Does Joe Biden Support Crypto?
Based on previous comments, Joe Biden has indicated they are somewhat anti-cryptocurrency. Below you can view the tweets, quotes, and other commentary Joe Biden has made about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and cryptocurrency innovation.
“The SEC's reliance on an enforcement-only approach in the absence of clear rules for the digital asset industry is hurting America’s economic competitiveness and companies like Coinbase that have a demonstrated commitment to compliance,” said Paul Grewal, Coinbase’s chief legal officer and general counsel, who said the solution will be action from Congress. “In the meantime, we’ll continue to operate our business as usual.”
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Gary Gensler, Joe Biden's nominated SEC Chair, has spent the last few years attempting to regulate all cryptocurrencies (with the exception of Bitcoin) as securities that need to be registered with the SEC. This stance is disastrous for innovation and will prevent the US from leading the world when it comes to crypto innovation.
While Joe Biden himself has remained silent on the issue, his agency's actions speak volumes about his stance on crypto.
Cryptominers’ high energy consumption has negative spillovers on the environment, quality of life, and electricity grids where these firms locate across the country (OSTP 2022). Pollution from electricity generation falls disproportionately on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color (Thind et al. 2019). Cryptominers’ intensive and often volatile power consumption also can push up electricity prices for consumers and can increase risks for local electrical grids—straining equipment, causing service interruptions and safety hazards (Chelan County 2018). Yet because cryptomining is geographically mobile and the stability of the business model remains unclear, local utilities also face financial risks if they invest in upgrading capacity that may not be needed if mining activity ceases or moves away.
The environmental impacts of cryptomining exist even when miners use existing clean power. For example, in the case of communities with hydropower where cryptomining operations are often located, increased electricity consumption by cryptominers reduces the amount of clean power available for other uses, raising prices and increasing overall reliance on dirtier sources of electricity.
Alongside these known costs and risks, cryptomining does not generate the local and national economic benefits typically associated with businesses using similar amounts of electricity.