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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Crypto Miners’ Energy Use Draws Scrutiny

June 2, 2022, 10:05 AM

The Biden administration is teeing up policy recommendations to lower cryptocurrency mining’s energy consumption and emissions footprint, marking its first major foray into a poorly understood industry that critics say threatens U.S. climate goals and strains the power grid.

“It’s important, if this is going to be part of our financial system in any meaningful way, that it’s developed responsibly and minimizes total emissions,” Costa Samaras, principal assistant director for energy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, told Bloomberg Law.

“When we think about digital assets, it has to be a climate and energy conversation,” Samaras ...