The Real Cost of Obama's Drill Ban




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A temporary moment of good news: A U.S. district court judge has ruled in favor of ending a six-month moratorium on drilling for oil in deepwater. The ruling just came down in New Orleans a few hours ago. Moments later, the White House said they would appeal it.

Do you remember when the president had this to say at the State of the Union address?

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interest, including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our election. I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems.

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When I heard that, it kind of reminded me of FDR. When the Supreme Court started striking down the new deal, he targeted four senior members of the court, and tried to add four new ones to "pack" it and circumvent the efforts of those that opposed the new deal.

This is nothing new for progressives. They jam things down your throat, cut deals, and if that doesn't work, they jam it through the court system. Watch him dismantle the court system, but celebrate while you can.

Yesterday I showed you this. It's like a circle of organized crime, but it's also something more. It's a death sentence for two reasons:

1. Energy

2. Corruption

Let's start with energy. Why did the U.S. prosper after World War II? For a number of reasons; no one worked harder than Americans.

While the Frenchy Frenchmen were working 11 hours a week and retiring at 38, we were grinding it out. We had the biggest dreamers and the brightest entrepreneurs, and we had a country that gave them the best possible platform to let their ideas and their imaginations reach their potential: the free market system.

The other important key was cheap energy. We had the technology and we used it —by 1957 the first nuke plant was created. Compare that with today — do we still have the hardest workers? Yup. The best dreamers? Yup. Entrepreneurs? Yes. Is the free market engine still running? No. Companies are beholden to the almighty unions, and when the unions drag a company down to its knees, the government steps in and takes control, micromanaging and crippling the company even more. And what about energy? Not only is it expensive, but we have an administration who is actively trying to make it more expensive! Not my words, his:

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OBAMA: Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.

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Who thinks that's a good idea? They're going to shove us into alternative energies that aren't ready yet. It's like being forced to drive over a bridge before it's been completed; it'll be great when it's done, but try to cross it now and you'll plummet to certain death.

Look at the destruction this six-month moratorium on drilling is and will continue to cause if the court doesn't stop it. Drilling suspension alone will result in a loss of 3,000 to 6,000 Louisiana jobs in the first two to three weeks and possibly over 10,000 in a few months; when the entire country is only creating about 40,000 non-government jobs. How could this president do something to cripple us further?

The state risks losing more than 20,000 jobs over the next year and a half. Tighter supply leads to higher prices, some say $150 a barrel and $4 gallon gas are on the way and Harvard is saying $7 a gallon with cap-and-trade. Thirty-three oil rigs are now being fought over for anyone to use but us.

No politician is listening to you. Let them know you want the madness to stop. Block this attempt. Mr. President, you have your out, you fought and the court decided. This cannot be dragged out, if they do that it's over anyway. It needs to be decided now.

Given the extremely negative effect this drilling ban will have, is it any wonder that the people of Louisiana are upset with the way this president has handled the crisis? Polls show they believe Bush would handle this better, and only 32 percent think Obama's doing a good job.

That's partly because they want the drilling to continue by a narrow 77 percent to 12 percent margin. Even 60 percent of Louisiana Obama supporters want the drilling to continue, and the facts back up the sentiment.

There have been over 50,000 wells drilled in the Gulf of Mexico, over 4,000 of them deepwater wells and 700 ultra-deepwater wells; all this with no major incidents until now. That is a 99.998 percent success ratio. But they are going to punish Louisiana anyway. They have invested over $150 million for its fleet of vessels that are now being shut down for six months. When in the history of the country has an entire industry been shut down for six months? Why do it now? It doesn't make any sense. But this isn't the first time the administration has defied logic and public will.

Over 60 percent opposed health care; 63 percent support the Arizona immigration law that the president is about to sue the state over. And now this. Why?

That brings me to corruption. With 33 rigs about to be put out of commission, one company that contracts their oil rig vessels (Laborde Marine) received a call. And it didn't take long till the call came in; only 48 hours after Obama issued the drilling moratorium. One guess who that call came from: Petrobras. Yes, that's right, the George Soros heavily-backed Brazilian state run oil company Petrobras wants to lease the unused rigs. Here's how Governor Jindal responded to the 6-month ban:

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GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL, R-LA.: This isn't about the multinational companies. They're going to pick up and they're going to move those rigs. They're going to move those rigs to Brazil. They'll move those rigs to Africa. They'll move those rigs to other countries and they won't come back for years. Once they're gone, once they're contracted somewhere else, they're not coming back.

