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Elon Musk Tells Regulators to ‘Do Nothing’ on Crypto

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Regulation in the US will not destroy cryptocurrency, but it could slow development. That was the warning given by Tesla boss Elon Musk this week.

Speaking at the Code Conference in California, Musk suggested the US Government should avoid regulating crypto markets.

He said: ‘It is not possible to, I think, destroy crypto, but it is possible for governments to slow down its advancement.’

Directly asked whether the US Government should actively regulate the crypto industry, Musk said: ‘I would say, “Do nothing”.’

Musk has publicly supported some digital coins is positive about the part crypto will play in addressing issues with traditional financial systems. At the Code Conference, however, he accepted the impact of cryptocurrency has limits.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t say that I’m a massive cryptocurrency expert. I think there’s some value in cryptocurrency, but I wouldn’t say it’s the second coming of the Messiah.’

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Power Shortages

During the interview, Musk addresses recent developments in crypto mining and regulation in China.

Tougher measures to crack down on cryptocurrency trading, including stronger systems to monitor crypto transactions, have been outlined by China’s central bank.

Musk believes the move is power-related, but electrical, not political.

He said the crackdown was due to the country’s ‘significant electricity generation issues’.

Musk added: ‘Part of it may actually be due to electricity shortages in many parts of China. A lot of South China right now is having random power outages, because the power demand is higher than expected.

‘Crypto mining might be playing a role in that.’

However, he acknowledges the Chinese Government may have issues with decentralised nature of cryptocurrencies may present a challenge for the Chinese government.

He said: ‘I suppose cryptocurrency is fundamentally aimed at reducing the power of a centralised government. They don’t like that.’

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