Bitcoin and Crypto CarnageRoubini began his tirade against Bitcoin on Tuesday with a tweet that started with typical inflammatory language.
Bitcoin’s peak was its rise to $20,000 in December of 2017 as the cryptocurrency rose astronomically through only a few weeks. However, that massive price spike gives Roubini the option to decide when he will base his statistics from. While Bitcoin is down 65 percent from its $20,000 peak, it is still seeing positive gains year to date. Bitcoin began the year at $3,700, and even after the recent fall in price is sitting at over $7,000, which equates to 100 percent gains this year. This fact was not lost on Twitter users who responded to his bold comments.
Crypto-Carnage: BTC down 65% from peak; other top 10 crypto-currencies down 80% from peak. 1000s of other shitcoins down 95% to 99% from peak. Total crypto-apocalypse!— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) November 26, 2019
Funny how you always mention “since peak” but never year on year?— Crypto Godfather (@CryptoGodfatha) November 26, 2019
More so, Roubini has been caught out before on his usage of the term ‘shit coin.’ At the CC Forum Investment in Blockchain and AI conference held in London this year, Roubini and Bobby Lee clashed as the economist praised the ever-depreciating dollar while missing its similarity to the ‘shit coins’ he bashes.
You have a vendetta against bitcoin. Gold is down 23% from its peak but up 16% from last year.— ₿illy Hamilton (@RealismGroup) November 26, 2019
Bitcoin is still 100% + YTD
Apocalypse NowNot done with his slating of cryptocurrency, Roubini, on Wednesday, turned his focus to Ethereum. Using the same argument that the coin had dropped 90 percent from its peak, he ramped up his inflammatory language.
More than just translating the market performance of Ethereum in this tweet, the economist also decided to bring up an old and ongoing argument about the power usage of crypto. This argument has been going around in circles for some time now, with a lot of the data admiralty uncertain. Yet, in the same week that these claims were made by Roubini, major science and technology magazine, The New Scientist, published a report stating Bitcoin’s climate change impact may be much smaller than we thought.
Crypto-Apocalypse: Ethereum down 90% from the peak, in free fall and now close to the 2018 low. Still a long way from zero that is its fundamental value. Actually it is worth negative given all the toxic externalities of energy waste and pollution that its mining generates— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) November 27, 2019
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