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pp. hello, i'm fredricka whitfield. welcome. i want to take you straight to
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this press conference under way right now with kentucky governor andy beshear talking about the devastating floods. >> 25 fatalities across five counties. that number will continue to grow. and to be refined. remember, we don't have cell service in some areas to please be patient as we get new information or if it changes. we continue to pray for the families that have suffered ununfathomable loss. some have lost almost everyone in their household. rescuers at the kentucky department of fish and wildlife has been the forefront of these recovery efforts. they've had to ultimately gather the bodies more than just about anybody else. so, please also pray for those first responders. the mission has been specially challenging and what they're experiencing firsthand is tremendously stressful and difficult. we thank them for what they're
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doing. deaths include four in breather county, two in clay, 14 in knot, two in lecher, and three in perry. again, those will continue to rise. if there is one piece of good news, we now believe there are only four children in this group and not six. the original two children that were reported to us have turned out to be adultsch now those are still two people that have been lost and we grieve for them. but we wanted to make sure we got the most recent information out. and listen, information is going to change as we get it. this is still an emergency situation. we are in search and rescue mode. and again, that count is going to continue to go up. and we don't lose this many people in flooding. it is a real tough one. there are a number of rescues going on, though.
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and now if our kentucky national guard and others are doing incredible work and we are grateful. kentucky national guard has rescued 404 individuals. by aircraft. that is just over the last couple of days. that is incredible. tennessee national guard, which is helping us out, 224 additional people. west virginia national guard, 36. so an incredible number of air rescues that have gone on. 19 people and two dogs rescued by the national guard by boat. kentucky state police have assisted or assisting in 624 water rescues. and the kent department of fish and wildlife has assisted in 125 water rescues. we are so grateful to all of those responders and special thank you to the governors and the guard of tennessee and west virginia. kentucky state police is responding and actively searching for people.
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it is a really hard thing right now with how wide the destruction is. areas that are impacted to get any firm number on people that are missing. the best thing people can do is report their loved ones to these numbers. this is how you report a loved one that you can't find that you can't reach. we need their names, and the kentucky state police will go out and find them. we want to be able to locate your loved one. here is the list. pipe and mcgaffin and johnson and floyd have one post number. and breather and knot and lecher and perry have another. andle isson jackson and lee and then wolf and morgon and harland. and this corresponds to where your loved one is. so if your loved one is in pike, you call that first number.
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606-433-7171. if your loved one is in jackson, you're going to call the 859-623-2404 number. and ask our press to please continue to get out these numbers. phone lines, again, are extremely busy. keep calling. we also put out an email address that i don't have in front of me right now. we will get that by the end of briefing. command staging area has been established in the hazard armory for emergency personnel ome. the public should not travel to it. here is the email address and we will post this online, too. but you can email with your loved ones information. currently, we have 142 people that are staying in temporary housing at jen wylie state park.
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rooms are fully booked but the campgrounds are available and we're sending travel trailers down to increase our capacity as we speak. pine mountain state resort park has six rooms available. we haven't had any displaced folks go there yet. buckhorn, this is in perry county, we really need this state park to be open and we're working really hard at it. people can't get to it, or haven't been able to get to it because of the roads being blocked, transportation cabinet knows this is mission number one in that area for them. the building is also without power. and the park is, we have electricians that there-r there to figure out what type of generators we need. the shelters are overwhelmed in that county and we know that this will really help people out. there are 15 emergency shelters that are currently active. they're on our flood resource
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website. that is the addresses there are for clay county, floyd, knot, lecher has three, perry has a bunch, pike, wolf are the ones that we currently have physical addresses for. we want to direct people to those links. and for those that are looking at sending help, we'll have the addresses that you could send donations up -- >> you're listening to a remarks from kentucky governor andy beshear admitting this is particularly hard on everyone there because the devastation of this flooding, flash flooding is so widespread, it spans so many counties and thus far 25 people are dead.
