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A House committee has been investigating the role fossil fuel companies have played in disseminating climate misinformation

By Nick Sobczyk Photo: Ting Shen Getty Images

House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney said yesterday that she intends to subpoena four major oil companies and two trade organizations for documents and communications as part of her committee’s investigation into climate misinformation.


Oil Executives Testify on Industry’s Role in Climate Disinformation

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Lisa Friedman Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

In a historic hearing, the leaders of some of the most powerful energy companies in the world are appearing before a House panel to face questioning on climate change.


Lawmakers launch investigation into climate crisis disinformation by fossil fuel industry

By Ella Nilsen

The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday it is launching an investigation into fossil fuel industry disinformation on the climate crisis. The committee invited the heads of six oil companies and major lobbying groups to testify in front of the committee next month.


Democrats race to resolve House-Senate disputes on $3.5T megabill

By Jennifer Scholtes, Heather Caygle, and Caitlin Emma Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Democrats are hustling to finalize their gigantic social spending plan during the dog days of summer recess, wary they will blow their target date to finish as Congress faces a crush of deadlines later this month.


Progressives launch campaign to exclude gas from Congress’s clean electricity program

By Rachel Frazin

Progressives are pushing to try to keep natural gas out of a Democratic proposal aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector.


Remaking the economy

By David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick Photo: Sarahbeth Maney
President Biden’s domestic agenda seems to be back on track in Congress.
House Democrats resolved a procedural spat this week, and they and Senate Democrats are now turning to the substantive work of putting together a sprawling bill meant to slow climate change, reduce poverty and expand pre-K, college financial aid and Medicare benefits.

Senate Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan, Advancing Safety Net Expansion

By Emily Cochrane Photo: Tom Brenner

The Senate took a major step on Wednesday toward enacting a vast expansion of the nation’s social safety net, approving a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint along party lines that would allow Democrats to tackle climate change and fund health care, child care, family leave and public education expansion. Much of that spending would be paid for with higher taxes on wealthy people and corporations.


House Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan for Vast Expansion of Safety Net

By Emily Cochrane Photo: Doug Mills

A divided House on Tuesday approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would pave the way for a vast expansion of social safety net and climate programs, as Democrats overcame sharp internal rifts to advance a critical piece of President Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda.


Finding the Will to Stave Off a Darker Future

By The Editorial Board Photo: Alyssa Schukar

In June 1988 a NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen, appeared on a very hot day in Washington and told a group of powerful senators that a grim future lay ahead. Carbon emissions, he said, had raised average global temperatures to the highest levels in recorded human history, bringing heat waves, droughts and other disruptions to people’s lives. “The greenhouse effect has been detected,” he said, “and it is changing our climate now.”