Many Americans — including influential politicians — are calling for the Biden administration to stop imports of Russian oil. Glenn says he supports that initiative IF America is drilling for oil at home to replace it. Unfortunately, though, our elected leaders currently are seeking oil from Iran and Venezuela instead. The only way this would make sense, Glenn explains, is if our leaders truly want to destroy America. They’re being foolish, not looking at next steps to come, and it could be enough to collapse the U.S...
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GLENN: Hello, you sick, twisted freak. Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. What you're seeing happen over in Russia, is -- is the Great Reset.
And people may cheer for it. And say, look, they can't even watch the opening of Batman this weekend.
But this has never happened before, in history. And it's not because, you know, the Biden administration cobbled all these people together.
This is The Great Reset.
This is all of these companies, deciding, that they want to have a high ESG score.
And so that's what they're doing.
And they are collapsing the economy, of Russia.
Unfortunately, because we are foolish, and we don't -- we don't look beyond the next step, we are collapsing ourself, as well.
We cannot cut off Russian oil, without us opening up our own not oil reserves. Open our own oil production.
We could provide the world with the energy, that it needs, or a good portion of it.
But we won't do it, because of global warming. So we're going to these crazy places.
STU: And their excuse for it, basically. If you will take the best face of the administration.
Their position of it, is we're going to Iran. We're going to Venezuela. Because we want to limit the damage, of whatever is going to happen in Russia. So we need more production. And the reason we don't open it up, here, is because we don't want this to be a long-term play for more fossil fuel use.
We want this to be a short-term price control, on the market. Where we can help the market, in this -- in this short time, when this war is going on, and we have all these disruptions. But we don't want to depend for a long time on fossil fuels, because we think the existential threat of all of our civilizations is global warming.
GLENN: It doesn't make sense because you would go to fossil fuels from Russia, which is oil is dirtier than ours and has much worse effect on the climate, as you're refining it.
It wouldn't make sense, that you would go to Iran.
Why would you go? Because now your social justice goes off the charts.
You're going to go fund a country, that is -- throws homosexuals off the roofs of buildings?
You're going to go to a socialist country, that is starving its people, while its leader gets rich?
I don't think that's a good idea.
But I think their position on that is, it's temporary.
We're not going --
GLENN: Yeah. Temporarily helping any of thinker people.
STU: Oh. I'm with you on this, by the way.
GLENN: I know. I know. But temporarily helping people, that are throwing gay people off the roof?
That's what --
STU: Well, it's not like Russia is much better on that topic. We're already buying it from Russia.
GLENN: Yeah. We should contract, not expand.
Just the only thing that makes sense, is if you actually don't want America to succeed. Or you don't believe that anyone is for this. Except a small handful of people.
And so if you give out this ground now, you'll never get it back.
STU: I think that's kind of what it is, right?
At least partially.
GLENN: Yeah. Could be.
STU: They believe -- when they have power like this. Jammed through every green new deal. Lock us in for long-term progress on this.
GLENN: So then that should. You should ask then, are they truly representatives of the people?
STU: Of course not.
GLENN: Right. Right. If you're willing to collapse us, for that.
STU: I mean, if you have this. You have this view of global warming. This apocalyptic you want I can view of global warming. Where you would rather give money to regimes like Iran and Venezuela, that's just completely insane.
And the Elon Musk position is a much more sensible, apocalyptic global warming position, right?
Where you say, all right. We have nuclear power. Which is much, much safer.
It is -- it's the best type of power available, for all of these reasons.
It lasts forever. Basically, it's -- it is completely clean. Emission-free.
All the things, that both sides seem to want. Independents, plus no emissions. I mean, it really does hit the sweet spot there.
And environmentalists have turned against this, for 40, 50 years. It just shows no seriousness.
And now we're in this position, where we have to deal with these regimes. Or we have to violate one of these two signs. Either not be independent. Or about to do forbid, light the planet on fire.
GLENN: Well, the reason why we don't want to buy oil from Russia is, humanitarian reasons. We don't like what he's doing to people?
STU: Sure. That's part of it. That's how they're violating this war. Right?
GLENN: Right. Right.
I know. But we weren't talking about not funding him.
Until he crossed into Ukraine.
GLENN: So we're all seeing the people in Ukraine, and saying, oh, my gosh. We have to help these people. They want to be free.
Uh-huh. What about the people that marched and were jailed in Cuba. Let's be really clear.
STU: In Venezuela.
GLENN: And in Venezuela.
Why don't we see them?
STU: I think what --
GLENN: You can't. You can't heal one place, by aiding murderers and things in another.
STU: Generally speaking though, the situations you're talking about, are situations in which. And we have very much, by the way, isolated Iran before this.
GLENN: Yeah. Not now.
STU: Now, all of a sudden, we're reversing that.
But their in-country issues, right?
The -- the message being sent to Russia here, in their argument. Their worldview.
Is this is a line you can't cross. I have crossed a line, and we're enforcing a line, and doing with everything we can to enforce a line. And if it means we have to fall back on some other promises and some other things. Then that's what we have to do.
As you know, Glenn. We're only a few months away, from an election in this country. In them the Democrat, if they're facing 8-dollar a gallon gas, they're not going to do well with $2 a gallon gas right now. $8 a gallon gas could be the ultimate wave election, that we haven't seen in a century.
So it might make the Tea Party election, look like it was nothing, from 2010.
