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good monday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm jim sciutto. back in washington, president biden set to speak in glasgow, scotland, this hour as we looks to re-establish the u.s. as one of the leaders in the global fight against climate change. right now, hundreds of world leaders are gathered for what's known as the cop-26 u.n. climate
summit. in the next two weeks they'll hammer out ways to address climate change across the globe, and we'll see if those are concrete commitments. >> climate change has propelled the earth into, quote, uncharted territory. the u.n. secretary-general driving home the urgency of this crisis moments ago. take a listen. >> enough of killing ourselves with carbon. enough of treating nature like a toilet. enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. we are digging our own graves. >> cnn has correspondents on the ground in scotland as the meetings kick off. we have wolf blitzer and kaitlan collins joining us. bill grier is in glasgow. yes, this is a big moment for the planet as we know. this is a very big moment for
president biden. can you put that into context for us why it's so important today? >> it's a huge moment because this whole issue of the climate is so, so critical. it's a lifesaving development over these next several years that needs to be addressed. he has it very, very high on his priority list. he had hoped to come to scotland, erica, with a deal in the house and the senate with billions of dollars devoted specifically to this issue of the climate. unfortunately for him, he didn't succeed in that, but he's hoping in the next several days to get that done. he would have been in a little stronger position if he'd come with that in handle, but he's gearing up together with his top aides for all sorts of initiatives to deal with this critically important issue, not only legislative issues, legislation, but also executive orders, executive decisions that he could take on his own. so this is a real high priority because the stakes are clearly
so enormous. >> bill, good to have you here given that you cover the climate so closely here. can you tell us what the $550 billion in the budget proposal actually does? is it realistic as the administration says that those measures could cut u.s. emissions by half by 2030? that's quite an ambitious goal. i wonder from your reality check stand point if that holds up. >> it's really a stretch, jim, to be honest. this is a plan with an awful lot of carrots and not enough sticks. a lot of incentives, tax incentives for folks to maybe buy an electric car, but there's no punishment for utility companies that don't switch off of coal or natural gas or something cleaner fast enough, so you may be charging your electric car with coal, which defeats the purpose. just to put it into perspective, that's $550 billion over ten years. so $55 billion a year is less
than half of what the storms so far will cost the united states. we've had -- it's not even -- you know, we just started november a couple months ago. the storm tally so far is well over $100 billion. so the cost of inaction, people are saying, would be stratospherally higher than anything we could do you know, in the near term to sort of shore up for this and prevent the worst-case scenarios for our kids. >> it's interesting as we look at that, right. bill, as you go through, it's really in there, what the real impact could be. to wolf's point, kaitlan, this is a signature issue for president biden, and he's brought in plenty of big guns with him to really try to show that commitment from the united states. it's a show of force, and it was the white house saying how much muscle, how much meat is behind that, kaitlan? >> well, and you have to look at what they are coming in and
confronting. not just climate change but on the heels of a president who withdrew the u.s. from the paris climate accords and who questioned climate change at times in his political career. and so of course what they're dealing with is the consistency of an american presidency and just how committed they are to climate change. president biden is trying to give this message that, yes, the u.s. is serious about confronting it. that is really going to be the overarching part of his speech today and laying out his personal commitment to doing so and what steps they'll take with two goals in mind, the year 2030 and the year 2050. john kerry here and gina mccarthy said the president has two goals and one is to convince other nations to agree to a global attempt to contain a rise in temperatures, and then the other one is to get them to take concrete steps in the next decade, not just looking at that 2050 goal so many nations have set, but what are they doing, what concrete steps are they
taking by 2030. but what you're hearing from officials is they're saying this is not the end of the road. this is not a summit where you walk in and lay everything out and get everybody on the same page. a lot has to do with who is not going to be at the summit. of course china and russia, two of the world's biggest emitters, are not going to be here. it's a little more difficult to have a conversation about that and to get realistic agreement on that when some are not at the table on this. the president himself acknowledged yesterday he's disappointed that chinese president xi jinping and russian president putin won't be at the summit. that is another factor they'll deal with as some skeptics question whether the delivery and the remarks, the rhetoric from the world leaders, actually matches what they're delivering. >> wolf, notable absences as kaitlan notes in china and russia, as with the g-20 in rome. it's different in edinboro because putin will send a recorded statement. they're not letting him zoom in to participate from afar.
