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Texas Republicans want to make the state the center of the cryptocurrency universe

Texas Republicans have largely welcomed the blockchain technology industry with open arms. But skeptics are concerned about cryptocurrency mining’s impact on the environment and energy grid.

Computers mine for Bitcoin at Whinstone's Rockdale facility on Oct. 22, 2021. At capacity, the building can support 22,000 computers.
Lyle Theriot, Chief Operating Officer at Whinstone's Rockdale facility, leads a tour on Oct. 22, 2021.

A "very natural synergy"

The "heat aisle" at Whinstone's Rockdale facility where heat generated by computers escapes the building on Oct. 22, 2021

Energy, environment and market volatility

Power lines outside of Whinstone's Rockdale facility on Oct. 22, 2021.

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