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A new coalition of more than a dozen major corporations and environmental groups is launching on Wednesday to urge Congress to pass legislation addressing climate change.

Driving the news: The initiative, the CEO Climate Dialogue, features CEOs from oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as from companies across the economy including Citi, Dominion Energy and Ford Motor Company. The Environmental Defense Fund and The Nature Conservancy are among the environmental groups that helped convene the group.

The big picture: This is the latest sign that the political window for Washington to seriously consider comprehensive climate legislation is opening again after a decade of being closed. This is occurring against an unlikely backdrop because President Trump dismisses climate change as a problem, and Republicans control the Senate. Whether the window actually opens is highly dependent on if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2020.

Those involved:

  • BASF, chemical maker // BP, oil and gas company // Citi, bank // Dominion Energy, power company // Dow, chemical maker // DTE Energy, power company // DuPont, chemical and science company // Exelon, power company // Ford Motor Company, auto maker // LafargeHolcim, cement manufacturer // PG&E, power company // Shell Oil, oil and gas producer // Unilever, consumer goods.
  • Four environmental groups: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions // Environmental Defense Fund // The Nature Conservancy // World Resources Institute.

One level deeper: The coalition is laying out 6 principles they hope will guide lawmakers in passing big climate policy. The aim is to be less prescriptive than other corporate-led efforts, namely the Climate Leadership Council, whose members include some of the same companies and are pushing a carbon tax whose revenue is sent back to consumers.

  • The biggest principle is a price on carbon dioxide emissions across the U.S. economy that achieves at least 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.
  • That’s similar to what the Obama administration once proposed, but it’s less aggressive than what backers of the Green New Deal want, which is net zero emissions as soon as 2030, but well before 2050.

What they’re saying:

  • “We believe it’s time for the president and Congress to put in place long-term federal policy,” said Jamie Gentoso, CEO for U.S. Cement Operations at LafargeHolcim. “Whether or not you believe in climate change, everybody needs to be responsible.”
  • Gentoso, whose organization has invested in a company that uses captured CO2 emissions to make cement, says she’s “hopeful these are not things that will be additional costs for us, but actually open up new markets.”

What we’re watching: Whether the coalition will be mainly more rhetoric or actually move the needle. Precedent suggests the latter.

  • The coalition is bringing on the Meridian Institute to help facilitate strategy. That’s the same nonprofit that helped coordinate the last major corporate coalition that heavily influenced the last comprehensive climate policy Congress considered over a decade ago. It dissolved after efforts failed in 2010.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with all Denver Broncos quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Updated 11 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.