🎉 Happy Friday! Today's Smart Brevity count is 1,227 words, 5 minutes.
📊 Data point of the day: >99%: Likelihood that 2021 will be one of the top 10 warmest years on record worldwide, according to NOAA.
🚨 Situational awareness: Via CNN, Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly said "we're in the middle of an energy crisis" to explain his opposition to aggressive climate measures in Democrats' stalled spending legislation.
🚨 Situational awareness, part 2: Brent crude oil prices today cracked $85-per-barrel for the first time since October 2018 before easing slightly. Go deeper
🎶 And happy birthday (it's Sunday) to Ziggy Marley, who has this week's final intro tune...