October 31, 2016
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NAM invites employers, business leaders to sign onto letter asking for unity in new federal administration, Congress

The presidential election has created deep divides among Americans and political leaders. That’s why the National Association of Manufactuers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons this week invited business leaders and organizations across America to sign onto a letter of unity that will be sent to the next U.S. president.

In the request, Timmons writes, “Leaders in the manufacturing economy have a powerful platform, and when this election is over, we will have a special responsibility to help heal and unite our country. The work of bridging the divides and strengthening the fabric of our nation must begin immediately.”

Timmons requested that heads of companies sign the letter in the hopes of sending a clear message that employers and the millions of employees that work alongside their neighbors and business colleagues want to offer bipartisan solutions that move the nation forward despite the rancor of the 2016 election cycle.

AWB members wishing to sign onto the letter can do so here. The deadline for signatures is Monday, Nov. 7.

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Focus on Sustainability

Delivering the Future: How UPS Is Pursuing the Possibility of Sustainable E-Commerce

By Jim Bruce, senior vice president, UPS

At UPS, ours is anticipating the direction of e-commerce and staying ahead of it, because we believe that e-commerce will profoundly impact the development of our cities, lifestyles and business.

The question is whether e-commerce will improve or diminish global sustainability. We think it can go either way but are optimistic about the possibility of real improvement. Which way it goes depends on a number of factors: 1) Can we create a sustainable global delivery network? 2) Will people rely on that network enough to lessen reliance on personal vehicles and to increasingly live in decongested, pedestrian-friendly cities? And 3) Will cities begin to view e-commerce as essential to their sustainable future? Truly, a "yes" to these three questions would be transformative to our cities and global carbon-reduction efforts...

Read more at the National Association of Manufacturers blog
Washington's Hydropower Is No Laughing Matter

Who needs those old dams?

By Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, The Wenatchee World

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot...

Electricity doesn't just show up. It is not produced by flights of fancy, moonbeams, cool articles in Wired or a Harry Potter character waving a wand. It required the intense effort of generations, the labor of tens of thousands of people, and investments in the multiple billions to produce enough electricity to supply Seattle and provide the energy without which its thriving economy wouldn't be worth a 500K RAM chip from a 1984 IBM PC.

To feed the city energy there are hundreds of turbines, turning ceaselessly through the power of falling water from the great river of the West, harnessed by blocks of concrete so large we can scarcely imagine larger...

Of course, you don't get rid of such assets. You don't speak of it, even in jest.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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