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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.”

Go deeper: What tackling climate change means, illustrated

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Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Israeli forces said they had killed a senior Hamas commander in May 12 airstrikes. Gaza's health ministry said children died in the strikes. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 67 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in fighting between Israel's military and Hamas since Monday, per Reuters.

The big picture: The worst aerial exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014 continued into early Thursday. It comes days after escalating violence in Jerusalem that injured hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers during protests over the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes.

Biden admin grants Colonial waiver to ease fuel shortages

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The Biden administration approved a temporary waiver of shipping requirements late Wednesday to help Colonial Pipeline transport fuel, as service resumes across the U.S. following a ransomware attack that that took it offline last week.

Why it matters: The century-old Jones Act requires ships to be built in the U.S. and crewed by American workers, but the waiver means foreign companies can transport gasoline and diesel to areas where there are fuel shortages.

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn during a discussion at the NYU Global Academic Center in Washington, D.C., in 2019. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former White House counsel Don McGahn agreed Wednesday to speak with the House Judiciary Committee about former President Trump's alleged attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation — with certain conditions, per a court filing.

Why it matters: The agreement ends a two-year standoff after McGahn, a key player in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, repeatedly refused to agree to a subpoena for testimony — resulting in the matter being taken to court.