i wonder what are the ambitions there for an agreement, a commitment from the some 200 nations that are there. and can that commitment hold if you don't have one of the world's biggest emitters and one of the world's biggest oil exporters in russia present? >> and the saudi arabia leadership has decided not to attend either. they're not here as well. so all of that is so significant. they would have loved putin to be here, president xi of china to be here, the saudi leadership, other countries represented. but sadly, they decided to not attend. they have all sorts of reasons, the covid pandemic among others, that would preclude travel, if you will. but this is really an important moment for the world because you're absolutely right. if these other countries are not involved directly in reducing
the emissions, if they're not involved in trying to raise the money that is needed to help the poor nations of the world deal with this over the next decade, two decades or so, i would's going to be a real, real serious problem. and kaitlan is absolutely right. president biden is bringing along his top leadership, almost all of them deciding to come, including the former president, barack obama, will be here, the former vice president al gore, is here. the u.s. in contrast to the trump administration is playing an extremely high, very public role in underscoring how critically important this issue is right now. as you know, the trump administration withdrew from the paris climate accords, and when they had these kinds of cop summits earlier during the trump administration, the u.s. had relatively a low-level profile. they didn't even talk much about the critical importance of dealing with climate change. that has changed dramatically right now. we'll see if the house and
senate get together and pass the legislation on climate that the president wants, because that will be significant as well. >> bill, as we look at all of this, it comes back to yet again incredibly important issues facing not just the united states but the world that has been politicized over a number of years. this is not new. coming into this, is there a sense that things are starting to change? is there a sense that warnings, like we just heard from the u.n. secretary-general, that we're digging our own graves, is that starting to sink in more across the globe? >> you would think so, erica, to be sure. i think there's an awful lot of greta tunehunbergs sitting at kitchen tables around the world pressing their grand folks for answers on how this mess was made. absolutely. urgency is compounded by every drought, every wildfire season that we're seeing, every big
storm, as well. but so much of this is human nature and how we're not equipped for this. you don't get elected to public office or board of directors saying you know what, guys, we've got to slow down on our consumption, we need to ease off cutting down the next forest in order to build a subdivision. that's not how the financial structures are set up. but there's still so much hope. humans are the greatest problem solvers on the planet as well. the same frontal lobes that made this mess can fix it with the right political will. so much of this particular conference, the 26th conference of parties, so we've been talking about this over 25 years, this one's about trust. wolf touched on a big one, which is trust from developing countries who didn't make this mess who are suffering the brunt of the pain saying you guys got to pay your tab. years ago, the rich countries said we'll give $100 billion a year to the poorer countries to help them adapt to clean energy,
skip the mistakes of the industrial revolution. and none of that has really gone out the door yet. boris johnson upped the uk's commitment today by over a billion dollars. it looks like maybe 2023 they can start to see that. but in india, for example, that builds more coal than u.s. and europe combined, they're saying until we start seeing that money, we can't afford to get off of coal. so everything is connected politically. >> wolf, when we were in rome, we heard a lot of managing of expectations about g-20 accomplishments. they did get a global agreement on a minimum and corporate tax. they made some climate commitments. but i wonder from there, what do leaders, officials say was the biggest deliverable, the biggest take-away from the g-20 summit they feel was an accomplishment? >> just getting together, i guess, they think was an accomplishment. you're right. there was disappointment that they didn't really achieve a whole lot more. there were a lot of words that were spoken, a lot of words that
were pushed forward. but as far as practical deeds, yes, this corporate minimum tax, that's a very significant development. i didn't see a whole lot of other major, major initiatives that were moved forward. you know, it was important, though, for -- i think for president biden to be there. he had a chance to patch up relations with france, with president macron, given the nature of what had happened in the weeks earlier, that submarine deal that the uls put forward with australia. i think that was important. i think it was important for the president personally, very important for him to meet and have that meeting with pope francis. pope francis believes he is a good catholic. he can continue to receive his communion despite his position on abortion rightings for women. that is so important personally for the president. he did achieve that, and i think he left rome and came to scotland encouraged by those developments. but there's still so many other
problems out there. and hovering over all of this, let's not forget, is covid-19, this pandemic. according to the johns hopkins university, more than 5 billion have died from covid and a lot more will die. even in the developing countries, maybe 50% to 70% of people are vaccinated. in the less developed, it may be 2%, 3%, 4%. as long as it is spreading through, there will be mutations and potentially greater dangers for everyone around the world. that hovers over all these summits. >> no question. the pandemic knows no borders as we often say. so good to have you all on. we look forward to having you back on. the supreme court is hearing arguments on something of enormous consequence nationally, the texas abortion ban. protesters gathering outside. what this could mean for the future of roe v. wade.
