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Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will issue subpoenas to top fossil fuel companies Tuesday over several "key documents" they have not turned over to the committee.

Why it matters: The subpoenas will come days after the committee held a "landmark" hearing with fossil fuel executives and amid a broader discussion on climate disinformation and what the industry knew about climate change.

  • The committee issued subpoenas to ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP America and Shell, as well as the American Petroleum Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lawmakers want to know whether and to what extent these top officials and their colleagues sought to mislead the public about the existence and severity of human-caused climate change, Axios' Andrew Freedman writes.

What they're saying: "I tried very hard to obtain this information voluntarily," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said at the hearing.

  • "[T]he oil companies employed the same tactics they used for decades on climate policy — delay and obstruction. Well, that ends today," she added.
  • "We are at 'code red' for climate, and I am committed to doing everything I can to help rescue this planet for our children.  We need to get to the bottom of the oil industry's disinformation campaign."

Go deeper: Climate reckoning for oil and gas CEOs

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U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil from strategic reserve

Biden speaking from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 22. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden directed the Department of Energy on Tuesday to release 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower fuel prices.

Why it matters: It's the Biden administration's most direct effort yet to tamp down on high gasoline prices that have become a political headache for the White House amid wider inflation.

Updated 31 mins ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

Updated 53 mins ago - Health

COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.