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they expect the death toll to go even higher because the list is long of those who have been reported missing and of course he's giving information of those family members who are looking for other loved ones and friends on how to provide names. so that the search could continue. cnn's joe johns is live for us in hazard, kentucky. and it is remarkable just how wide spread you know, the devastation is. and of course logistically it is very hard to get to some of the hard-hit areas to try to continue with the rescue operations. >> reporter: absolutely. and i wish i had a map to show you. it is just a sprawling area as you said. in fact, the emergency declaration by president biden to help the counties in this situation goes to 12, 13 counties. it is just a huge area. so connected by all of the streams and creeks where the
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problems occurred. the significance of the governor's announcement today is that this is no shock. he said 25 people are confirmed dead. and this was information that was readily available on the public record. some of the states, counties and localities had issued fatality counties of their own which had not been sort of brought into the governor's official number. and the real stunning thing, of course, as you said, fred, there is a possibility of even more. that is because they still have to get into all of the back woods areas where people could have been and check on their welfare. so a lot of work to do here in the state of kentucky. certainly an enormous disaster. shocking compared to just last year when they had another weather event, but it just
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hasn't reached this level ever. >> tornadic activity. right. and of course we're looking at pictures. people have to remember that many of the roads and bridges are impazable because a lot was washes away. and we're going to work on a map for you. now we know of all of the counties involved and i think you're right. it is going to help better illuminate just how wide spread the devastation is with the help of a plan to show all of the tributaries that run through so many of these counties and that is why we have this situation. thank you so much. joe johns, appreciate it. for more information about how to help victims of the kentucky flooding, go to and another potential storm tomorrow could make matters even worse for eastern kentucky. cnn meteorologist allison chin car is back with more on this. help us understand this system on the way. >> you have to understand, this was such a rare event for this
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area. we had not one, but two one in a thousand year floods and we had one that affected the greater st. louis area and then the one that hit eastern kentucky. when we say one in a thousand year flood event, we don't mean they happen once every thousand years, we're talking about a statistical number here. so your percentage chance of having a one in a thousand year flood in any given year comes down to .1%. and i know it is hard to compute mentally in your mind and understand what that is. so let's try an analogy. think of a standard deck of cards, 52 cards inside of it. when you hear it is a one in one hundred year flood, the risk over 30 years would be the equivalent of the first card you pick up from that deck being a heart. okay. say a two of hearts for example. now when we talk about a one in 500 year flood event, over the same time period, that is the same statistical equivalent to the first two cards being of the
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same suit. say a two of hearts and a seven of hearts. now when we talk about a one in a thousand year event, that is what we had this week both in st. louis and also in eastern kentucky. that is the equivalent of picking up an ace that happens to be red. rare that that is the first card that you pick up and that goes to show not only have one, but two, one in a thousand events for a week. but this is a great component of climate change. one of the great connection points that we could make buzz when you have a warmer atmosphere, that atmosphere could hold more moisture. and if could hold more moisture, it means as these systems come through, they have the potential to dump much more rain than they normally would be if you did not have climate change involved. we talk about the forecast going forward. we do have more rain in the forecast. unfortunately, yes, not only for kentucky, but areas of missouri that were also hard hit.
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take a look at this widespread map. it is also other areas, though, too. you're talking tennessee, arkansas, the carolinas. >> they all have the potential to have four, five, even six inches of rain in a short period of time which is why you have the potential for flash flooding for all of the areas. so fred, of the next few days, today is certainly the driest. the best day that those in kentucky have to get in and clean up and try to find some missing people because starting in the next 24 hours, you're going to see the heavy rain bands back in the forecast. >> that is so terrible. thank you so much. still ahead, we're live at the very store where one lucky person or at least the holders of one very lucky ticket, they all become an overnight billionaire. lottery officials now say that the jackpot grew overnight to $1.34 billion.
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all right. someone or some people with one ticket from illinois much richer today. the mega-millions jackpot grew to $1.34 billion last night and just one, one ticket matched all five numbers. plus the gold mega ball, the winning numbers. here there. so no one has claimed it. so maybe you have the ticket. if you're in illinois, take a look. 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and the gold mega ball is 14. cnn's omar jimenez joining us live from where the jackpot ticket was sold, and oh, by the way, that business owner of that speedway also gets a half million dollars for selling the winning ticket. that is a lot of excitement, omar. >> reporter: yeah. a lot of excitement to be had this morning and obviously this gas station has been buzzing with people. people who now know that the winning ticket was sold here and are still trying to buy now new
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mega-millions tickets for the next drawing. of course way lower than the billion dollars mark that it was. it grew to $1.34 billion because of last-minute sales. it is the second biggest in mega-millions history, third biggest all time for all u.s. lotteries. and if this person takes the lump sum, that is still $780 million in cash. so this person's life is changed forever. as you mentioned, the gas station does not go unappreciated and they get a cut of it as well. i want to show you just a little bit behind me. people have been coming in and out. take a listen to the head of the illinois lottery telling us about what this gas station gets. >> lucky retailer will receive a half a million dollars in the selling bonus for selling the winning ticket. >> as far as the winner is concerned, we have not heard from the winner yet. we don't know whether they even know that they won a prize. so i ken aur everybody to check your tickets.
