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First Time Since the Dinosaurs - A New World!

There's good news, and there's challenging

On the good side:  Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has published a new white paper highlighting opportunities for the utility industry to transform itself through the convergence of changing circumstances:  "Triple Convergence: Talent, Strategy, and Leadership Disruptions in a Changing Utility Industry".

On the challenging side, on October 4, 2016, the on-line publication DeSmog published the following story.

The month of September 2016 marks the first time in human history that CO2 levels in the atmosphere topped 400ppm in all recorded areas. In fact, CO2 levels have not been that high since dinosaurs ruled the earth. And that’s not even the bad news. According to scientists, the human race may never see carbon dioxide levels drop below this dangerous threshold.

Just three years ago, CO2 levels passed the 300ppm threshold, and predictions suggested the 400ppm level was many, many years down the road. Sadly, they were very wrong.

As points out, and as their name suggests, the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is 350 parts per million. Passing into the 400ppm zone puts the planet at extreme risk of accelerated warming and catastrophic weather events.

Again, that’s not even the worst news. 

It's time to get together and work with each other to turn this around!northdakota-pipeline-fight

Meanwhile, some think that it is possible to just to continue business as usual.  For example, the Canadian government has issued an approval for the $36-billion Pacific Northwest liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Lelu Island on the B.C. coast.  If built, Pacific Northwest would account for between 75 and 80 per cent of total allowable emissions under B.C.’s 2050 climate target of reducing emissions 80 per cent below 2007 levels.  Why are they moving ahead?  Jobs, economic growth and short-term economic growth for Canada as Pacific Northwest is wholly owned by the government of Malaysia.

There is hope.  The October 12, 2016 Wall Street Journal reports that in North Dakota, Native American tribes are resisting the construction of a nearly 1,200-mile long pipeline through sacred lands and drinking water.   Read more here.