Stuff The Lever Reported This Week:

J.D. Vance Helped Lobbyists Weaken His Rail Safety Bill — The Ohio senator quietly delayed the timeline for safer tank cars that regulators say could help prevent train spills like the one in East Palestine.

Fossil Fuel Giant Suncor Chooses Shareholders Over Breathable AirThe oil and gas firm’s Colorado refinery is systematically poisoning the air while the company massively expands stock buybacks and dividends.

Oil Lobby Pushed Pollution Loophole for Wildfire SmokeClimate change is intensifying toxic wildfires, but Big Oil has pushed to exempt the resulting pollution from federal air quality standards.

The Great Bank Robbery Of 2023How the government pays banks big money while letting them rip off everyone else.

YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: Climate Justice Hits The CourtsAlso, the senate wakes up on the insurance industry’s climate hypocrisy, heat pumps are in, Portland voters save a rent cap, and more.

Stuff To Watch Or Listen To:

LEVER TIME: Pentagon Whistleblower Says The Government Is Hiding “Non-Human” TechnologyDavid and investigative journalist Leslie Kean discuss new revelations about the government’s potential knowledge of UFOs.

THE AUDIT: Liberals, Leftists, And Pragers, Oh MyThe team dissects PragerU’s videos on race, liberalism, and affirmative action.

LEVER TIME PREMIUM: The Climate Crisis Gets Really Real — The Lever’s reporters do a deep-dive on the climate crisis.