Sep 23, 2019

Axios PM

Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 572 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: The new generational war

Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A decade after millennials' hopes and dreams faded with the Great Recession, Generation Z is taking to the streets to proclaim climate change their era's defining issue.

  • In New York, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg confronted world leaders today: "I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to [us] for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."
  • Across the world, millions took to the streets on Friday as part of the school strikes. The Fridays for Future organization has rapidly grown into one of the biggest mass protest movements on Earth.
  • And in D.C., climate protesters shut down intersections and jammed up traffic, with a target list called "climate criminals" that includes lobbyists, energy companies, government buildings and industry and trade associations.

The big picture: Across the world, but particularly in the U.S., teens are coming of age in a political system that feels inadequate for the challenges they're told to expect.

And while the promises are growing fast, as the N.Y. Times notes...

  • "India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, said his country would increase its share of renewable energy by 2022, without making any promises to reduce its dependence on coal."
  • "Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany promoted a new plan worth $60 billion over 10 years to speed a transition to clean power."
  • "Britain, Norway, Costa Rica and 12 other countries will promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050."

... So is the urgency and distress that it won't be enough:

  • “Science tells us that on our current path, we face at least 3-degrees Celsius of global heating by the end of the century," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres noted today.
  • “The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,” he said in a statement.

As Axios' Ben Geman notes: The 2015 Paris deal calls for holding eventual warming below 2°C above preindustrial levels and includes a more ambitious target of 1.5°C.

  • But global emissions, which are still rising, are on a path to bring warming that blows past those targets.
Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A Thomas Cook aircraft taxis at Manchester Airport.

  • The collapse of the 178-year-old travel firm triggered a massive repatriation effort, as the British Civil Aviation Authority chartered aircraft to bring around 150,000 travelers back to the U.K.
2. What you missed
  1. The FBI has arrested a U.S. soldier who was allegedly planning to orchestrate an attack on a major American news network. Read the charging documents.
  2. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to lash Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Go deeper.
  3. Apple will keep the final assembly of its high-end Mac Pro desktop computers in Texas. Go deeper.
  4. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz met for the first time since this month's elections. Go deeper.
  5. The Democratic chairmen of 3 House committees are demanding that the State Department produce documents related to allegations that President Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden. Go deeper.
3. 1 📚thing

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and Oprah Winfrey. Photo: AP

Oprah Winfrey has selected Ta-Nehisi Coates' novel "The Water Dancer" as her next book club pick, the AP reports.

  • Winfrey told the AP that his narrative about a slave had a power and complexity that reminded her of the late Toni Morrison's "Beloved."
  • Coates' novel comes out this week and is the first work of fiction by the author and journalist known for his award-winning "Between the World and Me."
Mike Allen