Emperor Palpatine formally announces his plans to turn the representative Galactic Republic into the autocratic Galactic Empire. He also announces his plans to wipe out the Jedi, and lies by claiming they were plotting to destroy the Republic.
Will interviews Richard Westbrook, an official with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has a pessimistic view of the challenges involving climate change and suggests that the climate debate is long over: we're too late. He also mentions some impacts of climate change: mass migrations, food and water shortages, endless wildfires, and massive storms.
Chancellor Palpatine is given emergency dictatorial powers by the Galactic Senate to build an army to fight the Republic's enemies. Before these powers were established, he could not legally do so. This army will eventually be used to wipe out the Jedi.