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Fracking Companies Pivot to Mining Bitcoin as Pandemic Woes Continue to Bite

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Bitcoin is often slammed over its high electricity consumption. Critics argue this is wasteful and unsustainable in the long term. However, in an unusual twist to the environmental debate, it turns out that fracking companies are utilizing waste gas to power Bitcoin mining rigs.

Bitcoin Mops up Waste Gas

The shale industry is in a state of decline. Not only are political, financial, and environmental issues closing in, but the effects of the pandemic have also taken their toll.

With that, turning to alternative revenue streams has become all the more appealing in recent times. Sergii Gerasymovych, the Founder of EZ Blockchain, spotted an opportunity to bring Bitcoin and the fracking industry together.

Fracking shale formations involve digging into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at rocks to release the gas held within. Waste gas, mostly composed of methane, is also released as a byproduct of this process. This flare gas is typically burnt off as it’s unprofitable to sell.

“Gas flaring is responsible for at least 1% of global carbon emissions, and collectively wastes hundreds of millions of dollars worth of natural resources every year.”

However, Gerasymovych realized that Bitcoin miners and shale companies could both benefit from utilizing the flare gas. Instead of burning it, Gerasymovych proposed using generators to convert the flare emissions into electricity. In turn, this is then used to power Bitcoin mining equipment.

Previously, shale companies were skeptical of this idea. But a combination of factors came together this past year or so, making the idea much more appealing. As the pandemic struck, the price of gas fell. At the same time, the value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed.

But what swayed things was Gerasymovych’s business model, which charges for installing and maintaining the Bitcoin infrastructure. This setup means the fracking firm is the Bitcoin miner using its own waste gas for free.

“The market conditions have changed. Now, every oil and gas company we reached out to in 2018 is calling us back because they see Bitcoin is making a lot of money.”

Energy FUD

Researchers estimate the Bitcoin network uses 121.26 terawatt-hours per year, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of a mid-sized country such as Argentina.

The critics argue that burning fossil fuels to power the Bitcoin network accelerates climate change. However, Bitcoin mining is a highly competitive industry. Those with the most efficient mining rigs powered by the cheapest electricity will rise to the top.

It just so happens that renewable hydropower is the cheapest electricity source available, at an average cost of $0.05 per kilowatt-hour. For comparison, fossil fuels can cost more than three times as much at $0.17 per kilowatt-hour. Using waste gas that would otherwise be burned is even better.

However, some maintain the view that it’s hard to justify Bitcoin’s massive energy consumption regardless of the energy source.

Bitcoin daily chart

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: 10 April

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The correlation between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash stood strong at 0.729, showing a positive correlation between the prices of the two (denominated in USD). Bitcoin Cash saw some bullish news in recent weeks when it was announced that merchants that have integrated PayPal will be able to accept payments in BCH.

Bitcoin Cash 12-hour chart

Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BCH/USDT on TradingView

Bitcoin Cash was once again near the $670 resistance level. Further on lies the $750 resistance level, while support is at the $600-$610 area.

A leg upwards could be exactly the thing that has been brewing in the markets over the past month. Bitcoin and Ethereum have been unable to break past the stubborn resistance at $60k and $2000 respectively, suffering a sharp pullback before recovering. The positive sentiment around the market has been building for a few weeks now and could propel prices higher in the weeks to come.

The technical indicators showed that BCH has shifted back toward bullish momentum over the past two weeks, after dropping to test the $480 support level.

Rationale

Using the Elliot Wave Theory, the move from $220 (October) to $500 (January) appears to be the third wave in a series of five waves for BCH – and that wave also saw BCH register larger gains than the other two motive waves.

The move from $750 to $480 would then be Wave A of the corrective phase – and the recovery from $480 being Wave B. If this is indeed so, then BCH is unlikely to push past $750 once again.

The OBV showed that although buying volume was present, it has not yet made up for the selling volume seen since the drop from $750. This has to change if the bulls are to drive prices toward $800.

The RSI climbed back above neutral 50 to denote bullish sentiment.

Conclusion

A surging Bitcoin often sees market participants exchange altcoins for the king of crypto. This scenario would likely see coins such as BCH stagnate while Bitcoin soars. The $660 and $750 remain key levels of resistance and a move above them will invalidate the corrective phase scenario laid out in this analysis.


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How Ripple’s big win in court correlates with XRP’s 113% rally

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The bulls ride again on XRP’s side, as the token breaks about $1. On the legal subject, things seem to be going well for Ripple’s corner as rumors of an SEC settlement grow louder.

Back in December, the Commission hit Ripple Labs, executive Brad Garlinghouse, and Chris Larsen with a lawsuit for the alleged illegal sales of an unregistered security. In the coming month’s XRP’s price plummeted, exchanges delisted it, some investors lose faith.

