Bitcoin Mining Ban Bill Makes It Out of New York State Assembly Committee

The legislation aims to put in place a two-year moratorium on the kind of crypto mining used to secure the Bitcoin network.

Mar 22, 2022 at 7:17 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 23, 2022 at 8:35 p.m. UTC

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The Environmental Conservation Committee of the New York State Assembly voted on Tuesday afternoon to move along a proposed law that would ban so-called proof-of-work (PoW) cryptocurrency mining for two years.

  • The bill was put together under the auspices of the state's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which mandates that New York's greenhouse gas emissions be cut by 85% by 2050, with net emissions being slashed to zero.
  • It would effectively ban PoW mining – the energy-intensive process used to secure the Bitcoin (BTC) network – for a period of two years.
  • The legislation still requires passage by the entire New York State Assembly and the state's Senate, and then would need to be signed into law by the governor.
  • Earlier this month, a similar PoW ban narrowly failed to pass in an EU Parliament committee vote.
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