Please let us know if you have any questions about this facility, or if you need help connecting the dots as to why it is critical to get as many comments to the DEC as possible. Here is a one-page fact sheet for you:
New York’s biggest hurdle when it comes to #climatechange is proof-of-work #cryptocurrency mining. We have 9 days left to submit comments to @NYSDEC and hold @NYGovHochul accountable: Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1npHBZnV4oNxJZ1qe89KkKYmJoB4_W9kSdrhT9I1hJfM/edit?usp=sharing
About Cryptocurrency Mining in New York, and why it’s critical to comment to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) about the Greenidge facility:
“Proof of Work” Cryptocurrency, the energy-intensive, climate busting form of virtual currency commonly used in Bitcoin, needs thousands of machines operating 24 hours a day for private financial gain. Greenidge Generation, a proof-of-work bitcoin mining facility located in Dresden, NY, is the test case for how serious New York is about its Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
The once decommissioned power plant-turned Bitcoin Mining facility has a Title V Air Permit up for renewal, and with 30 other underutilized or decommissioned power plants in New York potentially following this model, it’s imperative that we tell the DEC to deny this permit.
The environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining is so severe that countries like China have outright banned the industry from continued operation. Other reports have claimed that proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining consumes as much energy as entire countries, like Finland.
How the DEC rules on the Greenidge facility will be a telling predictor of how the rest of New York’s power plants will fall, and how serious we are in New York about fighting climate change.
After the outpouring of concern that came after the public NYSDEC hearing on 10/13, they’ve extended the comment period for concerned citizens, activists, and business owners to make their voices heard on the threat of proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining at Greenidge.
The comment period has been extended to November 19th, 2021. Here are guidelines for submitting a comment: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G5_RuUcFZdJUy4p8JCaksbw-9fbPi_hZfrxhQoq1W8k/edit?usp=sharing
Written comments are extremely important and the DEC will look at each one. More than one comment can be submitted. When you email your written comment to Comment. GreenidgeGenerating2021@dec.ny.gov please cc email@example.com so that we can track how many are submitted.
Thank you in advance!
Seneca Lake Guardian Board