Just how big a threat does the U.S. power grid face?

On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, TheBlaze’s technology and intelligence editor Elizabeth Kreft will join Glenn to discuss the threat the United States power grid faces. Earlier this month, TheBlaze’s investigative news magazine For The Record looked at how the power grid is virtually “unguarded” against threats – both foreign and domestic – and now it seems as though over-regulation may lead to massive blackouts.

“Oh, man. I was just talking with Elizabeth Kreft, our technology expert from The Blaze. I was just talking to her off-line for something we are going to do tonight. It is truly amazing the amount of information and important news that nobody knows,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Next year at this time, if we have the kind of weather we are currently having, you mark my words… the east coast will have no power. It will be in total blackout.”

Glenn explained that a couple of weeks ago he had a good friend and energy expert come to him about the energy crisis the U.S. currently faces. While Glenn is familiar with the terror threat the power grid faces, he had no idea about the effect weather and over-regulation could have.

“Here's why,” Glenn said. “I had an energy guy come to me about three weeks ago, and he said, ‘Glenn, you've got to talk about the power grid’… I said, ‘We are talking about the power grid. You’re talk about the terrorists?’ He said, ‘No, the power grid from the winter. Nobody will cover this. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘We were one power plant away from a blackout in the east all winter long… We were using so much electricity. We were at the top of the grid. There's no more electricity. We're at the top.’”

After having that conversation with his friend, Glenn asked TheBlaze team to further investigate the matter. On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn will begin to go through some of what the investigation yielded.

“I asked Elizabeth to look into it, and she is going to report tonight. It is phenomenal. She's going to report about how 75% of the power stations – the electrical generation power stations – 75% of those power stations that are scheduled to close on [January 1, 2015] were online at full capacity. And they were looking for more power… Again, if one of them would have gone off-line, the entire grid would have shut off,” Glenn said. “75% of those that are slated for closure were online at full capacity this winter. And the EPA is closing them because they're coal fire plants.”

Remember when President Obama said energy prices “will necessarily skyrocket”? Well, we are approaching that tipping point.

“I want you to know, your energy prices will necessarily skyrocket, and you will have – at least – rolling blackouts all over the east,” Glenn said. “But here's the other thing the EPA is doing. Not only are they closing down the power plants, the EPA just passed a regulation on natural gas… The EPA has just passed a regulation that all of the pumps for the natural gas now have to be electric. They cannot be run by natural gas. So if you're pumping the natural gas into the lines, those pumps have to be electric. And the reason why is because ‘no fossil fuels.’”

Situations like this really put the “insanity” of government on full display.

“So if you have a rolling blackout or a full-fledged collapse of the power grid, next year you will also not be able to get natural gas because the pumps are going to be run off of the grid on electricity,” Glenn concluded. “So you'll have plenty of natural gas. You just won't be able to use any of it. Isn't that great? It's the insanity of this government.”

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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