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Science, Social Studies, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 22 seconds, CC

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Bitcoin Consumes 'More Electricity Than Argentina'

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  • This article explains how Bitcoin, a type of cryptocurrency, consumes a tremendous amount of energy.
  • It also questions Tesla's recent investment in Bitcoin, which seems to contradict its environmental stance.
  • The article includes a short video about how cryptocurrency works.
Teaching Tips


  • The article provides students with an example of the impacts of personal choices.
  • The article and video can be used together or separately.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a bar graph.


  • Students can brainstorm possible solutions to this issue, including government regulations, economic disincentives, or technological advancements.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with math classes by using the graph from the article to teach about bar graphs and effective data visualization.
  • Economics classes can use this resource to explore the unintended consequences of economic decisions.
Scientist Notes
This resource evaluates energy consumption from operating bitcoin as compared with Countries who consume terrawats of electricity, this is a good finding from Cambridge researchers as data in the chart depicts that using Bitcoin consumes more energy than Argentina, though data in the chat is not sufficient to infer the potency of Bitocin impact on climate in the future especially when the world is working towards a net zero emission in 2050, operationalizing bitcoin can undermine this target, thus, this resource is good to guide policy makers to achieve 100% clean energy while slowing down the value for bitcoin or cryptocurrency applications. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.11-12.6 Analyze how authors employ point of view, perspective, and purpose to shape explicit and implicit messages (e.g., persuasiveness, aesthetic quality, satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). Explain how an author’s geographic location, identity, and culture affect perspective. (RI&RL)
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
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