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The White House’s Bitcoin Mining Tax Undermines Itself
Imposing a levy on mining in the U.S. will send the industry overseas, increasing emissions while depriving the grid of a useful form of “demand response,” says Nic Carter.
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There's No Such Thing as High Fees on Bitcoin
Bitcoin’s BRC-20 debate is a re-run of the 2015-17 blocksize wars, except this time some of the combatants have changed sides, says Nic Carter.
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The collapse of crypto exchange FTX under Sam Bankman-Fried raises the issue of proofs of reserve. (CoinDesk)
Let’s Actually Commit to Proofs of Reserve This Time, OK?
Requiring exchanges to show they have assets to match their liabilities would improve transparency and help to win back public trust in crypto, says Nic Carter.
The collapse of crypto exchange FTX under Sam Bankman-Fried raises the issue of proofs of reserve. (CoinDesk)
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If Ethereum Starts Slashing, It Burns
A move to penalize "bad actors" would make ether as politicized as fiat currency, says Nic Carter.
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"A view of the deluge of Scotch paper currency for English gold." (The trustees of the British Museum)
The Credit Crunch Is Not the End of Crypto Lending
It is a mistake to view bitcoin’s success as a trade-off against the creation of credit. Its future depends on it, says our columnist, a partner at Castle Island Ventures.
"A view of the deluge of Scotch paper currency for English gold." (The trustees of the British Museum)
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Crypto Mining, the Energy Crisis and the End of ESG
How a European war made an argument about mining moot. This op-ed is part of Mining Week.
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America's Quiet Default
Seizing Russian holdings of American debt risks the role of the U.S. in the international system and opens the door to gold and bitcoin.
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Bitcoin Mining Is Reshaping the Energy Sector and No One Is Talking About It
In other news: Ted Cruz understands bitcoin mining’s potential role in a greener energy system.
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Coinmint facility in Massena, N.Y., 2018 (Nic Carter)
Want Cleaner Bitcoin Mining? Subsidize It
Politicians who complain about bitcoin’s environmental impact should consider a little Pigovian economics.
Coinmint facility in Massena, N.Y., 2018 (Nic Carter)
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Ethereum’s Design Choices Are Inherently Political
Is the blockchain headed for an inevitable conflict between the interests of holders and users? Will that help “Ethereum killers” like Solana, Avalanche and Algorand?
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