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Kasich speaks at a book signing in Florida. Photo: Johnny Louis/FilmMagic via Getty

Republicans should stop denying humans’ impact on climate change and start putting forth policies to address it, former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to say at a speech Tuesday night in British Columbia, Canada.

Why it matters: Kasich is a potential 2020 opponent of President Trump — and he represents the leading edge of a Republican Party slowly evolving away from a decade-long position denying that climate change is a real problem. Kasich revealed his plan for his speech in an exclusive interview with Axios Monday.

“This is like a call to arms. Let’s have conservatives have a discussion instead of being in denial that this is a problem. You can’t just be a science denier.”
— John Kasich, former Ohio governor

Flashback: Kasich himself has evolved from when he was running in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. He said then that the overall human impact on climate change is unclear and that “we don’t want to destroy people’s job, based on some theory that is not proven.”

  • When presented with those comments, Kasich responded: “Yeah, well you know what, we all evolve.” He went on to cite a federal government report, issued under the Trump administration, that laid out humans’ impact on climate change and the impacts of it. “As I see more and more evidence, especially from our government and scientists, you learn more. Let’s step it up.”
  • He said his evolution on climate change is similar to that of his shifted position on guns after the Parkland shooting.

The details: In his speech at the University of British Columbia, Kasich will lay out what he is describing as a “centrist” climate policy, including:

  • A price for carbon dioxide emissions, including possibly a system called “cap-and-trade” that caps allowed emissions and compels companies to trade credits to comply. It was the type of policy Congress considered but ultimately rejected a decade ago.
  • Subsidies for certain technologies, including electric vehicles and renewables. (Kasich says he took advantage of an existing tax credit for electric cars last year and bought a Tesla.)
  • He’s opposed to the Green New Deal, a broad progressive plan that includes drastically cutting emissions along with other policies like universal health care and a federal jobs guarantee. “But it’s not enough to say you don’t like that and not have something you can be for,” Kasich said.

What’s next: Kasich wouldn’t say whether he’s running in 2020, and something else is in the works he wouldn’t dish on more: “I’m in the process of trying to put together a group of people who can bring new and exciting ideas for the conservative movement.”

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In photos: Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old "lost golden city"

A view on Saturday of the city, dubbed "The Rise of Aten," dating to the reign of Amenhotep III, uncovered near Luxor. Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images

A top Egyptian archaeologist on Saturday outlined details of a newly rediscovered "lost golden city" near Luxor that dates back more than 3,000 years.

Why it matters: Zahi Hawass told NBC News the large ancient city, unveiled Thursday, tells archaeologists for the first time "about the life of the people during the Golden Age." Johns Hopkins University Egyptology professor Betsy Brian said in a statement it's "the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamen."

1 dead as severe storms pummel the South

A tree that fell on a home carport damaged a vehicle during a storm in Central, Louisiana. No injuries were reported, according to Central Fire Department. Photo: Central Fire Department/Twitter

Strong storms lashed the South early Saturday, spawning at least one tornado and unleashing powerful winds and hail. And forecasters warned more severe weather was expected to hit parts of the region in the coming hours.

Details: Thousands of customers lost power in Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, according to tracking site poweroutage.us. An F3 tornado that hit St Landry Parish, Louisiana, killed one person and wounded seven others.

Scoop: Biden eyes Russia adviser criticized as soft on Kremlin

Photo: Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images

President Biden is considering appointing Matthew Rojansky, head of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, as Russia director on the National Security Council, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Why it matters: Rojansky has been praised for his scholarship on Russia and is frequently cited in U.S. media for his expert commentary. But his work has drawn criticism — including in a 2018 open letter from Ukrainian alumni of Kennan that blasted the think tank he runs as an "unwitting tool of Russia’s political interference."