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An Elon Musk tweet about “promising” developments on clean energy crypto mining ignited a Bitcoin rally today, again underlining how the Tesla founder can move the market.

An Elon Musk tweet about "promising" developments on clean energy crypto mining ignited a Bitcoin rally today, again underlining how the Tesla founder can move the market.

By 7.40am AEST, Bitcoin's price had jumped 15 per cent in a 24 hour period, nudging US $39,100.

The bounce back was welcome news for Bitcoin investors, after a week of hell where billions of dollars were wiped off the value of the world's most popular crypto.

Tesla and its chief executive Elon Musk have appeared fairly bullish on Bitcoin.

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Mr Musk's tweet indicated he was in "discussions" with Bitcoin miners over clean energy and sustainability issues of mining the crypto.

"Spoke with North American Bitcoin miners," Mr Musk tweeted.

"They committed to publish current & planned renewable usage & to ask miners WW to do so. Potentially promising."

At the time of his tweet, Bitcoin was trading around $38,074, according to Coindesk.

Within minutes, the price had leaped to more than $39,500.

Bitcoin rose today, helped by Elon Musk's tweet about cleaner mining.

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Microstrategy boss Michael Saylor soon posted on Twitter, claiming he had hosted the meeting between Mr Musk and leading Bitcoin miners in North America.

"The miners have agreed to form the Bitcoin Mining Council to promote energy usage transparency & accelerate sustainability initiatives worldwide."

Mr Musk has been an avid fan of various cryptocurrencies, but critics have pointed out the energy costs of mining Bitcoin are at odds with clean energy Tesla.

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Earlier this month Mr Musk announced Tesla would reverse plans to accept Bitcoin as payment for its cars.

He cited Bitcoin's high environmental cost as reason for the move.

"We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel," Mr Musk said in a note posted on Twitter on May 12.

"Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment."

Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin.

The environmental cost of mining — or creating — digital currencies has been well-documented for years.

The news sent Bitcoin down about 12 per cent at the time.

It came after months of Mr Musk personally hyping bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies, such as dogecoin.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/bitcoin-elon-musk-tweet-about-sustainable-mining-leads-cryptocurrency-surge/a4ed829a-3a03-449d-a765-2b41476275af

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