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for the entire u.s. west coast and alaska. take a look. we are now seeing the first waves arriving on the mainland of the u.s. and this is video of waves arriving moments ago in santa cruz, california. more and potentially larger waves are expected. the tsunami which was triggered by an underwater volcanic eruption overnight in the south pacific. the satellite images are incredible right now. they are showing a massive ash cloud and shock waves. the eruption happened near the island nation of tonga. now, a tsunami has already hit the largest island there sending waves flooding into the capital. the tsunami warning center says the first waves are now hitting the mainland of the west coast. so laguna beach right there in southern california already shutting down all beaches and boardwalks out of precaution. natasha chen is live at the santa monica pier in california for us, but let's begin first with allison chinchar, she is in
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the cnn weather center. allison, what are people on the west coast and alaska need to know about this warning? >> right. so basically the advisory is calling for 1 to 2 foot tsunami waves, basically anywhere along this yellow line. that extends from california, oregon, washington, canada, all the way through alaska. again, 1 to 2 feet may not sound like that much, but keep in mind a foot of water coming at you is enough to knock you off your feet. please don't go suffering, please don't stand and take selfies on the shoreline. you need to take this seriously. you can take pictures of it from a safe distance away or higher elevation, the second and third story of the building but please don't go out and stand along the shoreline to take images or videos of this because you don't want to find out at the last second that it is strong enough to wash you away and sweep you off your feet. here is a look at some of the observed waves that we have so far. monterey just under 1 foot, a
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couple of 1 foot waves reported in alaska. there is also a tsunami advisory in hawaii as well and this has been ongoing for several hours. now, the waves that have been observed across hawaiian islands have ranged anywhere from 1 to 3 feet. similar to what we are expecting along the west coast of the u.s. but just a little bit lower, 1 to 2 feet is the expected range for most of the western coast states. this is that video we've been talking about, again, you can see the eruption there and then the shock waves that kind of surround it. here is a slower motion of that, again, this taken from a lightning plot of a satellite. again, you can kind of see a lot of those waves, those shock waves reverberating out. i can only imagine what the sound of the eruption, that boom, would have sounded like for the folks on tonga when this actually erupted. >> it's incredible to see, much less hear. allison, thanks so much. let's go now to natasha chen at the santa mon ra pier. what are you seeing, natasha? >> reporter: jessica, the l.a.
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county beaches are not closed at this moment even though you did mention the city of laguna beach has shut down their beaches. i just spoke with captain a.j. lester of the los angeles county fire department lifeguard division and he told me really the focus right now is to advise the people behind us who might be walking along the beach or who might be in the water that this is something they should watch out for. they are also really focusing on the harbors where people dock their boats because the low-lying harbors is where you're going to see some of that tidal swing. right now they have an incident commander in ra don dough beach where they have seen -- they measured just now, he called me about ten minutes ago saying that it was a 1.5 foot tidal swing so far. so not too bad, but they had advised people to secure their boats and because they did not know how serious this would be when this advisory started this morning, they had also advised people to not be on their boats
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during this time, to secure it and not be on them -- on it. i also want to mention national weather service los angeles tweeted this out to the public, saying that, you know, think of these as surges in the currents which after arrival can be -- can cause dangerous rip currents for many hours. so the conditions are not entirely ideal here if you are trying to do any sort of water activity along the coastline. and then, of course, the national weather service advisory here had told people not to go to the shore. the first wave may not be the largest and later waves may be larger. so this is something we will definitely keep tracking throughout the day, jessica. >> natasha chen and allison chinchar, thanks to you both. turning now to the coronavirus pandemic. the winter surge pushing hospitals to the brink. hospitalization now at an all time high during this pandemic at 155,000. as you can imagine, icus quickly filling up, more than a dozen
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states reporting less than 15% remaining capacity. the cdc now updating its guidance to slow infections. the agency recommends wearing an n95 or kn95 mask and the biden administration announcing plans to offer masks for free while also pledging better access to testing. starting today many americans can get at-home tests for free through their private insurance. cnn's nadia romero is in atlanta where there is a massive testing site. we know so many people are having access to getting tests. what are you seeing? >> reporter: jessica, that's the whole reason behind opening up this drive through testing site right outside the stadium to try to alleviate some of those long lines that we have seen all across the atlanta metro area and really across the country. they are expecting about 2,000 or so people, that's the capacity they are expecting to see roll through this drive-thru testing site that's been going on steadily throughout the morning and a little bit
