The energy transition can (and should) help speed Virginia’s economic recovery after COVID-19.
It’s understandable to be concerned about what things look like on the other side of this crisis. One thing about a Black Swan Event is there’s no way to know how the pieces will fall back into place, whatever into place looks like anymore. One thing, however, seems like a safe bet. With Homo Sapien being the most adaptable species on the planet (which some would argue is its sole evolutionary advantage), the other side of this will appear, and we, the somewhat dwindled and likely humbled human race, will reckon with the aftermath and the way forward.
Although we're all inclined to train our attention on the here and now, we can’t let ourselves lose sight of the landscape we know will remain after this moment is behind us. Unforeseen realities will no doubt present themselves with crass indifference to the forecasts of the most reliable models or our habituated sense of what should be, but with as many amorphous shapes as lay within this thickening tarp of fog, we need to remain mindful of what we know is still looming on the other side.
New Delhi, India, November 2019 on left, March 2020 on right. CNN, Getty Images