SkyBridge Capital and MOSS Earth joined forces to buy and retire 38,436 tons of CO2 – an amount aiming to offset Bitcoin’s network carbon footprint.
The global investment firm – SkyBridge Capital – partnered with the climate tech company – MOSS Earth – to purchase and respectively retire tokens representing nearly 40,000 tons of CO2. The move would aim to offset the carbon footprint of the Bitcoin network.
SkyBridge Ambitions Towards Green Bitcoin
According to a press release dated August 2nd, SkyBridge Capital teamed with the environmental platform MOSS Earth to buy and immediately retire 38,436 tons of carbon. The transaction would neutralize the estimated CO2 footprint of BTC generated from SkyBridge’s multi-strategy funds as well as the First Trust SkyBridge Bitcoin Fund.
The founder and CEO of SkyBridge – Anthony Scaramucci – raised hopes that in less than 10 years, BTC mining can become fully renewable:
“We project that bitcoin mining will be fully renewable by the end of the decade. In the interim, carbon offsets represent an effective way to green the bitcoin network and facilitate adoption by ESG-minded investors.”
In his turn, the CEO and Founder of MOSS Earth – Luis Adaime, praised SkyBridge’s initiative:
“SkyBridge’s initiative to offset the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the bitcoin held by its funds is most probably the largest ever done by an institutional investor, and an example to be followed by the investment community.”
He added that neutralizing BTC’s CO2 emissions is an important step towards stimulating the migration of the mining industry into renewable energy sources. Moreover, the move would have a positive impact on the planet.
Gemini Intends to Offset Its Own CO2 Emissions
As CryptoPotato reported at the end of June, the cryptocurrency trading venue run by the Winklevoss twins – Gemini – announced a long-term initiative called Gemini Green. Its mission would be to add environmentally conscious practices into its business.
The exchange partnered up with Climate Vault and vowed to purchase 350,000 metric tons of carbon striving to decarbonize Bitcoin. One of the founders of Gemini – Tyler Winklevoss – commented:
“As Bitcoin emerges as a dominant store of value, it’s imperative that we incorporate sustainability for future generations. We are proud to team up with Climate Vault to offset our exposure to non-renewable mining and contribute to the decarbonizing of bitcoin.”
Interestingly, the amount of carbon that Gemini plans to buy equals roughly a billion miles driven by an ordinary passenger automobile.
Earlier in the year, two other leading cryptocurrency exchanges announced they would become carbon neutral. First, the San Francisco-based FTX declared such intentions:
“BTC isn’t the biggest use of energy, but we take our impact on the world seriously. To that end: FTX is committed to being carbon neutral.”
Shortly after, the Seychelles-based derivatives exchange BitMEX followed. The platform confirmed it would begin a carbon offsetting regime, and it would donate $0.0026 for every $1 of blockchain fees their clients pay.
South Korean pension fund to invest in Bitcoin ETF: Report
South Korea’s public pension fund, the Korean Teachers’ Credit Union (KTCU), is reportedly looking to gain exposure to Bitcoin (BTC) via a crypto exchange-traded fund (ETF).
KTCU, one of the largest institutional investors in South Korea, is considering investing in a pure Bitcoin ETF or Bitcoin-linked ETFs in the first half of 2022, local news agency The Korea Economic Daily reported Monday.
According to the report, KTCU is considering investing in several Bitcoin ETF products, including those by South Korean asset management firm Mirae Asset Global Investments. The company launched two ETFs tracking the value of Bitcoin futures via its Canadian subsidiary, Horizons ETFs, in April 2021.
“As there are some well-made cryptocurrency-linked ETF products by asset managers such as Korea’s Mirae Asset Global Investments, we plan to invest in the ETF products after consultation with domestic asset managers,” an executive at KTCU reportedly said.
The official also mentioned potential investment in a Bitcoin ETF by Mirae Asset’s subsidiary, Global X ETFs, which filed for a Bitcoin ETF with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in July.
According to the report, KTCU is the second-largest institutional investor in South Korea, with $40.2 billion in assets under management. The pension fund has allocated 40% of its investments in alternative assets, 10% domestic and 9% international stocks. KTCU has yet to determine the size and other details of its potential Bitcoin ETF investment.
The news comes amid global pension funds getting increasingly interested in gaining exposure to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and major companies in the industry. Last week, the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund reportedly purchased $25 million in Bitcoin and Ether (ETH). Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board participated in a $420-million funding round for major crypto exchange FTX, the firm announced on Thursday.
