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Beck: I’ll Fire Anyone Who Helps the Environment

I can’t tell if this is just a ploy for attention or if Glenn Beck really is stupid and extreme enough to think that recycling is actually a bad thing. After an employee put recycling bins and replaced individual water bottles with a water cooler, he now says he’ll fire anyone who does anything that might be good for the environment. Even if you think global warming is a hoax, if you think we should actually go out of your way to create more pollution than necessary, you’re just an asshole.

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  1. matty1 says

    Wait, Glen Beck is allowed to employ people, to run a company?

    This is what’s wrong with consumer capitalism

  2. Chiroptera says

    Remember, these are the same clowns who threw a tantrum over government proposals to mandate energy efficiency standards for light bulbs…that would end up saving the consumer money.

  3. raven says

    Fundies own the Dark Side of our society.

    Anything benign or worthwhile doesn’t fit into their cults.

    So what else does he hate. Animal shelters for homeless animals? Laws against littering? Public garbage cans in parks?

  4. Chiroptera says

    I wonder whether he pours antifreeze down the storm drains when he changes the coolant in his car?

  5. mikeyb says

    That’s libertarian freedom of speech and expression in action for ya. If you don’t agree with my personal insanity, you’re fired.

  6. says

    Chiroptera “Remember, these are the same clowns who threw a tantrum over government proposals to mandate energy efficiency standards for light bulbs…that would end up saving the consumer money.”
    Sure, saving money is nice, but spiting The Other by shitting on things they like is priceless. Seriously, you can’t put a price on cutting off your own nose to spite someone else’s face.

  7. exdrone says

    I think he’s serious because he is justifying himself with technical terms like “blah-di-blah-di-blah.”
    .
    He seems to be trying to out-Colbert Colbert, but I wonder if he starts to believe himself once he says these things. I also wonder how much eye-rolling happens with his staff even considering how many of them are true believers.

  8. Chiroptera says

    Modusoperandi, #7:

    Oh, yeah, you just reminded me: wasting huge sums of money on drug tests for poor people before they can collect public assistance, even though very, very few poor people are caught abusing drugs in this manner.

    Loading on everyone else out of pure spite, indeed!

  9. says

    Didn’t Beck once brag on his show that he had a car running idle down on the street all day, just to show those hippies what-for by wasting gasoline and spewing pollutants into the surrounding air?

  10. raven says

    Speaking about global warming, the west is getting hammered.

    Rainfall in much of the west is way below normal, about half what it usually is.

    And the predictable is happening. There are forest fires everywhere. A news report said there are at least 50.

    And these fires don’t just burn trees, sagebrush, and dried grass. If they did, Glenn Beck would probably cheer. They occasionally burn people’s houses and kill a few humans here and there.

  11. jws1 says

    Typical of conservatism, sometimes libertarianism, and rarely liberalism: “No thought for the morrow! If it doesn’t benefit me today, than it’s not worth doing!”

  12. says

    Remember, these are the same clowns who threw a tantrum over government proposals to mandate energy efficiency standards for light bulbs…that would end up saving the consumer money.

    I’m quite certain that replacing individual water bottles with water coolers saves money. I’m also certain that not having a car idle out on the street for no reason saves money.

    Some people are willing to waste a lot of money in order to prove what a waste of money environmentalism is.

  13. Chiroptera says

    machintelligence, #16:

    Yeah, motor oil was actually my first thought for an example. But I wasn’t sure whether anyone actually changes their own oil any more these days.

    Come to think of it, as a non-car owner I don’t even know whether anyone changes their own coolant, either.

  14. mikeyb says

    Right winger talk whether it be Beck, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, etc., I’m convinced act as a narcotic for the fools paradise dream world of bigots, and ignorant fools. If you cant’ see that Beck and Limbaugh are parasitic mind numbing morons and ignorant hate mongerers, leeching a living like televangelists, who’s opinions don’t deserve an ounce of respect in any thing that remotely resembles civilization, then you are clearly living in the great nation of dumbfuckistan.

  15. magistramarla says

    This is the typical attitude here in Texas. People sneer at us for driving a Prius. I’m really worried that some fool Texan, “inspired” by Beck and Limbaugh, might run us off the road one of these days.
    I got used to carrying reusable grocery bags in the car, since plastic bags are outlawed in several of the small towns in the area where we lived on the California coast. I continue to use them in Texas, but I’ve noticed that cashiers in the local stores roll their eyes when they see them.
    The Texans are riding high on their economy that has been bolstered by fracking. I want to be long gone and living in another state when their bubble bursts.

  16. =8)-DX says

    Remember, these are the same clowns who threw a tantrum over government proposals to mandate energy efficiency standards for light bulbs…that would end up saving the consumer money.

    I had a heated argument about this with my father and brother. They were all “darned EU regulations, telling people what they can and can’t buy!” I usually don’t argue with them, but this just got me. So I made some calculations right in front of them – the cost of a 60W standard lightbulb compared to a 60W equivalent energy-saving one and the current cost of electricity. Turns out the more expensive energy-saving bulb pays for itself as long as it lasts at least 6 months (not to mention the savings of coal-powerplant emissions, our town is on coal).

    I then pointed out how many people don’t trust new technologies or aren’t financially literate – they just buy the old bulbs because each one individually is cheaper without counting the overall cost.

    That mostly shut them up.

