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Dear Bankless Nation,
Chinese Bitcoin miners are fleeing the country following the recent ban. While we haven’t concretely discovered the reasoning behind the ban, there are a few rumors.
For one, China may be looking at Bitcoin as a hindrance to its ambitious climate goals. To give some context, President Xi Jinping committed China to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.
The country is one of the largest greenhouse gas producers in the world, so these are clearly ambitious goals. Obviously to meet them, it will require the country to make drastic changes over the coming years.
As a result, Bitcoin’s environmental concerns (which we know are dubious) may have made it a victim of the country’s clean energy goals.
Others also believe Chinese authorities view crypto as a threat to its central bank digital currency—a crucial aspect of the country’s plan to become an economic powerhouse.
Additionally, there’s the standard “crypto facilitates illicit transactions and money laundering” claims that we’ve all heard time and time again. But as Nic Carter pointed out in his piece, does banning mining really do anything from preventing people from using crypto?
But the outcomes are clear. Hash rate is taking a dive as miners across the country shut down. With over 65% of the network’s mining power allegedly located in the country, this is a significant shakeup in the network’s geographic distribution of hash power.
Who will be the new dominant player is up in the air—only time will tell on this.
But there’s a silver lining behind the ban. While the security of the network is taking a hit, this is actually good for the overall health and decentralization of the network.
The concentration of mining power in China has been a concern for many critics over the years. This ban mitigates this issue significantly.
All I know is that this feels like the same old China FUD that we see every cycle.
So will it matter in the long run?
If history is any indicator, probably not.
But we shall see :)
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