Mozilla Foundation, which is behind the development of Firefox browser, announced suspension of accepting donations in cryptocurrencies. A discussion about their impact on the environment preceded this.
Mozilla has been accepting Bitcoin donations since 2014, b until recently critics did not pay attention to this fact.
On December 31, 2021, the team announced that it was using the BitPay service, mentioning Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Dogecoin (DOGE) in a tweet.
This will be a transparent process and we will share updates regularly
Furthermore, the post caused a negative reaction, including from the founder of the project Jamie “jwz” Zawinski. “Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters,” Zawinski wrote.
Moreover, Peter Linss, who developed the Gecko engine used in Firefox and the Thunderbird email client supported jwz. According to Linss, Mozilla “should be better than this.”
On January 6, Mozilla announced that it would review its cryptocurrency policy and assess its compliance with the company’s climate goals. “In the spirit of open source, this will be a transparent process and we will share updates regularly,” the statement said.
Bitcoin mining impact on the environment escalated in 2021
In addition, Billy Markus, the co-founder of Dogecoin meme cryptocurrency, criticized the decision. In his opinion, Mozilla succumbed to the pressure of an “ignorant, reactionary internet mob.”
“Wait till them guys hear about the environmental cost of paper dollars and the entire banking infrastructure; I am sure they will have the same level of a meltdown about their own constant environmental impact,” Marcus remarked.
In 2021, discussions regarding the impact of Bitcoin mining on the environment escalated; after Tesla’s decision to suspend sales of electric cars for BTC due to the use of fossil fuel energy. Later, Elon Musk said that the company will resume sales for the first cryptocurrency when it receives confirmation that at least half of the miners use renewable energy.
Musk has repeatedly spoken out on this topic. Therefore, his tweets about the harm of digital gold mining for the environment negatively influenced the opinion of investors.