Automation: Britain to Ban Gas, Diesel Cars by 2040

Britain announced Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas cars will be banned by 2040, matching France’s promise to do the same thing as part of a push to curb emissions. As part of the new “green” plan, the British government will spend $260 million to retrofit buses and take other actions to reduce pollution.

How long until traditional gas-fueled cars are illegal? Is automation coming for your job? Glenn and the guys talked about the self-driving, electric future on radio Wednesday.

According to Uber, one issue with self-driving cars is that America’s cities weren’t designed with automation in mind.

The trucking industry will likely be the first to be taken over by automation since trucks traveling on a highway will have a much simpler route than self-driving cars trying to figure out each city.

“They’re talking five years,” Glenn added. “We’re talking about automated trucks in five years.”

How long it will be until the U.S. government mandates self-driving cars for uniform transportation?

“You’ll have human error mixed with automation, and they won’t tolerate that,” Co-host Pat Gray said.

GLENN: Uber says their biggest stumbling block is it is not mapped the way the cities are. Not every single square inch is mapped and, you know, some of these are farm roads, et cetera, et cetera, and it's just not going to happen.

STU: You see that in Google street view when you get super close on a rural area, and you can't necessarily get there.

GLENN: Right.

STU: However, with trucking, it's passing through these areas and highways all the time.

GLENN: Yeah, the highways.

JEFFY: The semis are fine.

STU: You could do a distribution point, easily.

GLENN: Yes. Yes.

STU: And that's just a short-term thing, right? If there's desire for local deliveries, they're going to map whatever they need to do. That's a short process.

GLENN: Correct.

STU: As compared to changing the entire transportation system. So I mean, I don't see how that doesn't happen. But there's no way that doesn't happen eventually. I mean, it might take ten years. It might take 40 years.

JEFFY: Or three.

GLENN: Other three. Yeah. They're talking five years. We're now talking about automated trucks in five years.

JEFFY: They're already on the road.

GLENN: They already are on the road.

STU: Yeah, you're saying, like -- because there's a percentage of business, right?

GLENN: No, it takes -- I think it's 15 years. Let's say we go to automated drivers. Okay? It takes 15 years to turn a fleet over. Every car on the road. Generally, it takes 15 years to turn everything over. So if they started automotive driving today, and they didn't mandate that everybody had to buy an automated car, it will take 15 years before you start to see almost every single car, except that cool antique car. It will take you 15 years to totally change over the fleet to an automated car.

STU: And the bottom line is everyone's going to make it more.

PAT: They're going to like it, and it will have to be mandated because you'll have human error mixed with automation, and they won't tolerate that. So they'll take human error out of the equation. And they'll just say it's too dangerous for you to drive with these other vehicles on the road. You've got to.

JEFFY: You can still drive.

PAT: But they're going to have to turn over to the automation for everybody, right? Otherwise, you're going to have chaos.

GLENN: Did you see that the EU just banned gas and diesel engines?

PAT: Yeah, by --

GLENN: 2040. No gas or diesel engines anymore by 2040.

PAT: Good luck.

GLENN: They got rid of the AM radio, the FM radio, and now the combustion engine.

PAT: We just saw terrestrial radio by far.

STU: People who tune into terrestrial radio 92 percent every week. Where we looked at the podcast as well. It's 24 percent per week.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

STU: Still, I think it's 40 percent of people have ever listened to a podcast.

JEFFY: So what you're saying is radio is dying.

STU: 40 percent have ever listened to one. Now, of course, that's incredible increase from years and years ago when it was 0 percent.

JEFFY: Still. Huge.

STU: People forget this medium is still really, freaking powerful.

PAT: And its demise has been predicted since TV was invented.

STU: Yeah, and if you wanted to have a note how powerful it is, and John McCain, who's up there railing about it just yesterday.

GLENN: And John Boehner. John Boehner was out doing the same thing. He was talking about the evils of talk radio and how talk radio you can't even get anything done. When he was in the office, he couldn't get anything done because talk radio stopped him every time.

JEFFY: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Good. I hope that's true.

STU: It's funny if you don't feel you have an impact, wait until these guys get out of office, and they're all talking about the impact they have. They don't admit it when they're there. But they're very frustrated about it beforehand. Which is -- I don't know.

GLENN: They all love -- they love talk radio when we were friendly. But as soon as we caught onto their weaselship, we were, like, oh, okay. Then they hated us. Then talk radio has to be either co-opted or destroyed. And, unfortunately, neither has happened.

By the way, I would like to take just a second and say thank you for listening to this program. Thank you for telling friends about this program. We just saw a new ratings period, and we are up 11 percent. We were all kind of surprised by that. But double-digit growth at a time when almost everybody else is going down. We really appreciate it. So thank you for listening to this program.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

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We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.