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tv   Face the Nation  CBS  November 1, 2021 3:00am-3:30am PDT

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>> brennan: welcome back to "face the nation." the global summit is under way right now in glasgow, scotland. it is the world's latest effort to tackle the fact that the planet is getting hotter. but expectations for sus susstantive agreements are pretty low. there are serious risks that world leaders will not deliver, urging more ambition and further action. cbs news' mark phillips is there. >> reporter: there is a cloud of gloom hanging over this conference in glasgow, and it is not just the weather. to understand the pessimism, it helps to go back to those heavy
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optimistic days in france six years ago when the paris climate accords were signed. the warming of the planet would be kept below 2° celsius, it was agreed. preferably, it wouldn't exceed 1.5° above pre-industrial levels. the problem with paris, though, is that it was a conference about aspirations, not practicalities. how each country would reduce its own greenhouse gases was left to later, and, well, later is now and not enough has been done. >> it is all happening faster than we ever thought. in fact, it is happening faster than scientists thought. >> reporter: kristianna knocked heads together and made the paris accords happen. >> it is much bigger trouble. it causes two to three times as much loss, two to three times as much
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infrastructure loss, and two or three times as much human misery. >> reporter: the misery has been all around us lately. floods iope, sweltering heat zones in north america. the world has changed since paris, particularly in the relationship between its two biggest polluters: the united states and china. >> contrasting to where we were in the relationship between the united states and china in 2015, the two of them walked in literally hand-in-hand because over the previous years they had realized that they were better off collaborating on climate change than confronting each other. that has not been the case this year for all of the reasons that we know. >> reporter: not only will chinese president xi not be coming, neither will vladimir putin. if there is any cause for hope in glasgow, is that companies, if not governments, have begun to see the valng
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green. mark carney, who headed the central banks of two g-7 countries, have been twisting arms. >> there are leaders and laggers in the financial sectors. people will be able to tell who is leading and who is behind. >> reporter: they set up this conference to show how the future of the planet is at stake, but what are its chances of success? british prime minister boris johnson has likened it to a game where humanity is losing to climate change 5-1 at half time. and. margaret, there seems little chance of a second-half come bang. back. >> brennan: we go now gd mning, margaret. >> bnnan: i want toome es at h vote, as you heard, this coming week on the $1.2
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trillion bipartisan structure plan. this is roads and bridges, popular. why are you opposing it? >> well, this as be botched from the beginning. this was negotiated in good faith in the senate. and i have no doubt had it come straight to the house, it would have passed with strong republican support. but the reality of it is that we were told from the very beginning that this was coupled with the reconciliation spending, which is a no-go for the republicans. >> brennan: right. so what i hear you saying, though, it is about optics, it is about politics. you would have $3.6 billion for your state come in here as a result of this bill. aren't you just making a political point? isn't that what people hate about washington? >> so, listen, my state is more worried about debt than handouts from the federal government. sure, there are some good things in that bipartisan structure bill, but the reality of that is not the vote. they've been clear if that passes, so does the $3.5
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trillion package. it may not be $3.5 on their minds ist. rennan: you exp the way of this? >> it is not stand in the way. the republicans have no control. you can't imagine how frustrating it is to be a republican in the house. it is all in the democrats' hands. we don't even know if we're going to have a vote on this. who knows where this is going to land. >> brennan: let's ask you now about climate. you are going to that glasgow summit. you're also one of the founders of this conservative climate caucus. that is something that will surprise people. they often hear climate change and hear very partisan points of view. you as a republican is are trying to make a statement. what is your message on what needs to be a viable energy source for the united states?
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>> the message is very clear. first of all, the message is that republicans do care. we've been subject to a branding problem and we need to overcome that -- >> brennan: you think that is just a branding problem? >> oh, absolutely. listen, i'm here from the state of utah. i guarantee you there are more republicans here than most places. and i know deep down everybody cares about this planet. we want to do what is best for it. we want to leave it better for our children. it is fair to say we're turned off by the extremist rhetoric and we don't always agree on the way to get there, but i can promise you republicans do care deeply. this caucus is a great example. >> brennan: i want to ask you about something specifically you spent a lot of time on. you talk about nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuel. do your constituents really want nuclear plants in their backyard? >> a lot of times when we think about nuclear, we think about our
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grandparents' nuclear. technology can lead us past the concerns we have with nuclear, whether it be safety or whatever those concerns arement we the way, utah does want it inkyard. we're one of the few u-amps here, a conglomerate municipality that has made it part way through the permitting process for nuclear -- >> brennan: there is $6 billion in the bipartisan structure bill that would go to some of the small nuclear reactors. there is $9.5 billion for clean hydrogen. you've got to like those provisions, even though you're voting down the bill? >> the fact that a blind squirrel can find a nut in a forest -- that is what it is like trying to find something you like in this bill. $6 trillion out of
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trillions and trillions of dollars isn't really an effort to explore things that are fundamental if we're going to get to an an green future. >> brennan: specificallysals you want to hear? >> if we follow the republican path, we don't need to kill u.s. jobs. we don't need to export our jobs overseas and subject ourselves to our enemies. we have ideas that improve the u.s. economy, that rely on u.s. economy and u.s. innovations, hydrogen, and fossil fuels have got to be part of the conversation. we've reduced more greenhouse gas emissions here in the united states than the entire green new deal could have ever dreamed of doing. it is a mistake to deem demonize fossil fuels. they're part of the answer. >> brennan: part of what i hear is make these adaptations, don't eliminate. but the challenge is how do you meet the moment in
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terms of urgency when you're trying to put in investments that take a decade or more to get there? how do you do both things at once? >> well, you have to do both things at once. let's be honest -- >> brennan: but how do you make the market more efficient if doing things that have government subsidies? how do you move it faster? >> listen, our free marketplace is remarkable. it is u.s. innovation and technology that has led to the vast reductions in carbon that we already have. i have full confidence in this marketplace. that's not to say as a government we don't have a role, that we should be looking for those areas to incentivize and help and poke and prod along the way. but we need all hands on deck, and we need to talk about this in a bipartisan way, and not the extreme ideas, which, by the way, have led us in a terrible direction. we're looking at an energy
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crisis this winter, rates are skyrocketing, affecting those who can least afford it. >> brennan: congressman, have a safe trip. we'll leave it there, and "face the nation" will be back.