If we're looked at 8-dollar a gallon gas. And inflation through the roof.
That's exactly --
GLENN: This is where some people think, yeah. Well, that's why they'll bring things town quickly.
GLENN: Because then they'll just cancel elections. If you cancel elections. This will not happen. Well, I can't say that.
STU: You can't say anything can happen anymore.
GLENN: Anything can happen. I just don't see that happening. But I do see a country that is so hungry, that is so freaked out, by everything that is -- that is happening. And the Democrats saying, we'll give you all these free things.
Pass our Build Back Better bill, and we'll give you all these free things.
STU: Do you think that will be effective. We'll oversee this entire thing happening?
GLENN: It might be. It might be.
I mean, otherwise, what -- it's -- well, it's -- it's Putin. It's Putin.
Why? Why would you do this? This makes no sense.
Why would you do this?
Well, it makes sense to somebody. With Putin. Why would you do this?
Your logic doesn't work here. It doesn't make sense. What are you doing?
So your answer is, he's crazy. Or we don't understand what he thinks is rational, okay?
The same thing here, with the Democratic -- the Democratic Party. I mean, I don't know. Why would you do this? Why wouldn't you open up just for nine months, hey, we're opening up just for this.
Why wouldn't you open that up? It would provide relief. It would create jobs.
It would put us back into a position, where we're leading the world, not -- not following.
And I think those reasons are the reasons why they're not doing that. But what is your endgame? I don't know.
How do you win the election, I don't know.
STU: Because there's no way, there's no -- I think they're trying to hopefully minimize the harsh impact of the American people, so they can do not lose -- not only purple districts, but, you know, light blue districts.
GLENN: Where are they minimizing this? Where are you seeing them minimize it?
STU: Going to Iran. Going to Venezuela, to try to lower gas prices enough, so the shock isn't as bad, if we wind up losing Russia.
Because we keep talking about. Well, we might not buy Russian oil. What if they sell it to us?
That's how they're funding the war right now. They will continue to do it, we think for the foreseeable future. What if they decide, you know what, Europe, we're not giving you anything. We see what you're doing on our borders. We see what you're doing in this war. We see you're sending planes in there. We're not selling it to you anymore.
Yes, that would hurt them.
GLENN: Who has whom over the barrel?
STU: They both have each other over it.
GLENN: Yeah. I know.
This is one of the situations that people don't understand. We hope that both sides walk away from the table with the gun pointed at each other, saying, all right. We're not going -- we're not going to mess with each other, right? Right?
Because I can shoot you dead, you can shoot me dead. It's mutually assured destruction. Mad is not just with nuclear missiles, although it is with nuclear missiles in the end.
But, you know, right now, we can both -- and we both are destroying our own economies.
We are engaged, in mad. In madness.
We are destroying ourselves. We're destroying them.
They're destroying themselves.
Is there anyone that is an adult in the room, that can stand up and go, okay. All right. Okay.
At least in America, if you want to do this, you have to pump your own oil and gas. You must, right now.
Otherwise, sit down. Shut up. Sit down and shut up.
We can't say we are being compassionate, to Ukraine, if we are destroying ourselves.
STU: That doesn't help anybody.
GLENN: Doesn't help anyone in the end. We can't destroy ourselves. And we don't have to.
It's easy. Just turn the pipelines back on. Just open up the spigots, for the natural gas, and the oil to flow. And we can help Europe. We can help our -- we can help ourselves. We can help Ukraine.
And we can cripple Russia.
Isn't that what we want to do? Isn't that what our plan is? Or is our plan to all of us, none of us, have anything? Just wipe everything out.
That doesn't sound like a good plan. But I haven't -- I haven't heard people really -- have you heard people articulate this?
I either hear, you know, Putin is not a bad guy. Or we need to fly our planes in there, and cut off his oil.
STU: Yeah. It's a weird time. Because we are correctly, morally justified in taking a strong position on this. On what has happened. It's been really, really bad.
And Vladimir Putin still is mostly to blame for it.
You know, that's not to say, everyone else in the world is perfect.
But this was an unneeded escalation in our world.
But I don't think that the American people have been told, and had the full conversation, on what sort of ramifications are going to come from this. I still talk to people who are like, I'm not really interested. It's way over there.
GLENN: Yeah. Not so much.
STU: It will affect us in a major way. It obviously already is at the pumps. That's the first sign though. If this thing goes on.
Vladimir Putin is not the type of guy who will say, yeah. You guys ruined our economy. Let me go back to our own borders. You know what, take Crimea back too.
That may be too much of an overreach for us. He's not that kind of guy. He won't back up. And say, this was a mistake. I'm sorry.
GLENN: Here's the reason why Donald Trump didn't say anything about Putin, while they were together. Okay?
And Putin didn't say anything bad about Trump. Because Trump told me, I had a deal, you don't embarrass me. I won't embarrass you.
Now, that's not just beyond policy. It's just, don't you dare target me, personally. Or I will target you personally in the war of words. You know.
STU: Yeah. And people forget Trump's policies, not words. But policies on Russia very strong. Much stronger than Obama's or Bidens.
And he also said to Putin, you take Ukraine. Those beautiful onion domes there in Moscow. I blow those up.
STU: The gold turrets, they're going down.
GLENN: Yeah. And that is important, in a guy, like Vladimir Putin.
You have to speak his language. Or he does not respect you.