Monday morning briefing: Elon bails on Bitcoin

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Chart of the week: Elon bails on Bitcoin

The price for Bitcoin came under pressure last week as the massive amount of electricity required to mine Bitcoin caught the public’s eye, as well as the attention of billionaires and policy makers. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen voiced concern about the impact this mining is having on the environment. According to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, mining for Bitcoin uses more energy than the energy required for some countries.

Now Elon Musk, previously a proponent of Bitcoin, has chimed in and expressed concern about the environmental impact of Bitcoin. Tesla has suspended the purchases of its vehicles using Bitcoin. The company will maintain its Bitcoin holdings and will not sell any until the environmental impact of Bitcoin is minimized. The news sent the price of Bitcoin spiraling down on May 13, hitting its lowest level since February, before paring back some of those losses. Can Bitcoin regain confidence and become more energy efficient? Let us know what you think..
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