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.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.