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Usually the gas is burned off at the well. Environmentalists say using it for mining incentivizes more drilling.
The miners have blown through one town's allocation of cheap power, while another has put a moratorium on new mining operations.
Marketplace Senior Economics Contributor Chris Farrell says think twice. He calls the crypto ecosystem "volatile" and "opaque."
Down from its 1,400 percent rise in 2017, bitcoin is now trading at less than $5,000 — a sharp decline for what some once hoped was a new and promising asset that could excite institutional investors. Instead, many traders were just trying to make a quick buck. Click the audio player above to hear the […]