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yesterday as well. now, the company that's in charge, the lab that will be doing these tests will say that they are almost up to 1 million. 1 million tests so far this pandemic. this is just a georgia-based company that started with one lab and has now expanded to 14 different sites all across the area during the pandemic. of course, right now the biggest issue is the omicron variant and its impact on children. listen to one doctor explain why kids are even more at risk when it comes to this variant compared to all the others we've seen throughout the pandemic. >> omicron is showing tendencies of being more of an upper respiratory infection and the problem is that young children, they actually do worse with upper respiratory infections than do adults. so it's not unexpected that we would see more children being -- getting much sicker than -- with
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omicron than they were either with delta. >> reporter: so here in this area testing has become such an important topic in our schools. the atlanta public school district has mandatory testing for its teachers, at least twice a week. students can be tested as well, as long as they have parental consent. they're trying to keep this testing site open at least until february 18th but of course we have winter weather coming our way so they're expecting the site to stay open tomorrow pending the weather report. jessica? >> all right. nadia romero for us in atlanta. thanks so much. here with us now to talk about all of this dr. carlos del rio, executive associate dean at the emory university school of medicine. dr. del rio, thanks for being with us. we just heard in nadia's report that testing has been a major issue throughout the pandemic, but even more as we've seen these cases rise. how much of a factor can testing either pcr, antigen, at home, really be at this stage of the pandemic? >> yeah, good morning, jessica.
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clearly it's important. you know, testing unfortunately because of the wave so much you have too much and don't need t sometimes you have too little because you need a lot. we've never been able to provide the amount of testing needed at the time that you have the testing -- you need the testing the most, and right now we really need testing and unfortunately supply chain and many other things have made testing just simply not available. the problem is the most important thing you can do to prevent transmission once you've been infected is to identify yourself, isolate yourself and prevent contact with others and testing is critical in that strategy. if you don't test, you will not know that you are infected and therefore you go ahead and infect others. so making testing available to people immediately after they develop symptoms is critically important. >> no question about that. you make an excellent point. we know that the biden administration is going to begin distributing free at home test kits starting next week. it's going to take a few days for them to get to people even after they've ordered them but they will be getting them direct to their home.
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do you worry this is too little, too late, or do you think this can be effective in helping in the ways we need right now? >> well, it's going to be helpful, but i have some concerns. number one, yes, it is too late, but number two, the way i understand it is going to be made available, it's going to be made available by a website so you need to have internet access, you need to be able to go on to the website and order it and that's going to limit accessibility for some minorities, underserved populations, people that don't have access to the internet. we need to come up with other strategies. for example, in florida i've learned that since back in december they were distributing rapid tests at public libraries. we need to make tests available easily. if you have to order them through the internet i think a lot of people are simply not going to be able to get them. >> and we know that the cdc also just updated its guidance for masks so now they're recommending these n95 or kn95 masks as opposed to the cloth masks which we see a lot of. what is your take on this decision and also n95 and kn95
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masks also can be expensive. >> well, you know, absolutely sure, but you want to wear a high quality mask and that may be, you know, a multilayer mask, but it also needs to be one that fits your face well. if it doesn't fit your face well, if there's a lot of gaps there, it's higher risk. if it's just one piece of cloth it's not sufficient. so you really need a multilayer. if you use a cloth mask make sure it's multilayer. you can use a surgical mask, you can use an n95 mask, they are much more expensive, sometimes they are not as easy to use, but depends on the circumstance. you need to wear a high-quality mask. masking i think the good thing is we're beginning to see that there are different kinds of masks, different protections of masks and i think it will be up to the individual to think what's the best mask to protect myself. if i'm a i'm mub know suppressed patient i may want to wear a different mask than if i'm a young individual who probably has very little risk of progressing if they get infected. >> doing that individual risk assessment it sounds like.
