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Recent posts by Brian Depew

The Radical Center

Has the political center become the most radical place to work? In this time of piqued partisan rhetoric, it may be.

Working at the radical center does not mean that each of us should become a centrist. Nor does it mean that every answer will be found in the political center.

Statement on Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The proposed merger between German pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer and U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto would create the world's largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals. A merged company would control a quarter of the world's seed and agrichemical market. This proposed merger follows two other mega-mergers in the agricultural input market. The Dow-DuPont merger and ChemChina-Syngenta deal both announced in the last year are reshaping an already highly consolidated market.
 

Electrify the Economy

Efforts to significantly reduce carbon pollution between now and 2050 are vital and feasible. Electrifying transportation and the heating of residential and commercial buildings will help reduce carbon pollution because the electric grid is getting cleaner each year. This creates a huge opportunity for rural economic development.
 

Electrify the Economy

A report from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project got me thinking about the rural development potential of transforming the energy sector.

The report outlines pathways to reduce carbon pollution between now and 2050. The goal is to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Meeting the benchmark is feasible and even affordable with technology already available, according to the report.

Deep decarbonization will require large scale transformation of our energy sector. This transformation is underway, but significant work lays ahead.

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