After Teslaâ€™s Elon Musk and Microstrategy CEO Micheal Saylor revealed the revelation of a newly created â€œBitcoin Mining Council,â€ the news became a viral subject. While some crypto supporters like the idea, others have been skeptical of a couple of billionaires having closed-door meetings with North American bitcoin miners.
Bitcoin Mining Council Brings Back Memories of Notorious Hong Kong and New York Agreements
Following Muskâ€™s statement, Microstrategyâ€™s CEO Micheal Saylor said he hosted the meeting between Musk and the â€œleading bitcoin miners in North America.â€ Saylor further revealed some of the mining participants that have joined the â€œBitcoin Mining Council.â€
According to Saylorâ€™s tweet, miners such as Riot Blockchain, Core Scientific, Galaxy Digital, Hive Blockchain, Hut8, Marathon, Argo Blockchain, and Blockcap have joined the initiative. Despite some peopleâ€™s optimistic opinions about the Bitcoin Mining Council, not everyone was positive about this announcement.
For a great number of crypto proponents, the closed-door meeting was looked at as shady and reminded them of the infamous Hong Kong and the New York Agreements. For instance, the Twitter account @altcoindailyio responded to Saylorâ€™s tweet and said:
â€˜Closed-Door Meetings Do Not Typically Have Any Good Outcomes in Bitcoinâ€™s Historyâ€™
The Twitter account @documentingbtc also responded to Saylorâ€™s announcement and said:
The Hong Kong and New York Agreements are very controversial times within the community. The Hong Kong Agreement took place on February 21, 2016, and was titled â€œBitcoin Roundtable Consensus.â€ In that specific agreement, it said that the signatories agreed that the Bitcoin protocol would increase the block size to â€œ2 MB, with the total size no more than 4 MB.â€
Many people signed the Hong Kong Agreement, including people who changed their positions later, and then decided to fight against any block size increase. Signatures from individuals, who in more recent times have been wholeheartedly against any block size increases, including people like Luke Dashjr, Matt Corallo, Peter Todd, Adam Back, and Samson Mow.
Alongside a number of programmers, a large demographic of bitcoin miners also agreed to the Hong Kong Agreementâ€™s commitments. But the Hong Kong Agreement never came to fruition, and soon led to another notorious meeting called the New York Agreement.
The New York Agreement was initiated by the company Digital Currency Group and also became a controversial meeting. This meeting was dubbed â€œBitcoin Scaling Agreement at Consensus 2017â€ after it was held during Coindeskâ€™s Consensus conference in New York that year.
Once again, a 2 MB block size increase was proposed and agreed upon by a great number of industry participants from 58 companies located in 22 countries, and 83.28% of hashing power. The only part of the New York Agreement that made it through was the implementation of Segregated Witness (Segwit), and the 2 MB increase was squashed.
Amid Conspiracy Theories, Argo Blockchain Executive Says: â€˜Bitcoin Mining Council Is the Next Logical Stepâ€™
These prior meetings with miners have caused a lot of controversy within the cryptocurrency community, so Saylorâ€™s and Muskâ€™s Bitcoin Mining Council has been looked upon with the same skepticism.
Some of the bitcoiners on the Reddit forum, r/bitcoin, donâ€™t seem to appreciate the two billionaires interfering with miners and addressing carbon neutrality. One Reddit post calls the Bitcoin Mining Council a â€œpublicity stunt to address environmental concerns.â€ In another post, one Redditor said:
The conspiracy theories on r/bitcoin are littered all over the first few pages of the forum. One r/bitcoin post predicts that Tesla will soon announce a so-called Tesla Bitcoin mining operation and many people agreed with the theory.
Despite the conspiracies, members of the Bitcoin Mining Council look forward to promoting the concept of environmentally friendly bitcoin mining operations. Executives from Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB) said the firm discussed the situation with Musk and Saylor. Following the meeting, Peter Wall, Chief Executive of Argo Blockchain, said: â€œToday is a good day for the planet.â€
â€œSustainability has always been at the heart of Argoâ€™s mining operations and the newly-formed Bitcoin Mining Council is the next logical step in fostering a sectoral shift towards renewable energy,â€ Wall said in a statement sent to Bitcoin.com News. â€œI enjoyed speaking with Elon Musk about these issues this weekend, and look forward to joining Michael Saylor and other leading North American miners in working to future-proof an industry that must collectively improve sustainable mining practices and take ESG concerns seriously.â€
What do you think about the responses to Bitcoin Mining Council and the similarities between the meeting and the New York and Hong Kong Agreements? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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