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she's a first woman, a first activist, way beyond first ladyhood. eleanor roosevelt was lady big eleanor roosevelt was lady big heart. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com staying the course despite top aides testing positive for the coronavirus, the u.s. vice president will not leave the campaign trail. americans arer energized f the u.s. presidential election as early voters cast ballots in record numbers. and the united states and europe both seeing spikes in the virus. we go live to france where they are seeing a new record number of case for a fourth day in a row. hello everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. you're watching "cnn newsroom." ♪
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with eight days remaining in the u.s. election season, the country is enduring its worst stretch of the coronavirus pandemic. for the 7th straight day, it has confirmed more than 58,000 new infections with a couple of days well over 80,000 thrown in the mix. and once again, the virus hitting the white house. cnn has learned at least five people close to the vice president have tested positive. among them mike pence's chief of staff and one of his closest aides. pence was in close contact with some of those staff members, but his office says he has so far tested negative and is so far refusing to quarantine. instead, he held a campaign rally in north carolina and plans to hold more up until election day. >> the world standing out here in the rain for one reason and
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one reason only. and that is in north carolina and america need four more years of president donald trump in the white house. >> and president trump was also on the campaign trail rallying support in maine. he was asked if the vice president's refusal to quarantine was a good idea. >> the white house chief of staff mark meadows meanwhile also defending the vice president's decision to continue campaigning but admitting the nationwide outbreak is getting out of hand. >> here's what we have to do. we're not going to control the pandemic. we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation. >> why aren't we going to get control of the pandemic? >> because it is a contagious
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virus just like the flu -- >> why not make efforts to contain it? >> we are making efforts to contain it. >> by running all over the country not wearing a mask? that's what the president is doing. >> we can get into the back and forth. let me just say this. what we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors whether it's vaccines or therapies or treatments to make sure people don't die from this. >> the vice president, who we should remember is also the head of the white house coronavirus task force, brought some energy to a sunday rally while at the same time breaking his own administration's public health guidelines. cnn's john harwood with more about the confusing messaging. >> reporter: events on sunday encapsulated the dilemma facing president trump and his campaign with just over a week to go before election day. the president was campaigning in both maine and new hampshire insisting we're rounding the corner on the pandemic, appearing without masks or
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social distancing, getting very close to voters. but reality entruded with a major outbreak of coronavirus with people close to the vice president, including his chief of staff marc short, as well as his body man, the one who travels most closely with mike pence. now, despite that, the white house continued to have mike pence out on the campaign trail. he disregarded cdc guidelines, did not quarantine himself. the white house chief of staff mark meadows confessed in a conversation with jack tapper that we can't control the pandemic. we're simply waiting for therapeutics and a vaccine. the challenge, of course, is for the president, the coronavirus pandemic is the number one issue for voters, and they have a harsh judgment of the president's handling of it. nevertheless, he's pressing on. he ended the evening on sunday with a trick or treat halloween event at the white house, the president appearing without a mask. however, he was not handing out the candy itself. that was done by white house staffers who were wearing masks
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and gloves in a different location. john harwood, cnn, the white house. >> democratic vice presidential candidate kamala harris was back on the campaign trail this weekend. the difference with her is she cancelled all travel a week ago after two people in her orbit tested positive for the virus. sunday in michigan, harris criticizing the vice president for ignoring the advice of his own health experts. >> he should be following the guidelines. we're doing it. i think we have modelled the right and good behavior, and they should take our lead. we are breaking records for the number of people that are contracting a deadly virus. and this administration fails to take personal responsibility or responsibility in terms of leading the nation through this dangerous and deadly mass casualty event. and that's why they have forfeited their right to a
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second term in office. >> now, harris made multiple campaign stops in michigan, and here's why. michigan is traditionally a blue state. president trump was the first republican to win there since 1988. but he did win by a razor thin margin, fewer than 11,000 votes. michigan is home to the bloc of blue collar workers that delivered the election to conservative ronald reagan back in the '80s. both democratic and republican camps are vying for this key group of workers that has the ability to swing the vote. as cnn's jessica dean explains the biden camp wants to shake things up in traditionally red states. >> reporter: we're now entering the closing week of the 2020 presidential election and joe biden and kamala harris are hitting the campaign trail going into states that really tell you a lot about where the campaign sees things right now. joe biden will be heading to georgia later this week. that's a state that no democrat has carried since 1992 when bill
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clinton carried that state. for her part, kamala harris will include texas on her travel schedule. again, democrats haven't had any luck in texas in a long, long time. but the biden-harris campaign sending harris into texas in its closing days hoping to up their chances of carrying that state and all of its electoral votes come next tuesday. cnn politics white house reporter steven collinson joins me now to talk about all this. we're going to start with the five people in vice president mike pence's orbit testing positive for coronavirus, his chief of staff among them. that follows of course the president, his wife, husband child and many others in the white house. how damaging politically is it for the administration, which is already, of course, fighting claims of mismanagement? >> well, i think what it does is the administration and the white house simply can't get out from under this coronavirus pandemic. we're heading into the last week of the campaign.
