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or--or tried for more. i mean, i am just ecstatic right now. i just can't believe it still. the news with shepard smith starts now >> kabul will fall start air lifts now. the urgent message sent to the secretary of state in july i'm tyler mathisen in for shepard smith, and this is the news on cnbc. tyler mathisen in shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. evacuating afghanistan america ramps up security with fighter jets. >> to make sure we can protect our people and our operations against any threat. plus acts of desperation as the situation intensifies. >> the driver of the truck told the responding officer that he had a bomb. mafs security response after
a bomb threat near the u.s. capitol. snipers deployed, buildings cleared out, how it all came to an end catastrophic flooding. the destructive weather impacting north carolina, and the hurricane tracking near the northeast. the king of e-commerce may be headed toward a mall near you. amazon's new push to open up their own department store. a major opioid settlement in jeopardy why those plastic barriers may make things worse. and the water witches of west fighting the drest drought. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. >> good evening, everyone. welcome. the pentagon scrambling to speed up evacuations of americans and afghan allies from kabul's airport. u.s. officials say they were able to evacuate 2,000 people
since yesterday. that's still nowhere near their goal of up to 9,000 evac with a wies a day state department reports 6,000 people are fully processed now and waiting to board flights outside the airport is a scene of desperation crowds of frantic afghans, passing up children, even babies, to u.s. soldiers, guarding the air force walls taliban fighters have been beating, whipping and terrorizing civilians as they try to get in and flee the situation is increasingly dire for afghans who helped the u.s. military. there's word the taliban fighters are intensifying their hunt and going house to house, searching for afghan soldiers, translators, police officers and other allies president biden has been facing a rash of criticism over the can a ought ic withdrawal. a new poll by the associated press found 62% of americans do not think the war in afghanistan was worth fighting nbc news is now reporting about
two dozen u.s. diplomats at the embassy in kabul saent secretar of state antoni blinken a warning two months ago over a possible takeover. courtney kube joins me how is the pentagon planning to ramp up these evacuation flights and get more people out? >> they're ramping them up right now, tyler in the past 48 hours, they really have accelerated the number of planes coming in and the number of people going out with that goal, as you mentioned, of somewhere between 5,000 and 9,000 people leaving the country every single day they're not quite at that point. one of the big hangups right now is getting the people, afghans, mile an hours, everyone, through the checkpoints, through the gates at the airport and then manifested on a flight to get out. the military has also ramped up their efforts to get the u.s.
military in there. there's now about 5200 mainly soldiers from the 82nd airborne and marines from a marine expeditionary unit and task force, they're there they have secured the airport. we're told by defense officials that the situation at the airport is safe and secure that being said, we also learned today that the u.s. military is now flying armed f-18 fighter jets off of an aircraft carrier in the region, flying over kabul. this is significant. they've been doing it now several days we just found out about it today. this means while they may not be carrying out any air strikes, they have the capability and they have the ability to do that at really almost a moment's notice should the security situation deteriorate any more there, yler. >> courtney kube, thank you very much courtney kube with nbc news. days after its stunning takeover, the taliban is facing protests in multiple cities. today, defiant aftghans took to
the streets of kabul, holding up afghans' tri-colored flag in a brazen show of anti-taliban descent. taliban fighters dispersed them with gunfire the taliban also needs to deal with a spiraling economy, as the u.s. and other countries cut off desperately needed aid what still remains to be seen, who the taliban will choose as its real ruler eamon javers has a look at the front-runner. >> reporter: one of the most visible taliban officials in recent years, leading negotiations on the world stage on behalf of the now victorious islamic movement as he arrived in fg for the first time in years this week, the central question was whether a man and a movement forged in combat can make the difficult question to leadership of a government in peace time he is believed to be about 50 years old and has been at war nearly all his life, beginning as a young fighter battling the soviets in an effort that was
