Bitcoin Could Collapse After Ethereum’s Highly Anticipated “Merge”

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Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency and Network that supports most of the play-to-earn games
Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency and Network that supports most of the play-to-earn games

Kyle McDonald, an independent researcher, believes that the Bitcoin network may be “regulated away,” causing the price of bitcoin to collapse.

McDonald recommends selling bitcoin now. The reason is that after the Ethereum blockchain switches to a dramatically less energy-intensive method of validating transactions, known as “proof-of-stake,” investors and regulators may realize that the energy-intensive method that both Bitcoin and Ethereum use now, called “proof-of-work,” was never really necessary.

Speaking on CoinDesk TV’s “First Mover” program on Friday, McDonald cited the “climate crisis” and Bitcoin’s massive use of energy. He said that because “Bitcoin doesn’t have the coordination like Ethereum to leave proof-of-work,” it could be “the first to be regulated away.”

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Crypto’s significant energy consumption has been one of the most damaging aspects of cryptocurrencies, and McDonald said bitcoin will never see “$69,000 again.” The cryptocurrency traded close to that mark last November.

Ethereum’s switch, a software update called “the Merge,” is expected to happen this month, and one expected benefit is that not as many computers will be required to keep the blockchain going.

McDonald said the possibility of Ethereum cutting energy costs by 99.95% is “highly realistic.”

“When you’re moving from a system that is about generating as many random numbers as fast as possible with 10 million [graphic processing units] across the world, to a system that’s running on a few thousand computers that are pretty low energy, it’s going to make a huge difference,” McDonald said. Graphic processing units, or GPUs, are used in cryptocurrency mining.

Ethereum’s switch, a software update called “the Merge,” is expected to happen this month, and one expected benefit is that not as many computers will be required to keep the blockchain going.

To track Ethereum’s energy movement, McDonald created the Ethereum Emissions tracker, which takes a bottom-up approach, but doesn’t factor in Ethereum’s price or the price of electricity, according to McDonald’s website.

“I’m starting with the hashrate, then looking at the hardware and making a technical argument for how much electricity must be used,” he said.