The end valuation does not justify the means

It is one thing to have a corporate culture based on asking forgiveness rather than permission, and another having a toxic corporate culture seemingly devoid of respect for people and even the rule of law. One is brash and entrepreneurial, and the other exploitive and abusive. If ride-hailing were gold and silver (which, to the shareholders, it is to the tune of $70 billion), the headlines Uber has been generating could just as easily have applied to the California Gold Rush. How much progress has there really been since 1848?

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Pittsburgh, not Paris

Plenty of ink has been spilled already on the implications of a US retreat from the commitments under the Paris Agreement, and politicians from both sides of the aisle have had plenty to say for and against the move. The best we can recommend is to read the agreement itself and draw your own conclusions about its viability and advisability.

In terms of leadership in the US, we are finding cooperation on the climate in some unexpected places, although with only limited real impact so far. You can find a list of strange bedfellows in the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan Congressional group that “…will serve as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety”. If you are a constituent or a business leader, call your Congressperson and express your support for at the very minimum working from a common set of facts and understanding.

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