backed by the united states. and later as one of the founders of the taliban, in a close associate of knew deceased leader omar fighting against the united states after september 11th mark polymoropolis has been a cia analyst and paramilitary officer whose job it was to know his enemy. >> he was a fighter. and so that is, in a sense, who he was he has always been considered somewhat of a moderate. >> captured by u.s. and pakistani forces in 2010 and served eight years in a pakistani prison he was released in 2018 after the u.s. and pakistani governments concluded he could be effect ive at the negotiating table. in 2020, he posed for pictures with trump secretary of state mike pompeo after signing the peace agreement that led to the u.s. withdrawal under the biden administration. >> it makes sense for them to
put someone like that in front of the cameras and ultimately, you know, i think he did a b brilliant job. >> despite his diplomatic track re record, experter experts also predict he could never fully control afghanistan. >> he is not going to be the guy in charge of the country. >> reporter: this week "the washington post" reports that baradar says now comes the test, to ensure our people's future. at least for now and the first time in decades, that future won't involve a war. tyler? >> eamon, thank you very much. eamon javers reporting michael beschloss. good to see you as always. >> good to see you, tyler. how are you? >> fantastic this war has spanned four presidents let's listen back to what
president biden said when he wasn't president in 2002 about the need to support the efforts in afghanistan. >> history is going to judge us very harshly, i believe, if we allow the hope of a liberated afghanistan to evaporate because we are fearfulof the phrase nation building or we do not stay the course. >> michael, i guess you could listen to that and say one of two things on the one hand, maybe the president must now eat those words. on the other hand, i think you can make the case that in 20 years we truly did stay the course in afghanistan, we fought we tried to build a nation for the people of afghanistan and today we must acknowledge that we failed. >> i think that's it, tyler. you know, it was a noble effort. you know, america, most of it was in our best traditions of trying to bring democracy to another country, but sometimes the other country doesn't want it and we did this for 20 years with putting our young people in harm's way and those of our
allies, and same thing with afghans, and spending up wards of $1 trillion really for the best motives and the best purposes, and it didn't work and the biggest signal that it didn't work is the second it looked as if we were going to leave, all hell broke loose and the taliban have surged into power. >> this withdrawal from afghanistan took place on president biden's watch, but the withdrawal is not really all his to own the question has to be how history will judge how the president handled the withdrawal. >> i think they went about the decision the right way american history, as you know, tyler, when presidents lead the country into wars that are not supported or understood by ame americans, the wars don't work afghanistan worked initially in terms of removing the threat of al qaeda and a government that was harboring them, but that
turned into a desire to turn afghanistan into a great demo democracy, which it was never going to be. noble effort didn't work. as far as the last few days, those are scenes of suffering and chaos that no american would want to see as a result of the decision by an american president. yet you look at history. 1956, there was the hungarian uprying that we americans encouraged a lot of hungarians were crushed. 170,000 got out and america said we feel a responsibility for you. even richard nixon, vice president, thought of adopting a hungarian orphan 1975 when saigon fell and we resettled refugees, anyone who thinks that was a smooth or easy process is not remembering history. >> michael beschloss, always great to see you, sir. >> same. be well, tyler. >> you, too. a security scare in the nation's capitol to tell you about.
snipers deployed after a man in a truck threatened to detonate a bomb near the library of congress tonight, how the situation came to an end. and the state of emergency declared in north carolina after the remnants of tropical storm fred the damage and the search for the missing. plus, denying responsibility for the opioid crisis. what a member of perdue pharma sackler family told a judge in court. >> announcer: the facts, the new citi custom cash℠ card, a different kind of card that rewards rashida and dan where their spending is trending. just ask fifth class this week rashida... rashida: dan, no pain, no gain. okay? dan: yeah i know, it's just...hello? claire, what? fire? ...or always road tripping on empty dan... rashida: i told you this would happen. dan: the light was not even on. no, it was on. dan: what? with the new citi custom cash℠ card it pays to be you. from fitness clubs, gas stations, restaurants and more, earn 5% cash back that automatically adjusts to your top eligible spend category, up to $500 spent each billing cycle.
