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On the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” Axios Co-founder Mike Allen interviews White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

  • Catch the full interview and much more on Sunday, May 9 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max. 

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Updated May 13, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on the future of clean energy jobs

On Thursday, May 13, Axios co-founder Mike Allen, editor-in-chief Nick Johnston and managing editor for politics Margaret Talev unpacked how the American Jobs Plan could create green jobs and shift infrastructure to tackle climate change, with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

Secretary Granholm discussed energy independence as a national security issue, investing in US-based manufacturing, and the rapid growth of the cleantech industry.

  • On investing in cleantech in the US and increasing exports: “We shouldn't be buying wind turbines from Denmark. We should be building them here and stamping a made in America. And, by the way, we could be exporting them as well."
  • On the jobs of the future in cleantech: "I'm super bullish on the technologies that will get us to the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050...The next generation of both solar and wind technology is material science, buildings, district heating. There's so much happening in the clean energy space that creates jobs."

Sen. Wyden unpacked how policymakers can support jobs in the clean energy sector, as well as bipartisan support for these initiatives.

  • On the existing tax codes around energy: "What I'm prepared to do now as chairman of the Finance Committee is really make a bold transformation with respect to the tax code. It is an outdated, crazy quilt that keeps us from having the certainty and predictability that the country needs in order to really tackle the climate challenge and produce more clean energy jobs."

Gov. Whitmer discussed the manufacturing industry in Michigan, the recent news around the Enbridge pipeline, and the future of cleantech jobs in the state.

  • On the economics of electric vehicle manufacturing: "Electric vehicles [are] putting people to work. This is good for our economy. It's good for our climate change goals, and it's good for individuals seeking great jobs and then protecting the Great Lakes."
  • On the Enbridge pipeline: "The manufacturing came to Michigan because of the water. We've got to protect this water. And this pipeline going through the Straits of Mackinac is a ticking time bomb...We can be great stewards of our environment and keep people in good-paying jobs all at the same time. It's not one or the other."

Thank you Climate Power for sponsoring this event.

Updated 8 mins ago - Health

WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Health measures taken to combat COVID-19 before the emergence of Omicron would also help against the new variant of concern, World Health Organization officials said Friday.

What they're saying: Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said during a virtual briefing broadcast from Manila, Philippines, that border controls imposed by the U.S. and other nations can "buy time" to deal with the variant, but warned "every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases."

2 hours ago - Health

Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.