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University departments are responding to the needs of the industry, although in a way that appears more reactive and pandering, rather than proactive and intellectually independent:
"Universities' petroleum-engineering departments are remaking curricula in light of demands for digitally savvy employees. LSU began requiring additional data-analytics course work last year, and it plans in the spring to introduce an elective about carbon capture and storage."
Ultimately, to those who support the industry, the core concern of energy companies is not so much finding enough people willing to work for them, but rather being able to generate enough open positions given the volatility in oil prices to hire all of the students looking for jobs. To some degree, while the headline driving the article is all about the values of the new generation of job seekers, the article concludes by noting that there will always be sufficient numbers of people willing to work for the higher salaries the industry provides, as long as the jobs are available to them. Or, perhaps that is what we might expect someone to say from a university department already fully committed to the industry:
"'There's a mentality out there that oil and gas is finished,' said Jeff Spath, who leads Texas A&M University's petroleum-engineering department, adding that there is 'a growing disdain' for the industry. Dr. Spath said he thinks a generation or two of students will still be able to build a full career in oil and gas, because fuels are widely expected to make up a large share of the global energy supply for decades. But the downturn is hitting Texas A&M's students hard. As of early August, only a third of the petroleum engineers who graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree had a job, Dr. Spath said. Some 70% of the class of 2019 had found a job by that time last year."
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Oil Firms Fret Over Finding Young Workers
By Rebecca Elliott
August 19, 2020
The Wall Street Journal
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Whether this is sufficient or happening quickly enough are both important questions, but this statement at least feels substantive. Specifically, the group is seeking public commitments to target net-zero emissions:
"It is the latest step in a campaign by climate-concerned shareholders to force business leaders to explain how their targets and strategies will help reach the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement."
Why these 161 companies?
"The targeted companies are responsible for up to 80% of global industrial greenhouse gas emissions. They include mining giant BHP, which last week promised to reduce emissions from its operations by 30% over the next decade on a path to net zero by 2050 after sustained pressure from activist shareholder groups. Others on the list include Exxon Mobil, PetroChina, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, BlueScope Steel and major Australian energy companies AGL, Santos, Woodside and Origin."
Friday, September 18, 2020
As the article in the url below reminds us, you have to love Yvon Chouinard:
"Patagonia's founder, Yvon Chouinard, isn't afraid to get political. The outdoor clothing and gear company has a long history of environmental activism, but as the world falls deeper and deeper into a harmful climate crisis, Chouinard feels it's imperative to call out climate deniers who hold positions of power. Bluntly."
How blunt exactly?
"In addition to providing election resources and encouraging people to vote for climate leaders, Chouinard is also making Patagonia's political stance crystal clear with the slogan, 'Vote The Assholes Out.'"
And they are integrating the slogan into their product design. Specifically, they are adding it to some of their apparel labels:
The tags were only added to a specific line of clothing, which itself is part of the message:
"'They were added to our 2020 Men's and Women's Regenerative Organic Stand-Up Shorts because we have been standing up to climate deniers for almost as long as we've been making those shorts,' [Patagonia spokesperson Corley] Kenna wrote."
Patagonia has long promoted good democracy practices – not only encouraging its employees to surf, but also to vote (e.g., see Strategic CSR – Patagonia). Given the firm's political battles over the past 4 years or so, it is perhaps not surprising that Chouinard has had enough and is no longer just telling people to vote, but telling them which way they should vote.
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