We’re all familiar with the “energy waste” and “carbon emissions” narratives around Bitcoin mining. “It wastes energy!” “It’s a carbon emitter!” Obviously, Bitcoin is a unique and terrible attack on the environment at a scale previously unheard of in human history.
But now the “Bitcoin is anti-environmental” narrative is now starting to shift towards “e-waste.” This, in the wider context of environmental narratives, is nothing new, and in the context of the consumer cycles related to electronic devices is actually a very legitimate pollution problem. Over 40 million tons of electronic waste is generated every year. But this is also a problem that predates Bitcoin, and just like energy consumption narratives, Bitcoin contributes to only a tiny fraction of the problem.