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It's great that come AT, and T and other companies are planning on dealing with climate change. I'm a volunteer citizens climate lobby and we've got a bipartisan Bill in congress called the energy innovation act to greatly reduce being house gas emissions worldwide. And I was winning AT and T is doing anything to help congress address the cause of climate change. So when I can say that again, I'm not a policy person. So I apologize. But I will kind of talk about largely what we're doing in that area. So, you know, sounds like which talking about is mitigation, right? So how to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are that are going into the air. And we take that very seriously that AT and T and to that point last year in two thousand eighteen we were the second largest corporate buyers of renewable energy in the United States. We announced eight hundred twenty megawatts worth of deals, so we are committed definitely to reduce our own carbon footprint, and we often encourage others to do the same. Ron let me ask you something. I've asked for I'm going to say forty five years going back to the energy crisis. The seventies Three Mile Island, all kinds of all kinds of I guess infrastructure are insured and insurance companies have a lot to say about the future of an industry about whether they're going to ensure they can ensure your nuclear power plant or not right? They very interested in your climate modeling. Yes, they're interested in our product and similar product similar kind of research that is going on the the the challenge for a company like insurance company depends on the scale they're operating somebody who's just selling a car insurance is as a Glenn hop. He's outlook their outlook is about five years. So they really are not worried about climate change. But the ones that are actually ensure infrastructure and big houses and things like they're actually started thinking about it. And the the the great thing with eighty and T that happened the conversation we need to have insurance companies that they Dan did the fuss three or four weeks. We just kind of figured out what they think climate change is. And what we think they need, and it was actually took a lot of discussion to come to a common ground. Okay. What you guys are talking about is how the water depth change in my in some so so I think that kind of conversation has not happened at least for me with the insurance companies. I talked to a lot of them and. They are still a phys-. They're trying to find out how they managed is risk. And how the because restatements they use are based on historical climate change Cl climate data. So how do I act act today? And what is the competent advantage in in in that for me, if I increased my rates because climate is changing and nobody else is doing so. Say a new tool that that they can use their they didn't have four. All right. I think of this as a product innovation somewhat. So yeah, we've run out of time a great topic of discussion. Thank you, both the route kinda mardi is chief scientist at the environmental science division at Argonne, National Laboratory, and then Lemont, Illinois, Shannon. Carol director of environmental sustainability island get that word right at AT and T based in Dallas. Thank you both for this. Great discussion. Thank you. Thank you. Facebook may not be attracting new members like at once wanted, but it's still the largest social networking site. With over two billion users think about how much time you have spent carefully. Curated your digital self on the site. Social media is many ways the record keeper of our lives and together with all the fake news and hate speech in garbage on the internet. It is a record of our current twenty-first-century society..