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Happy holidays, Generate readers! Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,372 words, ~5 minutes.

Situational awareness:

  • "Royal Dutch Shell said on Friday it expects impairment charges of up to $2.3 billion in the fourth quarter and trimmed its forecast for quarterly oil production sales, as the Anglo-Dutch oil company faces slowing demand for oil and gas," Reuters reports.
  • European ambassador hits U.S. on climate change, Axios' Amy Harder reports.

We'll be on break until Jan. 2. And speaking of our hiatus, we'll miss the birthday of the late Rick Danko of The Band, who bring us into the weekend...