Over the past week, concern about the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining remains a very topical discussion. On May 14, musician and activist Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, said he is more concerned with consumerism than those who complain about bitcoin’s power consumption.
Sean Ono Lennon pokes fun at wasteful consumers complaining about Bitcoin’s power consumption
Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John Lennon of the Beatles, is a fan of the leading Bitcoin for digital currency (BTC). As early as November 2020, Lennon discussed the topic in the “Orange Pill” podcast with hosts Max Keizer and Stacy Herbert. During the interview, Lennon told Orange Pill podcast hosts that he believed “Bitcoin is something that empowers individuals.” The British-American musician added that Bitcoin “empowers people in ways they have never been empowered before”.
This week, Lennon made another statement on Bitcoin on Twitter after the recent Elon Musk and Tesla controversy sparked concerns about the network’s carbon footprint. It seems Lennon understands that Bitcoin miners use a lot of renewable energy, and the musician believes there are bigger issues that people should consider. On Friday, Lennon tweeted:
People who wear jeans, drink coffee, eat almonds and avocados, drive cars, take flights, use cell phones, and buy new computers while complaining that #bitcoin uses electricity (70% of which is renewable).
John Lennon’s son adds that “rocket fuel has a pretty large carbon footprint”
Lennon’s Bitcoin tweet, criticizing the structure of senseless consumption, was hugely popular and received thousands of likes and retweets. Some people responded to Lennon and discussed how people eat a lot of meat, believing it creates a lot of greenhouse gases that could be curbed. Some people attacked Bitcoin and one person called the cryptocurrency a “pyramid scheme”. Lennon responded to the comment on the pyramid scheme, saying:
Ppl tend to misuse the terms ponzi and pyramid scheme entirely. #bitcoin doesn’t have any of these features, not even vaguely.
Some people on Lennon’s Twitter thread also mentioned the “evidence of violence” backing the petro-dollar. “You missed the most obvious thing – using the petro-dollar every day of your life. Backed by the world’s largest polluter, “said the individual, referring to the US military as the world’s largest polluter.
Some other people who responded to Lennon’s statement about Bitcoin said it was not about the environment and more about control. “Let’s face it, it has nothing to do with their concern for the planet. They don’t like it because they have no control over crypto,” the person told Sean Ono Lennon on Twitter.
Sean Ono Lennon also carries a Bitcoin hashtag on his Twitter bio and after tweeted that consumerism is a bigger problem, Lennon made another comment on the carbon footprint.
“News in brief: Rocket fuel has a pretty large carbon footprint. I’m just saying … “Lennon tweeted the next day.
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