John Surma and the Environment

Hey Guys,

I know I haven’t posted in a while. Our discussion yesterday was equal parts fascinating and frustrating. I thought it was really cool to kind of take a look behind the curtain into the mindset of a business leader, an opportunity people, especially college students, usually aren’t given. Mr. Surma’s presentation was very interesting. I am glad that the US steel industry has a plan for the future. I was also amazed to see that China has such a large share of the steel market, and that they built up their capacity over such a short time.

That being said, I was frustrated when Mr. Surma repeatedly refused to acknowledge that climate change was a real thing. Instead, many times, he said something similar to… “We leave that stuff to the scientists.” This frustrated me because climate change is so obviously present and occuring. Just because we can’t see dramatic changes now does not mean they won’t happen. They can be projected, just like his steel statistics can be. I think that in order to face the future as an industry, Mr. Surma needs to be able to acknowledge what is, by now, a commonly-held scientific opinion: that climate change is very real, and if we don’t do anything about it, it will do something about us.

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