Some good news from my neck of the woods:
A controversial bitcoin mining operation on the largest of central New York’s Finger Lakes does not meet the requirements of state climate laws, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation ruled Thursday, denying an air permit request the entity’s owner, Greenidge Generation LLC., made in March 2021.
The Finger Lakes are a stunningly beautiful wine producing region in Central/Western New York. Greenidge has a natural gas power plant there, which was supposed to be used for peak power generation (mainly in the Summer). Instead, they installed a Bitcoin mining operation there. Of course they should be shut down, and it finally happened. New York doesn’t need to pollute itself so cryptobros can get rich.
This ruling is especially important in New York, where some Democrats who should know better are Bitcoin-curious, mainly because Wall Street wants to get in on the shitcoin action. The most famous example is New York Mayor Eric Adams, but Kirsten Gillibrand is also in the mix. She and Wyoming’s dumbest Republican, Cynthia Lummis, have teamed up to push legislation “regulating” the crypto industry by basically giving it everything it wants. I’ll be writing to Gillibrand to tell her to drop this shitcoin nonsense, and I suggest that all New Yorkers call or write her office, too.
In some good New York news, Kathy Hochul won Tuesday’s primary and will be elected Governor this Fall, after replacing Andrew Cuomo last year.