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Posted By NAEP, Monday, December 12, 2016

It’s December 2016, the year is about over, and maybe it’s an appropriate time to glance back and think about what has changed - if next month we are to make resolutions addressing 2017’s challenges.  In U.S. politics, perhaps the most important competitive event of the year, dramatic change seems to be on the horizon.  Only time will tell if whatever passes for change will result in a net upgrade in the lives of Americans, or even the rest of the planet’s population.  Domestically, perhaps, but globally, that’s a bit much to ask, even if we had a way to measure progress there.  Some are convinced that carbon in the atmosphere is the most pressing problem we all share, but I suspect for many the existential basics of food, shelter and physical safety remain at the top of their daily to-do lists.

Carefully crafted, lofty, international resolutions in Paris seemed promising, but recently I read that China is taking steps to sharply expand coal production and consumption. Resolutions to reduce carbon emissions are comforting, but burning more coal to produce power isn’t likely to be helpful.  Apparently, the Saudi government has been looking down the road to the time when the use of carbon-emitting oil and gas will be in decline and have been considering how producing petrochemicals from crude might drive their economy.  Maybe they see real change in the offing, well beyond the horizon, and that’s a positive note. However, I wonder what a shift in petrochemical production and the inevitable discarding of the products produced will net in terms of relative carbon production. That’s what our posting is about this month. 

Global politics, combined with economics, seems to be a gloomy topic.  But there is a brighter side to year-end goings on. Christmas is coming!  For Christians and for many who have no affiliation with that persuasion, the end of the year is a happy time—for good reasons they understand best. My ever-expanding extended family will gather at homes across the country to enjoy each other’s company.  That’s about the best way I can imagine to celebrate just about anything.

 — Neil Markee, Editor in Chief Purchasing Link  

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