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Violence In The Middle East; Gasoline Shortages In The U.S. Southeast; The "Trashy" Work Of An Award-Winning Architect. Aired 4-4:10a ET
Aired May 13, 2021 - 04:00 ET
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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10. The worst violence in years between Israelis and Palestinians leads off today`s show. The
roots of their ongoing conflict date back more than 100 years.
The two sides have fought over land, borders and the status of Jerusalem which both sides revere as a holy city. The latest flare up seems to have
started with daily fighting between Palestinians and Israeli police in mid- April.
That`s when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began. Palestinians were concerned that Israeli settlers would evict some Palestinian families from
their homes in east Jerusalem. There was an Israeli police raid on an Islamic holy site earlier this week after Palestinians reportedly
barricaded themselves inside it with stones and homemade weapons.
Since then, the situation has gotten more violent. Militants in the Palestinian controlled territory of Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets
into Israel this week. Many of them were intercepted by an Israeli missile defense system but dozens have landed in Israel whose military says at
least seven Israelis have been killed and hundreds of others injured.
Israel has launched air strikes into Gaza whose Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 56 people have been killed and hundreds more injured there.
Israel says it`s eliminated a number of militant commanders and that there`s no end date for its operation into Gaza. A leader of the
Palestinian territory says if Israel wants to escalate the situation, Palestinians are ready for it.
But both sides say they`ll stop when the other one does. Aside from these operations, some Israeli towns have also seen fighting between their Arab
and Jewish populations. Leaders from around the world are calling on all sides to stop the violence.
10 Second Trivia. What is the biggest factor in the price of gasoline? Taxes, distribution, crude oil or refining costs. The cost of crude oil is
the biggest factor in what we pay for a gallon of gasoline.
The ripple effects continue to spread. Last week`s cyber attack on America`s largest fuel pipeline has led to shortages of gasoline in several
U.S. states. According to GasBuddy, an application that tracks fuel demand, there were outages in nearly a quarter of all gas stations in North
Fifteen percent of stations in Georgia and Virginia were dry. South Carolina saw significant outages. This is all as of Wednesday morning and
GasBuddy says the problem was much worse around major Southeastern cities. Several governors have declared states of emergency, relaxing some gas
rules and encouraging cooperation to address the problem.
The Federal government`s telling consumers not to panic buy and hoard gasoline and stations not to price gouge or overcharge people for it.
Outside the Southeast, there`s reportedly plenty of fuel. Colonial Pipeline, the company that was hacked, said it was restarting its
operations on Wednesday afternoon but it could still be several days before supplies are fully restored in the Southeast.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The latest problem caused by the Colonial Pipeline hack is panic at the pump with lines at some stations getting longer. The 5,500-
mile pipeline supplies about 45 percent of all fuel used on the east coast.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it looks like they just ran out. They charged me 11 cents.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Even though experts say the rush is not necessary for now. The White House insists there are no widespread fuel shortages but
that has not stopped people from buying gas fast. Oil analysts tell CNN that will lead to more than 1,000 stations running out of gas soon with the
biggest impacts in Georgia and Tennessee. On Monday, demand jumped 40 percent in five states from Florida to Virginia.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is a very serious problem right now.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Eighty-four-year-old Bill Holtzman has spent his entire career distributing gas to stations in Virginia. But with the Colonial
Pipeline mostly offline, Holtzman`s trucks are now scrambling to fill up elsewhere. Holtzman says this Colonial terminal in Fairfax, Virginia is now
BILL HOLTZMAN, GAS DISTRIBUTOR IN VIRGINIA: Our goal is to not have any stations out of gasoline and unfortunately that`s probably going to happen
and that really bothers me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: AAA says the price of a gallon of gas has shot up more than seven cents in the last week. The new national average now more than
$2.98, the highest in six years. Oil analyst Tom Closea (ph) says with some stations now selling four times the norm, the national average will soon
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When everybody scrambles, it`s like everyone scrambling to go through a revolving door. You have problems and we`re seeing that
behavior right now. It has spread like wildfire.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is a new damper on what the travel industry hoped would be the start of a rebound beyond just road trips. In Atlanta, the
world`s second busiest airport says it is looking for additional fuel suppliers. American Airlines is even adding stops to a few of its longer
flights unable to top off all the way. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm calls this a supply crunch rather than a gas shortage.
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AZUZ: Up next, the work of an architect and the structural engineer who specializes in trash, specifically using it in building and design.
Recycled construction materials may not be for everyone. They might not offer the options, colors and sizes that new materials do but they are an
environmentally friendly way to turn something old into something new.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What do all these places have in common? That they`re all made partly from trash and designed by this man. Arthur Huang is a
Taiwanese architect, engineer and co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz.
ARTHUR HUANG, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF MINIWIZ: The same pace -- right?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A company turning different kinds of waste like plastic bottles into materials for buildings and products across the world.
HUANG: The nature we could use (inaudible) waste, even that how the city should be isn`t that how we should build our product. Everything should be
circular. There`s no waste. Everything can be retransformed, upcycled into all kinds of beautiful architecture.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Huang has spent the past 16 years innovating such transformation.
HUANG: This is designed to --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His team has used waste to develop over 12,000 different materials for use in construction all over Taiwan`s capital
Taipei and beyond. From the streets of Taipei to the Tibetan plateau, Huang and his team took their technology for a test drive in 2017 with the
Trashpresso, a portable solar powered recycling machine designed to allow communities to recycle locally in places were plastic waste has become an
increasing problem like China`s Nian Poa Yuta (ph) region in Shanghai province.
HUANG: Our mission has shifted to say how can we actually take many of these possible technology to people who actually really need it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Miniwiz has developed an AI recycling system to detect different kinds of plastic which the Trashpresso through heat and
compression can transform into new products. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Miniwiz turned their engineering skills to a different kind of
transformation. Huang worked with the Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital and other partners to develop the modular, adaptable convertible or MAC
HUANG: During COVID time, most material cannot be shipped. So we are building medical parts, a medical ward system all out of local trash. All
of the aluminum panels is already made from 90 percent of recycled aluminum and even the handle of the shelving all the, like hand rests, these are
actually ready made by medical waste.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A portable version can be built from scratch in 24 hours Huang says.
HUANG: The thing of that is what pandemic forces to become very innovative to coming up with a solution to adapt to the current situation.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Adapting to a pandemic and also to environmental pressures, Huang`s work shows how to create a more sustainable future.
HUANG: We don`t need to create new things. We just need to use our ingenuity, innovations and our good heart and good brain to transform this
existing material into the next generation of product and buildings to power our economy.
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AZUZ: Well, if people who live in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones, people who travel in glass elevators shouldn`t throw anything. This is an
animation of a new observatory that`s set to open this fall at an office skyscraper in New York City.
It`s called Summit One Vanderbilt and it will take intrepid observers as high as 1,210 feet over mid-town Manhattan. Glass skyboxes you can step out
on are also part of this experience.
Assuming you`re not "acrophobic", "backtophobic", "clausterphobic" or "cityscape phobic". For some this is the height of tourism, a view to a
"thrill", "an amusing perch" over a "concrete jungle". For others, what goes up, brings them down giving them anything but a "lift into thin air"
and leaving them "glassy eyed".
I`m Carl Azuz "elevating" your news. Shout out goes out to Mountain Brook High School. It gives us a lift to have you watching from Birmingham,
Alabama. CNN 10 returns tomorrow.