Proof-of-Stake and Bitcoin: BTC should not abandon its tried-and-true consensus mechanism for one that has not had 14 years of battle testing, says Rick Delaney, Senior Crypto Analyst @OKX.
It’s been a couple of months since Ripple and Greenpeace, and a handful of other environmental organizations, showed they have no clue why Bitcoin is special. Announced in March 2022, the “Change the code, not the climate” campaign attempts to pressure influential Bitcoiners into supporting a switch from the energy-intensive and proven proof-of-work consensus mechanism to the still-experimental proof-of-stake.
To justify its existence, the campaign leans heavily on Ethereum’s ongoing transition to PoS. And, as the day Ethereum’s miners switch off for good approaches, it’s a given that the anti-PoW crowd will ramp up its pressure on Bitcoin.
Proof-of-Stake Vs BTC’s Proof-of-Work
Boiled down, the rationale is “if Ethereum can do it, so can Bitcoin.” Yet, this misses the point entirely. Above all, Bitcoin’s supporters value its predictability and adherence to sound monetary principles. All of that becomes suspect if fundamental changes are made to its codebase.
Much has been written about PoS and PoW, and their tradeoffs. While some claim PoW offers insurmountable security, others claim that PoS achieves the same at a fraction of the energy consumption. The debate rages on, and I’m not going to rehash the arguments here. Instead, I’d like to focus on something much more fundamental to why PoS is an ill fit for Bitcoin and its value proposition as the planet’s soundest money – its lack of historical precedent.
unpredictable monetary policies struggling against erratic economic conditions, trust in currencies and, therefore, the currencies themselves collapse entirely.
Trust doesn’t emerge overnight either.
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