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let's talk about hospitals, they are clearly struggling, at least 19 states have less than 15% capacity available in their icus right now, we're seeing the national guard being deployed to help in at least six states. how much longer do you think hospitals can sustain this before they reach a breaking point? is that something we need to be concerned about right now? >> i think we need to be concerned. i think hospitals are already at a breaking point. people in hospitals are working exceedingly hard and they're working under complicated circumstances. people are stacked up in the er waiting to get a bed, you hear ers of 40, 50 patients waiting for a bed for 24, 48 hours. this is really difficult. when you are a health care provider and you are unable to provide the quality care that you like to provide, it's very stressful. my concern is that, you know, we will get over this wave but a lot of people are simply going to say i've had enough, i'm leaving this job. so to me it's not just what's happening now, but what's going to be the impact long term.
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we have already a huge problem with nursing, we don't have enough nurses and going forward some predictions by 2030 we may have serious issues with both nursing and physician shortages. so we need to think about not just what's happening now but what's going to happen 10, 15 years from now. >> right. down the road. all right. dr. carlos del rio, thanks so much for being with us today. we appreciate it. >> happy to be with you. and another story that we're following this afternoon, firefighters continue to battle a massive 11-alarm fire at a chlorine manufacturing plant in passaic, new jersey. that blaze so intense it could be seen from miles away. last hour my colleague boris sanchez spoke with the mayor hector lora who had this to say about the fire. take a listen. >> the concern that we have today that people may not be able to see the dark smoke from the outside or the flames raging like they saw last night in those most impactful images.
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the flames continue to burn inside in pocket fires which can be caused because the structural compromise, sometimes the beams may collapse and that will feed the fire. the winds which were our friends last night, i would say the wind was our best friend as it was blowing the fire away from the main chemical plant, today where it could be helpful in the sense that it's keeping the fire away from the plant, it's also feeding the fire so that becomes a challenge. i want to make it clear, the fire is contained, but it is not completely under control. that's why firefighters are continuing on the scene and hitting the fire. we need to keep that fire away from the main plant. >> wow. some incredible images there. officials say one firefighter was injured from debris and taken to the hospital. still to come today glenn youngkin becomes the first republican sworn in as governor in virginia in nearly ten years. what it means for republicans across the country. and we're continuing to monitor a major winter storm that could dump several inches of snow and ice across much of the u.s., stretching from the
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and now to a changing of the guard in virginia. the inauguration ceremony under way for the state's new governor glenn youngkin who is the first republican elected to the position since 2009 in a state president biden won by ten points. some think young kin's campaign could prove to be a model for the midterms this fall. joining me now to discuss more from richmond, cnn national politics reporter eva mckind. what does young kin taking the oath of office today mean for
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republicans across the country and their ability to be successful in heavily blue states? >> reporter: well, good afternoon, jessica. the inaugural ceremony just under way here, a prayer being offered right now. you know, young kin's victory, and you can feel it here this afternoon, was a real morale boost for republicans across the state. his victory helped elevate other republicans as well statewide and so now republicans across the country are trying to replicate this model. can they get a plain-spoken former private equity ceo to run in different states, but really someone who distanced former president donald trump, but not in a way that was alienating to the republican base. someone that was a disciplined campaigner, that talked about issues like eliminating the grocery tax and additionally creating more charter schools. and also really took issue with the way that the history and
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legacy of racism was taught in virginia public schools. young kin stayed on message, distanced trump, did so in a disciplined manner and ultimately was successful here in virginia. so we are seeing in democratic states across the country other republicans try to replicate this model. >> certainly. a lot of republicans looking to glenn youngkin for inspiration in 2022, eve have a mckend thanks so much. we appreciate it. and still to come tennis star novak djokovic fights to compete in the australian open. a federal court will hear an appeal after his visa was revoked for a second time. adding lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria detergent alone, can't. okay everyone, our mission is to provide complete balanced nutrition for strength and energy. woo hoo! ensure, complete balanced nutrition with 27 vitamins and minerals.