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>> reporter: when i hear that, i just imagine someone sitting at their table right now go oh, my god. i won. you never know. >> either that or you know, it is the person who is scrambling, i know i bought a ticket and i can't figure out where i put it and they're checking all of their laundry or all of their little stash places. coy envision that, too. and then finally the moment when they find it. that is a lot of excitement. all right. omar, well this is really exciting and fun and i love that people feel like lightning is going to strike twice and they're coming to that place to by tickets for the next drawing. >> reporter: yeah. exactly. people are coming back. and by the way, it is not just the jackpot winner. there are people across the country that took home at least a million dollars. 26 people. so that is nothing -- that is a huge amount of money. and then six of the people had the two multipliers. so it is $2 million. so a lot of winners all around.
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>> that is nice. >> i'm not a winner. cash wise, but same a winner for being here. >> i was going to say you're always a winner omar. and it has nothing do to do with dollar signs. thank you so much. still to come. krp has learned that the inspector general for the department of homeland security knew of missing secret service texts months earlier than previously known. details straight ahead. [whiff] [water splasashes] is it on the green? [goose squawks] i was just looking for my ball. 19th hole, sam adams summmmer ale. [goose squawks] (here you go.) (cheers guysy) your shipping manager left to “find themself.” leaving you lost. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do. indeed instant match instantly devers quality candidates matching your job description.
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we're following new developments in the january 6 investigation. cnn has learned exclusive new details about the missing secret
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service text messages sought by the select committee. according to multiple sources, the inspector general for homeland security knew about the missing messages months earlier than previously believed. cnn's kaitlan pollance joins us now. so why is this significant? >> well, fred, the missing text messages around january 6 of 2021, the developments here just keep building day by day. my colleague whitney wild and others broke the story yesterday that the department of homeland security internal watch dog, the inspector general joseph cavery has known for a year that secret service text messages were missing and there was a delay in notifying congress about this and a discrepancy of what congress was told about the timing about when they knew. so let's break this down since there are questions upon question. so just this week, congress is learning that in addition to the secret service temxt messages there are missing messages from the leadership from the department of homeland security that were deleted. so that is the phones of both acting secretary chad wolf and
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ken cuccinelli. the chairman of the house select chitty bennie thompson called this all extremely troubling this week because this news of the erased leadership text messages came a few weeks after it was clear that the secret service agent messages were also lost from around january 6. now thompson pointed out that the dhs inspector general has known about this for sometime and failed to notify congress quickly and that is why the additional firestorm is now coming in. so what happened at the dhs that allows for all of the federal records around january 6 to by lost. that is is one question congress has. and then why has the inspector general not been more forthcoming with congress. the secret service has pledged to cooperate and wolf has said that he's been following protocol, but even so another congressional authority, the senate judiciary committee is asking the justice department to look into this as well. so a lot here. >> a lot there. i mean the widening mystery,
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the speaker traveling into asia already planned to make that stop in taiwan. now of course the chinese are completely opposed to it. because they believe a visit by someone of the speaker's stature is basically the u.s. government, the equivalent of the u.s. government challenging taiwan, what they believe is their ultimate control over taiwan. the rhetoric has grown from china and one of the chief white house security -- national security council spokesperson john kirby talked about this earlier this week. >> if she decides to go to taiwan, we know and we have a responsible and we take that responsibility seriously, that she could do so safely. so we've heard these comments, not helpful. not constructive. we have an obligation to make sure if she goes to taiwan or any other government official for that matter, that they could do so safely. we'll take that responsibility seriously. >> reporter: so the white house
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very much trying to tamp down the rhetoric and cool things off. but make no mistake, the pentagon does have a security plan in place. they have plenty of ships and aircraft in the region to keep an eye on things. that he will do whatever is necessary, they say, to keep any u.s. government official safe as they travel in the region. one of the big concerns is not that china isn't going to engage in hostile action. it doesn't appear that anybody thinks they would challenge the united states, but china has its own capabilities and ships and aircraft in the region and if they start flying them and if they fly a large number of aircraft and sail a large number of ships there could be miscalculation, it could lead to an inadvertent incident and that is what everybody wants to prevent. but we still have to see if speaker pelosi decides to stop in taiwan. fredricka. >> still up in the air. so to speak. barbara starr, thank you so much. so let's bring in david
