Bitcoin mining company Riot Platform recently shared a video claiming that its crypto mining operation has “zero carbon emissions,” and if you think that’s ridiculous, wait until you see how they came to that conclusion.

A video posted on YouTube made the startling claim Twitter (opens in new tab) One that begins with a helmet and hi-vis vest walking through the thin, patchy Texas scrub as he checks the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. “We have lots of plants here,” he says, which is the first obvious lie, because there are very clearly no plants anywhere nearby. “These plants are consuming CO2 and releasing oxygen, which is fantastic. When we measure CO2 here, we’re in the green. CO2 levels are very low here.”

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