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court holding oral arguments this morning as they consider a texas law that bans abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy. no exception for rape or incest. >> it's the most restrictive in the country. abortion activists wonder what it means for other states, the future of roe v. wade, not just abortion advocates, but people watching saying it is a consequential decision for women across the country. jessica schneider is outside the supreme court this morning. jessica, walk us through what exactly the court is considering today. >> jim and erica, the court right now beginning at 10:00 this morning, hearing arguments in two separate but related cases. the challenges are coming from the justice department and abortion providerings in texas, both arguing that this texas abortion law is unconstitutional and they're saying it was specifically designed to evade federal court review, which up to this point it has. remember, the justices declined
to block this law on september 1st. the law has now been in effect in texas for two months effectively shutting down abortion clinics across the state. in the first few minutes of arguments we heard first, as we typically have this term, from conservative justice clarence thomas. he's celebrate 30g yearing 30 ye bench today. he's been outspoken about the need to revisit roe v. wade, saying it has spiraled out of control. this abortion law has sparked nationwide outrage. here at the supreme court we're seeing protesters on both sides. in texas we've seen plenty of protests springing up about this bill that has forced many women in that state to travel hundreds of miles across state lines to get abortions, abortion clinics in neighboring states like oklahoma, new mexico, saying they are seeing their abortion clinics take on many more patients than they have in the past. this law prohibits abortion
providers from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically at six weeks before many women even know they're pregnant. the difference in this law is it allows private citizens to enforce the law as opposed to state officials. that's the crux of the argument here, whether the state of texas can put enforcement power in private citizens' hands. that's at the center of the argument here. notably, the supreme court fast tracked this case, hearing these arguments in record time here. this points to the fact that these justices understand the gravity of this law and how it's affecting women in texas and really throughout the country, especially in those neighboring states. the justice department here as well as whole women's health and the abortion providers challenging this case, they are looking for the supreme court to give them the green light to say yes, go ahead, you can challenge this law, you can challenge it
on the merits, and then that's when they would go back down to the lower courts. but it's all up to the supreme court. we're expecting they will likely come down with a decision in this case before we usually see decisions later in the spring. they could decide maybe in a matter of weeks as to whether these lawsuits can move forward and whether this law can continue to be challenged with maybe the effect of eventually blocking it. erica and jim? >> so much to watch. so much that could come out of this. jessica schneider, appreciate it. thank you. >> the white house press secretary as tested positive for covid-19. health officials say there is little chance, however, she infected the president. we'll explain why they believe so just after the break. and whatever the size. that's why we set out to help make it easier for everyone to move forward financially. see how we can make a difference for you at pnc bank. ♪
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but it all starts with you. let's keep making a differene together. a grim milestone today. the world has surpassed 5 million total deaths from covid-19. vaccination efforts continue around the globe and here in the u.s., the white house press secretary genjen psaki has reved she's tested positive for covid-19. she's not traveling with president biden on his european trip. the white house announced the president took a test required to enter the uk and biden was negative. >> joining us now senior medical
correspondent elizabeth cohen. a lot of interest in this story given how close jen psaki is to the president every day. so walk us through what we know. >> reporter: erica, the question on everyone's mind, is it possible that jen psaki could have infected president biden? when we spoke to experts, they said it would be virtually impossible. first of all, keep in mind, yesterday he took a covid it is as part of his travel into the united kingdom and it was negative. so there's the first of all. here's the second of all. let's look at the time line and you'll see what i mean. on tuesday of last week, that was the last time that psaki and biden were together. they were outside. they were six feet apart. they were wearing masks. the next day, jen psaki started her quarantine because she said members of her family tested positive. and then she tested negative that day and the next day, all the way until october 30th. it wasn't until yesterday that she tested positive.
