Glenn Beck: Cap 'n trade is near

GLENN: Joe, I asked you to find for me the -- Stu, you're not going to believe this.  You are not going to believe this.

I asked you to find for me the story so I just made sure that I had it backed up, of the companies that were you in drilling in the gulf and 50 miles off the shores of Key West.  Okay?  We're 50 miles off the coast of Key West.  China and India are drilling.

Now, Joe, tell me again exactly what you told me right -- you're not going to believe this.  He didn't even finish the sentence and I almost -- bloodshot out of my eyes!  Go ahead, Joe.  Tell everybody what you just told me.

Joe:  The stories about Russia -- excuse me -- about China and India drilling 50 miles off the coast of Florida are building drilling did he recollect Ricks there, they call it slant drilling which means not only could they tap into the natural gas and oil into the Cuban outer Continental Shelf, but it would also allow them arguably to drill into our natural gas that legally would be --

Glenn:  Slant drilling which I believe should be racist if you're doing that with China, but slant drilling, they can take the oil from underneath us and, yet, we're not doing a damn thing about it.  This is -- I can't take it anymore.

Stu:  What's amazing about this, too, Glenn is this is the same sort of technology they want to use in an war so they don't stop.  So, you obviously know they're going to be disturbing the environment.  In Anwar they can drill hole and drill all under the bottom there.  Fantastic.

Glenn:  This is absolutely incredible to me.  Everyone I talked to this weekend, everyone I talked to said, I can't do it anymore.  I don't know what -- I mean, I don't even know what to do.  May I ask you a question, America?  How are you doing it?  How are you taking your kids to ballet, to karate, to, you know, Little League, to soccer?  How are you running them to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, to the church on Sunday, to school, back and forth?  Most stay at home moms are not at home.  They're usually in the car shlepping the kids.  How are you affording it anymore?

I fill my car up twice a week because I -- because I commute.  My commute is so huge.  My commute is three hours a day.  So, with my commute I am now spending about $800 a month just on gas.  My total gas bill just for my vehicles is $1,400 a month.  Stu, how much is your gas bill?  You -- by the way, Stu takes mass transit.  His wife drives quite a distance, but he takes mass transit.  You drive 2 miles a day to get to the train station.  How much is your gas bill?

Stu:  We're approaching a thousand dollars a month, which is by the way, more than I was paying in rent as of 2002.

Glenn:  My father said to me, because he's in his own business and he said, Glenn, my gas bill is now approaching the top line of all of my expenses.  He's an insurance guy.  I said, Dad, it's going that way with everyone.  Gas is going to be the top line expense with everyone.

I mean, food is not magically going up because of, you know, oh, gee, it's hard to, you know, make a bagel now.  Food is going up because of fuel.  Fertilizer, fuel, delivery, ethanol, all of the things that Congress has done and do you know what I've been saying for awhile?  Stu, are you with me yet when I say --

Stu: .  Here we go.

Glenn:  Are you with me yet when I say this country is disenfranchised.  You've been with me on that one for awhile.

Stu:  Sure, sure.

Glenn:  The people in Congress are not listening to us.

Stu:  13 percent approval rating of Congress.

Glenn:  They're not listening.

Stu:  Yeah.

Glenn:  Are you with me yet that if we continue down this path, if we continue down the path of -- they're debating cap and trade.  It's going to cost $1.50 more per gallon.  This is what they're working on, cap and trade.

Stu:  Uh‑huh.

Glenn:  Now, it's not going to pass this time around, but you watch because all three, all three presidential candidates are for cap and trade, which will add $1.50 per gallon for your gasoline.  The EPA estimates it will take 1.1 to $2.8 trillion out of our GDP.  70 percent of our GDP is consumer spending.  That means to take $2.8 trillion out of the GDP it means that you have $2.8 trillion or about, what, 70 percent of that, 1.5, $1.8 trillion less to spend.  It means it stops you from spending because you don't have any money left and this is what they're doing.  I'm telling you.  Pitch forks are coming.

Are you with me that if we continue down this road, pitch forks are coming?

Stu:  Not at all.  Look at these things, Glenn.  These things are generally seen at popular by the people.  They are not informed enough to know and this is because of the media.  The media doesn't discuss the costs of these things.  So, people --

Glenn:  Stu, Stu.

Stu:  -- haven't even considered them yet.

Glenn:  When people find out -- and do you know what?

Stu:  When do they find out?

Glenn:  They will find out because you cannot control information anymore.  You can't control information.  Listen to me.

Stu:  They do a good job of it right now.

Glenn:  Do you know what?  Because we're fat and lazy, what was -- what was it I told you before September 11th, when we were all fat and lazy and everybody was talking about technology and I said, I warn you, I warn you, what were the elements that I said?  Do you recall at all?

Stu:  I'm sure when you say them, but you told me a lot of things.  Most of them I've tried to forget.

Glenn:  I told you all you have to do is create fear and hunger.

Stu:  Yes, you've definitely said that.

