Glenn Beck: SuperFreakonomics on Global Warming


GLENN: I don't know if you've read the book Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, but I have to tell you the authors of SuperFreakonomics, they are just, can I tell you something? Controversial people, they don't believe in science at all.

Stephen Dubner is on with us now. Hello, Stephen.

DUBNER: Hey, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good. You wrote in SuperFreakonomics, let's just say global warming is real. I don't even know where you stand on the global warming issue. And you can tell me now. If not, we can just move on.

DUBNER: I'll tell you. First I want to just ask, are you going to end my career here today?

GLENN: I have a feeling it might be the other way around.

DUBNER: I just want a little advance warning, you know, let my wife and kids know.

GLENN: I'm going to take this one right out of do you believe Barack Obama was has a birth certificate and he was born in the United States?

DUBNER: I do actually. So global warming right then, I'll give you the

GLENN: Why did Glenn Beck's people obviously give him the answers in advance!

DUBNER: (Laughing).

GLENN: Okay. So Stephen, well, let me ask you this: Do you believe the United States government blew up the World Trade Center?

DUBNER: I'm afraid I do not.

GLENN: He was prepared.

STU: How did he answer so fast and accurately?

GLENN: All right. So Stephen, tell me about global warming.

DUBNER: I'll tell you one thing I firmly don't believe well, anyway, we could get into that. We write about it in some detail for SuperFreak. But one thing we looked at is the money flow for the 19 guys, and the data on that is interesting. And you know, in SuperFreakonimcs and also we use data to answer questions. Here's the problem with global warming as you and everybody with even half a brain knows, it is a complex problem, right? If it were a question of turning a thermostat in a room up or down and that was it and measuring the temperature, we wouldn't be having these debates. The problem is it's much more complicated than that. What I believe is that there is pretty good evidence that there's been a little bit of warming over the past hundred years and then what I believe is that there are a lot of scientists who do believe that the greenhouse effect will produce catastrophic warming over the next 20 to 100 years. I believe that there are a lot of scientists who believe that. What I don't believe is that there's a certainty to that at all. And that the minute you begin to discuss the uncertainty, you get shouted down and that's a problem. That's a problem.

GLENN: That's what you know, that's where I want to go with you, Stephen, is you know, here's Bill Nye the Science Guy. I mean, Stephen, you should think about this. Maybe you should be the Book Guy. But here's Bill Nye the Science Guy saying that you're un American or unpatriotic if you, you know, if you are not doing it. Then you have Howard Dean saying that they're just not engaged in science at all. I mean, what kind of scare tactics are these?

DUBNER: They are scare tactics. You know, I kind of look at all this and laugh. I laugh with some pain because it's a drag frankly but what we're seeing in the global warming argument is exactly the same as we're seeing in all the partisan arguments that emanate from Washington. And the reason that we've seen it in the global warming argument is because it has become a political issue by now. Almost purely. Which means that all the scientific arguments, all the economic arguments get subsumed by politics. That's just the way it is. And I, personally I hate it. And personally that's why I write books that try to just say, look, we're going to try to figure this out best we can. And what we figured out is that there seems to pre there seems to be a pretty darn low risk that we're going to have catastrophic global warming. But, but if you do, what do you do about it? And what we say is the current plan of carbon mitigation is so incredibly unworkable and expensive that if you really are worried about the problem, then you should really be spending time to come up with other solutions and geoengineering solutions and so on that we write about. I also just think that people who talk on either side of the aisle about one big snowstorm or two big snowstorms being an indication of anything, when you hear people talk like that, you know what you should do? You should turn off your radio or turn they are not to be listened to. I firmly believe. If they are on your side, I don't know, maybe we'll give you a dispensation.

GLENN: No, they are not on my show. They are not on my show. I say this all the time and mainly for the right. But it happens for the left, too. Look, one snowstorm doesn't make any difference at all. It is a trend. It is the patterns that you're looking for, not a snowstorm here or there.

DUBNER: I'll tell you, from academia I'll tell you a phrase that your listeners should really put in their pocket and hang onto. There are something that psychologists and economists call confirmation bias. You are biased toward things in your brain that confirm what you believe to be true. Let's say when you buy a new car, you buy a Volkswagen. You've never had a Volkswagen before. You now own a Volkswagen. Suddenly you see oh, my God, look at how many people are driving Volkswagens, it's unbelievable. I have the best, most popular, most fantastic car. The only reason you are noticing those Volkswagens is now because you have one. If you believe that snowstorms, whether snowstorms, hurricanes, whatever are going prominent because of global warming, then when there is one, that gets factored into how you interpret it. But I'll tell you what, you remember Katrina. Katrina was the hurricane that made an awful lot of people very concerned that global warming was already producing storms that were both more powerful and more frequent. Let's look at killer hurricanes in the years since Katrina. Hard to find many, right? So does that mean that global warming is not happening? You know what? It means that there's a lot to figure out and that we shouldn't listen to the shouters.


