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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Alliance for Market Solutions, a group trying to get political traction for carbon taxes, is launching a new advocacy campaign that counts ExxonMobil and Dow among its backers.

Why it matters: It's the first corporate support for the group that's seeking to win support among conservative lawmakers. The alliance had for years relied only on individual contributions.

What they're saying: "ExxonMobil and Dow’s willingness to help our efforts by supporting AMS Action, our 501(c)(4), sends an important signal that corporate American wants Republicans to engage on climate policy," said Executive Director Alex Flint, a former Senate GOP energy aide, in an email announcing the new effort.

Yes, but: Carbon pricing in any form faces extraordinarily high political hurdles. Capitol Hill Republicans remain overwhelmingly opposed. Meanwhile, Democrats, while more open to pricing, have deemphasized it as a policy tool in recent years.

However, two K Street behemoths — the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — have recently come around on the idea.

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May 18, 2021 - Technology

Google and the GOP's push to restrict votes

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Google is among several big U.S. companies criticized in a report Monday for taking part in an April meeting of Republican state leaders that focused on efforts to pass new restrictions on voting.

Why it matters: Google has publicly said it is opposed to bills that would make voting harder, but it's also trying to engage with both Democrats and Republicans and some of that latter group are working hard to pass such bills in a number of states.

California wildfire explodes in size, destroys historic town

Battalion Chief Sergio Mora looks on as the Dixie fire burns through downtown Greenville, Calif. on Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: Josh EdelsonAFP via Getty Images

The small Sierra town of Greenville, California, was heavily damaged on Wednesday night into early Thursday as the Dixie Fire surged northward amid high winds, extremely dry air and hot temperatures.

The latest: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze, continued to threaten communities in Plumas County into Thursday night, as more mandatory evacuation orders were issued in the region.

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Top labor leader Richard Trumka dies unexpectedly at 72

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AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who led the largest federation of unions in the country for over a decade, has died at 72.

The big picture: Trumka began working as a coal miner in 1968 and would go on to dedicate his life to the labor movement, including as president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO beginning in 2009.