Global cryptocurrency miners would use more energy in a year than all of Chile.
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Residents of one of New York's Finger Lakes claim that a bitcoin mining operation heats the water so much it feels like you are in a hot tub, NBC News reports.
The note states that a gas-fired power plant supplies power to around 8,000 computers. This computer network uses water from Lake Seneca to cool itself and then directs the heated water back into the lake.
“The lake is so hot it feels like you are in a hot tub,” says Abi Buddington, whose house is near the plant.
Bitcoin mining, which is used to create new cryptocurrencies of this type, is an increasingly controversial process as it happens with computers doing complex calculations and releasing a lot of energy in the form of heat that harms the environment.
Global cryptocurrency miners consume more energy in one year than Chile / Image: Depositphotos.com
According to NBC News documents, the power plant can suck 139 million gallons of water and drain 135 million gallons daily.
The operations on the shores of Seneca Lake are operated by Greenidge Generation. Their computers run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, burn an incredible amount of energy and produce real pollution while collecting virtual currency.
To give us an idea of the growing bitcoin mining problem, a University of Cambridge estimate shows that global cryptocurrency miners use more energy in a year than Chile.