so the chance that she could have, you know, been positive and transmitted it to him sitting so far apart, outside with masks, days before she tested positive, virtually impossible. we should note as you said that jen psaki had a breakthrough case. jen psaki is fully vaccinated, but this does happen, and she credits the vaccine for the fact that she only has mild symptoms. this is a win for the vaccine. she's infected but only mildly ill. erica, jim? >> that's what the data shows remarkly well across the board. elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. tomorrow the cdc will consider emergency use authorization of the pfizer covid-19 vaccine for kids age 5 to 11. this is a big moment. if the agency and director sign off, those shots could be available to children as soon as this wednesday. >> right now, the pfizer vaccine, of course, is the only one available to those under 18,
so i would's currently authorized for 12 to 17-year-olds. moderna now says that the fda, late friday, said it wants more time to review its vaccine for 12- to 17-year-olds, specifically citing concerns about the possible elevated risk in heart inflammation. joining us for more on this, a pediatrician, spokeswoman for the american academy of pediatrics. great to have you with us this morning. in terms of what we learn from moderna, the fda wants more time to look at the data here as they look for that emergency use authorization for 12- to 17-year-olds. should we read anything into that, or is this the process working? >> thank you, erica. you're exactly right. this shows how thorough the process is for vaccines to get emergency use authorization for our kids. even when the advisory group met to discuss the pfizer data, they discussed and debated all day long and modeled out any potential side effects versus
the risk that we are seeing when kids do get covid-19. i mean, this is not a mild infection despite what everybody thinks. we are seeing kids with much more serious illness. and so i think this is a good sign that the fda is saying hold on, let's take a little longer look at this data before we make a decision. it's important to note that we have a safe and effective vaccine, 91% effective, that did get the fda eua last week, and a the cdc will meet today to discuss, and if dr. walensky gives the go ahead, pediatricians and pharmacies are ready for this age group. >> public polling shows about a third of parents are willing to go right away with this, about a third are in the wait-and-see category. i'm sure you have lots of conversations with moms and dads about this as they consider this for their children. i'm curious what you tell them, what advice you give them when they say, hey, i want to see how
it pans out elsewhere? >> this is a question i am discussing with families all day long, in my office, and they grab me on the soccer field when i'm with my 6-year-old saying what do you think? i had two teen boys that received the pfizer vaccine. my youngest is 6. so i am waiting to give him the vaccine. so what i usually first do is ask them what their questions and concerns are. i feel like many of them feel that this vaccine is new. i understand why they feel that way. but the technology has been around for decades. and we know based on recent data that only 43% of kids in this age group have infection. the cdc released a large study last week that show that the antibodies from the actual infection are not as good as antibodies from the vaccine. and people that had covid in the past were still -- sorry, if you were vaccinated in the past, you were six times less likely to
test positive for covid than if you had natural infection and 11 times less likely to die. i think this is very important that even if your child had covid-19 in the past, it is still important to get them vaccinated. >> what else should we take into account at parents? a number of businesses said we'll give you a day off your shot just in case you have a reaction. how should we as parents be building that in as we're hopefully scheduling that first dose for our children? should we do it, for example, friday afternoon so they have the weekend in case? >> so that's another great question, something to think about. in terms of scheduling all vaccines, we know with any vaccine and also the pfizer covid-19 for kids, there is a chance for some mild side effects. so kids may have a sore arm, be a little fatigued. we're actually seeing less fever in the kids than we did in the teenagers and adults. it's a third of the dose. i think we are going to see fewer side effects. but if that's something you're
concerned about, if your child is not feeling well and can't attend school, even though we know this is an illness with the vaccine, consider friday afternoon. with timing of the vaccine, it looks like we'll give it thursday and friday afternoon this week in our country, so that will give the kids the weekend to rest if they need to. i think parents always take this into consideration thinking about when they should make an appointment at their pediatrician's office or for any vaccine. >> good advice. a lot of folks will be going through this this weekend. perhaps by wednesday 5- to 11-year-olds could take advantage of the vaccine. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. one tangible fallout from the 2020 election, there are more poll watchers on election day. is that a good thing? we'll discuss that next. first, a lot going on. here's what else to watch today.
