The tussle between the cryptocurrency market and regulatory authorities has been ongoing since the creation of the ecosystem. With each passing year, digital assets took forward steps to enter the good books of most overwatch bodies. The United States Securities and Exchange [SEC] had been on top of crypto from the very start with its Chairman making new comments recently.
During a discussion with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, SEC chairman Gary Gensler shared his views on cryptocurrency regulations. Gensler spoke about the new avenues being opened up due to the effectiveness of financial technologies. He went on to say that the current digital revolution has the potential to become as game-changing as the internet in the ’90s.
According to the SEC honcho, the cryptocurrency world was a system that constantly chugs along 365 days a year. It was no wonder that the $2.1 trillion value market was being watched by a lot of interested parties. Pro-regulation discussion aside, Gensler also pointed out the drawbacks connected to the cryptoverse.
The SEC chair cited reports that touched on Bitcoin mining’s impact on the environment. After the revelation that Bitcoin mining generated more emissions than some countries, it was clear more needed to be done to curb the problems. This was not to say Bitcoin did not have its merits as it set the foundation for the growth of new Proof of Stake [PoS] blockchain. Gesler added that the privacy of the user was of top priority with bodies like the SEC looking out to reassure that fact.
During the meeting, the SEC official also gave his two cents on stablecoins and their impact on today’s economic climate. He pointed out that stablecoins were just a medium for people to sidestep some economic policies under other banners. Gesler asked for the committee to draw up more solid regulations that will make virtual asset transactions safer and more transparent.