'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wadeopinion, concluding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the syllabus of the decision reads.

As expected, the leftist outrage erupted instantaneously, fueled largely by the misinformed idea that overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned nationwide. But, as stated in the above-mentioned Supreme Court syllabus, the authority has actually been returned to individual states and their duly elected lawmakers.

One such misinformed leftist, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, was infuriated that those awful Supreme Court justices "just voted to kill women." So he took to Twitter to urge people to go to the homes of said Supreme Court justices to "let them know how you feel."

"Go to the home of every Supreme Court justice who just voted to kill women. Let them know how you feel," Kasky tweeted.

The backlash was immediate:

Kasky decided to delete his original tweet because he is apparently "sick of republicans talking to [him]." But, unfortunately for Kasky, the internet is indeed forever:

Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden dutifully helped spread the misinformation about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and took the opportunity to prompt voters to elect more Democrats in November so that Congress can write abortion protections into law. Did the president just let slip the real reason Congress hasn't made any effort to start writing such laws in the nearly two months since Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion was "leaked" in early May?

Watch Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguere discuss how Biden's speech reveals that Democrats are absolutely terrified of the upcoming midterm elections. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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CNN reporter tries to 'ambush' GOP candidate Kari Lake, IMMEDIATELY regrets it

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CNN senior national reporter Kyung Lah thought she'd caught Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake off guard when she asked for an impromptu interview outside an event, but ended up sorely regretting her decision.

Lake, a former Fox news anchor, shook hands with Lah as she approached and immediately pointed out that the CNN reporter wasn't wearing a mask any more, a barbed reference to a contentious interview in October 2021, in which Lah smeared the GOP candidate as a “rising star of the right-wing and proud spreader of lies." Lah asked if Lake had “a minute to chat.”

“I’ll do an interview," Lake answered, "as long as it airs on CNN+. Does that still exist? I didn’t think so, because the people don’t like what you guys are peddling, which is propaganda. Thank you.”

Lake then walked into the event, leaving Lah utterly speechless.

It looks like Lake gained quite a few fans on Twitter:

Kari Lake has been a longtime friend to "The Glenn Beck Program." She joined Glenn last August to tell Glenn why she left the corrupt world of media, what prompted her to enter "the even more corrupt world of politics," and how she plans to make a big difference in her battleground state of Arizona.

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Hunter's Biden's latest BIZARRE scandal reveals how red-flag laws REALLY work

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Even if red-flag laws weren't unconstitutional (which they are), they've never been about your safety. They're about your submission, argued Glenn Beck on the radio program. Think of it this way: If red flag laws became the law of the land, do you think President Joe Biden’s son Hunter would lose his guns or face charges for violating the gun laws we already have?

You may have heard that he once "lost" a gun in a dumpster by a school. But there's a whole lot more to the bizarre tale. Newly revealed texts from Hunter's abandoned laptop detail the strange drama that unfolded when Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law-turned-lover, threw his handgun into a dumpster near a Delaware school in October 2018. The gun was found and turned in to police, but like so many of the Biden family scandals, the chaos created a sandstorm that conveniently helped cover Hunter's tracks. Only tidbits of information have emerged, the most significant of which is that the gun in question was purchased by Hunter illegally and, of course, no charges were filed as a result.

Glenn broke down the details of the most recently revealed Hunter Biden scandal, noting in particular that no charges or arrests were ever made as a result.

"If you voted for Joe Biden and you believe in all of these red-flag laws, then why isn't Hunter Biden in jail today?" Glenn asked.

"You and I both know that the ramifications of Hunter Biden's activities and his tragic saga go well beyond Hunter Biden, because they are teaching people a lesson. We are moving towards a society that has a ruling class that lives above their own edicts. They tell us they know better. They tell us that our neighbors and even some of us are dangerous, while ignoring the dangers in their own lives or in their own families ... We saw it during COVID-19 and we will see it again with gun regulations, 'The rules are for thee and not for me.' This is why Americans cannot give an inch, not one inch of our liberty away on the grounds of the government's good faith. They have no good faith left. They have violated every single principle of liberty and they've done it in a name of they know better," he said.

"Don't be fooled," Glenn added. "Just as we saw during COVID-19, just as we saw with the Patriot Act that is now being horribly abused by the people in power that swore they'd never abuse it, red-flags are not about your safety. Period. They are about your submission."

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