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America's right flank is at war with itself over climate-change science, and the latest battle is this week in Nashville.

Driving the news: The American Legislative Exchange Council, a policy group of conservative state lawmakers and companies, holds a meeting Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Members of one of its task forces are expected to vote on whether to draft a proposal calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a scientific finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare.

Quoted: Steve Milloy, who runs a website that tries to dispute the scientific consensus that human activity is a major contributor to climate change, said on Twitter Tuesday he hopes to defeat ExxonMobil and other members of the group that have publicly said they oppose any effort to undo the EPA's scientific finding.

"For the record, ExxonMobil is on the side of climate bedwetters. The once sensible company wants EPA to regulate CO2 so it can put small, independent oil & gas firms out of business. Exxon is anti-science, anti-competitive and siding with anti-American greens."

The big picture: Most currently elected Republicans in Congress and corporations are not publicly questioning the scientific consensus on climate change today, though some have pushed such a false narrative in recent years past. Their positions today put them at odds with a loud group of conservative leaders, such as Milloy, who have influence with some Trump administration officials who share their skepticism. Most leaders on the right don't support any major policy to address climate change however, no matter what they think about the science.

Go deeper:

  • Exxon's official opposition of the policy, per The Hill Tuesday.
  • Environment & Energy Daily had this in-depth article a couple weeks ago, and reporter Zack Colman will be on the ground in Nashville for the next two days.
  • Two Democratic senators criticized some of the corporate members of the group in a Washington Post op-ed on Tuesday.

(This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Zack Colman's last name.)

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

Driving the news: James and Jennifer Crumbley were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

4 hours ago - World

Putin to demand legal guarantee against NATO expansion in call with Biden

Biden and Putin meeting in Geneva in June. Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin is demanding a legally binding guarantee that NATO will not expand east — including to Ukraine — and plans to raise the issue in an upcoming phone call with President Biden, according to the Kremlin.

Why it matters: Russia has massed more than 94,000 troops on the border with Ukraine and could be preparing for a large-scale invasion at the end of January, Ukraine's defense minister said Friday.

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