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nearby office buildings were evacuated. police sent tactical units and even snipers they say the suspect communicated with them via white board. officials say as far as they could tell, rosebury decided to surrender on his own hours later, he was taken into custody without incident nbc's justice correspondent pete williams now pete, what do we know about the suspect and whatever his motive might have been? >> well, his motive was to get attention, that seems pretty clear. he parked his car not just in front of the library of congress but on the sidewalk of the library of congress, then apparently threw some cash out the window to attract people, and then called 911 and said there's a truck parked in front of the library of congress so, he wanted to generate a police response. then he told the police that he had a bomb as we now know, he didn't. that caused a huge amount of concern in washington. you know, any time somebody drives a truck near the capitol and says they've got a bomb,
you're going to see a vigorous police response. but now, tyler, washington is a city, especially on edge after january 6th and with social media talk about further attacks, so they had an especially robust response here. then, of course, the fact that he went live on pacebook from inside the truck, streaming a long series of statements, anti-government statements some of his family members, current and former family members say this is a man who struggled with mental problems and at the end of the day maybe this is what this was about. >> pete williams, thank you very much, reporting from washington tonight. two people are dead and 20 are missing after the remnants of tropical storm fred flooded parts of north carolina. about 250 rescue workers are using boats and drones to search for the missing in hawwood county, seen historic flooding along the pigeon river as fred moves out, henri is
closing in it is expected to become a hurricane. winds and rain could threaten the region late sunday into monday there it goes. meantime, grace weakened to a tropical storm as it made land fall in mexico's yucatan peninsula. the storm battered the craribben coast near cancun with heavy rain yesterday he is expected to restrengthen back to a hurricane before sweeping through southeast mexico no threat to texas we are still feeling covid's impact on supply chains and local chip shortage still hampering car production ports in china still shut down some raw materials are still expensive. experts say that's nothing compared to the habit we could see from climate change. diana olick continues her reporting as part of the series "climate consequences.
>> reporter: wildfires in the american west, flooding in europe, and drought in south america are all disrupting supplies of everything from lumber, chocolate, to sushi rice. >> an agriculture sector, or in the tech sector, there is really no particular sector that is immune from climate change. >> reporter: witness how the increase in named storms over the past three years has extended the areas of disruption dramatically while this hurricane season is just getting started, there are already climate-related disruptions. for example, lumber. canada-based corporation just announced the western wildfires are significantly impacting the supply chain and our ability to transport product to market. as a result, we are implementing short-term production curtailments at our canadian saw mills. prolonged drought in brazil has caused the price of coffee to nearly double in the last year and sushi rice, two-thirds of
america's is grown in california, which is now having water issues due both to drought and the wildfires. workplace disruptions caused by climate change could lead to more than $2 trillion in productivity losses by 2030, according to a recent report from the united nations development program. that, experts say, is why businesses need to be proactive. >> and so that means being innovative and creative, and doing a lot of supplier engagement that maybe you haven't done before as a company. >> reporter: students at m.i.t. recently did a study on theesques of climate change on mint for colgate palmolive and recommend the compabegin in ris mitigation moving to a 20-year plan meantime, net zero by 2030. >> they're taking a hard look at all their supply chain partners, trying to find ways to cut
emissions that they generate but also dramatically lowering their risks to disruptions in the energy supply, for example. >> reporter: right now the top strategies to mitigate supply chain risk are so-called bridging and buffering bridging the gap with suppliers to make sure communication is strong during a climate crisis and then buffering current supplies that means having some amount of products in reserve as a buffer and having backup suppliers, should the main ones fall? tyler? >> with buffer ing, how would they be able to store that much supply >> reporter: it's another run on warehouses, like we saw with e-commerce, we could see another run due to climate change where companies need to store a lot more of their products, those that don't have a very short shelf life again it's all about warehouse sector tyler? >> diana olick, thank you very much. desperate times call for desperate measures, california drought leading some to seek water any way they can meet the water witches of the