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the president doesn't want to be talking about coronavirus at all, but he cannot escape it. and the fact now that the vice president is now in the middle of another coronavirus hot spot in the white house really advances the point that the democratic nominee joe biden is trying to make. he's basically saying that trump and pence, the president and the vice president, can't keep themselves safe, can't keep the people around them safe, so how are they going to keep the rest of the american people safe. and that really plays into this issue of whether the white house's mishandling of the pandemic should disqualify the president and the vice president from claiming a second term. >> how do you see it playing out on the electoral map? there's some surprising states in play. >> i think what's very interesting is the fact that the president is playing defense on a lot of territory that he wouldn't want to be defending in the last week of the campaign. if you think about states like
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georgia, arizona, even texas where democrats think they can do very well even if they don't pull off that state at the end of the day, these are places where the president should have been strong and should have had locked up. arizona, for example, in the southwest is one of these classic changing states. they're showing us the future of american politics. big urban-suburban ecenters are changing states that used to be rural and conservative in swing states and potentially democratic states going forward, not just in this election but in the elections to come. that's also the case with a state like georgia, a real solid conservative state that's damaging demographically and is coming into play. the president is fighting not just in those big midwest battlegrounds but all across and map and he can't really afford to lose many or any in fact of those big seven or eight swing states if it's going down to a second term. >> you know, it's interesting
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because he has slipped with suburban women, even some of the non-college educated whites. but the thing is among the immoveable base -- many of them are the non-college educated whites and lower income people, and they're most affected by potential things like health care, loss cuts already to social safety nets and so on, income equality. all things the trump administration has negatively impacted and yet they are still loyal. why is that? >> i think in conservative politics, especially in particular with this president, he's forged a cultural connection with many of these voters that supersedes some of the economic issues. you know, he has starved himself as the voice for the forgotten american, people who feel they have not been served well by washington, d.c., that they've -- you know, the trade -- global trade, seeing
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their jobs disappear abroad to low wage economies. they believe that america is being ripped off by foreign countries. they culturally feel this america first philosophy in their bones. so, i think that's one reason they stick together. you talked about all those constituencies where the president has been losing shares of the vote according to the polls polls. the theory of his campaign basically is that there are millions of untapped trumpy-style voters out there, many of whom didn't vote for the president in 2016, who didn't vote for anybody. and the campaign believes it can get those kind of voters out, and that will kind of play against some of those states where the president is in trouble. you know, it does seem a long shot when a campaign has to talk about finding new voters, millions of them. it's usually a time they're in trouble. but the campaign, the trump campaign, is convinced that
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these are the voters it's going to find. and they're going to confound all the posters conception of what the actual electorate will look like on november 3rd. >> steven collinson, thanks so much. well, the u.s. has recorded more than 8.6 million cases of coronavirus, by far the most in the world. and with infections soaring at record rates, health experts are now calling for drastic measures to slow the spread. the former food and drug commissioner says it is time to consider a limited and temporary national mask mandate, warning of more deaths and hospital admissions in the weeks ahead. his suggestion comes days after the nation's top infectious disease expert also signalled he would support a nationwide mandate. france breaks its own daily record for new covid-19 infections. it's only one of many european countries hoping to slow down the virus with new restrictions.
