Zero-carbon bitcoin: Can nuclear power solve crypto’s energy problem?

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Could bitcoin mining be the salvation of the embattled nuclear energy industry in America? The owners of several nuclear power plants, including two in Pennsylvania, have formed ventures with cryptocurrency companies to provide the electricity needed to run computer centers that “mine” bitcoin. Since nuclear energy does not emit greenhouse gases, the project’s investors say, the zero-carbon bitcoin would address climate concerns that have tarnished the energy-intensive cryptocurrency industry. Talen Energy, the owner of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick, Pa., announced this w…

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