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Why the debate about crypto's energy consumption is flawed

Crypto addresses a lack of economic freedom, and provides an essential service to people living in countries with unstable economies Image: David McBee for Pexels

Evin Cheikosman

Policy Analyst, Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator, World Economic Forum

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