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we'll have that when we come back.
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welcome back. countries across europe are in the midst of a new surge of coronavirus and new restrictions
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are being put in place as infections break records. italy surpassed its record for new daily cases on sunday. the prime minister saying italy can't, though, afford another lockdown. as a result, the government ordering bars and restaurants to close by 6:00 p.m. while business businesses, like movie theaters, casinos and gyms have to close their doors altogether for now. now france reporting more than 52,000 new cases on sunday, breaking its daily record for the fourth day in a row. the country's positivity rate more than doubled that of the u.s. and the uk reported nearly 20,000 new infections on sunday. wales largely spared from the virus earlier this year is now under a so-called fire break lockdown with cases rising. cnn's nina dos santos explains how to work and the mixed response it's getting. >> reporter: shutting up shop and locking down. friday's last orders were filled with uncertainty in cardiff as
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come sunday wales has more residents ordered to stay at home for the next two weeks. a fire break deemed essential to stop covid in its tracks. >> a short but deep period of restrictions that will interrupt the virus, break the chain of transmission. but that is the best hope we have of being able to get things back on track. >> the decision was welcomed by these shoppers on the streets. >> it's about time that somebody took the bull by the horns. >> there's people dying at the end of the day. you know, just stay in and respect that. >> reporter: but not so much in the supermarkets, where a ban on the sale of non-essential items prompted a petition to loosen the new laws almost immediately. meanwhile, businesses braced themselves from meager takings. >> if this didn't work the first time, why is it going to work
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the second time? we socially distance in the store. why can't we stay open safely? >> reporter: like scotland in northern ireland, wales has its own government, with autonomy over matters like health. it claims this national lockdown is needed to prevent the virus spreading from big cities to remote places where it hasn't yet gained a foothold. the porous border with england is also a source of concern. the mountains of north wales, they were spared the first wave of pandemic, only to recently witness an uptick in cases, thanks largely to tourists bringing the virus over the border from hotspots in england. the government says it's following scientific advice. part of that science confirms that genetic material from covid-19 caught by people in neighboring parts of england is now popping up in waste water in wales. >> very, very busy here.
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>> in the summer. >> yeah, very busy. it was really busy. >> thousands of visitors were streaming into snowdonia every day. now ot even the locals are allowed out without good reason. halloween is off the cards so that maybe christmas can be saved. >> you can't do anything and you can't diversify. we've all built our businesses up over 15, 20 years. you know, what can you do? >> reporter: wales is taking a different approach to other parts of britain still focused on local tiered restrictions. this lockdown will last until november 9th. whether the picture will look less bleak thereafter, it may be many more weeks before that becomes clear. nina dos santos, cnn, wales. and now let's return to paris and cnn's melissa bell following the story there of some incredibly worrying numbers from where you are. fill us in. >> reporter: you mentioned
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earlier on, michael, that positivity rate here in france compared to the united states, for instance, 17%. what we've seen over the course of the last few days are several rises of more than 40,000 new cases announced every day. that's been going on now over the course of the weekend every single day and last night again only record more than 52,000 new cases in a single day. this week of course is going to be crucial. the head of the regional health authority here in the greater paris region says that tuesday or wednesday will be a crucial period to look at whether those rises continue, michael, because it will have been now more than a week that the curfew's been in place and places like here in paris. and that should begin to have an impact on those figures. if it doesn't, then they're going to have to look at fresh restrictions, and that's something we're seeing elsewhere in europe as well is as the numbers continue to rise, everyone's trying to avoid that second lockdown. but everyone's being brought pretty close to it. there are things that the french can bring in still, for instance, things like bringing