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in just a few hours from now a federal court in australia will hear an appeal from tennis star novak djokovic after he -- his travel visa was revoked for a second time. djokovic is fighting to remain in the country and defend his australian open title. he was initially refused entry after officials denied his covid vaccine exemption. australia's immigration minister canceled the visa again citing public health policies but also saying his presence might mark anti-vaccination sentiment and cause civil unrest. djokovic was meant by supporters when he arrived to return to detention and phil black spoke with rafael nadal another tennis legend and top-ranked player about what's happening. >> reporter: rafael nadal is very grateful to be in melbourne preparing to play in the australian open. >> i want to know how you're feeling, you've overcome injury,
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covid, come back from that to get here. what has it taken to do that? how are you feeling? how do you rate your form right now? >> very challenging times. a lot of doubts during a lot of months. the fact that i'm here is so important for me. >> reporter: nadal speaks sympathetically about his rival, novak djokovic, but that only extends so far. they disagree on an important point. >> i really believe in vaccination. i respect him, but when you make your decisions then there is some consequences and i really wish him all the very best. >> reporter: this is not djokovic at his best. in the back of a government car with the world watching as he's driven into a detention center to wait for his next day in court. on sunday his lawyers will try to overturn the australian immigration minister's decision to cancel his visa a second
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time. djokovic hopes he will win quickly in court and be free to play in monday's opening round of the australian open. >> what do you hope the lessons will be for tennis officials for novak djokovic from this whole mess? >> i am just a player that i am seeing the signals from outside. as i said, i am a little bit tired of this -- of this matter. the thing went too far. i wish novak all the very best and that's it. i want to play tennis. >> you want want the circus to end? >> hopefully soon. >> reporter: going into the australian open the great three, djokovic, nadal and roger federer are all tied on 20 grand slam wins. federer is not playing in melbourne, djokovic won't be if he is forted so nadal may get an easier run to the final and title number 21, becoming
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statistically the greatest player of all time. nadal says he doesn't think about those numbers. he just wants attention back on the sport. >> it's important to come back to tennis conversations in my opinion. there is nobody in the history of our sport more important than -- than the sport by itself, you know. novak, roger, myself, mcenroe, bjork, conners, nobody is more important than the sport because the players we stay here then we leave, tournament stays, the sport stays and australian open will be great with or without novak djokovic. >> reporter: phil black, cnn, melbourne, australia. >> djokovic may be under fire in australia but back home in serbia it's a very different story. cnn's scott mclean is in belgrade. the country is fully behind a
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man that many consider a national hero. >> reporter: yeah, you are absolutely right. even the president of serbia has made no secret about his support for novak djokovic. he said that he's proud to have advocated on his behalf with the australian authorities, but he has been relatively restrained in his criticism for the australian government, that is, until now. yesterday he put out a video statement and in it he explains that he felt compelled to speak out because the attacks on djokovic have reached a kind of fever pitch. he really left nothing unsaid. he frames this as a moral question for australia. if they didn't want him to come in the country because he's unvaccinated why did they give him a visa in the first place. the president's issue not with the judicial system, his issue is with the political intervention. listen. >> translator: i am amazed at the fact that such decisions can be made by the executive and
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after the valid decisions of the judiciary. they often peach prooech to us what the rule of law is. why do you mistreat him and make fun of him? not only him, but also his family and an entire nation that is free and proud. do you need it to win some elections? do you need it to please your public? >> reporter: and yesterday the prime minister's office told us that it believes that australian -- australian border force has been in touch with the serbian public health institute to try to get some clarification on some outstanding questions about djokovic's positive pcr test. one of those questions is the fact that the id number on that test, they're chronologically that appears, it appears to match up better with tests that were done ten days later on december 26 rather than december 16. the government says, well, it's simply because it was done in a different lab, but there were also questions about the qr code because earlier this week for a brief period it was actually showing when you scan that code
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that the result was negative rather than positive. they say that one was because of an overwhelmed server. but even if you take those at face value, there is still questions for djokovic himself and that's because he claims that he didn't receive notification of that positive result until the day after the test was taken, after he attended an event maskless with children. well, the serbian government says that there is simply no way that he didn't receive the notification. the system is automated, he would have received an email mere minutes after the result was generated. we actually earlier this week tested the system, we had a producer take a pcr test and literally two minutes after the time stamp said that the result was generated she got an email saying that she was negative. in djokovic's case obviously it was positive. the only outstanding question here is whether he actually checked his text messages or checked his emails. of course, only novak djokovic knows the answer to that scott
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mclean, thanks so much for that update. after the break, the complicated relationship between west virginia senator joe manchin and the coal industry and the role it could play in the fight against climate change. with endless views of snow-covered peaks. (laughter) a stove that inspires magnificent hot cocoa. and a perfect ski-in ski-out. but the thing they'll remember forever? grandpa coming out of retirement to give a few ski lessons. the time to plan your get together is now. find it on vrbo.
