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Green Fail: Bernie Sanders' Push for Nuclear-free Energy Comes Back to Bite Him

Bernie Sanders is passionate about a lot of things: Socialist utopias, raising the minimum wage, growing hair in places where you should not grow hair and, of course, energy efficiency.

In 2014, Bernie actually got his wish.

The forty-two-year-old Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was shuttered and everyone was happy and healthy and the planet was a better place because of it!

Goodnight, America! . . . Just kidding! There’s more to this story.

When the nuclear power plant closed, another environmental activist, Bill McKibben, confidently wrote that Vermont was “completely capable of replacing its power output with renewables . . .” That’s certainly a nice, happy, green thought --- but that’s not exactly what happened. Vermont Yankee’s power supply was replaced with something else: Natural Gas.

The thing about natural gas is that it sounds pure and clean, but it’s still a fossil fuel that releases --- you guessed it --- CO2. What happened? Did the New England area continue to experience the annual decrease in emissions it was accustomed to with the switch to natural gas? In a word, no. The region saw a five percent increase in carbon emissions --- the first year-to-year increase since 2010.

The jump from 28 million tons of carbon emissions to 30 million tons was blamed by some on the cold winter of 2015 and the uptick in the use of electric heaters. I mean it’s not like New England ever gets cold in the winter --- every single year --- That never happens! No one could predict that! The real reason the area saw a five percent increase in carbon emissions was because Vermont Yankee was no longer in operation.

What happened with Vermont Yankee is not a freak accident or an isolated incident. Carbon emissions are increasing all over the country in the name of decreasing carbon emissions. When Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin was shut down in 2012, emissions rose by six million tons --- a more than 15 percent increase in the area.

But that’s nothing.

When the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station closed in 2012, emissions increased by 24 percent. Hmm, I’m beginning to see a trend. You see, people like Bernie Sanders forget that nuclear power is largely carbon-neutral. It’s clean and can operate 24/7 because it doesn’t depend on the sun or the wind. It’s pretty much an environmentalist's dream --- a dream that is falsely labeled as a nightmare.

As of right now, seven more nuclear plants are scheduled to close between now and 2025. According to data compiled by the Energy Information Administration, these closures could result in an increase of 30-46 million more metric tons of CO2 in the environment. The whole thing seems pretty counter-productive if you ask me.

Why would anyone with a brain take away a technology that accomplished the very thing they set out to do? (I’m looking at you, Bernie!)

And that is why getting rid of Nuclear Power, a zero-carbon power source, in order to make room for nicer sounding, less dependable renewables is a major GREEN FAIL!

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SO MUCH FOR BUYING ELECTRIC: Mayor Pete wants to tax EVERY mile you drive

It's almost as if they WANT you to feel the coming pain as deeply as possible. First, Biden nixed the Keystone XL Pipeline, driving the price at the pump through the roof. Now, (Mayor) Pete Buttigieg is heading up the Department of Transportation and floated the idea of taxing EVERY mile you drive. So much for buying an electric car to save money at the pump...

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WARNING: Here's who's REALLY behind 'spooky, right-wing' extremism

Over the past year, the left has tried to paint conservatives as "spooky, right-wing" extremists who want to destroy the nation. But true conservatives know that's not true. However, there is a dangerous global movement that fits this "spooky" definition — masquerading as "right-wing" — and it's gaining momentum. It's called Traditionalism, with a capital "T."

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," author and award-winning expert on the radical right Professor Benjamin Teitelbaum joined Glenn to define Traditionalism and explain why it's exactly how the left wants to paint conservatives — but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Teitelbaum said Traditionalism is the "most transformative political movement of the early 21st century" in his book, "War for Eternity," which Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald called "an indispensable text" for understanding "the most profound and tumultuous political shifts defining societies on every continent." It's a bizarre story, involving Steve Bannon, Hinduism, Hitler, mysticism, Aleksandr Dugin, the Constitution, and tons and tons of money.

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COMING SATURDAY: The REAL Extremism Is NOT ‘Conservative’ | Benjamin Teitelbaum | Ep 102

Did you realize that there's a group of incredibly powerful people from all over the world who are praying for the apocalypse? It's called Traditionalism, with a capital "T." Professor Benjamin Teitelbaum describes it as the "most transformative political movement of the early 21st century." He writes about it in his book, "War for Eternity," which Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald called "an indispensable text" for understanding "the most profound and tumultuous political shifts defining societies on every continent." It's a bizarre story, involving Steve Bannon, Hinduism, Hitler, mysticism, Aleksandr Dugin, the Constitution, and tons and tons of money. And it's exactly how the Left wants to paint conservatives — but that couldn't be further from the truth.

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Gov. Kristi Noem DEFENDS against claims she’s ‘CAVING’ to NCAA on Title IX

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem had a tense interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson this week over claims she caved to the NCAA. Rather than signing a bill banning transgender girls and women from competing against biological females in sports, Noem returned it to the legislature for 'style and form' changes, arguing to Carlson the current version 'wouldn't solve the problem.' Noem joins Glenn to defend her decision, saying conservatives must be 'strategic' in the fight to defend Title IX.