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threatening to back out if family members don't get immunity from current and future lawsuits from david sackler, a grandson of one of the founders in a rare appearance purdue pharma makes oxycon tin, which has fueled the opioid problem. without the deal the settlement had likely fall apart. yesterday in federal bankruptcy court a lawyer asked purdue pharma's president richard sackler if he, his family or the company bears any responsibility for the opioid crisis. his response, no to all three. maryland's assistant attorney general also asked him if he knew how many people had died misusing oxycontin he said he didn't. his cousin testified 5 00,000 americans have died from opioid overdoses, including oxycontin,
f fentanyl, heroin and all other opioids. investigative journalist and author of "empire of pain: secret history of the sackler dynasty. the the sackler family widely blamed for profiting from this crisis they still seem to be negotiating one way or another, still seem to be pulling the strings like a puppeteer. >> reporter: half the states initiated lawsuits against individual sackler family members who were on the board of the company and yet this whole thing is going to get resolved in abankruptcy court in white plains with this resolution that's pretty exotic. purdue declared bankruptcy but the sackler family has not they took $10 billion out of the company before it declared bankruptcy and have asked for
this blanket immunity from any liability, any future lawsuits related to their role in the company. >> and some states object to that very point. and they have also asked to admit to no wrongdoing whatsoever when it comes to oxycontin and their role as alleged in the whole opioid thing. why is that so important to them, admitting to no wrongdoing >> it's been fascinating this past few days. this family has talked about a lot, but we very seldom hear from them. past few days four different members of the family, who all served on the board of the company, speak out in open court and being questioned by lawyers. what you realize is, there is a stubbornness with this family. on the one hand, they're prepared to pay $4.5 billion to buy immunity there's a real quid pro quo here they're saying we do not want to be sued over any of this stuff ever again and are prepared to
put up $4.5 billion to do it on the other hand when asked about this, they say we bear no responsibility for the opioid crisis they were very, very stubborn under questioning and refused to admit that they, the family, ever made any wrong decisions in this long history of the company, in the opioid crisis. >> quick question before i move on to one more they are not alone, sacklers and purdue pharma in selling opioid pain killers. >> not at all. there are a bunch of different companies that did so and many of those companies are also now facing big, legal challenges, as are the farpharmaceutical distributors, as are the pharmacy chains themselves this is a much bigger litigation. >> you mentioned a moment ago and i want to drill down on one more the family has agreed to pay $4.5 billion how does that compare with the family's total fortune and how long is the payout of that $4.5 billion? is it in a single lump sum or is
it kind of an annuitized payout over dozens of years >> there's the rub their proposal is that they would pay it out over nine or ten years with the bulk of the payments coming later in that schedule and their fortune is estimated to be about $11 billion today. so, critics have pointed out that when you look at it that way, $4.5 billion is not that much money there's a good chance they could end up paying this off over the next decade, not even having to touch the principle of their fortune. >> patrick radden keefe, thank you for your insights tonight. we appreciate it. >> thank you. department stores long said to be dying, relics of a bygone era. used to go with my mom to them loved it why is amazon planning to create its own? and major league baseball calling it splits with topps why the relationship is ending and those plastic covid
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and work with the sports apparel company fanatics topps is left with licensing deals with two major league sports, soccer and nhl on wall street today, the dow wobbling a little bit, down about 67 points. s&p, however, up 6, and the nasdaq was higher by 16. i'm tyler matheson in for shepard smith. it is half past the hour here is what's making the news. covid and kids as case numbers and hospitalizations increase, just how contagious is the virus in young people dr. fauci weighs in. is the company famous for online retail getting ready to build real-life department stores and a successful test of an energy source that could one day mean cheap, unlimited power for the whole world. delta variant pushing some health care systems to the brink. top hospital official in alabama says the state's icus are maxed
out, 100%. dr. anthony fauci admits it's not just adults getting infected these days. >> so this idea that children don't get infected or children don't transmit, that's not the case with delta. there will be a certain proportion of them it will be a small proportion, but there will be a proportion of them that will get seriously ill and will be in the hospital. >> one of those places is mississippi. physician at a children's hospital in jackson announced they're treating a record number of covid patients. ellison barber is there. >> reporter: tyler, vaccination rates have started to pick up in this state when you look back to mid-july, the week that ended july 10th, this state administered about 20,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine. last week, they administered 70,000 doses, give or take i'm standing in front of a field hospital at the university of mississippi medical center
