- President Joe Biden’s administration wants to impose harsh taxes on crypto mining.
- The proposal elicited a reaction from Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
- Kennedy claims Bitcoin’s energy use concerns are overblown.
Bitcoin mining has recently come under fire from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration as the White House reiterated a proposal to impose a 30% tax on crypto mining in a blog post on Tuesday, May 2.
While the proposal has unsurprisingly received opposition from the Bitcoin community, its latest critic hopes to stand in the way of Biden’s 2024 re-election bid.
A Split in Party Perception
Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has slammed the Biden administration’s proposed tax on crypto mining as a “bad idea” in a lengthy Twitter thread on Wednesday, May 3. Kennedy described cryptocurrencies as “a major innovation engine,” adding that driving this innovation elsewhere would be a mistake.
While conceding that Bitcoin’s “energy use is a concern,” the politician argued that it is “overstated.”
"Bitcoin mining uses about the same as video games and no one is calling for a ban on those. The environmental argument is a selective pretext to suppress anything that threatens elite power structures," Kennedy claimed.
The presidential candidate, however, offered no evidence for his comparison of Bitcoin mining with video games.
Kennedy Jr. did not stop at engaging in the narratives around Bitcoin’s energy use and even challenged the idea that only criminal elements use Bitcoin.
Kennedy Makes a Case for Bitcoin’s Utility
The politician argued that the privacy Bitcoin provides is not only desired by criminals but also by dissidents and regular citizens.
He asserted that cash and crypto would be needed to guarantee freedom if governments continued weaponizing the financial system.
Kennedy further expressed that a diversified currency system would create a more resilient economic model, arguing that the current centralized model is fragile.
The Democratic presidential candidate has increasingly positioned himself as a crypto proponent in recent weeks. In April, Kennedy issued scathing remarks against the idea of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and the Fed’s monetary policy over the last 15 years, touting Bitcoin as an escape.
Kennedy is expected to speak at the Bitcoin Conference in Miami later this month.
On the Flipside
- The Biden administration’s proposed crypto mining tax still has to pass through Congress.
Why You Should Care
Kennedy’s opposition to the proposed crypto-mining tax draws more attention to the issue.
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