Bitcoin. Internal combustion engines. Netflix. Norton. Twitter. Facebook. Online banking. ATMs. Security cameras (and their systems). Printers. Lightbulbs. Christmas lights. Easy-Bake Ovens.Tinder.
They all require energy to produce, and all require energy to use. Pick any one from this list, (or anything else not on the list) and I could tell you why you don’t deserve to be able to use it because that energy could be “best used elsewhere.” You can police energy use with LITERALLY EVERYTHING.
We can take it down to the very calories you consume. Would you like to hear the reasons why you can’t eat? Unless you either produce the food yourself, or provide more than enough service to society, to the point where it can be justified that you deserve the food.
I didn’t think so. It’s a fool’s argument. But I’m not done here yet. We’re not done with fools. Let’s shift focus a bit.
Bitcoin is coming under fire — again — for radically uneducated claims that Bitcoin mining is negatively impactful to the environment. Okay, we’ll get to that. But, first… I would like to ask some questions about batteries.
“Why batteries, Mike?” Let’s get into it.
Do you like having a smartphone? How about a laptop, or maybe a tablet? Yes? So you enjoy having battery technology, correct?
Green energy, (aka, renewable energy), has become the latest source of public angst and narrative-corralling. Whether it’s solar, wind or the latest and greatest electric vehicle (EV), they all have one thing in common; they need batteries. BIG batteries. And batteries are only able to function with a very special little mineral, called lithium.
Lithium is important because with it, we can manipulate the exchange of electrons between anode and cathode — allowing us to ultimately provide power to favorite devices, like our cell phones. This technology has allowed for some great advancements in quality of life for many populations the world over. But it’s not…