Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus criticized Mozilla for stopping cryptocurrency donations due to environmental concerns.
Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind Firefox’s web browser, has been accepting cryptocurrency subscriptions since 2014. Last week, Mozilla apparently tweeted a reminder of this fact, but since 2014 the world has become much more carbon-conscious. the crypto industry. .
So there has been a wave of criticism of the nonprofit.
” Hello, I’m sure anyone who runs this account has no idea who I am, but I founded Mozilla, and I’m here to tell you fuck you and fuck this. Everyone involved in the project should be ashamed of this decision to partner with Ponzi-planet-incinerator scammers“Said the co – founder of Mozilla. Jamie Zawinsky.
seo sos caused even more backlash, this time from the crypto world.
” Thank you for yielding to an ignorant and reactionary crowd on the internet, » tweeted Dogecoin co – creator Billy Markus.
” Wait for the kids to hear about the environmental cost of paper dollars and all the banking infrastructure, I am sure they will have the same level of disaster about their ongoing environmental impact. »
to be clear, we should care for the environment, but you know, recognize that if we live in a first world country and whining on Twitter, we are terrible enough for the planet, and stop trying to act as the worst of all. something ever and we are all saints
– Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) January 7, 2022
Bitcoin, Dogecoin and the environment
Cryptocurrency requires the consensus mechanisms of the “ proof of work »Use astronomical amounts of electricity.
Bitcoin consumes about 120 terawatt hours of energy per year. This is a higher level of electricity consumption than found in most countries around the world.
According to the University of Cambridge, only 39% of the global Bitcoin network is powered by renewable energy. The rest, about two-thirds, is powered by fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Calculating the carbon footprint of this energy consumption depends on where the energy comes from.
This equates to roughly greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption of 9.3 million homes for one year.
Bitcoin is the worst culprit, but it is far from the only one. According to the platform Digiconomist “ committed to exposing the unintended consequences of digital trends“, The Ethereum network currently consumes about 105 TWh per year. Again, this is more energy consumption than most countries in the world.