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sanger, a cnn national security analyst, also a white house and national security correspondent for "the new york times." so good to see you, david. >> good to see you, fredricka. >> all right. so at issue here, pelosi wants to reassure allies in the region, or risk unsettling an authoritarian regime that wants to set the rules. so how does she play this? >> well, it is hard. first of all, the white house clearly does not want her to go. at this point, they've got plenty of issues with china right now. >> is it clear. because it sounds like they're saying it is her choice to make. >> they are saying it is her choice. she's -- representing a different branch of government. they can't stop her. for her this is something of a legacy thing. but the president signaled this pretty clearly the other day when he said well the pentagon doesn't want her to go. and i haven't spoken to any administration officials would did want her to go. that said, they think she's
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going. so at this point, they're just trying to make the best of it. they want to make sure of her personal security. i don't think thi-- think any o them will do something overtly military. but i do think they believe there could be cyber or some other kind of reaction from the chinese against taiwan or against american interests to make their point. >> mm-hmm. all right. so just a walk down memory lane a little bit. viewers could see, we have a picture of nancy pelosi protesting in tiana men square back in 1991 and she's remained china's sharp critic of china on its human rights record. and she's done so also on capitol hill. do you feel like by going to taiwan this is how peeker pelosi
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is sticking another finger in the eye of china but just in a different way. or do you see that perhaps she has other goals in mind if she were to visit taiwan? >> i think as i suggested before, this is a legacy issue for her. assuming that the democrats lose the house in the coming elections, which seem to be a significant likelihood, she would no longer be speaker. this may be her last opportunity to go do this. i think she wants to make the point. the speaker has gone before. newt gingrich went in 1997 but that was a very different china, a very different strategic environment and none of thees cal -- of the escalating tensions that we've seen in recent times. it is not that the speaker is going, she's going at a moment when there are so many irritants in the relationship and that is what the white house is concerned about, which is do
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they need one more. >> and you wrote earlier in the week in the times that one of the concerns in the biden administration is that china lo block the taiwan strait somewhere in the near future. and just as barbara was just reporting there are concerns about military installations and military in the region, whether it be aircraft or even in the water. what are the concerns about the vulnerabilities that might be created as a result? >> well, the story we wrote earlier this week came out of a new u.s. intelligence assessment that basically said that has looked at what happened in ukraine, and may well conclude that they need to move up the timeline of action against taiwan. that doesn't mean a full amphibious invasion. what it means is that before the united states arms taiwan with the same kind of armaments that
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the u.s. has given to ukraine, that china may decide it is in its military advantage to stage an incident in say the next 18 months. >> that could cut off the straits, could see whether the united states could dare to bring a carrier group close into taiwan as we did in 1996. because now kline has got carrier-killing weapons and the navy is reluctant to go do so. it could be cutting off communications cables under sea. it could be cyber action. it probably would not be a full-scale invasion. and the question is, is there another taiwan crisis coming? there have been -- this is the fourth in the long history since the chinese revolution in 1949. and the question is, is the u.s. and is taiwan prepared for that. >> and what does this do whether
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mrs. is to go to taiwan or simply by being in the region, what does this journey or how might this journey further impact what is already been strained relations between the u.s. and china? >> so, to the chinese, the arrival of somebody who is essentially third in line for the u.s. presidency, the speaker of the house, in their mind violates the one china policy. that in other words, we don't send high level delegations that might suggest that taiwan is an independent entity and even an independent state. to the united states, this doesn't make any sense. and some u.s. officials have said to me, you know, if i was china, i wouldn't make a big deal of this. i would just kind of ignore it. we've sent congressional delegations to taiwan all of the time. and so i think the question that american officials are saying is, is xi jinping looking for a reason to turn this into an
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issue. the president of china. and of course he's facing and in just a few months a party congress where he'll be reanointed and he wants to look as tough against the united states between now and then as he can. >> more flexing of the muscle. david sanger, good to see you. thank you so much. >> always great to be with you. >> thank you. all right, this week on a new episode of patagonia, life on the edge of the world sh we venture to patagonia far south which is closer to antarctica than any other where else on earth. a land of extremes. but for those that could survive the elements, the potential riches are great. >> exhausted, but home. at last. finally a chance to rest. or maybe not.
