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President Biden's climate envoy John Kerry "warned the EU that a carbon border tax adjustment should be a 'last resort,'" the Financial Times reports (subscription).

Why it matters: The official statement following a meeting between Kerry and European officials shows that while the U.S. and EU are now broadly aligned on climate, harmony on policy specifics can be trickier.

Driving the news: Kerry spoke to the FT at the close of his meetings. From their piece...

  • The former secretary of state said "he was 'concerned' about Brussels’ forthcoming plans for a carbon border adjustment mechanism and urged the EU to wait until after the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow to move forward."
  • Kerry said a border tax "does have serious implications for economies, and for relationships, and trade."

Catch up fast: Border adjustments are meant to ensure industries in regions with strong emissions-cutting policies don't face a competitive disadvantage.

  • Such trade measures could also avoid simply moving emissions from place to place, or "carbon leakage."
  • European Commission's Frans Timmermans said earlier this year that it's a "matter of survival" for European industries.

The intrigue: Biden's platform called for "carbon adjustment fees or quotas on carbon-intensive goods from countries that are failing to meet their climate...obligations," and name-checked China.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Sunday that she has appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Pelosi's announcement comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

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America's "Friendscape" crisis

New research shows Americans have fewer friends than in the past, and are less likely to have a best friend.

  • Why it matters: At a time of excruciating mental and societal stress, this is another sign we're breaking apart. And the friendship drought could get worse with more people working remotely or hybrid-ly.
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