this is the second field hospital that opened on this campus in less than a month. they have 32 beds inside there they started moving covid patients in yesterday. this is only for adults, but just down the road here, 28 children hospitalized because of covid-19, eight in intensive care, five of those on ventilators. the number its may not seem like a lot but doctors here say the rate it is rising and the percentage that children now make up in terms of the larger covid population within this hospital system, that that is really worrisome listen here. >> now we're seeing kids who are more ill, even children who have not had previous underlying illnesses. >> reporter: i spoke to the parents of an 11-year-old currently hospitalized at this hospital because of covid-19
they were plan ning to get him vaccinated when he turned 12 next month they sent him to school just the other week, when schools in this state opened back up masks were optional at his school his parents, they say he wore a mask, in part because he has asthma but other students did not they believe he contracted covid-19 at school tyler? >> ellison barber reporting. three u.s. senators announced they tested positive for covid today, all of them fully vaccinated roger wicker, angus king, independent from maine and john hickenlooper, democrat from colorado all three senators say they are experiencing symptoms and are now quarantining they add to the growing number of breakthrough cases among politicians. texas governor greg abbott and south carolina senator lindsey graham recently testing positive remember these plastic barriers that lots of businesses, schools, restaurants put up to protect against covid? it turns out they may not do
much and, in fact, they could make things even worse. new research suggests the plastic shields can disrupt normal air flow and ventilation and in some instances the barriers may actually redirect germs and viruses, clustering them and redirecting them to other workers or classmates. let's turn to an anesthesiologist and senior health consultant and chairman of the covid sports and society work group doctor, thanks so much for being with us. should schools and businesses give up on these barriers and put all their money into better ventilation? >> thanks for having me, tyler i think it's a really important question that you're ask ing. and i think the main thing here to remember is that plastic barriers were used in situations in tokyo at the lolympics in th cafeteria, but they're a very small part of where we should be investing our infrastructure and our economics into covid there's much, much better and more efficient ways to invest,
like vaccines, masking, testing, and those are much, much more useful for the broader population. >> i follow you there. are there any situations where you think these plastic barriers, whether it's in the grocery store or in schools, libraries and the like, where they are actually effective? >> yeah. i think they can be part of the layering that's the terminology we want to start using if you're a cab driver, bus driver, there may be a role to have a plastic barrier between you and a large number of people you don't know or scenarios where you're immunocompromised, you may want a plastic barrier between you and a bank teller. they do disrupt downward air flow that we have investigated a lot in operating rooms where we tried to understand the infectious risks in an or. we understood that these disr disruptions to typical air flow might not necessarily actually decrease the risk of infection and it's important that we
maintain this laminar air flow and reduce the viral burden in the actual room. >> let's talk for a minute about boosters there's a lot of talk about it if you're a healthy adult, do you think you need a third shot if you got the pfizer or moderna? >> that's the question of the hour, for sure i think that we're trying to learn more about where and when we should be administering the supplemental doses and i think we need to remember that even when we do give these supplemental doses of the vaccine, they may not protect you from getting the virus and we saw that with governor abbott the reality is, everybody needs to take on different layers of protection it's like if it's cold outside and you don't want to get cold you wear a jacket, but you also may wear a hat and gloves and it depends upon your sensitive ityo cold we need people, broadly speaking, across the country to start taking ownership of their own health and the public health that's where the number one priority should be right now as opposed to really worrying about whether or not plastic barriers
can impact the rate of spread. we need to vaccinate the unvaccinated that needs to be the number one push we have as a country and supporting our immuno suppressed and weakest and most vulnerable by offering them a booster. >> are we going to be in a world where everybody at one time is going to need a booster shot every year >> i hope not. if we don't do things the right way, we're headed that way we need to focus on quelling this now. >> dr. sikka, appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. more colleges welcoming students to campuses this week this is the big week for some, the moment is filled with excitement and concern as the dealta variant spreads, som schools are using different strategies to try to keep covid in check, many require ing vaccines others focusing on safety measures, including masking and testing. on top of that, schools are trying to get students acclimated to campus this year it's not just the freshmen class
