600 in European morning hours to little more than $40,200 after Putin’s remarks were made public. Ethereum, XRP, and Solana’s SOL all gained 2.4% in the last hour, while Polkadot’s DOT led advances with an 8% rise in the last 24 hours. However, it’s worth mentioning that Russian troops are rumored to be gathering around Kyiv, and some foresee a possible effort to encircle the capital. Adam Cochran, a well-known crypto critic and analyst, commented on the contradicting signals, saying: “Markets are so thin and so desperate for relief that we’re moving on vague positive news in the Russia-Ukraine conflict while both sides also release worsening statements and escalating action.” Bitcoin stayed at the lower end of its established trading range, with the area north of $42,000 proving impossible to hold for long in 2022. The latest price action, however, was a godsend for some traders, with popular Twitter account Anbessa informing followers that everything was going as planned. $BTC/USD Update 📈✅ 🔹bullish divergence playing out ✔️🔹4th entry -> 4 bounce up 3% pic.twitter.com/QqZnheFLyQ — AN₿ESSA (@Anbessa100) March 11, 2022 The deterioration of Ukraine’s position has sent shockwaves through global markets. This week, India saw a massive outflow of foreign capital worth billions of dollars, while Brent crude hit $140 per barrel. Related Article | Billionaire Investor Says Crypto Outlook Is ‘Very Bullish’ For Bitcoin Featured image from Getty Images, chart from TradingView.com