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Today`s Show Covers Tornado Destruction In The U.S.; Pros And Cons Of Unique Waste Treatment Plant In Denmark; Christmas Tree Record In Germany. Aired 4-4:10a ET
Aired December 13, 2021 - 04:00:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR (D-KY): This event is the worst most devastating, more deadly tornado event in Kentucky`s history. We will be north of at
least 70 lives lost here in Kentucky. I think we will have lost more than 100 people and I think it could rise significantly.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re seeing things that none of us have ever seen before. The -- the damage here is indescribable. It`s changed the landscape
of the -- of the city that we -- that we know here in Mayfield.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The window`s start breaking. Dogs flying through the air. I didn`t know what to do. The walls just felt like they was caving in.
It was very scary.
BESHEAR: I just want everybody to know that you are not alone. Today Kentucky is absolutely united. We`re united with our people.
JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is one of those times when we aren`t Democrats or Republicans. Sounds like hyperbole but it`s real.
We`re all Americans. We stand together as the United States of America, and so I say to all the victims you`re in our prayers.
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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: It wasn`t just Kentucky that was affected by severe and deadly weather from Friday into Saturday. More than 50 tornadoes
were reported in eight different states, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Several of those
states have reported deaths related to the weather, and CNN meteorologists say it`s possible that a single tornado stayed on the ground for more than
250 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky leaving a path of violence behind it.
The Bluegrass state was the hardest hit. Kentucky`s government hasn`t released an official death toll. It`s just not known yet with phones down,
power lines down and debris preventing rescuers from getting through some terribly damaged communities.
The Kentucky National Guard has been deployed to clear roads, conduct searches and bring power generators to hospitals and shelters. A candle
factory in the states collapsed with workers inside. That was in the city of Mayfield you heard about, 10,000 people live there and its downtown area
was completely devastated according to Kentucky`s governor.
An Amazon warehouse was destroyed in Illinois. Officials say at least six people were killed in that building, and a nursing home collapsed in
Arkansas. That state`s governor said it was a miracle that only one person died there after the roof was lifted off. There were warning sirens in
advance of at least some of these tornadoes, but even in buildings with concrete walls and steel frames.
The destruction was intense. In some places, rescue workers were using their hands to dig through debris in the search for survivors. And as their
work continues, churches, community and charity groups are accepting donations for the people effected. CNN has a link to some of the national
organizations involved in the relief effort. You can find that at CNN.com/impact.
10 Second Trivia. What makes up the fastest growing "stream" or flow of global waste? Electronic waste, Construction waste, Packaging or Plastic.
Discarded electronics, also known as e-waste, composes the fastest growing stream worldwide.
Dispose of garbage, turn waste into energy and give people in the relatively flat city of Copenhagen the chance to go skiing. These are a few
of the goals of Copen Hill, a massive incinerator project in the Danish capital. It`s had its challenges. For one thing, it costs $670 million to
build, which critics say is especially expensive when Denmark should be recycling instead of burning its garbage.
They also say it`s too big. That Copenhagen doesn`t produce enough garbage for it to use, so workers have had to import waste from other areas to fill
its large furnaces, and the service of the artificial ski slope wore out faster than officials thought it would. So they`re having to close parts of
it to make repairs. For a look into the upsides and goals of the project, here`s CNN Richard Quest.
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RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: There it is, said to be one of the most efficient, waste to energy plants in the world. It`s amazing
structure transforms about half of Copenhagen`s rubbish into heat and power. Efficiency to one side.
Where else can you slalom down a hill full of garbage? It`s part of the philosophy of the famed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, even if the product
is practical the packaging doesn`t have to be. Wow.
BJARKE INGELS, DANISH ARCHITECT: Welcome to our production facility.
QUEST: This is good, old fashioned modern technology. Pipes, tubes, steam, noise, brrr, brr.
QUEST: It all starts here, up to 300 waste trucks stop everyday, to feed the belly of the beast. And then turn up the heat, it`s dropped into the
furnace, the fire heats water that creates steam. The steam is converted into energy and voila. You have enough power to heat about 150,000 local
homes, and that says (inaudible) is not even the point.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The purpose of this place is waste treatment. Right? We`re not here to produce energy. We are here to provide waster treatment
solutions. Citizens all over the world, everyday bi-products and those products come with an environmental bill. We want to minimize this bill of
QUEST: What (Inaudible) is saying, of course, is they are cleaning up our mess because someone has to, and thankfully they`re good at it. The claim
to fame is right here in the smoke. It`s filtered from nearly all contaminants. It is monitored and measured 24/7. All that`s left is steam
and CO2. Carbon capture, the holy grail.
The next project`s using a pioneering chemical process that claims to capture 90 to 95 percent of the carbon emissions from the plant, before
then being released in the atmosphere. The Danish capital`s ambition is to become the world`s first carbon neutral city. Can you be CO2 neutral or
negative by 2025?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. That is the aim. That is the goal and that is what we -- what -- what we are working on.
QUEST: A game changer, yes, if it works. Taking it all in from a breathless ascent and get a glimpse not only at the city below but of the future of
waste management for all of us, and the picture is pretty.
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AZUZ: The Grinch would consider this house a challenge. If you`ve ever wondered how many decorated Christmas trees could fit into one place, this
residence in Germany holds the Guinness World Record. Before we get to the number, let`s marvel at the display.
Owners have been working on it for months. Each tree was decorated by hand. There are 300 strings of lights, 10,000 ornaments and all that adorns the
record number of 444 Christmas trees. Which is quite a sash. It makes sense that "stocking" a house like that would "decorate" the blue ribbon.
And now that their name`s in lights it`s time to go "Rockin` Around the Christmas Trees" that "garlanded" them a record by "garnering" a gift they
"ornamint" to hang by the chimney with care, assuming they can find the space. That about "wraps" up our show. Kennesaw Mountain High School, shout
out to the Mustangs of Kennesaw, Georgia. We will be on the air through this Wednesday. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.