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less than 24 hours before polls open in virginia. terry mcauliffe and glen youngkin making their final pitches before they decide their next governor. >> the latest polling shows the two running neck and neck with many believing the race could be like many other races a preview for next year's midterm. cnn's washington correspondent is in arlington, virginia, this morning. mcauliffe has been associating youngkin with former president donald trump. trump put out a statement that the mcauliffe camp might welcome. >> reporter: that's absolutely right, jim. the donald trump factor has loomed very large in this race. today no exception, certainly notable that this morning the former president came out with another statement in support of
glen youngkin, someone who as a candidate has tried to distance himself from donald trump but while keeping him at arm's length. not only did the former president release a statement in support of him this morning but he's anticipated to appear at a telerally on behalf of youngkin tonight, but youngkin saying he took no part in planning the event, does not plan to participate, but this has played into democrat terry mcauliffe's hand, the strategy to cast youngkin as somewhat of a proxy of donald trump. here's how he responded over the weekend, trying to capitalize on the former president's late in the game involvement in this race. >> tomorrow we're going to have a little teleconference. i guess donald trump is going to visit here. trump wants to win here so he can announce for president in 2024. that's the stakes of this election. he's trying to get himself off the map. he wants to win here tuesday, and wednesday donald trump announces he's running in 2024.
are we going to allow that to go on here? >> no! >> reporter: early in-person voting for virginia finished over the weekend, so right now the focus for both candidates in the last 24 hours is really driving towards that in-person vote tomorrow, trying to drive out to people to get to the polls. they have eight events between the two candidates today, really crisscrossing the commonwealth of virginia, an extremely tight race, of course, jim, a race that has very notable national significance for both parties going forward. jim? >> no question. sunlen serfaty, thanks very much. a trend playing out in virginia we may see across the country, a major uptick in the number of poll watchers as they're known, most republicans at voting locations. joining me is the fairfax county, virginia, general regi registrar. thanks for taking the time this morning. >> my pleasure. >> so in some of the numbers here republicans taking part as
poll watchers outnumber democrats 2 to 1. is it your sense that trump's continuing big lie is pushing this, in effect, that people are going because they say, oh, something fishy is going on with the polls here and by the way the last election was stolen? >> right. i believe there's a direct line between the president's big lie and the motivation and the number of people who are participating as poll watchers this year. a lot of people have been seduced by that notion, and they are sincere people who are exit committed in their mind to make sure it doesn't happen again, which really adds a level of energy and sometimes aggression in our interactions with them than what i've ever had in 25 years dealing with poll watchers. >> you know, i wonder, there are certain phases where they become poll intimidators as opposed to poll watchers. are you, in your experience, concerned that some might
threaten, intimidate while the voting is going on and later when the votes are counted? >> over the last few days of early voting, we saw increased aggressive contact with voters, not by people who are there in the capacity of observers but people who are there on behalf of campaigns outside the polling places before people walk in. i expect that to continue to be at a high level. but there's a new aspect of poll watching this time that really doesn't come up very often, is most of our back-office operations counting ballots, canvassing, doing those testing of equipment, mundane things, are also, you know, public -- open to the public. and we have had for the last six months representatives from the republican party at every major operation we've done for the election. >> yeah. listen, at the same time, the
