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The Real Story: Empty Shelves and Clogged Ports

October 8, 2021

The world has emerged from pandemic lockdowns more optimistic about the direction of COVID, but the sudden surge in demand for goods is creating new economic shocks from London to Los Angeles. Factories and ports are not functioning as they once did due to the pent-up demand for goods and broken supply chains. Energy prices are surging, and some shelves are empty.

Harry Broadman discusses whether this is a temporary blip or a new normal, potential winners and losers of the post-pandemic global economy, and opportunities new economic landscapes provide for fighting the climate crisis.

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Harry G. Broadman

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Washington, DC