Amid fatal heat waves, worsening droughts, and severe famines, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the gall to take the stage this week at the Aspen Ideas’ climate conference and declare that climate action is “for the children” — as if the crisis is not unfolding before our eyes.

Along with recapping all our reporting from the last week, this edition of Lever Weekly highlights an Atlantic report about Pelosi’s remarks. As the author notes, such statements are emblematic of a much larger problem: Democrats are so out of touch that they can’t realize the critical opportunity they have to address the climate crisis right now.

Read all about it in this week’s Lever Weekly (formerly Weekend Reader), exclusively for supporting subscribers below.