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bitcoin's energy endgame

this article from yves smith spells out a pretty bleak picture of what mining is starting to do to the global energy supply.
notably:
current bitcoin mining rate of consumption is 32 terawatt hours annually - approximate to the consumption of Serbia.
As bitcoin continues to increase in value, the energy costs involved with mining will continue to increase, and this is of course by design.
In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s available, requiring new energy-generating plants. And with the climate conscious racing to replace fossil fuel-base plants with renewable energy sources, new stress on the grid means more facilities using dirty technologies. By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.
This is an unsustainable trajectory. It simply can’t continue.
So, what's the roadmap out of this situation? Or is it so structurally built into the concept that we're gonna run into energy caps before we run into other stabilizing forces?
As a relative novice, it seems like lowering the energy costs would adversely affect the structure of this tech at a fundamental level - but its entirely possible i'm missing something.
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this article from yves smith spells out a pretty bleak picture of what mining is starting to do to the global energy supply.
notably:
current bitcoin mining rate of consumption is 32 terawatt hours annually - approximate to the consumption of Serbia.
As bitcoin continues to increase in value, the energy costs involved with mining will continue to increase, and this is of course by design.
In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s available, requiring new energy-generating plants. And with the climate conscious racing to replace fossil fuel-base plants with renewable energy sources, new stress on the grid means more facilities using dirty technologies. By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.
This is an unsustainable trajectory. It simply can’t continue.
So, what's the roadmap out of this situation? Or is it so structurally built into the concept that we're gonna run into energy caps before we run into other stabilizing forces?
As a relative novice, it seems like lowering the energy costs would adversely affect the structure of this tech at a fundamental level - but its entirely possible i'm missing something.
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