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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news."s laura: t "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am. laura trevel the votes in britain's prliament are divided as ever over brexit, but tme minister and opposition leader are talking. mr. corbyn: there hasn' ct beens munge as i expected, but we are continuing to have discussions. the meeting was useful but inconclusive. laura: democrats increase the presre on the attorney general, authorizing subpoenas to get their han on a full copy of mueller's report. plus, sucking co2 out of the air. one company is leading the way, but the source of fue ing is causina stir.
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laura: welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and around the globe. britain is so divided over brexit tonight that there was a tie vote in the house of commons. meanwhile, the prime minister and the leader of the opposition held talks on the way forward. mrs. may wants to agre pocy with the labor leader which mps would vote on before may 10, when the eu holds an emergency summit. tonight mps are voting on whether to delay brexit d not crash out of the eu without a deal on april 12. the bbc's political editrg laura kuensstarts our coverage. laura k.: a thunderclap. could lightning stri? two enemies make peace to make brexit happen? westminster has nine days to work it out. jeremy corbyn and his team haven
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be asked to help. mr. corbyn: i want the government to understand that the house does not support the deal she has agreed. she has got to come up even atwi this late stag something that is acceptable to the house which does move in the direction i have said the labour party wants in order to reach an agreement with the eu. >> prime minister, wile a labor brexit? laura k.: in normal life, compromise is, well, normal. for prime ministers can be toxic. many of theresa may's colleagues are little short of lapolt. --ppled. >> the prime minister said the biggest threat to outstanding in the world, to our defense, and to our economy is the leader of the opposition. her judgment, what now qualifies him for involvement in brexit? >> prime minister! laura n: awkward doesn't be to cover it. prime min. may: every member of this house is involved in brexit. i want to deliver brexit in an orderly way, i want to do it as soon as possible, i want to doop
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it without a en parliamentary election. laura k.: labour has its own splits and stresses, too, whether to back the remain referendum or not. >> sece membership of the customs union, single market, and crucially, to get a people's vote. laura k.: even if theresa may findjeremy corbyn ca common cause, it is usually the -- it is huge for the prime minister to move away from her red line after digging in for so long. but the view at the top of the government seems to be dowh ever it takes. >> hello, laura, very nice to see you. for me, it is an article of faith that we must leave the european union. we promised this country that we would do so. the only way, unlessrime minister's deal is to be voted through, is to seek with labor some common ground so that we can effect a swift exit. laura k.: you also made a
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promise to conservativvoters that were not be a move giving away the red lines. >> if we were not to leave because we were unprepared in a situation that we now face, to move any of the relines we have set, then we would effectively mean we would never leave at all. laura k.: he would not offer any legal guarantees that compromises would might accept labor's plan for a customs union so far resisted by the tories. >> if you would have offered it to mygo colleagues five years we would have bitten off the arm of the prime minister to get it back. laura k.: hasn'the lack of of compromise until this almost last moment created months and months of needless turmoil? >> i think what it shows is that the prime minister was determined that she should honor her red lines. laura k.foolhardy? >> well, no, i think that was her attempting to fulfill the
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duty as she saw it. the article of faith that we eosigned with the britishe was that we should leave. laura k.: that sounds like blind faith?yo say it is an article of faith, but it sounds like blind faith. it was sort of saying, whatever we h do to get out. is that wise? >> yes. we have got to leave. laura k.: the snp vote matters hugely, too. this does not sound yet like some kind of breakthrough. >> to be frank, not tirely clear to me where the prime minister is prepared to compromise. she is keen to know where others might want to compromise, but not particularly open about where her red lines might move. laura k.: if you have any doubts about how divided this place is -- >> ayes to the right, 310. nos to the left, 310. laura k.: genuine deadlock on whether to hold another round of votes onnt diffeersions of