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>> brennan: vice president kamala harris got a third dose of the covid-19 shot over the weekend and urged americans to get their booster shot when they become eligible. harris reminded americans it will save lives. in just a few days, a children's version of the pfizer covid vaccine is expected to be made available to 28 million children between the ages of five to 11 years old. cbs news senior national correspondent mark strassmann is in cocoa beach, florida, with a look at how parents across the country are reacting. >> there you go. you're welcome. >> reporter: halloween 2021's real scare: the next dog fight in covid america's divide.
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as soon as tuesday, the c.d.c. could join the f.d.a., approving the pfizer vaccine for young children, ages five to 11. >> we've been waiting for this, parents have been waiting for this, schools have been waiting for this. this is really a breakthrough. >> reporter: smaller arms, smaller doses. pfizer's pediatric vaccine has two shots, each one-third its regular dose. clinical trials showed efficacy rates above 90%. there are enough doses to vaccinate 28 million eligible children. one in four new cases were children. vaccinating young kids could help keep them in classes, protecting them, their families, and their friends. >> we'll be ready immediately following the f.d.a. and c.d.c.'s decisions so that parents can get their kids vaccinated quickly, easily, and conveniently. [yelling] >> reporter: but
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amicably? fat chance. millions of parents burn with a resentment survey. one in three parents say they'll get the covid vaccine for their young kids right away. another third said they'll wait and see. so far california is the only state to mandate the vaccine for eligible students grade seven through 12, but not until next year. >> 10 vaccines have been required to send your kids to public schools for decades and decades. this is nothing new. >> reporter: but it is new in a couple of ways: there are no angry crowds protesting mandate kid vaccines for measles, mumps, or whopping cough. and there are people willing to risk their jobs rather than getting the covid vaccine. starting tomorrow in new york city, thousands of city employees will be forced into unpaid leave. but the city says another 10,000 workers got vaccinated, pressured by friday's mandate deadline: get the shot or lose the
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paycheck. >> we have a right as an employer to do that. >> reporter: but missing cops, firefighters, and d.m.t.s could create dangerous public safety blind spots. 20% of the city's fire stations could go dark. that is how dug in they are. but compared to telling many parents they have to vaccinate their kids, child's play. >> brennan: that is mark strassmann in florida. we're joined now by dr. claire boogaard, who oversees the covid vaccine program at children's national hospital here in washington, d.c. good morning to you, doctor. >> doctor: good morning. thanks for having me. >> brennan: so your hospital participated in this trial of the pfizer vaccine for children. you saw what happened. did you have any concerns? >> doctor: no. i think this is all really good news. what the independent advisory panel and the f.d.a. looked at last week was really good science. they didn't skip any steps
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in this process. the best news both professionally, who wants to take care of her patients, and also as a mom of a 6-year-old, this is awesome. there are no serious side effects given the lower dose of the sw vaccine, and it still protects kids from getting the affection. >> brennan: you don't have any misgivings about giving it to someone who is young and developing? >> doctor: no, not at all. vaccines, all they do is give your body a chance to build a response against something that is non-harmful to protect you against something that is harmful. if there was no crooners, coronavirus, we wouldn't be talking about it. but in order to protect us, this is the safest and most effective way to do so. >> brennan: the panel you voted on, said the benefits outweigh the risks of myocarditis?
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>> doctor: the hospital's research is part of the research that pfizer approved last week. there were no serious reactions from this group, including m myocarditis. honestly, it is really good news. it is really safe. >> brennan: one of the questions raised was whether every child needs it, versus if they had covid in the past. if you're a parent at home, how should you weigh these things? >> doctor: it is a good question. i talk about this all of the time, with my husband and our family and my patients. everything is risk/benefit. you need to think about your own family situation ad the community around you. for us as parents, we don't want anything bad to happen to our kids. covid has bad complications with children. doesn't have it with all children, but it has with many.