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the curfew slightly lower rkts making it closer. there are further restrictions that can be brought in. the crucial things to be looked at, the proportion of icu beds taken up by covid-19 patients and that is now at 65% here in the greater paris area. >> that is very concerning. and as you touched on there the situation equally worrying elsewhere in europe. >> again, michael, we've seen over the course of the last few days worrying rises in a number of european countries. when you look at those figures, the countries that have the highest infection rates as compared to their populations, the five top countries in the world right now are in europe. it gives you an idea of how bad things are. and i think giuseppe conte summed it up when he announced all bars and restaurants are going to have to close beyond 6:00 p.m. and things like gyms, beauty parlors close altogether. he said, look, we simply can't afford a second lockdown. so, again, countries really taking their restrictions as
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high as they can but avoiding going back into the full lockdowns that we saw in the spring, staying as well where the city, the area around the capital madrid already on partial lockdown. their fresh restrictions introduced things like fresh curfews placed nationwide and new restrictions on traveling between regions. every country in europe look at how we can get the figures down without the full lockdowns, michael. >> very concerning. melissa bell there in paris for us. now, israel starting to ease its second nationwide lockdown of coronavirus. and people there have some mixed foalings about it. the country has reported more than 309,000 infections according to johns hopkins university. but new daily cases are dropping steadily. israel saw fewer than 700 on saturday. that's down from a peak of more than 9,000 just a few weeks ago. while there is relief that
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israel's latest lockdown appears to be working, there's also a lot of finger pointing over why the situation got this bad in the first place. oren liebermann explains. >> reporter: in the heart of the me guo desert, second wave of coronavirus hit heart. the town of yar hum is hit hard because of a high infection rate. a second lockdown was inevitable, but it was embraced. >> there was definitely an awareness in the community of the seriousness of the situation and the need for severe measures, measures that would be effective. >> the town closed schools early, going above and beyond ministry of health requirements. religious services were moved outdoors before it was mandatory, and in late spring, a mayor created a local contact tracing network, not relying on national plan. >> i need to fight the covid, and i need to give them hope. i need to work for their
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immunity. and i must do everything i can that they will trust me. >> across the country public trust in the national leadership's handling of the coronavirus crisis has plummeted. the different sectors in israeli society, religious, secular, ultra orthodox and arab attacked each other for a second wave of infections that was much worse than the first. the second general lockdown only exacerbated the bitterness even as it brought down the numbers. >> any time you reach a point you need the lockdown is a failure of managing the pandemic. the lockdown itself is likely to work because everybody stays at home. but reaching that point is, in my view, a failure. >> reporter: this man at the whitesman institute of science says it is a surprise that the second lockdown so quickly. on september 30th, israel hit 9,000 new cases in one day. three weeks later the numbers were down to around 1,000 a day, even though a lockdown was less
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strict. >> all other activities like allowing people to be outdoors, to do sports, to drive more but be kind of more on their own, easy to are not drivers of the pandemic. so, the fact we allowed those during the second lockdown and not the first didn't have an effect. >> reporter: they saw a similar drop from 27 in a day in september to less than 5 in the last week. here, they take seriously the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. >> translator: the country of israel is like a hand. the hand has a lot of fingers. there is no finger worth more than the others. but all the fingers together make one hand. a hand without a finger is not a complete hand. the same thing for us. we have many different men and women, everyone with his opinions, desires, ideas, but we are all truly one. >> reporter: as israel slowly reopens there is a fear it's too soon. the numbers now are
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significantly worse than they were at the end of the first lockdown in may. here they say their greatest strength is a community united against coronavirus. oren liebermann, cnn. the australian state of victoria will ease covid-19 restrictions after reporting no new cases for the first time in more than four months. from wednesday the city of melbourne will move out of lockdown with residents allowed to leave their homes. all retail shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs will also be allowed to reopen. v urging people to stay vigilant saying that until a vaccine comes, there is no normal. there is only covid normal. we're going to tack a vick break. when we come back on "cnn newsroom" americans already waiting in long lines to cast their ballots for president. voltaren
