[Bitcoin consumes more energy than Argentina.](https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/technology-56012952) This is a problem because energy is our main concern with and opportunity for GHG reductions. What I frequently see as responses here are
-“You already heat your house, drive a car… …the current financial system uses X energy… gold mining…” so on and so forth
+My thought on this is that heating has been a basic necessity for millenia, gold has been mined since the advent of complex trading and digital financial systems have been around basically since the introduction of electricity, however Bitcoin is novel and new. It doesn’t make sense to me that we would be introducing a new technology that consumes heaps of energy that solves puzzles to do nothing (except mine, but the value of Bitcoin as with any currency need not, and in most cases do not depend on the amount of work/resources used to put it in circulation).
Global warming is the largest threat to humanity. People will literally start dying of heat in the shade by droves. Quite possibly there will be a biodiversity loss eclipsing any other that planet Earth has seen. Why don’t we plan our future technologies on GHG reduction?
+The thing is energy will never incur 0 cost. Solar panels need toxic chemicals and rare earth metals to produce them, similar case with wind turbines, hydropower consumes land and emits methane. You get the point. At least in the foreseeable future, energy will always harm the environment in some manner. Would it not make sense to focus on reducing usage while also pushing for renewables?