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brexit. now, mps' quest to find another solution is stuck. .so, too, are all of laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. laura: we will have more on brexit program.later in the , the nato secretary-general addressed a joint session of congress in washington. he spoke about the historic power of the alliance and the work he has done in afghanistasl and battlingic state and thwarting russian aggression. but he acknowledged disagreements. it comes a day after jens stoltenberg waat the white house, and it is all part of nato marking its 70th anniversary. soon after the speech, the secretary-general spoke to me fromapitol hill. secretary-general, you said that questions are being asked about the very strength of nato's partnership. is president trump's constant criticism of nato weakening thee alli sec.-gen. stoltenberg: he has
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stated again and again that he ye committed to nato and he did so when i met hierday and did so in the state of the union speech. president trumpas been equally ear on the importance of fair burden-sharing, for nato allies to invest more in defense. the good news is that is exactly what allies are doing now. after yearof cutting defense budgets can they have all started to invest more in defense and that is a result of very the message which is ved in washington, and one of my main messages to congress today. laura: but how much resentme is it causing in the alliance you lead, president trumpll g other members of nato freeloaders and delinquent? sec.-gen. stoltenberg: president trump has a different style, more direct language tcan other polileaders. but what matters is the core message, for nato to be strong
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ncwe need to be a fair all not only is this the message from him, but it is the message from 29 allies. we have made commitments, and i expect all allies to make good on those commitments. we reduced defense spending when tensions were goi down, but now we have to increase defense spending because tensions are going . ura: you talked about the tension with russia today. behind the scenes, does president trump share your view that russia is a great threat to nato? sometimes in public he can seem to downp. sec.-gen. stoltenberg: my message is that as long as we are strong, as long as we are united, we should and must engage in dialogue to try to strive for a better relationship, but evenut the better relationship, we have to manage the difficult relationship with russia and take to russia on questions arms conol to do whatever we
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can to get russia back into compliance. laura: but does president trump agree with you about russia that they are a threat? sec.-gen. stoltenberg: he agrees with me that we need a combination of deterrence, defense, and dialogue. we need to be strong and united, but at the same time, to improve the relationship with russia. that is the message from the united states, for me, and from -- from me, and from the whole of nato. laura: it is very unclear when orav how britain will the european union. but do you worry that it would weaken nato, brexit? sec.-gen. stoltenberg: brexit thll change the u.k.'s relationship witeuropean union, but brexit will not change uk's relati with nato. if anything, it will make nato an even more important platform for bringing together european allies, north america, both for political consultations, cooperation, and a platform for
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european and tnsatlantic cooperation. g,ura: jens stoltenb secretary general of nato, thank you sofo mucjoining us. sec.-gen. stoltenberg: thank you so much. laura: today tempers flared in the u.s. congress as the house judiciary committee voted to subpoena the full mueller report. the attorney general says heet willomething to lawmakers, by mid-aprt for democrats,d the timetable e possible redactions are noacceptable. ings were released that there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia t no conclusions on obstruction of justice. for more on the push to get the full report from i spoke with elizabeth wydrathe president of the constitutional accountability center. elizabeth wydrahomuch pressure does this put on the u.s. attorney general, the threat of a subpoena so that congress c see the full mueller report? elizabeth: i think it really
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does put the pressure on because we could see a white house eager to perhaps slow-walk the release of the mueller report, hoping that the country moves on. but the democrats in congress who are overseeing this look into what the mueller report actually says and not what barr is telling them it says, they will n stand for that. that is why they want to go peead with the subpoena to say that the americale deserve to see what is in the report, the evidence that undethe report, and not just rely on thesbasically two half-quote in barr's initial letter to congress when you have a report that we hear is over 300 pages. laura: could this set up an epic constitutional clash if the white house says you are not going to get the whole report and congress says, yes, we are? elizabeth: absolutely. what we have here is a constitutional battle royale the legislative branch, congress , and the executive branch, and they are supposed to check and balance each other. and here, particularly the house
