House Dems skip closed-door briefing on Bitcoin to attend Roe protests after Supreme Court ruling

Quick Take

  • House Democrats hosted a briefing today taking aim at crypto’s environmental impact. 
  • Largely an indictment of crypto mining and recent market crashes, the briefing saw almost no attendance as committee members took to the streets to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

On Friday, Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee held a closed briefing on Bitcoin's environmental impact⁠ today, The Block has learned.

Three sources confirmed the noon briefing to The Block. A memo for the briefing seen by The Block identified four witnesses who were unanimously anti-crypto.

One, Princeton professor Arvind Narayanan, tweeted shortly before appearing that "blockchain has so far proven useless. Worse, it's proven a costly distraction to people and communities who are trying to solve real problems."

Another, Yvonne Taylor, leads an environmental organization that is working to shut down mining operations in upstate New York, calling it "the test case for the encroaching wave of cryptocurrency mining that could result in the conversion of nearly 30 shuttered upstate power plants."

Attendance to the briefing, however, was sparse.

A Supreme Court decision Friday morning overturned the Roe v. Wade decision, ending the federal right to abortion. Consequently, protests have surrounded the Supreme Court complex and pulled in a number of the Democrats on the committee, including Chair Maxine Waters.

A source with knowledge of the briefing noted that no representatives attended, with very few staff. Prior to addressing the main issue of environmental impact, those in attendance focused on recent crashes in crypto, especially Celsius and Terra

Staff for Waters had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. 

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