Good morning, and welcome to a Mueller-free newsletter. My latest column looks at the rhetorical wars over the Green New Deal — and has some news on when we can expect the actual policy.
I'll share a glimpse of that and then Ben Geman will get you up to speed with the rest of today's news.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Politicians and activists aren’t letting facts or details get in the way of a political messaging fight over climate change.
Why it matters: Washington isn’t known for nuance these days, but the lack of substance in the debate over the Green New Deal is extraordinary. What will it really cost? Will it hurt poor people or help them? There's little substance to tell us — but that won't stop everyone from fighting about it anyway.
Driving the news: The Senate is set to hold a procedural vote this week to begin debating the GND. Democrats are expected to vote "present" to show unity and oppose Republicans’ efforts to highlight divisions on the left about the proposal.
Where it stands: The backers of the GND, which include youth-led activist groups like the Sunrise Movement, have amassed an impressive amount of support for the proposal from Democratic presidential candidates and congressional progressives, in particular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose attention guarantees limelight.
The intrigue: New Consensus, a new nonprofit pivotal in shaping the GND with Ocasio-Cortez's office, is working on a report to be released early next year that will be the policy nuts and bolts of the plan.
What’s next: This week’s Senate debate is designed to maximize political messaging and minimize substance.
Crude oil prices have backed off their 4-month highs from last week amid "fresh signs that global growth may weaken further," Bloomberg reports.
The big picture: The decline comes despite OPEC and Russia's supply limiting deal and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.
There are also concerns about the state of the ship in Europe. "Fears of a deepening slowdown rattled financial markets in Europe and the US on Friday following the readings showing manufacturing activity in Germany and France had weakened," the Financial Times notes in a story on crude prices.
Remember last week's revelation that Carbon Engineering, a firm trying to commercialize machines that directly pull CO2 from the air, raised $68 million?
It's hardly the only action in the wider carbon removal space.
Driving the news: Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has thrust carbon removal startups into the spotlight amid growing concerns over climate change, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: Venture capital's natural appetite for funding moonshots could make it a positive force — if it overcome disappointments from last decade's failed cleantech investments.
How it started: In October, YC asked for program applications from startups and nonprofits working to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
What investors are saying: "For too long, the world has ignored the scientists, inventors, organizers, and entrepreneurs who are pursuing solutions that could dramatically reduce emissions, remove carbon from the atmosphere, actively cool the planet, and save human, animal, and plant life as we know it," venture capitalist Chris Sacca told Axios via email.
Recently released polling brings fresh evidence that young adult Americans are more worried about climate change than the overall adult population.
By the numbers: A Pew Research Center survey shows that 79% of adults aged 18–29 are very or fairly worried about climate change when they think about the future of the country.
That's compared to 69% for adults as a whole. There's also a sharp partisan divide, as you can see from the chart above.
Climate change: The International Energy Agency is on the cusp of releasing its latest analysis of global CO2 emissions from energy.
GND: This week the Senate is slated to a hold procedural vote on whether to debate the GND resolution, as Amy noted above.
Interior: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gathers Thursday to vet the nomination of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to formally get the top job.
Appropriations: Lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill will begin vetting the White House's fiscal year 2020 budget request.
A separate House Appropriations panel meets Tuesday to review Interior's budget plan.