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Environmental groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging Chevron's ads mislead consumers by painting an inaccurate picture of the oil giant's clean energy activities.

Why it matters: The groups — Greenpeace, Earthworks and Global Witness — say it's the first such climate complaint filed against an oil company under the FTC's "Green Guides."

Driving the news: The filing alleges Chevron's ad and marketing suggest its clean energy efforts are a significant proportion of its overall business.

  • Yet fossil fuels remain the dominant business lines for Chevron and other oil majors despite growing investments in areas like renewables, EV charging and carbon capture.
  • Julieta Biegner of Global Witness said Chevron is wooing consumers who care about the climate and racial justice while "doubling down on climate-wrecking fossil fuels that pollute our communities."
  • It asks the FTC to force Chevron to remove disputed ads and circulate "corrective" statements.

The other side: Chevron called the allegations "frivolous" and said, "we engage in honest conversations about the energy transition."

"We believe the future of energy is lower carbon and are working to help the world achieve that goal," Chevron said.

What we're watching: The outcome of this case — and other potential FTC filings.

  • Dan Jaffe of the Association of National Advertisers said similar complaints about corporate climate ads could be in the offing.
  • That's because of the high priority the Biden administration has placed on the topic and "all the issues that may flow from that and any advertising that may impact that," he said.

Go deeper: Chevron ‘Greenwashing’ Targeted in Complaint Filed With FTC (Bloomberg)

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Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of taser

The officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have inadvertently pulled out her gun instead of a taser, police said.

Driving the news: "This appears to me, from what I viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters Monday.

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Scoop: U.S. and Israel to hold strategic Iran talks on Tuesday

Jake Sullivan. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty

Top national security officials from the U.S. and Israel will convene virtually on Tuesday for a second round of strategic talks on Iran, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The talks come two days after an explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility that experts consider a likely act of Israeli sabotage, and one day before the U.S. resumes indirect nuclear talks in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal — a prospect that has raised anxiety levels in Jerusalem.

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  1. Health: The warning signs of a longer pandemic — CDC director: Answer to Michigan COVID-19 surge is "to close things down."
  2. Vaccines: Former FDA chief offers reality check on vaccine passports.
  3. Economy: Jobs growth could be curbed by demands for higher wages.
  4. World: Facebook to push notifications about vaccine eligibility to 20 countries outside of the U.S. — Brits flock to pubs for first time in months as U.K. lockdown eases.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.