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. welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm michael holmes, appreciate your company. with eight days to go until the u.s. election, the country reporting some of its worse coronavirus numbers since the pandemic began. more than 60,000 new cases on sunday, pushing the total past 8.6 million. now five members of the vice president's inner circle have tested positive including mike pence's chief of staff and also a close aide. but the vice president refusing to quarantine despite health guidelines from the centers for disease control and prevention. his office says he's tested negative and will continue to hold campaign rallies until
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election day. the number of americans casting their ballots early shows how energized voters are this year. already more than 58.7 million people have voted. it is shattering records in several states. let's remember there are still eight days left until the election. of course part of the reason people are turning out early is to avoid crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic. but so far that hasn't made the lines any shorter. cnn correspondents are talking to voters all across the u.s. in new york more than 100,000 people voted sunday, breaking the record from just the day before. many waiting in long lines to make their voices heard. athena jones filed this report for us earlier. hi. we're here in brooklyn where the second day of early voting in
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well underway and what we're seeing today is much of what we saw across the city on the first day of early voting on saturday, which is huge enthusiasm, high voter turnout and very long lines. here at the brooklyn museum there's a line that's about hundreds of people long that wraps all the way around the building. several of the folks we've spoke with saying they waited about three hours to cast their vote. all of them telling us that it was important for them to show up in person to cast their ballot in person because they had concerns about making sure their vote is counted. now, i talked about the long lines. we saw it in the city as in the city of manhattan, in brooklyn, in the bronx, in queens, lines stretching blocks long at some of these voting locations. there are 88 locations throughout the city. i spoke with one voter who said, look, it's good to see the voter enthusiasm, but she had some issues and questions about the long lines. listen. >> i actually don't feel like it's great.
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i feel like that's still a form of voter suppression. i don't think long lines should be celebrated. i think it's great that people are turning out, but i don't think that's ultimately a good thing that we're forced to wait. lots of working americans can't afford to wait three hours in line. it's a privilege to be able to do that. but we're compromised because we're afraid if we vote by mail our votes might get lost. >> that voter concerned about the long wait times. one thing that's important to note and a sign of the enthusiasm is already just in the first day of early voting, nearly 94,000 people cast their ballot, and that is more than voted in all nine days of early voting in 2019. so, we expect to see this enthusiasm continue. and folks are coming out on a day like today, got to just bundle up and pack their patience. athena jones, cnn, brooklyn, new york. now, nigeria has been rocked by violent demonstrations following weeks of protest, the president calling for peace.
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the world is watching to see what the new week brings for nigerians. for weeks now the afternoon nation has been embroiled the in a level of unrest not seen there for decades. dozens of people have been killed. demonstrators demanding an end to police brutality amid claims of kidnapping, harassment, extortion and murder. joining me now is cnn correspondent. i think there's a curfew now in parts of nigeria. the whole police force is being deployed. how has this impacted the protest? >> exactly. as you say, we have seen violence erupting across the country. the entire police force has been deployed and there is a curfew in place and specifically in la
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goss. it's known as the city that never sleeps. there's always traffic on the road regardless of the time of day. this goes to show the impact of the ground. you remember tuesday a man dressed in military uniform opened fire on peaceful protesters and this caused an eruption of violence in parts of the country. and this is part of the campaign where you saw localized issues playing out in the country. the it sars campaign protesters say they're distancing themselves from the violence they're seeing around the country. i was looking at some of the headlines from the key newspapers in nigeria. looting continues nationwide. and this is indicative of the underlying issues that we've seen in nigeria, lack of
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government. the end sars campaign was to fight police brutality. it cut across the executives, government officials as well as unemployed youth joining in the action. now you're seeing opportunists coming to the fore. that's what many have told us is results in the violence. the one voice nigerians wanted to hear from was president muhammadu buhari. they feel the president didn't sympathize with the victims and didn't address any sense of accountability or responsibility. was it the military? who put the orders in place? now, there's been a chorus of people speaking out across nigeria from government officials and business officials as well as the religious communities to try to call for unity and calm in the country. >> wow, worrying situation
