Glenn Beck: Movement to Drill now


Related Story


Rep. Peterson: Congress needs to wake-up and Increase Domestic Energy Production

GLENN: Congressman John Peterson was on this program, I believe it was on Friday. Congressman, welcome to the program, sir. How are you?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Thanks for having us on.

GLENN: Sure. Now, you are the guy that last week proposed a bill that would open up the outer continental shelf.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: That's right. 50 miles out, oil and gas, tremendous resources. In fact, the current calculation they are approaching $11 trillion worth of oil out there alone.

GLENN: Wait, $11 trillion or 11 trillion barrels?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: $11 trillion worth of oil.

GLENN: Okay. And the outer continental shelf alone, that makes us energy independent if we would pull this out for how long?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Well, now, I don't know that it makes us energy independent. It makes us less dependent. It's going to take -- natural gas we can be totally self-sufficient because we have lots of natural gas out there. But on oil it's helpful. We also need to do the shale oil and we need to do Alaska, we need to do coal-to-liquids, coal-to-gas. We need to do more nuclear. We need to do everything, all the renewables and conservation so that we can compete in the economy in the future.

GLENN: Yeah. Unfortunately none of that is happening in congress. Tell us what happened last week when you introduced this bill.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Well, surprise. In a subcommittee they don't like amendments and they talked the other amendments out. I decided we need to start this today and that's what we've done. Across the country. And now we're approaching 70% of the American public who support offshore production of energy and only 18% oppose and 15% are undecided. And I predict that when the rest of that 15% listen to the facts, we're going to be close to 85% support of energy offshore. Because Americans, you know, what America doesn't know yet is that natural gas yesterday was $12.93. That's approaching $13. If that continues to climb in the next month or two, we'll have a doubling of natural gas costs to heat homes this winter. We're putting that $12.93 gas in the ground to heat homes because we start in the summer and then we burn it in the winter when it's cold. And last year at this time it was $6.50 to $7. It wouldn't take long to figure out we're soon going to be doubling natural gas prices and when that happens, I don't know how the middle class and poor in this country are going to drive their car and heat their homes.

GLENN: Barack Obama will tax the rich and then give it to the poor.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: That's right. Our original bill, we take money, you know, the amount of royalty on this kind of wealth would be huge. And that's money the government doesn't have now and we would like to take a portion of that. So we have the money to support renewable and do all the research for solar and wind and hydrogen and electric cars and all this stuff, do all the research that's needed to make it happen. But also to do the -- we're going to have to help poor people this winter. If we go offshore, we could take a small piece of the royalties for helping people insulate their homes and to pay for energy until we get affordable energy.

GLENN: Well, let me play devil's advocate here with you, congressman. You know, we are so very far behind the rest of the world when it comes to global warming. We are just -- the rest of the world looks at us in awe and says, goodness, I wish the United States would wake up and start to get on board with global warming. So name, if you will, congressman, all of the countries that have banned offshore oil exploration.

CALLER: Zero, nobody. Everybody in the world, you know, everybody gives Brazil credit for ethanol and being energy independent. Well, 15% of their energy's ethanol. The rest is offshore.

GLENN: No, you didn't understand the question. Because everybody else cares about global warming and they want to get off oil. The question was name the countries that have banned offshore oil. Because there must be a lot of them.

CALLER: No, there's not any. Because only the leaders, you know, the Gore-ites that are voting this global warming theory, the number one issue facing America, affordable energy, global warming is still a theory. It's computer models to say that there's a problem. The real facts do not prove that. And it's time the American public -- and I had a gentleman on a plane last week say to me, they talk like this global warming debate's over. He said, did I miss it? He said, I'm a pretty informed citizen. I don't know how we had the debate and I didn't know about it, he said, because I'm not convinced that's our number one issue. Our number one issue is available affordable energy.

GLENN: Clearly. Is there anyone in Washington that you know of that has ever run a business? I mean, it is so apparent to me that the clowns in Washington have no idea what it takes to run a household or what it takes to run a business because energy -- if we don't have energy -- and they all pretend like, oh, well, we're just, next week we're just going to have more energy. We don't have it.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: China, China's increasing their use by about 15% a year. They are soon going to surpass us. And, you know, they are building a coal plant every five days, a nuclear plant a month, hydro dams, they are doing wind, solar, they are doing everything. We should do everything. There's nothing we shouldn't be doing that would give us more energy.

GLENN: Right. Do you believe in today's world we could actually build hydroelectric dam?

CALLER: No, but we have a lot of dams that have water coming out of them that could be harnessed for hydropower that we wouldn't build a dam. We have a lot of dams. Our government owns them.

GLENN: Right. But what I'm asking you is in today's America, if we wanted to go with the cleanest energy possible, you don't believe we could even build that?

CALLER: Absolutely not. We could not build a dam in this country, no. In fact, you know, they are trying to blame the oil companies for not building the refineries. Well, it's almost impossible. The refineries -- the oil companies are expanding existing refineries because they already have a permit. They don't think they can get through the permit process. I think there's one. I'm trying to think of the company. There's one coming online that's soon going to be built I think here in the near future but that's one.

GLENN: Are you thinking of one in South Dakota?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: I think so.