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and it has the problem of having long-term issues, which is having symptoms that last longer than two months, or developing a very serious life-threatening condition called multi-inflammatory condition. it requires critical care in some kids. that, to me as a parent, is to say i don't want my kid to get sick. i rather use this super safe vaccine to get them back into school and their normal life. >> brennan: kids who are younger than five years old, my kids, pfizer said they'll have to wait into 2022 before they get vaccinated. what is your advice? >> doctor: to stay vigilant. i have a 4-year-old. but they're also lower the dose for that group, too.
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keep in mind this vaccine has been given to millions of people. i'm optimistic that the research will look positive in young kids. and i know that scientists take this very seriously. they do not want to offer something that will harm people. as a doctor, i don't want to advocate for something i don't think is safe. i promise hope is coming. we're almost at the end of this. but for those who are unvaccinated, you are still at risk for getting the virus itself. so keep with the social distancing and masking. >> brennan: the c.d.c. director is concerned that only a third of women are vaccinated. if you were vaccinated while pregnant, what do you tell your patients about those children they bring into you? are those children protected? >> doctor: good question. we anticipate if someone was infected during pregnancy or given the vaccine, there is a chance they have some protection with the antibodies shared
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with the child. and there is also protection if your breastfeeding. but we don't know how protected that child is. we don't want you to assume your child is protected because we can't guarantee that, but it is all something we recommend. >> brennan: doctor, thank you for your advice and for joining us in studio. >> doctor: thank you. >> brennan: we'll be back in a moment.
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when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of god, in due time he will exalt you. hi, i'm joel osteen. i'm excited about being with you every week. i hope you'll tune in. you'll be inspired, you'll be encouraged. i'm looking forward to seeing you right here. you are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that's been designed for you. >> brennan: this tuesday is election day in virginia and new hampshire, where voters will select their governors. usually the party out of the white house has an advantage in these off-year raises. but the one in virginia is drawing some national attention right now as a test of just how democrats are governing.
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cbs news senior white house and political advisor is ed. he'll break it down. this one has taken on outside importance in the political world. why is this mid-sized southern state so important? >> in essence, it sets the state for next year. it has been spewing democrats for the last 10 years, but they're having a competitive statewide contest this year. they shouldn't be doing that. but it seems to be for a for different reasons. one, you have a popular, apparently well-liked republican contender who has managed to make this about something other than donald trump, a local issue of concern: education and specifically parental control of education, all stemming from a debate answer that has his democratic opponent terrymcauliffe made in a debate recently where he said, i don't think parents should have control over what goes on in the classroom. trying to explain away a bill he vetoed years ago.
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but the young campaign seized on this and said, what do you mean you don't want parents to be in control? and all of these debates about social policy and about what is being taught in school. it could signal that local issue, finding one, plus the growing unpopularity of the president, could be enough to pull it off, and it will signal to the rest of the party, this is how you can win in the post-trump era. >> brennan: an emotional issue always good to galvanize people. it is good to see former presidents campaigning in virginia. president biden went out and helped terry mcauliffe, even though he basically said that biden is creating problems for him and that he is unpopular. >> right. and biden won the state by 10 points last year, but his numbers sit now in the 40s. but to bring him over to virginia to say that his opponent is a trump
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acolyte and could return the state to trump-style politics, or what is going on down in texas regarding the abortion policy. democrats are trying to do what continued to work for them over the last four years, warn them about what trump-style republicanism could mean for their state. meanwhile, youngkin is going local, focusing on education. he insists he has not campaigned with the former president. trying to divert attention and say i'm focused on these things here in the state. we'll do this on my own. >> brennan: what is interesting for a democrat is they're not making an affirmative argument of here is what you get if you governor. >> that's what frustrates terry mcauliffe so much. he says the lack of action in washington doesn't help me make the case that government can do things for people. if only they can pass this
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legislation -- >> brennan: do you find that argument? >> in virginia, i do, because of the fact it relies so much on the federal government for employment. it works there. it wouldn't necessarily work in other states. one of the things i've noticed is terry mcauliffe has made the abortion argument, that it could happen here. they insist abortion rights is a big issue of concern for voters in virginia. we'll see if it works on tuesday. >> brennan: ed o'keefe, thathank you for the preview. they will be broadcasting the elections results on cbs. we'll be right back.
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>> brennan: that's it for us today. thank you for watching. have a happy and safe halloween. for "face the nation," i'm margaret brennan. ♪♪
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." the g summit w upor presideiden asserngecdehip on stage. the president spoke in rome where world leaders struggled for a consensus on how exactly to combat global warming. mr. biden faced heat over the direction of his domestic agenda. and chief white house correspondent nancy cordes joins us now. she's been traveling with the president. nancy. >> reporter: jericka, this was the president's first solo press conference since his last foreign trip to geneva more than
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