As reported by lawyer Stephen Palley, Garlinghouse and Larsen scored a victory yesterday when Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn rule that “discovery seeking 8 years of financial records along w/ subpoenas to 3d parties seeking same were too broad”.

Palley classified the decision as a “nice early win” by the defendants but is still skeptical about it being an indication for a resolution on the case. Palley added the following:

Winning a motion for a protective order on discovery doesn’t usually portend victory on the merits of the case itself. It depends. And the Court left open the possibility some of this could revisit later, if there are reasons to check veracity.

On the other hand, Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said Ripple’s “equity is trading” at up to $3 billion in valuations on a secondary market. Novogratz speculated on the possibility XRP is rallying due to rumors of a possible settlement in the lawsuit.

Last February, the parties ruled out a settlement in a joint letter. However, the negotiations took place under the Commission’s previous directive. Gary Gensler is expected to be confirmed by the Senate and his more pro-crypto stance to have a positive influence on the legal process. Novogratz said:

Ripple equity is ‘trading’ in secondary market at $2-3bn valuation.  The $XRP on their balance sheet is worth approx $70bn. One price seems wrong. If XRP price is saying settlement coming, the equity is crazy cheap.   If not, the token seems expensive.   Thoughts?

Commenting on Novogratz’s statements Palley said there is no “public” indication a resolution is coming soon. The lawyer classified this subject as “inside” information and claimed a settlement will come after summary judgment practice. Palley added:

I don’t know how one can correlate price itself to settlement unless someone has inside information about potential SEC settlement/resolution and ability for exchanges to re-list for trading. Ripple has done better than I expected so far in preliminary motion practice and discovery fights, but there’s a long way from that to case resolution.

XRP in moon mode

Those who hold on to their tokens have been rewarded. XRP is trading at $1,32 with 29% profits in the past 24 hours and the biggest weekly rally in the crypto top ten with 113%.

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XRP on a bullish run in the 24-hour chart. Source: XRPUSDT Tradingview

Trader Kaleo said XRP is yet to reach its top and seems bullish on current price action. Comparing it to the 2017 bull-fun, the trader said XRP’s price quickly reach $2.45 when it broke the $1 mark. In the current rally, there is “way more capital” and fuel for the price to extend the bullish momentum.

In the last 24 hours, investors in South Korea are increasing XRP buying pressure as shown by the high trading volume in Upbit and Bithumb, two major exchanges in that country.

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Chainlink, Aave, Decred Price Analysis: 10 April

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Chainlink moved within an ascending channel but a breakdown did not seem likely at least in the short term. Aave remained below its 200-SMA, while Decred was expected to break south from its ascending channel after touching $200.

Chainlink [LINK]

Source: LINK/USD, TradingView

Chainlink’s current price was at a crossroads on the 4-hour chart. On one end, a climb above $35-resistance on the back of a bullish broader market would likely boost LINK above its ATH of $36.9. The other end would see LINK move below the bottom trendline of its ascending channel.

A bearish divergence on the MACD did lead to a pullback, but the price was still within the confines of an ascending channel. If the fast-moving line does cross above the signal line, a breakdown can be avoided over the coming sessions. The RSI pointed north from 54 but was expected to fall towards the oversold zone after forming another peak in the upper territory. A breakdown would highlight $28.6-support, but the same could go as low as $24.4.

Aave [AAVE]

Source: AAVE/USD, TradingView

While Aave has attempted a recovery after the late February pullback, gains have been largely capped by a strong resistance line of $422.7. Another stubborn form of resistance came from the 200-SMA, a line that has subdued Aave’s attempt at a bullish comeback. At the time of writing, the candlesticks were below the 200-SMA and the bulls faced an uphill task to take control of the market.

The OBV moved flat over the last few sessions. On a whole, selling volume has outmatched buying volume since mid-February. The ADX pointed south from 26 as the price approached its long-term moving average. Even if the price does move north, failure to flip $422.7 to a line of support could lead to a breakdown once again. Support at $300 could cushion any losses seen during the mid-long term.

Decred [DCR]

Source: DCR/USD, TradingView

On the 4-hour timeframe, Decred moved within an ascending channel after a pickup from $175.7-support. Since the last two weeks, this has become a recurring theme for DCR. Ascending channels have led to a minor pullback but the bulls have swiftly negotiated them and maintained an upwards trajectory. Going by the same logic, a minor pullback was expected if the channel peaks at a psychological level of $200.

The $195 region could offer some support but a fall towards $175.7 was also likely in case of a sharper sell-off. For now, the RSI was in the process of forming its third peak in the overbought region and a reversal can be expected soon after. Meanwhile, bullish momentum was gathering according to the Awesome Oscillator.


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