Unbeknownst to most, Georgia has become the second most prominent state for cryptocurrency mining, behind only Texas. Giant server farms are used for the process of creating Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency, often put in rural areas. But the sites are noisy, provide a major drain on the power grid, and create virtually no jobs, and local officials have taken notice. In Gilmer County in North Georgia, hundreds of residents came out to a meeting of the county’s planning commission to protest a proposed crypto mining facility. “It’s the biggest con on the public ever,” said Cyndie Roberson, cofounder of Gilmer County Citizens Against Crypto Mining, who was successful in getting the project cancelled.

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