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is the u.s. economy in a recession. that is the growing question. a week filled with economic data is starting to paint a picture of where the economy is headed. as rahel solomon explains. >> another day, another major economic report. it has been a busy week for economic data. thursday the commerce department released second quarter gdp which showed the u.s. economy
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shrank at an annualized rate of .9%. while u.s. consumers are still spending, that is slowing. we learned that business investment is slowing especially in categories like inventories and in the residential space. thursday's report will be revised as least two more times but does follow a 1.6% decline for the first quarter of the year. u.s. economy has now seen two straight quarters of negative growth and that is reigniting the debate about whether we're in a recession. many economists say, we're not. at least not yet. the job market is still strong and unemployment is at a 50-year low and demand for workers continue to be strong. the official arbiter of recessions is a group of eight economists who make up the dating committee at nonprofit, nonpartisan national bureau of economic search. they operate discretely but decline it as a significant decline in economic activity, they consider factors such as person income and the job market
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and consumer spending. i spoke to harvard professor jeffrey frankle, a former member of the committee on thursday, and asked might we see a recession call after this gdp print? he told me the committee is very unlikely to say a recession happened in the first quarter because a whole host of other indicators were positive. as for his thoughts on today's report, he said the economy is clearly slowing down. rahel solomon, cnn, new york. joining us right now, diane swan. she's the chief economist at kpmg and an adviser to the federal reserve. good to see you. so, a recent poll showed 64% of americans think that the u.s. is already in a recession. and does it even matter to people who are struggling, whether we are technically if a recession or not? >> that is the key question. i think it doesn't. whether or not we hit a technical recession, although that would be much harder
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because we'll have an increase in unemployment. but the real issue is when we look at the data that has come out, we saw that the inflation burn that we've seen has not only eaten into living standards and eroded living standards it is taken away on average all of the wage gains we got on reopening and then some. so it set us back. so in that way we've lost ground. so even though we're not losing jobs, if you can't afford to make ends meet each week and pay your bills and feed your family, that really matters. >> yeah. so it really, everyone is feeling the pain. but because there are those couple of little high points, people are still working, employment remains high. even the president said, you know, party because of this healthy job market, this is not a recession. so, what is going to be the tipping point? >> sadly, i think we are going to see a tipping point before the end of year. not ome is the fed the bulk of
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the rate hikes that they've already done, the bulk of that tightening in credit markets is-a still ahead of us so the er effects are there. the economy slows in the second quarter and we're skating on their ice. it won't take much to push us through that ice and the fed itself said that unemployment is unsustainably low. that is saying we need an increase in unemployment or something that could derail the inflation that we're dealing with. that is hard to calibrate with monetary policy. once we go down that road we'll see a lot more land mines and that is where we're at right now. i think by end of the year wee going to see an inflation where inflation is cool but not enough to be insignificant but unemployment is rising. >> and then the federal reserve raises interest rates another three quarters of a percent just this week so how and where are
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we going to feel that? >> well, we've already seen it quite dramatically in the housing market which is your canary in the coal mine for a recession. the declines have been quite dramatic and pending home sales are even worse which means the worst is yet to come. you layer on top of that the freezing in the tech sector of hiring and many of the hubs, the second tier cities that saw a boom are now going to see a bit of a bust in housing and that is where you're going to see theesques of the interest rates hit first. but let's face it. i mean consumers see higher interest rates as higher inflation because it raises cost of borrowing for them. it does slam down demand but it is a challenge. what the fed is now doing is trying to bring demand in line with a supply constrained world. they're no longer willing to wait for the supply to pick up magically and eradicate us of inflation. >> oh, boy. and while so much of us are stretching the dollar, get this.
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we saw exxon report an astronomical set of profits on friday. $17.9 billion. just for this latest quarter. and just to really further break it down that comes out to $2245.62 every second of every day. so are companies like exxon fuelling inflation at the expense of consumers? or is this just, you know a fringe benefit tor them because the prices are so high and they're making more money? >> well, at this moment, at this point in time, they're riding the high that russia created by invading ukraine and bringing oil off the global economy. and on the other side of it, they had to suffer enormous losses when oil prices went negative in march and april of 2020. people forget that we had to pay buyers to actually hold oil because nobody wanted it.
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this is going to be one of the big issues, the energy transition. these companies are making money now but they also see the future and the future is renewables and not fossil fuels. and that in and of itself is costly. but the counter factual is without dealing with these extreme climate events, those are hitting our food supply and causing more supply train disruptions and adding to inflation pressures so it is hard to escape many of the problems that we're facing without a coordinated effort to deal with these issues. >> goodness. diane swamp, good to see you. thank you so much. and for many of us, dogs are our family. bringing us so much joy. but for many aging seniors carrying for their dogs and worrying about what will happen when they pass becomes a real challenge. that is where this week's cnn hero comes in. kerry brocker is on a mission to help seniors of all kinds, the
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