Elon Musk wants clean power. But Tesla's carrying bitcoin's dirty baggage

Topics Elon Musk | Tesla

Tesla boss Elon Musk is a poster child of low-carbon technology. Yet the electric carmaker's backing of bitcoin this week could turbo-charge global use of a currency that's estimated to cause more pollution than a small country every year.

Tesla Inc revealed on Monday it had bought $1.5 billion of bitcoin and would soon accept it as payment for cars, sending the price of the cryptocurrency though the roof. So what's the problem, you may ask? Bitcoin's virtual, so it's not like it's made from paper or plastic,.....

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