[Austin, TX] - Eco activists from Greenpeace have taken their fight against cryptocurrency mining to new and uncomfortably hot heights. Two activists recently barricaded themselves inside the hot aisles of Bitdeer, a Chinese firm with operations outside of Austin, Texas. As confusion reigned among the Chinese employees as to what two white people with dreadlocks were doing jumping the fence and running towards the mine, they quickly locked the doors to the hot aisle and called for corporate assistance.
The scene inside the hot aisle was nothing short of chaotic. The whine of the ASICs, the intense heat, and the desperate pleas of the activists created an unusual symphony of distress. Ten minutes of streaming on TikTok and Instagram live about the brave fight against climate annihilation was shortly followed by panic. "Please, bring us water! Let us out! This was such a fucking dumb idea!" screamed Darren Long, one of the Greenpeace activists, his voice barely audible over the deafening noise of the ASIC fans.
Bitdeer employee Chen Xiang, who found himself unintentionally playing the role of inadvertent jailer, unfortunately could not communicate with the two eco-radicals. His attempts to reason with the activists were met with frustrated shouts and calls to turn the machines off so Google Translate would work, and demands for immediate release. "我看过去，这两个白痴正在跳过栅栏，跑进矿井," Xiang said of the two activists, before adding, "这里他妈的太热了. 我认为他们带我去的高草原上的营地很糟糕。没办法，夏天的德克萨斯州更糟."
Outside the locked hot aisle and handcuffed to a 30 machine high rack of screaming S19s, Janey Storm, another Greenpeace activist, looked on with a mix of concern and regret. She joined the sit-in protest, hoping to draw attention to the environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining, however, as the reality of the situation set in, her enthusiasm waned, and she just wanted to go home. "This is not what I signed up for," she muttered under her breath, the remorse evident on her face, "My mom is probably going to kill me when I get home."
As news of the bizarre standoff reached local authorities. They scrambled to assess the situation and find a resolution. Firefighters and emergency response teams arrived at the scene, equipped with the necessary tools to safely extract the trapped activists. Negotiators attempted to establish communication with the activists, but the combination of the Bitdeer language barrier and the noisy environment posed significant challenges.
Meanwhile, Bitdeer executives and corporate representatives convened to address the unexpected predicament. Concerns were raised about the negative publicity and potential disruption to operations. Discussions ensued on how to navigate the situation delicately and ensure the safe release of the activists without further exacerbating the already strained relations.
In a surprising turn of events, Bitdeer CEO, Zhang Wei, personally intervened. Demonstrating a combination of pragmatism and surprising compassion from a Bitmain associated company, Zhang ordered the hot aisle to be shut down temporarily, causing the ASICs to fall silent, so the activists could be extracted. With the sudden drop in noise, negotiators were able to establish effective communication with the activists and plan their removal.
Wei commented, "To be honest, we were going to curtail that section some time today, but every time we went near the breakers my employees said the smell of the sweaty dreadlocked hippies was too overpowering to come near. We had to pull a breaker on our substation and let them dry out a bit."
For the Greenpeace activists, this hot aisle misadventure served as a sobering lesson. They had taken their fight against cryptocurrency mining to new extremes and, in the process, found themselves confronted with the unintended consequences of their actions.
As the heat of the hot aisle dissipated, the activists left Bitdeer, their plans momentarily thwarted. Perhaps wiser and more mindful of the challenges ahead, they would continue their quest to find sustainable solutions for the environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining, but with a newfound appreciation for the complexities involved.