Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair Rostin Behnam bemoaned Bitcoin’s excessive energy consumption, Forbes reports.
Bitcoin’s proof-of-work consensus algorithm requires a huge amount of energy in order to solve complex mathematical tasks.
The regulator believes that the industry should move to proof-of-stake, an alternative consensus mechanism that consumes much less energy.
Behnam has noted that more developers are working on PoS projects amid growing concerns about Bitcoin's excessive energy consumption.
As reported by U.Today, Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen recently launched a joint campaign with Greenpeace to urge Bitcoin developers to implement a code change that would reduce the cryptocurrency’s excessive power consumption.
Behnam has also indicated that he intends to ramp up cryptocurrency oversight.
He sounded the alarm over massive losses linked to protocol hacks, scams, and other types of attacks.
The CFTC has taken more than 50 enforcement actions since 2015.
Behman claims that he wants to make the cryptocurrency market more “transparent” and “resilient.”
In February, the regulatory agency argued that speculative favor surrounding Bitcoin required great investment protections.
As reported by U.Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked for a higher enforcement budget in order to be able to police the cryptocurrency industry in a more efficient way.