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of representatives conducting oversight, is trying to think it --ngage in a constitutiona duty to make sure that the executive branch is following the law and is not imperiling our national security, is not corrupt in a dangerous way. and so if it gets to it, we could get the third ranch of government, the judiciary branch, the court, to actually adjudica one way or another whether or not we get to see the full report. laura: quite extraordinary, isn't it. e torney general says that the mueller report is being scrubbed of secret testimony and things related to national security and also matter related to ongoing investigations. at does that last bit mean? elizabeth: yes, the trump administration, when barr'ser leo congress went out after mueller apparently wrapped up his investigation, wanted to make it seem, ok, case closed, we are done, everyone, nothing
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to see here. but the fact is that tre ongoing investigations in other parts of the justice department, in other parts of the country, the southern district of new york, for example, many people have mtioned as being very problematic for the president and his family. and so the are these ongoing investigations. this is not actually over in the courts in the iminal legal realm, and it for sure is not over when it comeso what it means politically, what congress is going to do with th information, what the american people are going to do with this information. laura: elizabeth wydra, thank you for joining us. elizabeth: great to be here. laura: in other news, brunei is introducing strictew islamic laws that make angle sex and adultery punishable by stoni they cover a range of other crimes including amputation as t
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punishment fft. the move has sparked international condemnation. candida's prime minister justin trudeau has expelled two ministers from his governing liberaparty. the expulsions came after they accused him of meddling in a criminal ce involving an influential company. mr. trudeau has denied ongdoing by him or his officials. greturn now to the ongoing brexit saga which shows no signs y becoming clever, let's bring in bbc political correspondent ben wright. what chances are there of an 11th-hour compromise over brexit now that the prime minister and leader of the opposition are lking? ben: hard to say how extraordinary the prminister's . said it was the only show in town but has failug to get it thparliament. suddenly she finds herself talking to labor leader jeremy
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corbyn to find some sort of cross party compromise the the rhetoric is positive on both sides. in reality, there is a gu between them. jeremy corbyn says the country should have a closer relationship with eu a brexit, the prime minister seems allergic to that. the only truth in all of this is the disappearance of time. the eu will be meeting at the start of next week with theresa my wanting a clear idea f the prime minister about why tey should grant the u.k. a further extension whole process or just say it is off, the whole thing can stop now, leave without a deal. laura: right, and to that point, mp's are voting on whether to stop a no-deal brexit. are they fed up with the government's failure to get anywhere on this? ben: yeah, and it is extraordinary. backbenchot powerful members of parliament who are seing the agenda, taking
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control of parliamentary time, and doing it themselves. this piece of legislation zipping through the house of commons t would requi prime minister to go and ask the eu for an extension in a matter of mp's the poingr to determine how long the extension should be. it has c in the house of commons earlier this evening and looks like it will go through before the end of tonight. this is unprecedented territory. briefly, ben, is a softer delayed brexit now looking likely? ben: probably. that is the tone coming from government ministers, who now n e that their initial strategy of just trying to ram this through by threatening hard-line conservative brexit anenthusiasttheir partners in government, the dup, has failed. the only alternative left s to o
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inter direction, something that does try to keep the u.k. in eu closer after brexit as a way of building across party majority in the house of commons. everyone says it is rather orte in the dayhe government to be attempting this two years, or three years on from the referendum, with minutes to go on the clock. laura: then right in westminster -- ben wright in westminster tonight, thank you. well, you are watching "mec world newsca." still to come on tonight's program, combating climate change by taking co2 out of the air. one company is trying to reverse there, but is it too much of a cost? trumpua and the san mayor have exchanged insults over the pace of hurricane recovery in puerto each other crazed in unhinged. ata major hurricane devd the island in 2017.
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mike kelly katty kay has spomyn to mayor -olleague katty kay has spoken to mayor crews. katty: can you give us an update on the situation in puerto rico after the hurricane in 2017? ruz: suicide res have gone up by 30%. 1.3 million puerto ricans need some sor of food stamp assistance or nutritional ceassisto get food on the table. and we are still waiti for moneys that were appropriated in order to be able to begin the reconstruction. katty: the $91 billion president trump says puerto ric, has ave you received that money? well, the president lied. i don't know how else to put it.
