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Debunking the FUD surrounding Bitcoin transaction fees

Bitcoin FUD comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from unbridled energy consumption to rampant crime.

Since 2017, the World Economic Forum has been warning that Bitcoin will eventually consume more power than the entire world. Governments around the world have been campaigning against Bitcoin mining and warning about its effects on climate change.

Regulators have also been waging a war against Bitcoin. Law enforcement agencies and central banks claim it’s not a secure network as it’s vulnerable to attacks and manipulation while providing infrastructure for money laundering and crime.

However, all of these claims are not only unfounded but also completely false.

While they could be disputed in numerous ways, Bitcoin transaction fees provide the simplest explanation.

Bitcoin transaction fees are the lifeblood of the Bitcoin network and are what secures the network both in the short term and in the long term.

Those critical of the network fear that as block subsidy reduces with each halving, the fees alone won’t be enough to keep miners from switching off their machines. Miners leaving the network en masse would drastically reduce the network’s speed and leave it highly vulnerable to attacks.

These claims are highly hypothetical and equally unlikely. The security of the Bitcoin network has remained strong since its inception over a decade ago. None of the major events the network has experienced have so far managed to make a crack in its security foundation.

In 2017, the network saw one of its first major congestion issues as Bitcoin made the run toward $20,000. Transaction fees spiked to their all-time high as a massive sell-off was taking place. Once a correction began, transaction fees began to drop considerably, leaving many to wonder whether such a sudden drop in miner revenue could impact the network.

Since 2017, the Bitcoin network has settled trillions of dollars worth of transactions with just a fraction of the fees. Throughout 2022, miner fees have remained relatively consistent. As the Lightning Network and SegWit become more widely used, congestion…

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