  17. abusedbypenguins says

    There is an article describing sociopaths and their followers on naturalnews.com. The shills for fascism are all sociopaths and the sheeple who follow them are in need of therapy and their medication adjusted. This would require the main-stream-media to become honest, factual and truthful. Won’t happen anytime soon.

  18. D. C. Sessions says

    And these fires don’t just burn trees, sagebrush, and dried grass. If they did, Glenn Beck would probably cheer. They occasionally burn people’s houses and kill a few humans here and there.

    All the better!

    And FWIW a dozen years ago I worked with one of the 19 who died near Yarnell.

  19. lorn says

    Utter stupidity.

    Of course Beck has made so much money selling lies to rubes that he has a nice fat bank account to ride like a magic carpet through what for most of us is a very rough ride in a painfully real world. No mater how dirty the air water or land most of us are faced with he can afford to exist in an unspoiled bubble.

    I recently got a laugh going back to some of the forums that I used to read, and have arguments, on. Way back then a hot topic was the government mandated low-flow toilets. Ohhhh the outrage of having big brother go into your bathroom and mandate which toilet you could use. There was actually, probably still is, of gray market sellers of high-flow toilets where the more water it uses the more valuable the toilet was. They wanted real money for an ancient seven gallon a flush model from the 20s.

    Funny thing is that that particular debate is now dead. There are still a few grumbling vaguely about government intrusion but the argument is over. The fact that if you go to the hardware store you can only buy low-flow, all of which work just fine in most situations, with higher dollar ones to handle difficult plumbing situations, and the glaring obvious fact that drought and water shortages are going to be a the ‘new normal’, have settled it.

    There is similar progress in shifting away from incandescent light bulbs. A fair amount of outrage remains. A bit of vastly over blown concern over mercury clean-up. But also the occasional comment about how much electricity was saved when they changed to coil-lights in the entire house.

    Reality has a way of forcing efficiency.

    Beck is free to use his ill gotten gains to avoid reality and advocate other do the same but the rest of humanity will move on.

  20. sceptinurse says

    Isn’t this a man whose politics and religion idolize a time period that had the motto “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or do without”? Sounds an awful lot like the first part of recycling, reuse.

  21. unbound says

    @12 – Bullshit was pretty good early on, but it didn’t take long for P&T to start taking sides that supported their own money. The recycling episode was one such thing. Here is an article from the same site that has a few more details (recycling isn’t a clear winner all the time, but it is better overall) – http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2346/is-recycling-worth-it

    A couple of good points made in commentary in a few places (and in that article):
    – Of course recycling loses money…so is basic garbage collection.
    – China is buying our used newspapers which is causing problems with our cardboard manufacturers who have to now pay higher prices for raw material (ergo, the recycled newspaper clearly saved money)

  22. felidae says

    Global warming is a pile of crap but the Book of Mormon is the true revealed word of God–the inside of that man’s head must be one of the scariest places on this planet.

  23. smrnda says

    Conservatism has a real ‘dude bro bad boy’ streak in it these days, where the whole idea is to be ‘rebellious’ and ‘defiant’ by doing irresponsible things just to spite evil liberals who point out that certain actions have bad consequences. This probably happened since there’s no rational case to be made for it, so it’s trying to appeal based on more primal drives. It’s at the level of a kid chugging a soda and not wearing a seat belt and smoking to show that he’s just too cool to follow all those rules laid down by those boring proponents of responsibility.

    My analysis is that these conservative males realize they can’t really get that defiant image by being openly on the side of the status quo, so they have to do it by treating the planet like a garbage can.

  24. spacejunkie says

    He just got it backwards is all. It should have been
    “Help the environment, set Glenn Beck on fire.”

  25. dingojack says

    spacejunkie – No, no don’t do that! Think of all the nasty toxins that’ll release into the environment.
    Dingo

  26. says

    dingojack:

    Well, you could emulate Cyril Kornbluth’s plot device (in “The Marching Morons”) and tell Glennie Blek that he had been selected as the only appropriate candidate to pilot a spaceship to Kolob and, once he’s in the payload capsule, steering said capsule into the heart of the sun. Otoh, I sortalike the sun and would not want it to suffer.

  27. dingojack says

    Demo – Somehow the SciFi classic I am Legion, I contain the multitudes seems appropriate.
    ;) Dingo

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  29. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Yup. That’s sounds like Beck alright. What a maroon.

  30. DaveL says

    You’d think environmentalism and fiscal conservatism should go hand in hand, After all, money is nothing more or less than an abstraction of resources, and environmentalism is really nothing more than good management of resources to maximize long-term benefit. You know – that whole “personal responsibility” thing.

    It’s almost as if all this talk about fiscal responsibility were actually a smokescreen used to justify the short-sighted exploitation of externalities to push real costs off onto other people and future generations…

  31. says

    “It’s almost as if all this talk about fiscal responsibility were actually a smokescreen used to justify the short-sighted exploitation of externalities to push real costs off onto other people and future generations…”

    Y’think?

    I just had the argument, for the umpteenth time, the other night, that nuclear power plants are in no way protected by the gummint. The person I was talking to knows about Price-Anderson but says it has no bearing on their costs of doing business. How can you even talk to someone when they simply deny the facts that exist are facts? The same thing pretty much goes for the fossil fuel industry. Too big to fail for banks and other financial “services*” and too, something, something to penalize for environmental damage OR market manipulation if you’re in the energy sector.

    * Where service means me grabbing my ankles and thinking nice thoughts while i’m being reamed by Big$.

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