in san jose, here is cnbc. >> reporter: part of the rite of passage into college, the campus tour. >> this is 7th street plaza. it is also a huge central hub for students on campus. >> reporter: the students on this tour at san jose state university in california are sophomores, studying on campus for the first time after a year online alexi mako, business major from los angeles, says college finally seems real. >> it's really nice to be able to talk to people again, to like meet new people and make connections for the future. >> reporter: even in a normal year, colleges deal with an estimated 3 million new students this year, they're essentially looking at twice that. but also, says san jose state's bp for student life, some special challenges. >> if you've been virtual all year long, how do you develop community and develop connections? that's one of the things really, helping them learn how to do that.
>> grab yourself a water bottle. >> reporter: so they're opening up traditional freshmen activities to sophomores and pairing them with mentors for support. >> welcome to campus let us know if you have any questions. >> reporter: still daunt ing, says sophomore matthew gonzalez. >> i'm so scared just like the basic living things that you take for granted at home when your parents do things for you, you have to do it for yourself here. >> reporter: all at a time when college students are more stressed than ever one in three reporting a mental health issue last year schools can't afford not to pay attention. >> it's going to impact them from an enrollment perfspective which has a downstream impact on financials, which has a downstream impact on the community. >> there may be a silver lining. these students are perhaps betterversed than anyone now a working remotely, which is likely to be a feature of college life, not to mention life in general, from here on out, most agree. they're also nothing, if not
resilient. these students particularly know how to roll with the punches tyler, the way things are going, there may be more punches to come. >> i like that person who said when you go to college, you realize you have to do things for yourself that your parents used to do for you imagine that, man. >> reporter: imagine. >> scott cohn, thank you amazon reportedly diving deeper into brick and mortar locations. the company planning to open what will essentially be department stores. amazon recently overtook walmart as the world's largest retailer outside of china nbc's courtney reagan now with what to expect from an amazon store that could pop up near you. hi, court. >> hirks tyler "the wall street journal" does report amazon is looking at opening 30,000-foot department stores amazon tells cnbc it doesn't comment on rumor or speculation, the concept makes sense. wells fargo can speculates
amazon is the number one apparel seller in the u.s. and has been expanding its own labels in that category amazon already has about 600 physical stores of various formats, most of which are wholefood stores it has book stores, cashierless locations, amazon four-star stores and several more. amazon has struggled to grow physical store revenue, particularly compared to its online sales growth, as you can see here the reported potential for amazon department stores does reinforce what retail executives espouse. to win, you need both physical and digital. here is what macy's ceo jeff ginett told me in response. >> i think the surprise i have is that it took them this long in terms of figuring out that they need to go into stores to expand their prowess in apparel. customers love the interaction between the app and the site and stores when you're talking about the goods that we sell
it's not surprising. we have lots of competitors. they are one of them. >> kohl's ceo michelle goss, told me today the two retailers have been partners for a long time kohl's sells amazon devices and has a program where consumers can return goods bought on amazon.com at kohl's stores and do it for free ass said the market is big arguably we compete with them today in some categories still when amazon enters a category, the encumbents do have reason to worry. tyler? >> in other big retail news it looks like toys r us is coming back from sting, like the big green dinosaur i remember. what can you tell us >> or like a big giraffe it is coming back from extinction again to today, actually, macy's is announcing there will be shop in shops in 400 macy's stores in
2022 and have toys r us maryland on macy's.com starting now whp global, brand management company, bought the toys r us brand earlier this year. that was after the toy company's first resurrection, following its 2018 bankruptcy and liquidation failed macy's does have a small toy area, and hopes to get a boost from the familiar brand that millennial moms like myself have a special affinity for macy's ceo thinks the partnership will quinntuple its toy business tyler? >> courtney reagan, thank you. for decades scientists have been trying to duplicate on earth the limitless energy created by the sun now a successful test and knew hope for a clean energy future. and peas, yes, peas. they aren't just for hiding under the mashed potatoes anymore. how the appetite for meatless how the appetite for meatless burgers is makinthe tt ray loves vacations. but his diabetes never seemed to take one. everything felt like a 'no.'
