Joe Biden recently released a plan to address climate change on a trillion-dollar scale. Along with focusing on the rapid deployment of renewables, it also devotes resources to environmental justice, sustainable housing, clean transportation and networking. But it also avoids the issue of fossil fuels.

What would it mean? And who's informing the ideas? We’ll dig in.

Then, we discuss Facebook's disinformation problem. We look at why Facebook is rejecting the conclusions of its fact-checkers on some articles about climate change. We’re joined by Emily Atkin, climate journalist and founder of the newsletter Heated, who dug up some of the documents showing who’s making these decisions at Facebook. 

Finally, U.S. attorneys in Ohio and Illinois have been busy investigating racketeering and bribery by high-ranking public officials who are doing the bidding of utility companies. In Ohio, the state's speaker of the House was arrested, and in Illinois, a utility was put on probation. There’s a common thread, and we tease it out. 

Recommended reading:

  • Biden Campaign: Climate Plan
  • Biden Campaign: Environmental Justice Commitments
  • GTM: Biden Pledges $2T in Clean Energy and Infrastructure Spending
  • Heated: Facebook Creates Fact-Checking Exemption for Climate Deniers
  • NYT: How Facebook Handles Climate Disinformation
  • WaPo: GOP Ohio House Speaker Arrested in Connection to $60 Million Bribery Scheme
  • Axios: Ohio House Speaker Charged in $60 Million Bribery Investigation
  • GTM: ComEd Agrees to $200M Fine on Federal Bribery Charge

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