How your pumpkin is causing climate change

Jack-o'-lanterns are a significant cause of global warming.

Wait what?

Well, according to a blog post on the U.S. Department of Energy website, pumpkins along with other municipal solid waste, decompose into methane - "a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change, with more than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide."

So they must cause global warming, right? Glenn reacted to the story on radio Friday.

Pointing out this came from a government website, Glenn said, "Think of how many man-hours were put into this idea."

He also said what he'd say if he was President of the United States.

"Take your crap and get out," Glenn said. "All the dumb ideas and dumb people in your department that have been encouraging you with this stuff."

Listen or read the transcript below for more.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: And, you know, it is also Halloween weekend. And I'm very concerned that I found out just recently that now jack-o'-lanterns are a significant cause of global warming.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Oh, no.

GLENN: Yeah, no, it's true. No, it's not true. But it's true they're saying that now.

STU: So it's not true in reality?

GLENN: Not true in any way, shape, or form. Sure, it's not true.

PAT: What do you mean? More than 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced end up in the trash, according to the Energy Department's website, becoming part of the more than 254 million tons of municipal solid waste produced in the US every year.

GLENN: Holy cow. What happens to those pumpkins when they're just left to rot in the fields or someplace else?

PAT: Well, you just don't grow them. Stop growing pumpkins.

GLENN: So were pumpkins invented by the Halloween industry. Big Halloween?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: I didn't know that.

PAT: Around the same time the SUV came around.

GLENN: Really? I hear the SUV was invented to take the pumpkins home.

PAT: Yes, it was.

GLENN: Right. There was no room for the family and the pumpkins. And they were like, "What are we going to do?" So they started making the SUV.

STU: And coal.

GLENN: How --

STU: Coal is actually -- coal was only utilized initially because there weren't enough pumpkins. If there were enough pumpkins, they would have never needed coal.

GLENN: Well, because they didn't need to heat anything because the pumpkins were all there destroying the earth.

STU: Right. Because it was so hot back then. Is that what they're really saying right now?

PAT: Yeah, all this methane -- it decomposes into methane, right, which is a harmful greenhouse gas that plays a part in climate change. More than 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide. Twenty times.

GLENN: And we've been concentrating on people when it's been pumpkins the whole time.

PAT: Pumpkins and cattle.

GLENN: My gosh.

STU: So what are they suggesting we do? Are they saying don't have pumpkins for holidays?

GLENN: Eradicate the pumpkin. When God made the pumpkin, he didn't put all of this and take all of this into account. The pumpkin is something entirely nonnatural. It's 100 percent manmade. You know that.

STU: I will say some of those gourds looks like aliens. Have you ever noticed that?

GLENN: Right. They're made by big Halloween.

PAT: What they're suggesting is more biorefineries so we can turn the pumpkins into energy.

GLENN: Oh.

STU: How many times have we said it?

GLENN: You know, with all the things going on in today's world, this is the one I would focus on.

PAT: Right? Because this is the key to national security for one thing.

GLENN: We already know. Listen, listen, that people are the main cause of global warming.

PAT: Yes, it's not the sun.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: The sun has nothing to do with warming on this planet.

GLENN: Correct. The climate doesn't always change.

PAT: No. It's never changed before, until now.

GLENN: Exactly right. So we know it's people. Now, go with me on this thinking. We also know that it's pumpkins. Now I'll try to say that again with a straight face. We now know that scientists are telling us that global warming is caused by the heavy metal plastic that is in the pumpkin.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: So what do they say? They say, we need to make a biofuel plant that we'll throw all the pumpkins in, right?

STU: More biofuels.

GLENN: More biofuels. We'll heat houses out of the pumpkins because the pumpkins are causing global warming.

Hear me out now.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: We already know that people are the cause of global warming as well.

STU: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

GLENN: Should we not apologize to Planned Parenthood for making biofuel out of babies?

STU: That is brilliant. You're right.

GLENN: Thank you.

STU: You're right. That's the answer.

GLENN: It is the answer.

STU: The only thing we've been doing wrong so far is we're typically using --

GLENN: Garbage disposals and things like that to get rid of the baby.

STU: It's not about killing the babies. There's nothing wrong with that. But you're getting rid of them, don't put them in the garbage disposal. Burn them for fuel.

PAT: May I go further?

STU: Oh, please do.

GLENN: So you know in case you're turning in and you think we're being sarcastic, everything we just told you about the pumpkins is real, and the biofuel out of babies is also real. But go ahead.

PAT: Yeah. But what I'm now proposing is that we make biofuel out of people.

Featured Image: Children enjoy traditional candle-lit Halloween pumpkins on October 31, 2007 in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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