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>> a wright brothers moment for energy that's what some are calling a key achievement in nuclear fusion that was announced earlier this week. scientists used 192 gigantic lasers to super charge a pellet of hydro general the size of a bb inside the enormous lawrence livermore national laboratory in california that created a nuclear fusion burst of 10 quadrillion of power. it's long been a goal of scientists around the dploeb to explain what all of this actually means is michio kaku, author of "the god equation:the quest for the theory of everything." i wish we had time to explain the theory of everything, professor. how big of a break through is this and what could it really mean >> this is a giant step toward the holy grail of energy
research to extract more energy than you put in and this could eventually become a game changer fusion reactor is carbon neutral. it does not create carbon dioxide. it does not create copious quantities of nuclear waste like uranium. it does not melt down. you cannot meltdown a fusion re reactor and the fuel is sea water. hydro general from sea water could be the basic fuel. so, this is too good to be true. and we're taking a giant step forward. however there's some drawbacks i should also point as well. >> why don't you go to those draw backs and summarize what i think i just heard you say this is a really big br breakthrough, number one number two, it is safer, theoretically, than what we think of as conventional nuclear power. >> that's right. this could be the energy source of the future, cheap, too cheap
using sea water for god's sake as its fuel. can't melt down. create almost no nuclear waste what's wrong why do we have these now turns out when you heat hydro general to tens of millions degrees, it becomes unstable that's why this reaction took place under a hundred trillionth of a second, just a snap of a finger we want a continuous stream of energy, not bursts of energy like we found here now the french are also in a race they have the fusion reactor in france they're building their version of fusion reactor. we have a healthy competition now, two gigantic fusion reactors, one in the united states, three football fields in length, and another in the southern france, costing about $10 billion. >> very, very interesting.
professor kaku, thank you very much appreciate it. >> uh-huh. chipotle is rolling out a new plant-based cholizo. the company says it's testing the vegan option in indianapolis did denver right now first new plant-based protein since it launched tofu based seven years ago. burger king, subway, white castle, carl's jr. and others have add ed meatless options to their menus. kate rogers now on how this spike in demand has pea protein makers scrambling to keep up. >> reporter: these aren't your grandmother's peas as plant-based diets become more mainstream, companies that make pea protein are finding themselves in high demand. pea protein replaces the animal protein found in meat products
an agro tech company in missouri, developing yellow peas and soy beans that taste better and have higher protein levels it currently works with nestle, general mills and blue buffalo to supply ingredients for pet and human foods. it will become a public company via spac merger later this quarter. >> we've got to go and look at other protein sources and other crop choices and innovate on those using the same science and technologically driven approaches we've done for corn hiically and bring that innovation to bear for properties that consumers really want. >> reporter: pea protein giant purist is based in minneapolis and set to open a new facility next month to meet exploding demand, with a plan to double its pea protein business meat and dairy products and names like meat meat and ritual, maybing a sustainable option for consumers and companies. >> peas, in general, inherently are climate resilient.
