Welcome back! Smart Brevity count: 1,139 words, ~ 4 min read.

Quick note: My Axios colleague Amy Harder will be your host for the next 3 days. And Generate is off next week! See you on the flip side, and watch the Axios stream for energy news while the newsletter takes a break.

Finally, happy birthday (a day late) to Geddy Lee of Rush, who will play us into today's edition...