As of 11:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, bitcoin was down about 7.7% to $43,000, in keeping with cryptocurrency tracker Coinbase
. It had already misplaced some floor earlier on Sunday, however accelerated losses after Musk’s submit.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about its holdings within the digital forex.
Musk’s cryptically worded submit got here simply days after he’d announced
that Tesla would reverse plans to just accept bitcoin as cost for its automobiles. He cited bitcoin’s excessive environmental value as cause for the transfer.
“We’re involved about quickly rising use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, particularly coal, which has the worst emissions of any gasoline,” Musk mentioned in a be aware posted on Twitter final Wednesday. “Cryptocurrency is a good suggestion on many ranges and we imagine it has a promising future, however this can’t come at nice value to the atmosphere.”
The environmental cost
of mining — or creating — digital currencies has been well-documented
The information despatched bitcoin down about 12% on the time. It got here after months of Musk personally hyping bitcoin and different widespread cryptocurrencies, equivalent to dogecoin
Simply earlier than that, the CEO had requested his followers in a Twitter poll
if they want “Tesla to just accept Doge.”
Tesla and Musk have appeared pretty bullish
on bitcoin for not less than a couple of months, with the corporate disclosing
in February that it had invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin and floating the flexibility to purchase its automobiles utilizing the cryptocurrency. Musk tweeted
in late March that folks “can now purchase a Tesla with Bitcoin.”
The corporate did say in a regulatory filing
final month, nonetheless, that it assesses every quarter whether or not “occasions or modifications in circumstances … point out that it’s extra possible than not that our digital property are impaired.”
Final week, Musk mentioned that Tesla nonetheless plans to make use of bitcoin after the forex finds cleaner vitality sources.
“Tesla is not going to be promoting any Bitcoin and we intend to make use of it for transactions as quickly as mining transitions to extra sustainable vitality,” he wrote
. “We’re additionally taking a look at different cryptocurrencies that use [less than] 1% of Bitcoin’s vitality/ transaction.”
Musk’s different ventures have gotten within the motion, too. Final week, his area exploration firm, SpaceX, claimed
that it will take dogecoin as cost for an upcoming mission.
— Rishi Iyengar contributed to this report.