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ale president lied when he about $91 billion. billion of the ones that have been appropriate about $41 billion has been received. never was puerto rico given $91 million in appropriaons. katty: the president called you, mayor, crazed and incompetent. your response? mayor cruz: the president calls crazy anybody who doesn't like m. people that if telling people eothate should be first and arctic second is crazy, second --if telling people that people should be first and politics second is crazy, so be it. cruz, thank you for joining us. today joe biden released
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a video in which he acknowledged that times have changed and he will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. his comm women have come forward saying they had encounters with the former vice president that made them uncomfortable. a brief time ago i spoke to the bbc's anthony zurcher about it. janthon biden isn't even officially running for president yet. why did he feel he had to make the statement? anthony: i think the story was hanging around him for a while. they felt like they had toes adit some way. the question was how. maybe go on live tv, maybe ignore it. in this case of recorded video seemed like the safestay. you notice it wasn't an apology, explanation, and i remember that ronald reagan quote, if you are explaining, you are losing. but in this case, he did need to say something. ciura: but by saying that norms are changing, does joe biden risk losing support especially among younger voters in the democratic primary who
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take the me too movement very seriously? anthony: there is a risk of that, although joe biden's base are older voters in the democratic primary voting coalition, and the reas there are more older voters then there are younger voters, at least in past primaries. i think it won't damage him in that group because i t lot of them see society is changing eyand re worried about it and they are trying to figure out how to handle it and they might look at joe biden and say we understand joe. but he does need to reach out to younger voters as well and this is an atmpt to give some sort of explanation that i got it. "i got it," time and again. can't change, the videos are there, people biow the way joe n is. but he says he is going to change and they will we ch to see ifes. laura: the president has tried to make hay with this, but can he with his own record? pethony: it is a challenge. he is recorded on aying that he made unwanted advances to women. mpany time one of donald 's defenders tries to attack biden,
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that is the obvious rejoinder. laura: anthony zurcher, thank you so much. anthony: my pleasure. laura: as experts try to figure out how to slow down climate change, their focus is on reducing t amount of carbon dioxide in the air. co2 contributes to rising temperatures and it roced by human activity like burning fossil fuels. nowia a cancompany is capturing carbon in the air and making it into fuel. our environment correspondent reports from vancouver. reporter: oil tankers slip inou anof a busy vancouver harbor, taking fuel to an energy-hungry world. the oil is powering a growing number of cars and suvs on roads from canisa to china. oom has helped to drive carbon emissions to record levels. there is so much co2 in the atmosphere that reses say we need ways of removing it from the skies. this company in british columbia are developing a technology that can do this in a cost-effective way.
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>> each of our plants does the work of about 40 million trees in reducing co2 in the atmosphere. you can imagine building the plants in muiple different countries around the world will make a major difference in reducing co2 levels. reporter: this is the sound of carbon dioxide being captured at the site. carbon engineering not only removes the gas, it also generates a very valuable product. how does this potentially world changing process work? amounts of air sucked in and the damaging carbon dioxide molecules are extracted. the co2 gas is subject to a complex chemical operation. green electricity is hsed to separarogen from water. when it is mixed with co2ynit produces aetic crude oil, and this is that liquid fuel that scientists say can be used in cars, trucks, or airplanes without modification
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major oil and coal companies are putting $60 million into carbon engineering. modern day climate computers are skeptical about the involvement of oil companies in technology to remove co2 from the atmosphere. they argue it is thet rong approache wrong time. >> there is no question th this is a false hope. we can't afford it.we annot allow the oil and gas industry to expand at thisnt mon history because we already have enough oil and gas under production on the planet to take us past a safe climate. reporter: scientists say that time is too short for emission cuts alone to make a difference in slowing dangerous c change. machines that suck out co2 are urgently needed, they say, the but the only ones willing fod able to pathe technology are the fossil fuel companies who have done the most to create the problem. the world may have no choice but to take their cash.
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