Former Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Photo: Martina Holmberg/picture alliance via Getty Images

The changing of the guard at auto giant Daimler is the latest C-suite move at auto and energy giants that will help shape the future of both industries.

Driving the news: Daimler yesterday said that CEO Dieter Zetsche will step aside for current development head Ola Källenius, who the Wall Street Journal notes has been "leading the car maker’s push into electric vehicles and self-driving cars."

The big picture: The move comes after rival Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker, announced a new CEO at a time when it's also expanding its EV program.

  • And in the oil industry, U.S. behemoths ExxonMobil and Chevron have farily new bosses who are taking a different tack on climate change than their predecessors — a topic we covered here.
  • The oil industry's most powerful trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, also has a new leader in Mike Sommers, who took over recently.
  • Uber has a rather new CEO in Dara Khosrowshahi, who is running the company at a time when some experts fear the explosive growth of ride-hailing will boost carbon emissions (more on that below).

My thought bubble: A big question is whether there will be a bankshot effect that alters the Beltway posture of powerful auto and oil industry trade groups, which often oppose or seek to scale back climate regulations.

  • One longstanding K Street dynamic is that trade associations sometimes stake out positions that are essentially to the right of some big members' views or practices.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 18,814,178 — Total deaths: 707,754— Total recoveries — 11,361,953Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 4,823,891 — Total deaths: 158,256 — Total recoveries: 1,577,851 — Total tests: 58,920,975Map.
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  5. States: Virginia launches contact tracing app using specs from Apple and Google.
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Hiroshima mayor warns of rise of nationalism on 75th anniversary

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) at the Memorial Cenotaph in the Peace Memorial Park during the 75th anniversary service for atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, Japan, on Thursday. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Hiroshima's Mayor Kazumi Matsui on Thursday urged the international community to work together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and warned against an increase in "self-centered nationalism," per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: He said at a remembrance service on the atomic bombing of the Japanese city that the 1918 flu pandemic killed millions as countries fighting in World War I were unable to overcome the threat together, per DPR. "A subsequent upsurge in nationalism led to World War II," he added. The U.S. bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and Nagasaki three days later contributed to the end of World War II, but tens of thousands of people died. At the service, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lamented nuclear weapons' "inhumanity," but he didn't mention Japan's wartime past, WashPost noted.

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LeBron James on Trump NBA protest remarks: "We could care less"

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James kneels during the national anthem before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Wednesday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

LeBron James responded on Wednesday night to President Trump's comments calling NBA players "disgraceful" for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and that he won't watch games because of the action.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized sports players for taking the knee since 2016. But James said during a news conference, "I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game." November's elections marked "a big moment for us as Americans," he said. "If we continue to talk about, 'We want better, we want change,' we have an opportunity to do that," he added. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will "respect peaceful protest."

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