former president continues to claim based on nothing that the election was stolen. the republican. candidate in virginia, glen con youngkin, has called for auditing of vote mag sheens. you have different categories of statements here. you have the former president making outright unfounded lies, but then you have this sort of middle ground saying, yeah, we've got to be sure about integrity here, we have to do an audit. does that contribute to the overall sense, which as you say, has e v seduced a lot of people, that there's something amiss here, that folks like you are cheating them out of their votes? >> right. so i think those who give a wink-wink, nod-nod, to, yeah, we need to make sure that we have -- are really doing this country a great disservice. >> yeah. yeah. i hear you. i wonder, listen, it's not just something that's uncomfortable for people like you, because people like you have become the
targets, sometimes of threats around the country. cnn has done a lot of stories about this. we've talked to people in that category. are you concerned that you've become a target based on these lies? >> absolutely. actually, just this morning i received about three dozen very personal attacking, trolling emails accusing me preelection of fraud and even making specific allegations of what the fraud would be. that's the kind of language that we heard after last november's election, but i haven't heard specific allegations and threats to this degree prior to an election. >> goodness. listen, those threats are things that sometimes sadly can turn into actual danger. what do you do when you get threats like that? do you have channels to report that to police or others if they continue or they're made attached to any sort of threat
of violence? >> sure. actually, just a half an hour ago i was on a daily coordination call with the fairfax county police liaison and a couple of police commanders. we've been in contact and coordinated with the fbi and department of homeland security. i'm a former military guy, and i just do my job and i don't let the threats or the potential danger get in the way. but it's unfortunate that i can draw comparisons to my current experience to my combat experience when i was in the army. >> goodness. you're saying that sort of -- it feels like a similar threat to some degree? >> yeah. the uncertainty, the fear for your safety, do you change what you do, or do what you've been trained and prepared to do? do you execute the plan of the
election that has been prepared with your team as being implemented? or do you respond out of some kind of fear to the noise and things that are going on around? so that's kind of the comparison that i'm making, is that, you know, you still have to do your duty. >> scott, personally, i'm glad you're still doing your duty, and i'm sure folks at home can appreciate the system is built on honest civil servants like yourself just doing their best. i'm sorry you have to go through what you're going through, but more power to you. thanks for joining us. >> thank you, jim. >> join cnn tomorrow for election night in america, special live coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. eastern time right here on cnn. >> such a sobering interview there, but so important to hear from people like scot and what they are still facing at this point. president biden expected to speak at the global climate
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worst that's yet to come if we fail to seize this moment. ladies and gentlemen, within the growing catastrophe, i believe there's an incredible opportunity not just for the united states but for all of us. we're standing at an inflection point in world history. we have the ability to invest in ourselves and build an equitable clean energy future and in the process create millions of good. paying jobs and opportunities around the world. cleaner air for our children, more bountiful oceans, healthier forests and ecosystems for our planet. we can create an environment that raises the standard of living around the world, and this is a moral imperp tif, but it's also an economic imperative. if we fuel greater growth, new jobs, better opportunities for all our people, and as we see
current volatility in energy prices rather than cast it as a reason to back off our clean energy goals, we must view it as a call to action. high energy prices only reinforce the urgent need to diversify sources, double down on clean energy development, and adapt promising new clean energy technology so we cannot only remain overly reliant on one source of power to power our economies and our communities. it's in the self-interest of every single nation. and this is a chance in my view to make an investment in our economic resilience and in our workers and our communities throughout the world. that's what we're going to do in the united states. my build back better framework will make historic investments in clean energy, the most significant investment to deal with the climate crisis than any
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