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It costs at least $10 million to move the rigs, so it's unlikely they'd find their way back if they are leased. The jobs won't ever come back. How about that. The same company that the administration was willing to loan $2 billion dollars to, a company with vast resources, $15 billion in profits a year at least, will make off with our rigs. They are planning to invest 95 percent of $224 billion they plan to spend on exploration back into Brazil. So what's in it for us? Nothing!

But there's something in it for the players in Crime Inc. George Soros had at one time $900 million invested in Petrobras. And before you dismiss the connection, look at how much influence Soros' Center for American Progress (CAP) has on this administration.


Soros wants wind and solar: Obama uses CAP to spin against damaging facts.

Soros wants a smart grid: Obama (through GE) wants it too, and California passed a bill that requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop a plan for Smart Grid use

Soros has suggested the president should have nationalized the banks. In the House bill, "Regulators would have the power to stop banks on a case-by-case basis from risky activities."

They want to ban corporate influence on campaign commercials? What about the influence one guy is having through Media Matters (smear campaigns), CAP (public policy), Tides (indoctrination).

Forget God, it's in George we trust. He's gonna get his. This isn't about saving the planet. They tell us global warming is a moral issue; well how can he justify drilling in Brazil? The same people who claim to be the earth's saviors are raping the earth, so please, spare me the lecture on my SUV and filling up the air in my tires. I'm sick of the Al Gore's of the world telling me to drive a crappy 'Smart' car (doesn't look all that smart, or safe, to drive one). And I'm sick of them telling me to inflate my tires before every time I drive, when they have multiple mansions and fleets of SUVs. Stop telling me what to do and who to be like.

Hillary Clinton said we need to be like Brazil:

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SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere. And guess what? It's growing like crazy. And the rich are getting richer, but they're pulling people out of poverty. There is a certain formula there that used to work for us until we abandoned it; to our regret, in my opinion.

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Here's a news flash, Hillary: I don't want to be like Brazil! Why the hell would we want to be Brazil? Yeah, I know they have the beaches, the bikinis, and the statue of Jesus, but what's life there really like? One in four live below the poverty line. And believe me, their poverty line ain't your poverty line. Our poverty line is no HD or no DVR. Theirs is going to the bathroom in a ditch. And what about crime? It's rapidly rising, and the murder rates are four times that of the United States. A human rights expert from the U.N. writes:

"Many Brazilians, especially inhabitants of shanty towns, continue to be subject to murder and other forms of brutal violence by various gangs, militias, death squads and the police, despite efforts by the government to end the crimes...There were at least 11,000 so-called resistance killings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro between 2003 and 2009....many of these killings were actually executions."

I've got a friend who does business in Brazil and spends a lot of time there. He's had to hire a security team because cars like his down there are riddled with bullet holes. Here's what happens on a regular basis in the cities:

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Wow, Hillary, when can we be like Brazil? It looks great. And that's where we are 'investing' our money while people here on our own shores are suffering. And the spill is bad enough, but the drill ban is the nail in the coffin.

We used to inspire the world with our pursuits of the unknown and our exploration. It's in our blood. America was discovered on an amazing, daring exploration. We led the global space race, the searching of the seas, the quest for energy and oil. Americans don't want to sit around and wait for others to do it. That's not who we are, but apparently that's who the president wants you to be.

Does anyone really believe the world will like us better by chopping America down to size? Do you think the people we are supposedly 'lifting up' out of poverty will care about the rain forest? We care because we are blessed and fortunate enough to have vast resources; our bellies are full, our kids are fed. So we can spend time caring about distant forests. Do you think Brazil will care about it? China? They'll cut the rain forest and they'll eat every spotted owl for lunch and import polar bear for dinner if they have to, because they're hungry.

You aren't saving a rain forest or the earth with this ban. All you are doing is making a rich progressive even richer, and punishing Americans at the same time.

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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