Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin over climate concerns, says Musk

Posted: May 13, 2021 by oldbrew in Batteries, climate, Emissions, Energy, News, Travel
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Tesla Model 3 [image credit: Vauxford @ Wikipedia]

Climate or environment? The confusion, or conflation, of the two is obvious, often deliberate, and not by any means confined to Tesla’s boss. If the company is waiting until ‘mining shifts to using more sustainable energy’, it could have a long wait.
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Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin due to climate change concerns, its CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet.

Bitcoin fell by more than 10% after the tweet, while Tesla shares also dipped, reports BBC News.

Tesla’s announcement in March that it would accept the cryptocurrency was met with an outcry from some environmentalists and investors.

The electric carmaker had in February revealed it had bought $1.5bn (£1bn) of the world’s biggest digital currency.

But on Thursday, it backtracked on its previous comments.

“We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel,” Mr Musk wrote.

“Cryptocurrency is a good idea… but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.”

He also said the electric carmaker would not sell any of its Bitcoin, and intends to use it for transactions as soon as mining shifts to using more sustainable energy.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    He also said the electric carmaker would not sell any of its Bitcoin, and intends to use it for transactions as soon as mining shifts to using more sustainable energy.

    Sustainable Bitcoin…or else 😆

  2. JB says:

    This is why I got disgusted with Elon. He changes his mind every business quarter and is engineering daft.
    A tycoon that is long overdue for ignoring.

  3. Stuart Brown says:

    “…coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel…”

    dried cow pats?

    I read somewhere of someone heating their house with bit-coin mining servers. Well, I suppose it might make better economic sense than a heat pump 🙂

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