Glenn Beck: 'The Future of Energy' according to Boone Pickens

GLENN: So I'm sitting there with T. Boone and I said, so how much role is speculation.  He said it's -- he said they play a role but it is not a significant role.  And I said, but they're -- I mean, there's enough money out there.  He said, Glenn, first of all, understand one thing.  Production currently is at 85 million barrels a day.  So we have 85 million barrels.  He said, the demand is at 87 million barrels a day.  So we are two million barrels short every single day.  He said, since those two lines have crossed, it is supply and demand.  That's why it's going up.

Now, he's also a believer in peak oil.  There's a chapter in my book on peak oil and if you're a real, you know, freak on the program, you might have noticed that that's the only chapter that I have not discussed on the air and the reason why is because I put it in there saying that this is a possibility.  However, there's a lot of people that think that peak oil is just, you know, the sky is falling.  So I wasn't sure.  And, you know, I've got enough "Sky is falling" stuff in my life.  I didn't need to tell you that we're running out of oil as well.  But I thought it was important enough credible people that do believe in peak oil that it was a piece of the puzzle that I thought you needed to know and I thought you needed to know as well.  I still don't know if I buy into peak oil.  However, what I do believe in is we are out of cheap oil.  We are out of the, you know, the bubbling crude where, you know, Jed goes out and he's shooting some varmint and all of a sudden up comes bubbling crude?  That's done.  That's over.  The cheap oil is gone.  There's plenty of oil left but it's deep sea oil, it's difficult to get or it's heavy crude.  So it costs a lot more to pull out.  So the days of cheap gas are over.

The other part of that is demand.  With China and India and the rest of the world coming online.  Stu, what was that stat?  I know I'm going to get this one wrong.  There's a stat that China has purchased more SUVs in, like, the last, I don't know, five years or something than we've ever purchased?  It's some ridiculous stat of what China is doing.  China is coming online.  You think they care about the environment.  Not so much.  They are coming online with a vengeance.  So you've got demand going through the roof.  With just demand going up through the roof and cheap oil being gone, you are going to have higher and higher gas prices.

So Boone says to me yesterday -- I said, so do you believe in peak oil?  He said, oh, yeah, peak oil.  He said, some people think it's, you know, 2010, 2012.  Some people think we've already hit it back in the Nineties.  I think we hit it in 2006.  He said, so now we're going to start a slow drift down.  He said we're at 85 million barrels.  He said we're going to start a slow drift down.  And I said, well, then why aren't we going into the ANWR and offshore, et cetera, et cetera.  He said, you can, you should, he said, but that's not going to solve your problem.  He said, it's not going to bring you back to $2 a gallon gasoline because now what you're doing is just filling the gap.  If you're at 85 million barrels now, he said, it's going to start to come down to 82, 81, 80.  He said, so everything that you find now in the ground is going to replace that gap to bring you up to 85 million barrels a day.  He said, hopefully bring you to 87.  But then you have another line of demand and that's going up.  He said, so your gaps are getting bigger and bigger.  So yes, you need to go drill and get everything you can, he said, but you're no longer in the situation where you're going to have a snap back.  Unless demand goes way, way down, you are not going to have that snap back to $2 a gallon.  I said, so wait a minute, you believe that we're going to hit $150 a barrel this year.  He said yes.  We got off the air -- this was in the first break.  We got off the air and I said, so Boone, $150 a barrel by the end of this year, when does this break the back of the economy?  And he looked at me dead serious and with all soberness and said, we're there.  He said, we're at an emergency.  He said, just, nobody will talk about it.  Nobody will recognize it.  Nobody will say it.  We're at a full-fledged energy emergency right now.  He said, we need an Eisenhower highway project.  We need somebody with vision.  I said, so wait a minute.  Why is it that the people that we have in power aren't going there?  He said, I have no idea.  And he told me a story about going into the White House and meeting with George Bush.

