Modern life is amazingly energy intensive. All those computers, data servers, and air conditioners devour a lot of electricity. In fact, virtually everything about how we live, move around, communicate, and work is embedded with immense quantities of energy.
It’s now even in our money. Bitcoin is so energy-hungry that people are seriously starting to worry that it might cook the planet. But such concerns are missing the bigger picture — that while we’ve created a new currency powered by electricity, billions of people still can’t get access to enough energy for the simple things in life, like the power to run a refrigerator, start a business, or create a decent job.
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