Glenn:  Fear and hunger.  We've got fear.  The war is going.  You've got fear.  You're creating hunger now.  When you put hunger into this, because people are not afraid of -- by the way, is anybody in television going to announce this is the lowest casualty rate of the entire war?  This last month the lowest casualty rate of the entire war.  Oh, it's a quagmire, isn't it?

Stu:  Unreal.  But that's what I'm talking about.

Glenn:  But wait a minute.  See, that doesn't matter.  It doesn't matter.  People aren't seeking out that information.  They're going to seek out the information about gas because it affects them.  Food prices, it affects them.  The media can say whatever you want, but when I say to you China is 50 miles off the coast of Florida building a platform right now along with India, building a platform that includes slant drilling, so it's 50 miles off our shores, they're taking the oil from Cuba's property and they're also slant drilling into our property or they have the capability of doing that and we are not drilling on our own property, people will say enough of it.

Stu:  I mean, but -- this is the problem here with this.  You're right.  They will say enough of it, but when they get that information, it's going to be coming, I hope, from sources that can be trusted, but you look at these things, Glenn.  There's so many of these -- we're still fighting about tax -- we're still fighting about universal health care.

Glenn:  Listen to me.  Listen to me.

Stu:  The information isn't getting to the people.

Glenn:  Universe sat health care, because universal health care is too complex for people to understand.

Stu:  So is cap and trade.  Intentionally, intentionally.

Glenn:  Yes.  Cap and trade is.  Drilling for your own resources is not.  The shale in Colorado is not.  I mean, we're going up for the oil sands up in Canada.  They're doing it with the oil sands.  They won't let us take shale.  Listen.  Here's what you need to know.  In 2007 congressional democrats led an effort which became law to prevent the department of interior from enacting new rules for commercial oil shale leases until at least October 2008.  The republicans in May this year tried to get around it saying, okay.  Can we stop this?  Let's go after the shale.  Well, they didn't do it.  They didn't go after the shale.  The democrats are still saying, no, no, no.  The mountains are too important.  Put the mountain back.  Coast off of Florida and California, President Clinton, no, no, no.  Cannot drill anything off our shores until 2012.  Here is what's at stake:  The outer continental shelf moratorium, the at LAN tack ocean, the outer continental shelf moratorium, Pacific Ocean, outer continental shelf moratorium, Gulf of Mexico.  And even a congressional ban on doing an analysis of the resource potential for oil and gas in the Atlantic, Pacific and the eastern gulf.  We can't even say can we look into it.  Congress has said no.  Then the Anwar.  Back in 1995 President Clinton vetoed it.  It is 700 miles away from a tree.  700 miles away from a tree.

Oil, when he vetoed this, was $19 a barrel.  He said we didn't need the oil that much.  New technology was right around the corner and it would be until 2007 until we got the oil.  So, it was going to take us way too long.  Now oil is -- let me see here -- $125 a barrel, up from $19 a barrel.  We would have been pumping that oil out now.  They say, well, there's not that much oil to get, yet.  Here's a solution in the paper:  Try this solution.  See if this doesn't make blood shoot out of your eyes.  This is quite possibly my favorite solution.  Ready?  They don't want to go into Anwar.  No, that's not go in Anwar.  Let's not go off of our own chest.  Let's set China do it but not us.  Let's not go in and take the shale in the mountains.  Let's go to the take coal.  We're three times the size of Saudi Arabia in coal to oil, three times.  We're going up to Canada and buying it from them, but we won't do it ourself.  Here's a solution.  Are you ready?  Empty out the strategic petroleum reserves.  Empty out the strategic oil reserves.  It's now holding 700 million barrels of oil.  That's nothing to sneeze at.  We're at war in the Middle East.  Empty out the strategic oil reserve?  Are we intentionally trying to destroy ourselves?

By the way, if you go to buy a new car, if you go to buy a new car, it's going to cost you about $2,000 extra.  Now, why?  We're having a hard time selling cars.  Detroit is having problems.  Why would cars go up $2 -- I mean $2,000 per vehicle?  Because the trains are overloaded, because we can't afford to ship products by air anymore, because the airlines are becoming obsolete, the airlines cost too much money to ship things.  So, people think, well, I'll just ship it by train.  Well, now the Chicago -- the backlog on the trains in Chicago is so enormous, it's costing $2,000 extra per car to get it onto a train.

By the way, the airlines, they announced last week, the people who sell the jet fuel to the airlines, the airlines are in such precarious positions for the first time ever, they're being told, by the way, you have to pay cash for everything.  We used to have a -- they had a 20‑day turn around.  They would give you the jet fuel and the airlines had 20 days to pay it off.  That means the people who are selling the airlines' fuel think they're not good for 20 days.  They want cash.

We are in a precarious situation and what is Congress doing today?  Cap and trade?  Something that -- to protect the environment?  I'm telling you, I don't know how much carbon torches give off, but the environment is going to weep one of these days because I think Americans are going to light torches and grab pitch forks and head to Washington and tell these clowns, get the hell out!  But maybe it's just me.  What do I know?

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.