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The Cost of Mining and Maintaining Cryptocurrency

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Investing in Bitcoin and watching the fluctuations may be all the rage these days, but people don't spend enough time looking at the underlying implications of how much energy is needed to mine and maintain cryptocurrency.  In 2017 alone, the estimated power required to run cryptocurrency was more than all the power used by the Republic of Ireland.  By 2018, mining accounted for 1% of the world's energy consumption.  Last year, Bitcoin consumed 120 gigawatts per second - nearly 50,000 wind turbines worth of energy.  Learn more facts about the Bitcoin bull run.


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