Climate vs Crypto
Alberta has declared an intention to attract a new sector to the province – cryptocurrency. But the early experience has been rocky and the significant energy demands of the sector is reason for concern. What are the energy and climate impacts of crypto? Should Alberta and Canada chase this 21st century gold rush? And just how much did Ed and David make in their foray into crypto investing?
Ed, David, and Sara discuss the energy and climate implications of crypto on this special podcast-only episode of Energy vs Climate.
@1:00 Easy Answers | Annex Ale Project (not sponsored)
@ 4:15 How Crypto Became the New Subprime - The New York Times
@7:30 Uncensored Crypto
@11:25 Understanding relative metal prices and availability: Combining physical and economic perspectives
@17:45 Crypto miners see "stranded" natural gas as a novel energy source - Marketplace
@21:30 Alberta sets sights on being new frontier for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs | CBC News
@22:25 Bitcoin Operations Fly Under the Radar for Alberta Regulators, Emission Reduction Plans - The Energy Mix
@23:43 A bitcoin mining power plant secretly set up shop in Alberta. Now it's being forced to shut down | CBC News
@25:00 Cryptocurrency Traders Move Into Carbon Markets - WSJ
@40:30 How Taiwan's 'civic hackers' helped find a new way to run the country | Technology | The Guardian
About your co-hosts:
David Keith is a professor at Harvard in Engineering and the Kennedy School. He is the founder of Carbon Engineering and was formerly a professor at the University of Calgary. He splits his time between Canmore and Cambridge.
Sara Hastings-Simon studies energy transitions at the intersection of policy, business, and technology. She’s a policy wonk, a physicist turned management consultant, and a professor at the University of Calgary and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development.
Ed Whittingham is a clean energy policy/finance consultant, fellow at the Public Policy Forum and a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab. He is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute.