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European Commission’s sinister plot threatens to shut down Bitcoin miners

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  • EC’s Bitcoin proposal sparks global concern over the mining future.
  • The crypto community unites to defend Bitcoin’s environmental impact.
  • Bitcoin’s price stability hangs in the balance amid regulatory uncertainty.

The European Commission (EC) is facing criticism from the cryptocurrency community as it unveils its proposed methodology to assess and mitigate the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining

Critics, including Daniel Batten, co-founder of CH4 Capital, argue that the EC’s approach is flawed and could potentially lead to an EU-wide mining ban with global repercussions. Batten raises concerns about the methodology’s scientific validity and suggests that it may be driven by a desire to protect entrenched interests rather than promote sustainability.

Questioning the European Commission methodology

The heart of the issue lies in the EC’s proposed methodology, which involves measuring the resource consumption of crypto-assets “per transaction” and relying on reports funded by Central Banks and other entities to gauge Bitcoin’s environmental impact. 

Daniel Batten contends that this approach is problematic, citing a 2018 study by Cambridge University that debunked the same metric. He argues that this methodology is “incomplete and unobjective” when assessing the cryptocurrency’s environmental impact.

Batten suggests that the EC’s motivations may go beyond environmental concerns and could potentially label Bitcoin as an “environmentally harmful asset.” Such a classification could pave the way for stringent regulations or even a mining ban within the European Union.

Defending Bitcoin’s environmental footprint

In response to the EC’s proposed regulations, Daniel Batten calls upon the cryptocurrency community to rally behind a draft that highlights Bitcoin’s net environmental benefits. The submission would emphasize the necessity for a comprehensive framework that objectively and scientifically evaluates both the positive and negative externalities of Bitcoin mining.

Batten advocates for the use of high-quality references and real-world examples demonstrating how Bitcoin mining can contribute positively to the European Union’s sustainability goals.

He also encourages supporters to critically assess reports relied upon by the EU, such as the one from Greenpeace. Batten advises that these reports should be scrutinized for false or misleading claims, missing context, inaccuracies, or outdated information.

Ultimately, Batten underscores the urgency for the cryptocurrency community to unite and defend the principles of freedom and decentralization that Bitcoin embodies. He urges individuals to mobilize, spread the message, and invest their time, passion, and knowledge in countering the proposed regulations.

Amid these brewing concerns and debates, Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency in the market, is trading at $41,800. It has been experiencing a period of sideways price movement above this level, following its peak for the year at $42,400.

As of now, the token has seen a modest 0.8% increase, with a notable 12% gain over the past seven days. The cryptocurrency market is currently uncertain about whether these price levels will lead to consolidation or if a correction is on the horizon for BTC.

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Lacton Muriuki

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