Elon Musk warns of ‘strong inflationary pressure’ as Tesla mulls Bitcoin payments
The world faces “strong inflationary pressure” in the short term, and it may persist, warns the world’s richest man.
In a debate about inflation, some of the best-known names in Bitcoin (BTC) voiced unanimous doubts about the state of global monetary policy.
Future of inflation great unknown, says Musk
As even the United States Federal Reserve admits that inflation may be here to stay, the topic has become especially pertinent for Bitcoiners, given the cryptocurrency’s intrinsically deflationary characteristics.
For Elon Musk, who remains cool when it comes to Bitcoin as a “magic pill” for fiat currency’s ills, inflation is no less of an issue. With over $250 billion in net assets as of this week, potential exposure to devaluating currencies is more of a potential problem than ever.
“I don’t know about long-term, but short-term we are seeing strong inflationary pressure,” he said in a Twitter debate with Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood and MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor.
All were commenting on a previous tweet from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who described inflation as “happening” and apt to “change everything.”
Wood, also a firm BTC supporter, noted that monetary velocity, on the contrary, had been slowing since the 2008 global financial crisis, disguising some of the devaluation impact.
Regardless, when all types of products are taken into account, the true cost of dollar printing far outstrips government claims about how inconsequential inflation really is.
“Inflation is a vector, and it is clearly evident in an array of products, services, & assets not currently measured by CPI or PCE,” Saylor wrote.
“Bitcoin is the most practical solution for a consumer, investor, or corporation seeking inflation protection over the long term.”
Bitcoin may yet return to Tesla
Musk’s Tesla passed $1,000 per share for the first time this week, helping spur a dramatic increase in his net worth.
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, meanwhile, the company left the door open to accepting Bitcoin for its products in the future.
“During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, we purchased an aggregate of $1.50 billion in bitcoin. In addition, during the three months ended March 31, 2021, we accepted bitcoin as a payment for sales of certain of our products in specified regions, subject to applicable laws, and suspended this practice in May 2021,” the 10-Q document reads.
“We may in the future restart the practice of transacting in cryptocurrencies (‘digital assets’) for our products and services.”
Bitcoin bull market ‘2nd leg has started,’ says BTC price model creator
Bitcoin (BTC) marking a new high of $67,000 last week has opened the possibility of hitting $100,000 by the end of this year.
PlanB, creator of the popular Bitcoin Stock-to-Flow (S2F) model, called Bitcoin’s price retracement from the $60,000-level the “2nd leg” of what appeared like a long-term bull market.
In doing so, the pseudonymous analyst cited S2F, which anticipates Bitcoin to continue its leg higher and reach $100,000 to $135,000 by the end of the year.
The price projection model insists that Bitcoin’s value will keep on growing until at least $288,000 per token due to the “halving,” an event that takes place every four years and reduces BTC’s issuance rate by half against its 21 million supply cap.
Notably, Bitcoin has undergone three halvings so far: in 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Each event decreased the cryptocurrency’s new supply rate by 50%, which was followed by notable increases in BTC price. For instance, the first two halvings prompted BTC price to rise by over 10,000% and 2,960%, respectively.
The third halving caused the price to jump from $8,787 to as high as $66,999, a 667.50% increase. So far, S2F has been largely accurate in predicting Bitcoin’s price trajectory, as shown in the chart below, leaving bulls with higher hopes that Bitcoin’s post-halving rally will have its price cross the $100,000 mark.
PlanB noted earlier this year that Bitcoin will reach $98,000 by November and $135,000 by December, adding that the only thing that would stop the cryptocurrency from hitting a six-digit value is “a black swan event” that the market has not seen in the last decade.
An 80% crash later
Despite the high price projections, Bitcoin can still see big corrections in the future. PlanB thinks the next crash could wipe at least 80% off Bitcoin’s market capitalization, based on the same S2F model.
“Everybody hopes for the supercycle or the ‘hyperbitcoinization’ to start right now and that we do not have a big crash after next all-time highs,” the analyst told the Unchained podcast, adding.
“As much as I would hope that were true, that we don’t see that crash anymore, I think we will. […] I think we’ll be managed by greed right now and fear later on and see another minus 80% after we top out at a couple hundred thousand dollars.”
But not everyone thinks the next correction will be as dramatic as the previous ones. Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, said in mid-October that the next Bitcoin price drop will be less than 80%, citing a consistent drop in selling sentiment after each halving cycle.
Last week, Bitcoin established a new record high at around $67,000 following a 53% rally in October so far. But the new highs prompted profit-taking among traders, resulting in retests of the $60,000 support level.