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Bitcoin Mining Council officially open now, calls energy consumption 'feature, not a bug'

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk tweeted in May that he had "potentially promising talks" with North American Bitcoin miners on the energy conservation efforts in mining the cryptocurrency.

June 11, 2021 / 01:38 PM IST

Micheal Saylor-backed Bitcoin Mining Council (BMC) made its debut on June 10 as an open forum of Bitcoin miners amid backlash over the amount of fossil fuel-based energy used for mining the cryptocurrency.

The mandate of the BMC is to promote transparency, share best practices, and educate the public on the benefits of Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining. The council website shows that the initiative is backed by nine companies including Micro Strategy, Galaxy Digital, BlockCap and Marathon.

"The Bitcoin Mining Council is a voluntary and open forum of Bitcoin miners committed to the network and its core principles," MicroStrategy Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Saylor, who is among the people who formed the organisation, wrote on Twitter. "Join us."

Several leaders and studies have raised concerns over the carbon footprint of cryptocurrency mining which involves creating new coins through several computers that use up electricity for the analysis and computation of complex mathematical equations. Most of this electricity used is derived through fossil fuels.


US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren claimed that Bitcoin "requires so much computing activity that it eats up more energy than entire countries."

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Tesla chief Elon Musk had also reversed course on the use of bitcoin to purchase its vehicles. Musk said Tesla would not sell any bitcoin and intends to use bitcoin for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy.


Meanwhile, BMC believes that Bitcoin's energy usage is a "feature, not a bug" as it provides "tremendous network security." Becoming a member of the commission would mean voluntary disclosure of energy sources used in Bitcoin mining.


While the website categorically stated that Musk has no role at the BMC but acknowledged that the extent of his involvement was joining an "educational call" with a group of North American companies to discuss Bitcoin mining.


Musk also tweeted in May that he had "potentially promising talks" with North American Bitcoin miners on the energy conservation efforts in mining the cryptocurrency.

Any Bitcoin miner can join the commission, without any cost, if he believes in the same mandate of transparency and shares best practices. The website said that the founding members of the BMC will bear the cost of onboarding and operating expenses for the first year of operation. "Any excess funding will be given back to Bitcoin core development through established organisation," it added.

Smriti Chaudhary
first published: Jun 11, 2021 01:38 pm
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