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we are following breaking news right now. a tsunami advisory is in effect for the entire u.s. west coast and alaska, and we're seeing the first waves arriving on the mainland of the u.s. this is video of waves arriving
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moments ago in santa cruz, california. more and potentially larger waves are expected and we've also just learned in southern california, orange county has now closed all of its beaches, harbors and piers as a precaution. west virginia senator joe manchin who has been at the center of much of the delays in president biden's economic and social agenda said he could get behind the climate change and clean energy portions of build back better, but despite his support, senate democrats don't appear to be interested in creating right now a stand-alone bill. cnn's rene marsh traveled to manchin's home state in october to see how west virginia is grappling with the effects of the climate crisis. >> our house is ready to fall. five adults. >> we are in the car. the car is flooding full of water. >> reporter: floodwaters submerged people's, cars and
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homes in what was dubbed the thousand-year flood. the town of clandenon almost wiped off the map in 2016 and this summer parts of the state saw more flooding. from raging deadly floods to widespread drought west virginia ans have faced weather whiplash and scientists predict it will get worse. >> it was rise ago foot an hour. >> reporter: jimmy survived the deadly 2016 west virginia flooding but his home did not. five years later he's still rebuilding. in the meantime he, his wife and three dogs call this camper home. >> it's really tough with my ptsd. being in such tight quarters. >> reporter: look around the small west virginia town of clandenon and it's still without a grocery store, bank and
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elementary school yet senator joe manchin is blocking the most aggressive climate change legislation in u.s. history. this neighborhood lost safe access to their homes after the 2016 flood weakened the foundation of this bridge and rusted it out. >> if someone dialed 911 could not come across this bridge -- >> they would be afraid that they wouldn't make it, that the bridge might collapse. >> reporter: this bridge is connie richards' lifeline to every day life including medical care. >> you just keep moving along and pray you get to the other side. >> reporter: but even in the face of severe weather and its costly destruction, neither raider nor richard blame climate change. >> i'm not buying into the whole climate change thing. >> reporter: so if somebody said in order to make sure a flood like this never hits your community again, you need to get rid of coal, what would you say? >> let it flood again. >> reporter: in the second largest coal producing state in the nation, climate change is a complicated issue. senator joe manchin one of the key lawmakers blocking the most
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aggressive parts of climate legislation that would drastically curb greenhouse emissions linked to climate change is currently ranked the top congressional recipient of campaign donations from the coal mining and fossil fuel industry. manchin's personal investment in ener systems a coal brokerage company he founded and put in a blind trust is valued through 1 and $5 million. >> will you be okay knowing that west virginia could continue to get hit by severe flooding because we as a country failed to curb greenhouse gases? >> i think the premise is filled with malarkey, i really do. again, we're sensitive to the fact that if we're contributing towards climate change, but you can't blame every undesirable weather event on west virginia coal. we don't have serious droughts here, we don't have serious fires here. >> you do. >> we have a little flooding. >> the governor ordered a state of emergency because there were multiple counties going through
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droughts and almost every county in west virginia has seen massive flooding. >> but it's very, very difficult to blame that on coal because, again, we've cleaned up every airborne constituent. >> reporter: senator manchin oekd this monday. >> we want to make sure we have reliable power. we have basically cleaned up the environment more than any other time in the history of this world. >> reporter: west virginia university professor zegg has studied the state and climate change for 11 years. he says breaking through the complexity of the issue feels impossible. >> climate change is so complicated here in west virginia because west virginians perceived it as a direct attack on their livelihoods, but it's also interesting, too, that inaction of our business leaders and inaction of our decision-makers is also a direct attack on livelihoods. >> reporter: there are cheaper energy sources and coal has become quite expensive. this means extremely high
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electric bills for people in west virginia. now, the woman in the piece who said let it flood, well, that is an example of the commitment to coal in the face of climate change. she says because historically coal has been a reliable job source, but the reality is the industry itself has been shedding jobs due to automation. it's a dying industry. now, we reached out to senator manchin's office but received no comment. rene marsh, cnn, washington. >> rene, thank you. let's talk more about this with jeff goodell, a contributing editor for rolling stone, also the author of "the water will come." jeff, great to have you. in your lengthy piece this week titled "manchin's coal corruption is so much worse than you knew" you write, quote, the truth is manchin is bester stood as a grifter from the ancestral home of king coal. a man with coal dust in his veins who has used his political skills to enrich himself not the people of his state. given what you're writing there and what you say senator ma