the amount of water they need to grow is very little. and what they give back is quite abu abundant. >> reporter: analysts say the alt meat market could hit $1 billion. and suppliers need to match that growing demand. >> thank you very much, kate rogers. more than 90% of california suffering from extreme drought a major issue for farmers who need water, of course. now some of them are turning to an unconventional way to find it plus more trouble for britney spears this time, it has nothing to do with her conservatorship introducing the new citi custom cash℠ card, a different kind of card that rewards rashida where her spending is trending. just ask overly confident diy rashida rashida: wait, was this the right wall? or last minute gift shopping rashida rashida: i'm putting a bow on it! wow. even sneaking away for a vacay rashida. rashida: shhh! i've earned this?
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officials now launching an investigation into britney spears after the pop singer's housekeeper accused her of battery. officials with the ventura county sheriff's office says spears confronted the house keeper and slapped the phone out of her hand. the house keeper wasn't hurt but file a complaint nonetheless with the sheriff's office. spears wouldn't talk to any of the deputies and also hasn't return the nbc's request for comment. spears, of course, has been in a legal battle to get her out of her year's long conservatorship. her father agreed to step down from overseeing it just last week in less than three days, california's caldor fire has exploded 27 times its size,
consumed more than 65,000 acres and forced an additional 10,000 people to evacuate the fire still zero percent contained. the rapid growth is fueled by unprecedented conditions, dry weather, gusty winds and an extreme drought. drought is also causing desperate farmers to turn to what some mate say are disputed ways to find water jane wells with a look at the sudden demand for water witches. >> we're getting over something right here. >> reporter: rob thompson is a water witch. >> right here. >> that looks like the strong part, right? >> right here is the best spot. >> reporter: as california goes into another drought, he's in high demand. >> swamped i'm a month out right now. there's not enough of me. >> 80, 90, 100. >> reporter: with two stainless steel rods, he says he finds water and can even tell you -- >> 420, 430 --
>> how far down you have to driel. >> 575 deep. >> reporter: and will tell you how fast the water down there is flowing. >> probably between 220 and 240 gallons a minute. >> reporter: he senses changes in the earth's magnetic fields. >> i think of us as like a radio. i think what's happening is when that electromagnetic field hits that water, it changes that field. our mind is sensitive to that, like a radio. >> i've not had a dry hole with rob. he has been off a little bit but not by much. >> reporter: mark neil say napa vineyard owner and manager who has worked with thompson for years. he says finding water is harder now and is much deeper down. >> to bring power, a pump and drilling 500 feet or so, 120, $150,000 to drill a well. >> reporter: thompson charges $1, $1,400, fraction of the cost
hiring a hydro geologist but the pros say they rely on science, not some kind of feel. >> i realize in desperate times they may rely on something to improve their chances but the f facts are using science and data to find that will provide a more accurate result. >> reporter: i decided to give it a shot. while dousing may not be science -- >> they're just cross ing. >> reporter: the rods seem to have a mind of their own it's weird that's wild, rob for people who say it's a bunch of voodoo without any scientific basis, what do you say >> i've been very successful. >> reporter: if you do decide you're a dowser, getting into the business doesn't cost very much these are $1.99. the rest is back here. >> jane wells, thanks. pope francis playing ball, foosball to be exact the holy father gived a foosball table after his general audience, played a round
holy father within a goal. tu tuscan-base gifted the table to the pope seconds left in the race to the finish, pentagon speeding up evacuations from kabul's airport, u.s. officials say they were able to evacuate 2,000 people since yesterday. people arrested a man who allegedly claimed to have a bomb in his pickup truck. no bomb. three senators who are vaccinated say they have tested positive for covid all say they're doing okay and now you know the news this thursday, august 19th, 2021. i'm tyler matheson in for shep smith. follow us on instagram
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