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. president trump is hosting a swearing in event for judge amy coney barrett at the white house monday night after her expected confirmation to the supreme court. democrats have called their republican colleagues hypocrites for pushing this through so close to the election, especially, of course, after republicans refuse to even consider barack obama's nominee back in 2016. republicans say they're simply following the constitution. and as the u.s. presidential election approaches, president trump is trying to turn attention away from the coronavirus pandemic towards other issues. for one, he's framing himself as a champion of fracking, a controversial process for
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extracting oil and gas. now, mr. trump says his opponent, joe biden, would get rid of it all, move away from it. and that's a big fear for voters in pennsylvania, a state that could swing the election one way or the other. for them, fracking isn't a far away political issue. it's personal. vanessa ewe cave itch tells us why. >> reporter: in western pennsylvania, natural gas is king. >> the natural gas industry put this area on the map. >> reporter: fracking, or the drilling for natural gas in shale rock, has transformed the economic landscape of this area. today, the industry employs nearly 30,000 people in the state. where would your company be today if not for the natural gas industry? >> i would say pretty non-existent. >> emanuel paris' family contracting business is almost 100 years old but almost didn't make it.
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when the coal industry started to fade in the '90s, the company was just barely hanging on. but then came fracking. so, they pivoted providing piping and reconstruction to natural gas companies. >> our company went from approximately 250 employees to 400 to about 650 within years. >> reporter: that's why he's watching closely what president trump and joe biden are saying. >> joe biden will ban fracking. >> i will not ban fracking. >> reporter: in the last weeks of the presidential race, the future of the fracking industry here is directly tied to voters' livelihoods. and for paris, that decides his vote. >> president trump has a more clear perspective with keeping fracking going with minimal regulations, where biden in the past and through the campaign has gone back and forth in what he wants to do. >> reporter: before the pandemic, the industry was already shedding jobs because of overproduction of natural gas, bringing down prices.
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the pandemic only made that worse. >> if they're not working, then i don't have a business. >> reporter: sharla owns the only restaurant in her small town in west pittsburgh. more than 50% of her business is from oil and gas workers. she's seen a dramatic slowdown. >> it's almost like a domino effect. it could be disastrous in my eyes. first the pandemic and then fracking is banned. >> you guys all right back here? >> reporter: 12 year of hard work to keep the doors open cover the walls. >> what would it mean to have to give this all up? >> a lot, sorry. >> reporter: it's okay. >> it would mean a lot because i worked hard for this.
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and for it to just go away overnight, i don't -- >> reporter: for david rhule, it did go away overnight. after 26 years in the industry, he was out of a job as a single parent at the height of the pandemic. >> it was tough because you didn't know how things were going to go on a month to month basis. at times i wasn't even sure i would be able to take care of my own dog. >> reporter: he sold his home and moved into a rental condo. he didn't qualify for unemployment. finally after seven months, he found a new job after dozens of rejection letters. >> it was probably more than 50. i actually kept a folder in case i ever needed it, but it was a lot. >> are you still concerned about your job security? >> i think we have to be because you never know how things are going to turn out. so, absolutely. >> cnn, atlasburg, pennsylvania. north american executive
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director of the carbon tractor initiative here to talk about this. republicans did seize on joe biden's comment at the debate about moving away from oil reliance in favor of renewables. republicans trying to make that a negative. but most people see it as a positive. is that right? the fact is the world is moving that way, even some oil companies are moving that way. >> yeah, i think that's very much the case that the world is moving that way. and in fact, you know, one of the things that you kind of hear in that rhetoric is this idea that somehow biden is going to shut the industry down. the issue is that the industries have and continues to have a number of major issues it's grappling with that have nothing to do with what biden may or may not do. we have the pandemic that not only has the short-term implications but has some major oil companies to say we think 2019 might have been the year of peak oil. bp put that out there.