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manchin's motives are, do you think any of this climate change legislation stands a chance of getting to the president's desk? there's been talk by some democrats of trying to break it off since they can't get build back better in its current form through. do you think there is any chance that he comes around any part of it? >> well, i don't know. i mean, i would certainly hope so if they can break it loose and manchin has indicated that, you know, he would get behind some of the climate aspects of it, but, you know, i take that with a grain of salt. i mean, you know, this is a man whose entire political history, political power and personal wealth is based on coal. there's no question that taking action on climate means, you know, getting rid of coal. it is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel to be serious about climate change we have to be serious about shutting down coal plants. the thing is that right now manchin has a great opportunity
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to kind of reimagine the west virginia economy and, you know, there's $300 million in the build back better legislation now to help coal communities transition. he's not taking advantage of that. >> and when it comes to west virginia politics, i mean, manchin is all over it. he's served as governor, he has been senator since 2010 and as of late his opposition to president biden's build back better bill brought it to a screeching halt in the senate. we saw that. on december 19th here he is, let's listen to this. >> i cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. i just can't. i've tried everything humanly possible. i can't get there. >> you're done? this is -- this is a no? >> this is a no on this legislation. i have tried everything i know to do. >> and that was such a key moment in those negotiations that had gone on for months and months. we know that the bill included
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$555 billion for climate and clean energy provisions, it was actually the biggest part of the bill. what do you believe is behind senator manchin's's no decision? obviously he was saying no to the whole bill. when we've talked to him on capitol hill he said a lot he doesn't believe should go through the process they were trying to use, but in terms of the climate part of it, where do you think he's getting hung up? >> you know, i can't speak to his sort of personal psychological motivations, but the man makes a half a million dollars a year brokering waste coal for one power plant in west virginia. his entire political power is based upon the coal industry. he works with -- very closely with sort of colbal barnes that are left in the state. coal is gone, it is a goner. the industry will die, it will die and it's going to die and manchin has this amazing
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opportunity to speed the transition to a new economy, new jobs. there should be electric vehicle manufacturing. west virginia has workers there have amazing skills in all kinds of sort of industrial aspects. manchin has an opportunity to do something about that right now. one of the political observers in west virginia that i talked to said that if this were senator bird whose seat manchin took who is a well-known west virginia senator for many decades that he would be taking advantage of this and the streets of west virginia would be paved in gold. instead you have senator manchin walking away from this. >> and on a recent trip to west virginia you visit add closed down mine that you first went to some 20 years ago. i want to read an excerpt from your piece, you said, there are 600 million acres of abandoned mine sites in the u.s., solar panels have popped up in a few and a 35 acre lavender farm
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employs a handful of former coal miners. they are just lipstick on the coal country cadaver that manchin pretends is still alive. manchin is a scar from a time when blasting the earth to mine coal to burn for energy that cooked the climate was a profitable thing to do. so, you know, i'm listening to this and i'm hearing what you're writing. we also just listened to rene marsh's story where that woman was given the option, you know, more climate change and the effects of climate change or continuing to burn coal and she said let it flood again. is this more of senator manchin just the voters aren't there yet, they are not understanding what you're laying out and he's just doing what his voters want is this is that where the ten tension is, do you think? >> for 100 years or more in west virginia it has been politicians and power brokers in the state have said prosperity equals
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coal. and the coal industry has done a very good job for the last 100 years keeping out all kinds of other industry. so it's not surprising that a lot of people in west virginia still think that if you -- the only path to prosperity is through coal, but that is over and it's not just because of climate change. the reason -- one of the things that's happening in west virginia right now, i talked to people who were paying $500, $1,000 a month for electricity on their electricity bills because coal power has become so expensive and the political apparatus in west virginia has kept out cleaner, cheaper forms of electricity. so in a way this is a kamikaze mission for the economy of west virginia to continue with this dependence on coal. >> jeff, we have to leave it there. thanks so much for your insight. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> we will be right back.
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