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Kamala Harris: Government 'can and should' legislate your meat consumption to combat climate change

And she wants to ban fracking as part of her $10 trillion plan

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During CNN's town hall on climate change Wednesday evening, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she wants to ban fracking and reduce the amount of red meat that Americans eat, as part of her $10 trillion plan to save the planet.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere reacted to Harris' claims that fracking — and cheeseburgers — are bad for the environment.

Glenn started out by playing a clip from the CNN town hall.

"There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking," Harris said, adding that, if elected, she would take executive action on "day one" to prohibit fracking on public lands. "We have to just acknowledge that the residual impact of fracking is enormous in terms of the impact of the health and safety of communities."

"How? What evidence do you have on that? What evidence do you have that fracking leads to anything bad?" Glenn Beck asked of Harris' unfounded assertion.

"Fracking, by the way, is the reason why we are no longer dependent on the Middle East for oil," he continued. "We don't need anything else. We are now the leader in oil and gas reserves.The leader. We are not dependent. For the very first time, we don't have to worry about it and it's because of fracking. You want to know why the price of gasoline is down? Fracking."

"You want to know why our emissions are down? Fracking," added Stu.

Glenn played a second clip in which Harris answers the question: Would you support dietary guidelines changes to reduce consumption of red meat?

"The balance that we have to strike here, frankly, is about what government can and should do around creating incentives and then banning certain behaviors," said Harris.

"I mean, just to be perfectly honest with you, I love cheeseburgers from time to time. Right? I mean, I just do," she continued. "But there has to be also what we do in terms of creating incentives of what we will eat in a healthy way, that we will encourage moderation, and that we will be educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment. And we have to do a much better job of that. And the government has to do a much better job of that."

Watch the video clip below for Glenn's response:


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