New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the most controversial law on regulating cryptocurrency mining. The law imposed a two-year moratorium on new permits for proof-of-work (PoW) crypto-mining companies powered by fossil fuels. The crypto community lobbied strongly against the bill banning PoW crypto mining in New York and several crypto influencers and legislators disagreed that the move will reduce carbon emissions.
New York’s Crypto Mining Ban Triggers Response from Crypto Community
New York Governor Kathy Hochul on November 22 signed the most restrictive bill into law on regulating crypto mining in the state. The bill was approved by the New York Senate in June. However, Hochul delayed signing amid the strong lobbying effort by the crypto industry.
“To date, no other industry in NY has been sidelined for its energy usage. This is a dangerous precedent to set in determining who may or may not use power.”
However, Hochul said she signed the law to build on New York’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most aggressive climate and clean energy law in the nation. The law also triggers a study on the impacts of the crypto-mining industry on the environment by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Meanwhile, crypto miners using renewable energy sources are unaffected by the law. Several crypto miners started moving to renewable energy alternatives after several personalities including Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised concerns about energy usage in crypto mining.
New York Crypto Mining Status
New York became one of the biggest crypto-mining hubs after China’s crypto-mining ban last May. Miners moved to New York for its low energy costs and cold climate conditions that induce higher productivity.
However, miners had shifted to other states such as Texas for favorable laws and cheap electricity prices. The crypto industry suggested to New York legislators that a ban will only impact the innovation and economic growth in the state. Miners can simply switch to other states due to unfavorable conditions.
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