Glenn Beck: Al Gore oopsie #2

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GLENN: It's time for us to get on the lab coats and talk about science. We told you earlier today that Al Gore tried to shill for more government cash for green energy by falsely claiming that wind energy already employed more people than coal. Oops. Even if that were true, who would brag about needing more employees to produce less energy other than a socialist? Well, when it comes to science, we've got our lab coat on now, Al Gore is money in the bank there and the science is settled, you know, at least until it's not.

From the New York Times, quote: Former Vice President Al Gore is pulling a dramatic slide from his ever evolving global warming presentation. Wait a minute. Hold on. Why would it be -- staple that monkey tail back on! Why would it be evolving, ever evolving if science is settled? His climate slide show -- quoting again from the New York Times -- contained a startling graph showing a high ceiling spike in disasters in recent years. The data came from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, also called CRED. Yes, I too find it ironic that CRED now says Al Gore has no cred. Quoting the times: The graph came after a sequence of images of people struggling with drought and wildfire and flooding and other weather-related calamities. Mr. Gore described the pattern as a manifestation of human-driven climate change. Now, according to the New York Times, Mr. Gore is dropping the graph, his office said today, an here's why. Still quoting from the New York Times: Two days after the talk, Mr. Gore was sharply criticized for using the data to make a point about global warming by Roger A. Pielke, a -- what is it? Pielke? Roger A. Pielke? I'm sorry, I've got that -- I've got scientist watch dogs all around me that are just like, "That's Mr. Pielke. Don't call him Pielke. What are you slamming Pielke for? Don't you know who he is?" No, not really. He's a political scientist focused on disaster trends and climate policy at the University of Colorado. Mr. Pielke noticed that CRED stressed in reports that -- quoting -- a host of factors unrelated to climate caused the enormous rise in reported disaster.

So let me see if I have this right. Al Gore was using a slide from an organization that specifically said that a host of factors unrelated to climate caused the enormous rise in reported disasters. Well, Mr. Scientist that doesn't exist Roger Pielke, what you don't seem to realize here is that's not the same story for Al Gore. Science doesn't really matter to Al, you see. If I may, may I repurpose the quote from the New York Times? Quoting Glenn Beck quoting and repurposing the New York Times. Quote, quote: Al is doing these slide shows for a host of factors unrelated to climate, end quote.

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.