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The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, the Washington Post reports, amid mounting concerns about her lack of related expertise and past comments on climate change. A White House official had told Axios on Friday she was withdrawing her nomination.

  • Per Axios' Ben Geman: "Hartnett White faced criticism from members of both parties during her rocky confirmation process. Democrats have strongly attacked her for refusing to endorse the scientific consensus that human activities have been the dominant cause of warming since the mid-20th century," while farm state Republicans took issue with "her past criticisms of ethanol and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard."

Go deeper: What we learned about Hartnett White.

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The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

Climate reckoning for oil and gas CEOs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Top executives from ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell will face a reckoning on Capitol Hill Thursday, as they're grilled on evidence that their companies knew for years that their products were driving climate change but chose to downplay or deny it.

Why it matters: The hearing before the House Oversight Committee will be the first time these executives have been brought together to provide sworn testimony regarding what they knew about the ties between their company's products and climate change, and when they knew it.