Now, they're friends, Bush is an oilman, Cheney is an oilman and Boone sat down with them and said, Mr. President, you do not want ethanol to be your legacy.  It doesn't work.  Bush said, I know I don't want the legacy of ethanol.  He said, here's the plan.  Here's the plan.  Boone laid everything out.  For some reason they agreed in the meeting that it was a good idea that, you know, these are the different things that have to be done.  He said he gets out of the meeting and we go with ethanol.  He said, now, I don't know what happened, I don't know why that decision was made, I don't -- you know, he doesn't -- no idea.  But it doesn't work.  So I said, okay, you're into wind.  Wind doesn't work.  He said, no, wind doesn't work in Germany, it doesn't work in Spain, but it can work in certain places on Earth.  He said one of those places is in Texas and up through the middle of the country.  He said there's all kinds of studies that show that.  And I said, well, you're getting in -- you just bought 667 wind turbines from GE.  This guy's a multibillionaire.  I said, you're going to build these wind turbines.  I said people will say you're just trying to get rich, you are just trying to get everybody on wind.  He said, well, first of all, I'm not trying to get everybody on wind.  He said that's just one piece of the puzzle.  He said, the second argument is I'm just going to get rich?  So funny.  He looked at me, this 80-year-old man.  He said, I'm a billionaire.  I'm rich enough.

So we finished the break.  We finished our conversation on the air.  And he looked at me and he said, you got five minutes for me?  And I said, yeah.  He said, do you have a piece of paper, pencil?  Said sure.  He said, let me show you something.  And he sketched it out.  In fact, I sent it -- I asked for it to be sent to the website.  Can you check and see if it's on the website?

STU:  No, Glenn.  Because we can -- we can generate power from wind but I can't get my laptop to turn on.

GLENN:  Why can't your laptop turn on?  I think my -- do I have -- yeah, I have Internet.  Why can't you get your laptop to turn on?

STU:  I can't get my laptop to turn on, not to get the Internet.

GLENN:  Not to get the Internet, to turn on.

STU:  Yeah.

GLENN:  What kind of --

STU:  Well, I've had it for three weeks.  So you figure --

GLENN:  You have the worst technology luck of anyone I've ever seen.  Why have bad technology?

STU:  I don't understand why I believe in it so much.  I think it's the solution to a lot of our problems.  Yet when I use it, it never works.

GLENN:  Here on the front page of GlennBeck.com in the headlines section it says something like, the future of energy according to Boone Pickens.  Okay.  This is what he drew for me last night.  We're sitting there and he says, do you have a piece of paper, a pencil?  I said yeah.  So he draws this.  It's not going to make any sense to you.  Do you see it, Dan?

DAN:  Yes.  It looks like "A Beautiful Mind."  It really does.

GLENN:  I asked him to date it and sign it.  I'm framing it for my office.  Here's what's important.  He went over this with me.  And you see the little pie chart of the coal and the 20% and 22 and it's moved over?  It says 38%, blah, blah, blah?  This is a combination of all of the energies.  This is wind-power, solar power, hydrogen power, coal power.  The number you need to care about is just about simple things we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 38%.  He said I can reduce oil by 38%.  Here's what's important, the reason why I'm framing this.  I have heard this theory from so many people.  I have heard this combination from David Neeleman who is so frustrated with this country that he's now -- not with this country -- with this government that he's now built a new airline in Brazil because he knew energy was going to be a problem.  He spent two years on the energy problem, met with the President, met with the secretary of energy, met with all these people, met with GE, met with everybody, everything with a similar system to this.  Couldn't get it done.  T. Boone writes this out and he says, this is with a we need to do.  The percentages may be different, but it's the same damn plan.  And he's met with the President, he's met with the secretary of energy, he's met with all these people.  He can't get it done.  I've met with the environmentalists who aren't crazy, I've met with oil companies that aren't crazy, I've met now with T. Boone, I've met with several executives of major airlines.  I have met with the heads of GM.  They are all saying the same thing, just different percentages.  The question is why isn't it being done?

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


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And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.