The Bitcoin Community Responds to the Latest Attack from Greenpeace and Ripple

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With the “Change The Code” campaign, Greenpeace and Ripple have misled the bitcoin community. The responses kept coming all day long. Bitcoiners saw through the literal intent of the campaign and interpreted it as an attack on protocol. And they were not silent. In fact, they wouldn’t shut up.

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To top it all off, Bitcoinist has gathered the very best responses from bitcoin thought leaders from all corners of the internet. Some were rougher than others. The discretion of the readers is advised. Before we get into it though, if you’re not familiar read about the campaign “Change The Code”† We describe the situation as:

“Another multimillion-dollar attack on bitcoin, again using the ESG angle and a series of debunked numbers. The new thing is Larsen spent $5 million bribing Greenpeace to do his dirty work.”

Have we gone too far? Just wait until you read what bitcoin intellectuals and influencers had to say about it.

The Greenpeace campaign according to experts

Vijay Boyapati, author of “The Bullish Case for Bitcoin”, went in the optimistic way: “Bitcoin is stronger than all vested interests that have tried to undermine it and it will prevail, immutable and pristine.”

Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation gasped: “It’s sickening that these kinds of people who ‘made’ their fortunes by fooling people into buying worthless tokens, are now trying humanity’s best chance at an open , destroy neutral, decentralized currency.”

Unfortunately, investor and opinion leader Nic Carter chose the ad-hominem route. “We are dealing with extremely lying, annoying people. Fortunately for us, they are also very stupid.”

Podcaster and single-issue voter Dennis Porter went with a comparison. “Convincing everyone to change Bitcoin’s code has a worse chance than trying to convince all chess players to add a 2nd queen to the board.”

Bitcoin Magazine went the visual route.

Just do it, say the experts

René Pickhardt, developer and co-author of “Mastering the Lightning Network”, offered Greenpeace a simple solution: “Just create a new fork of the code and create a new genesis block and offer it to people. If the move to POS is more useful to them than the existing Bitcoin protocol, then people would come to accept it as money and prefer it to Bitcoin.”

Marty Bent, co-host of “Tales From The Crypt”, echoed the idea in his newsletter† But in a slightly more difficult way.

“It’s amazing that this coalition of intellectually lazy hysterics is spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign to ‘change the code’ (a horrible misallocation of capital that will lead to many misallocated energy resources), when all they have to do is commit a PR to the bitcoin implementation GitHub pages or simply fork off their preferred implementation, change the code as they see fit and convince people to download and use it. No one is stopping Chris Larsen from changing the code.”

Why didn’t Greenpeace and Ripple just fork the code and spend their money trying to convince people to use their PoS version of bitcoin? Because the whole campaign is a PR stunt.

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Things Greenpeace should know

The infamous Der Gigi, author of “21 Questions”, explained why Proof-Of-Work is the only option for bitcoin. “PoW is about reliable conflict resolution, based on the probabilities of mathematics and physics and determinism of calculations. Without PoW, any system becomes political, moving conflict resolution to a quorum.”

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Expert bitcoin coder Jimmy Song also went along with a comparison. “Greenpeace tells birds that flapping wings takes too much energy, they just need to glide.”

Podcaster Anthony Pompliano went extra hard. “Bitcoin will not abandon Proof-of-Work. This is why bitcoin will always be the safest digital currency. You can now stop wasting your time on this nonsense.”

Analyst Dylan LeClair also went the visual route.

And that’s more or less what the bitcoin community thinks about Greenpeace’s “Change The Code” campaign.

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