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Energy efficiency and getting off oil-fueled cars are two of the most effective ways California could meet its ambitious new clean energy law, according to a new report.

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Data: Energy Futures Initiative; Chart: Chris Canipe

The big picture: California has America’s most aggressive climate change policies, including a recently passed mandate for 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, and an executive order calling for 80% reduction in emissions across its entire economy by 2050.

Driving the news: The new report is led by President Obama's former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz , who now runs a think tank called the Energy Futures Initiative. Its conclusions find that the more technological options California allows to meet its goals, the better.

Where it stands: This chart shows where the greatest emissions reductions can come from.

  • Energy efficiency, which is perhaps the least exciting type of technology, has the most potential, particularly for transportation.
  • Longer term energy storage — think seasonally — will be crucial, as will technology that can capture carbon dioxide emissions from polluting facilities.

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Erica Pandey, author of @Work
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Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

Trump gives Biden access to presidential intelligence briefings

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Trump White House on Tuesday gave President-elect Biden access to daily presidential intelligence briefings, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has refused to share the briefs until now, as he continues to challenge the result of the election and declines to concede. The president's acquiescence comes as another sign that the transition to a Biden administration is taking place.

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.