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two-thirds of the u.s. executives think we've reached peak production already in the u.s. >> what's interesting, at the same time, renewables, that industry seems by all accounts to be booming. wind, solar, i think even wave technology as well. but wind and solar in particular. it's true those industries are providing more and better paying jobs than oil or coal, right? >> yeah, so we have i think it's something like 600,000 something renewables jobs. if you add in energy efficiency, that's another 2.3 million jobs. meanwhile, coal, about 50,000 jobs in the u.s. and even though president trump tried to do many things to help that industry, what we see is about 1,000 less jobs than when he started. >> it's amazing, isn't it. according to the polls, the transition away from oil is supported by the majority of americans. there was a pew survey that said
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79% say doing that is a priority. we get debates where the discourse is centered around who will love and protect big oil the most. why is that? is the writing not on the wall here? and not immediately but in the next few decades? >> well, i think observing u.s. politics over the last decade or so has to recognize a certain tribalism in it. so, there is a bit of that where you say, you know, your opponent is against something that everyone on your side should be for. so, i think, you know, that certainly has something to do with it. >> yeah, i think i read a report that said more than 70% of new generation of electricity worldwide came from renewables. how will the renewable sector grow in terms of energy supply and job growth, economic benefit, environmental benefit as well over the next decade or two? how do you see that road ahead? >> well, i think it's pretty
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clearly evident that when you have renewables you don't is are the collusion associated with using fossil fuels. that's going to increasingly grow. i think one of the things that is important to remember here is that part of the reason that this is happening is because renewables are so much more cost effective. we did a study on this earlier this year and found basically in every part of the united states except for parts of the western united states, wind power is more cost effective today than the existing fleek of cold power plants. forget building the new plants. economics basically opens up opportunities for everyone. that means people can have cheaper energy and cheaper energy can also drive all kinds of other economically productive activities. >> yeah, it seems that environmental arguments aside and whether you love or hate oil, it's just got to happen.
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robert, really appreciate it. great to have a conversation. thanks. >> thank you, michael. pleasure to be here. tropical storms zeta is expected to bring heavy rainfall and storm surge and flooding to parts of the yucatan peninsula. now, the hurricane -- the national hurricane center is projecting that the storm could make landfall on the u.s. gulf coast a little later this week. let's bring in cnn meteorologist pedram javaheri to give us the latest. >> hi, good to see you. storm season is six weeks or so before it comes to an end. take a look, the activity across the region of the gulf coast, we've had 21 storms in the national hurricane center atlantic season and six additional now in the greek alphabet which pushes up to 27 total and tropical storm zeta as you noted our next storm in line. this storm is poised to strengthen here on approach
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towards yucatan peninsula of mexico. it was about 18 days ago we had hurricane delta make landfall here as a category 2 just south of cancun. those storm systems forecast to make landfall in almost an identical spot, just less than three weeks before the previous storm made landfall. once again it reemerges over the gull of mexico and the concern is the long term outlet takes it very close towards -- you guessed it. look at the variabilities and models, the american, european model. quite a bit of differences youchlt got to break out the models here and look at them one by one. any time you get related to the season, tsteering environment. all these play a role in how strong of a system we have and really wide range of forecasts here from where the system ends up. we think wednesday afternoon or evening along the coast of potentially louisiana, alabama or the florida panhandle and
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quite a bit of wet weather is seeing a strong tropical storm or maybe even a hurricane. look at what's happening across the western pacific. molave, category 1 equivalent across portions of the philippines. the concern is where it ends up in the next 36 to 48 hours. this would be the third storm in about four week's time to impact this region. this is a storm that made land fall here just a couple of days ago, michael. and you'll notice the p rainfall amounts on the immediate course and across portions of vietnam here are csignificant. this is the time of year you expect a lot of rain fall in part to tropical systems. quite a bit of damage there from recent storms and another one coming. >> great information. not all of it good information for people out there. but there's a lot happening.
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thank you very much. thank you for watching. i'm michael holmes. kim brum hummer is next. t www.vitac.com
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