David Schwartz, Ripple’s chief technology officer, said that the U.S. government banning Bitcoin would be “disastrous” for Ripple in a recent tweet. The same applies to the Ethereum cryptocurrency potentially being classified as an unregistered security.
Schwartz’s tweet came in response to a thread posted by Castle Island Ventures' Nic Carter, in which he accuses the San Francisco-headquartered blockchain company of actively trying to undermine the two largest cryptocurrencies.
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has a history of inaccurately portraying Bitcoin energy usage. Last April, he stated that XRP was 100,000 times more efficient than the largest cryptocurrency. After facing pushback from the community, the Ripple boss clarified that he wasn’t advocating for banning Bitcoin.
Schwartz himself has been highly critical of the proof-of-work algorithm, describing it as “a technological dead end.” He also argued that Bitcoin was not sufficiently decentralized, which makes it vulnerable to a 51% attack.
On the regulatory front, both Bitcoin and Ethereum have become the targets of Ripple’s lawyers after the company got sued by the U.S over unregistered XRP sales by the Securities and Exchange Commission last December.
Garlinghouse himself claimed that Ether was able to overtake XRP because of unfair treatment.
Ripple believes that resolution of the closely-watched case will be able to provide regulatory clarity.