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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) speaks at an “End Fossil Fuel” rally near the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

House Democrats this week plan to demand that executives from oil giants including Exxon testify this fall and want documents from the industry about climate change, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Rep. Ro Khanna, who heads the environment subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tells the NYT that his panel will issue letters this week to major oil companies and trade groups.

  • Khanna has previously announced a hearing this fall on "climate disinformation & the coordinated attack on scientific truth among polluters and their lobbyists."
  • Khanna has also said the committee will consider subpoenas if executives decline invitations.

Why it matters: The planned hearing will likely get a lot more attention after Greenpeace published comments last week from a senior Exxon lobbyist.

  • The lobbyist discussed Exxon's past funding of "shadow groups" that disputed climate science.
  • Keith McCoy — who spoke to a Greenpeace activist posing as a corporate recruiter — also said Exxon knows that a carbon tax won't happen despite their support.
  • CEO Darren Woods has called McCoy's comments an inaccurate portrayal of Exxon's carbon pricing stance.

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Updated Oct 13, 2021 - Energy & Environment

White House launches "climate services" push, revamps federal climate website

An aerial view of a community in Middlesex, New Jersey as floodwaters cover streets after Hurricane Ida left behind flash floods on Sept. 2, 2021. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Biden administration on Tuesday revamped its main climate science website, climate.gov, and launched a push into developing new tools that can provide people with information about the climate risks they face.

Why it matters: The push into what the administration defines as "climate services" comes in response to a mandate from President Biden to put more actionable climate intelligence into the hands of local leaders and everyday Americans.

Updated 2 mins ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).