Elon Musk Sold 10% of Tesla's Bitcoins and Will Accept the Cryptocurrency Again When It's Greener
The optimistic statements from the CEO of Tesla caused a rise in the price of Bitcoin, confirming the influence of Elon Musk in the world of cryptocurrencies.
Once again, Elon Musk proved that his word weighs heavily in the crypto arena. This time, the tycoon declared that his company Tesla sold about 10% of the Bitcoins he owned and that he will accept them again as a form of payment when there is a more ecological way to mine them, which caused an immediate increase in their price.
It all started when Musk replied to a tweet where he was accused of manipulating the price of Bitcoin.
"This is inaccurate. Tesla only sold about 10% of the holdings to confirm that BTC could be easily liquidated without moving the market," wrote the CEO of Tesla on Twitter at 12:42 p.m. on Sunday (GMT-5, Central Mexico time).
"When there is confirmation of reasonable clean energy use (~ 50%) by miners with positive future trends, Tesla will once again allow Bitcoin transactions," he added.
This is inaccurate. Tesla only sold ~ 10% of holdings to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving market.- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 13, 2021
When there's confirmation of reasonable (~ 50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions.
In a matter of minutes, following the billionaire's statements, Bitcoin entered a bullish streak that culminated this Monday at 9:29 a.m. (GMT-5) when the cryptocurrency reached $40,971 per unit, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
That morning, before Musk's tweet, Bitcoin was trading at $35,843 per token, meaning it rose just over 14% in 24 hours.
Source: CoinMarketCap.com .
Elon Musk, Tesla and Bitcoin: a complicated relationship
In February 2021, Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla, his electric vehicle company, bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin. This made it the second largest BTC holder in the world, only behind MicroStrategy, a company that offers data software.
Soon after, Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla would accept Bitcoin as a form of payment, but in May he backed off, citing environmental concerns over the large amount of power required to mine Bitcoin. Despite underlining that Tesla would not sell its tokens, the statement caused the price of the cryptocurrency to drop more than 10%.
However, a few weeks later, the businessman launched another tweet showing his optimism about Bitcoin, boosting it again.
"I spoke with the North American Bitcoin miners. They pledged to make public the current and planned use of renewable energy and to ask miners around the world to do so. Potentially promising," Elon Musk tweeted.
Now we just have to wait for the next movements of Elon Musk and see how he continues to move millions of dollars with just a few words on Twitter.