GLENN: That's not going online anytime soon. The opponents say they have plenty in their bag of tricks to keep it tied up in court for years.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Well, that's the trouble. The ability to do unlimited, just presents so many things from happening. And that's how the liberals have won is turn the trial lawyers loose to sue every little --

GLENN: So why is natural gas going up?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Well, it's because we're using so much of it now. See, just 12 years ago we only made 7% of our electricity with natural gas. We only allowed it to be used for peak power, morning and evening, when we use that extra surge because a gas generator, you can just turn it on, turn it off. So it backs up wind, it backs up everything. So now we're 23% of our electricity's with natural gas and over the last six months we've turned down, our PUCs at the state level, the state environmental agencies have turned down between 50 and 70 coal plants. Those will all become natural gas plants because that's our only option.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. Why did we ban them in the first place? Why did we say we could only use them at peak times? If we have so much gas?

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Originally people thought gas was too good a fuel, it was a poor use of natural gas. When you make electricity, you only use a small percentage of the BTU value. If you make your electricity in the middle of a city where you use the hot water to heat your city, then you use a lot of it. But unfortunately most of our power plants, we chill the water and put it back in the river or do something with it and we only use a small part of the energy. So making electricity out of natural gas -- see, natural gas is a commodity that 55% of petrochemicals is natural gas. But 60 to 70% of fertilizer is natural gas. Polymers and plastics, 45% of the cost of making them is natural gas because it's an ingredient. See, it's a substance that we use to make almost everything. And so being it's such an important product, they didn't think we should make electric out of it. Now we're making electric out of it. But we haven't opened up supply and there's -- you know, we cannot change world oil prices. We can only change dependence. But when we produce natural gas, we can change our price. We only import 17% of our natural gas, 15% from Canada and 2% from other foreign countries. But natural gas is the one that's really biting us because Dow Chemical spent $8 billion in '02 for natural gas a year and they are now spending $8 billion a quarter and they were 60% on shore. They are now 34% on shore. They had to go where gas was cheaper because we use so much of it.

GLENN: You know, on this program I warned a year ago about ethanol and how crazy that was.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Yes.

GLENN: Then before anybody else was talking about the price of food, I told people -- and everybody said I was crazy. I said, store up on food just as an investment because it is going to go up at such a high rate, you will gain money. It is a good investment, probably the best investment you can make is just putting food downstairs for your family just to offset the cost. I warned at the time, you haven't seen anything yet. God forbid our crops are wiped out in any way.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: Well, we got $7.50 for corn yesterday. That's the world record. And we have, I think someone said 40% of the corn's in trouble with water.

GLENN: We were looking at just the price of corn yesterday is the equivalent of going from $80 a barrel oil to $320 a barrel. They are talking now about rationing, et cetera, et cetera. Now, I've been warning the same thing about fuel and gas, that you think it's bad now. Buckle up because God forbid we have a hurricane or the war heats up or Iran gets nasty.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: There's three issues that can spike prices overnight. One is a terroristic attack, when you have lines that are vulnerable. The Iraqi pipeline goes right by Iran. If they blew up our sending station in a major country like Saudi Arabia, oil prices would double. So if we have terroristic attacks, a storm in the Gulf. In the last two years are the first years on record in a row that we had no major storm in the Gulf. Major storms in the Gulf can displace 20, 30, to 40% of our energy for several months. And that's energy we never get then because you produce energy, you know, 24/7. So you don't ever get that energy. Everybody's predicting a terrible storm this year for hurricane. We have a bad hurricane season, the Gulf gets hit, that will spike prices. And if you have any one of the sending countries, have a problem governmental-wise that all dictatorships, that one of them would topple and they are having civil war there for a period of time and instead of producing 8 million barrels, they are only producing 2 or 3, the system cannot stand those kind of oil losses. We're down to where there's only about a million barrels a day of extra and so if Country A produces 2 million barrels, that means we don't have enough that day. So that's why the price is so vulnerable. Some oil company executives -- and I don't talk to them often but I talked to them in a hearing in the house where I just asked them a simple question. I said, if we don't (inaudible), what would that do for prices? He said, well, it would take the fear out of the market because down the road we know we're going to have ample supply because we know there's lots out there and we can start moving towards. It will just take the fear factor out of it.

GLENN: Which takes the speculators down, which everybody's blaming speculators.

CONGRESSMAN PETERSON: That's right. And whenever the rumor goes out that China's going to buy scrap, scrap prices go through the roof. I mean, whatever is in short supply, the speculators make money on. That's always been our system. I don't know how you change that, but some want to. But that's stockpiling the problem. What takes it off the table is ample supply. So you have to produce. We have to conserve and produce, conserve and produce.

GLENN: I want to take a break here and then I want to come back. I want to ask you, what does the country look like in a year from now with none of those things happening. We're not gaining any ground on finding new energy. We're just at a stalemate here. But none of the bad things also happen. What does the price of everything look like a year from now. And what happens, what happens to the country if one of those things do hit us? What does that mean? What does the price of oil and energy and everything else look like? And then I want to talk to you about, okay, great, now what does the average person do besides grab a fork and a pitchfork. We'll be with you just a second. It's Congressman John Peterson from Pennsylvania. He is the guy who said last week, drill in the outer continental shelf and congress said no. He is reintroducing it tomorrow and your support is needed if you're interested in this. I can't imagine how you're not.

Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

Watch the video clip below for a preview of the full-length interview:

The full interview will air on January 30th for Blaze TV subscribers, and February 1st on YouTube and wherever you get your podcast.

Want to listen to more Glenn Beck podcasts?

Subscribe to Glenn Beck's channel on YouTube for FREE access to more of his masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, or subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

Watch the video below to hear why he's making this surprising forecast:

Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

"Sadly, that's exactly right," Jon replied. "And I think he knows exactly what he's doing."

Watch the video to catch more of the conversation below:

Use code BECK to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

Photo by Jim Dale

Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com