timeearthGreetings Earthlings. It’s time to talk about priorities on this Earth Day 2014. Do you want peace & justice in the midst of climate chaos? Good luck with that! How about hazardous and hidden chemicals in everyday consumer products? Sounds more manageable, yes? Dr. Anne Steinemann  calls in on that and the Good Green Witch and Tom Neilson call as well. So many calls, so little time. We will have time for some E-Valley-uation and perhaps a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and the Fools-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Another listener suggestion: 22-pound house cat goes berserk!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we continue focusing on both the proposed logging in the Quabbin watershed and the proposed fracked gas pipeline slated to run right through our community. What’s with all these bogus proposals? How about stupidity? That works! We’ll report back on the latest battle where Massachusetts residents try to keep the hydra-headed gasbag fossil fools at bay. Meanwhile, will the Gov allow loggers to trash the Quabbin woodlands yet again, without any consideration for his much touted Global Warming Solutions Plan? Will climate activists from The Better Forget it….um…Future? Project sitting down with the Gov on May 2nd even mention it?? All those trees sequester CO2 ya’ know. The ones they clearcut? Not so much.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber the HuffPo informs us that “The Environmental Protection Agency is significantly underestimating the amount of methane that natural gas drilling operations emit, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” So, does 1,000 times higher work for you? We also have more bad news about Monsanto’s Roundup. A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “proposes a link between Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease (CKDu) of unknown origin affecting several poor farming regions around the world. The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.”  Well, are we headed to the last Roundup, or what? On to the good news! Here are Five Ways to help the bees. What, only five?

Once again we go plural with our Fools-on-the-Hill. As the world burns and all those pesky science types at the IPCC remind us (yet again!) that we are….well, toast if we don’t change our priorities NOW, the far-right and the corporados continue to obstruct. Of course, in a perfect world these bad players would be marched off to…..what? re-education camps? High security prisons? Some other galaxy? BUT it surely isn’t perfect in a world where the fate of the world doesn’t matter. Maybe fools is too kind a word.

After the phone is through ringing off the hook we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s what:

 

Thursday, April 24, 7PM. A showing of “Gasland”, a 2010 documentary at the Leverett Library, Leverett center, MA. The film focuses on communities in the US impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking. Please come and learn about fracking, how the drilling impacts communities and why we don’t want the proposed KM/TGP pipeline in our state. Any questions, please contact Barbara Tiner 548-7919.

Thursday, April 24, 7pm. The Buckland Energy Committee is screening Gasland II.  Discussion to follow. Arms Library, Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA

April 22-27. Reject & Protect Action. An alliance of pipeline fighters (that’s YOU)— ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL. On that day, we will set up camp nearby the White House, lighting our fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, we will bear proud witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL, reminding him of the threat this tarsands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights. Go to: http://rejectandprotect.org/

Saturday, April 26, 12 noon – 2 pm. Rockin’ the Shortnose in Turners Falls: a natural history hike and brown-bag picnic to celebrate the spawning of the federally-endangered shortnose sturgeon.  Join sturgeon expert and Adjunct UMass Professor Dr. Boyd Kynard and writer/journalist Karl Meyer for a midday walk to view the ancient Rock
Dam formation on the Connecticut River–perennial shortnose sturgeon spawning site. Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Wildlife Society, the program is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration necessary. Bring lunch; wear sturdy shoes.  Meet in Turners Falls at the parking lot at the south end of L Street (turn left at the first stop sign after crossing the Eleventh Street Bridge in TF) Runs rain or shine. For more information contact: cfrisard@umass.edu.

Saturdays: April 26 and May 3 at 11am. This Saturday, bike around the mills of Holyoke, stopping along the way to visit the Green High Performance Computing Center, the former Hotel Hamilton, the dam and fish lift, and more! We’ll meet at Holyoke Heritage State Park at the DiNapoli Statue across from the Police Station. Rain date for the first tour is Sunday April 27 at 11:00 a.m. Next Saturday, bike around the Fairfield Ave historic district and view landmarks such as the Samuel Whiting House, the Henry Tuttle House, Lovering School, and more! We’ll meet at Kennedy Park. Rain date for the second tour is Sunday May 4 at 11:00 a.m. Tours are $15 each OR $26 for both. Go to: http://wistariahurst.org/events/bicycle-tour-with-craig-della-penna-around-the-mills/

Global Climate Convergence‘s Earth Day to May Day. 10 days to change course.  A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe. People are rising up against the crisis of economy, ecology, and democracy. The growing climate disaster intensifies all our struggles, creating new urgency for unified action. Learn more at globalclimateconvergence.org/ & follow @EarthDay2MayDay on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 29, 7PM. Ashfield is hosting an open informational meeting about the proposed fracked gas pipeline at Sanderson Academy, Rt. 112 in Ashfield. Email Jim Cutler at:  <snowalkerjim@gmail.com> for more information.

Sunday May 4, 9 am to 3 pm. Last Chance for Civil Disobedience Training For Keystone XL Action in Springfield. On or shortly after May 6 Sec. of State John Kerry is expected to make his determination about whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in our national interest. Over 90,000 people nationwide have pledged to risk arrest in the days immediately following his decision, if he recommends in favor of the pipeline. A local action that will include Civil Disobedience is planned for the TD Bank in Springfield. At previous trainings for the Springfield action, over 34 people have already committed to risking arrest.  We welcome more potential arrestees, as well as people who want to help out in support roles.  Go to: http://act.credoaction.com/event/kxl_pledge_local_sit_ins_attend/3228  Or  contact Molly Hale at <hellomolly@comcast.net> for more information.

Tuesday May 13,7pm There will be an information session on the proposed fracked gas pipeline project at the Windsor Town, MA Hall.  Bruce Winn, from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), will provide a presentation on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) route through Windsor and other western Massachusetts towns.  Rosemary Wessel , organizer of No Fracked Gas in Massachusetts (NFGIM) and a representative from Kinder Morgan have both been invited to attend and answer questions. Contact:  janet.bradley2@gmail.com

 

Happy E-Day….make that Every day is Earth Day, OK? Remember: listen to your Mother.

frackingGreetings Earthling. We’ll try to keep the gas jokes down to a dull roar…..(O, sorry)…as we sniff out all the gas leaks in existing gas pipelines and hold our noses over plans by Big Gas to build a new fracked gas line all the way across our Commonwealth. We think that idea stinks but the entire show will focus on it. Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass and George from Climate Action Now!MA join us in the studio for the latter and Joel Wool of Clean Water Action calls in about legislation on Beacon Hill regarding all those scary gas leaks to our east. Also, roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson calls in from out West. Lots of people in Massachusetts really are fuming about this so most of the show will be focused on trying to stop passing gas. However we will take a short breather here on the blog for a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Cows take out barn with home made explosives!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill is Blue Dog Dem Sen. Mark Begich who is out with his second ad, touting efforts to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve near Deadhorse, Alaska to oil drilling. If you click on the link you get to see him and his buddies snowmobiling for Big Oil. There’s no sign of the dead horse but we see a real ass out there.

We Meet the New Boss doing a sales pitch for gas exports to Europe. “Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licences for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier, something that is obviously relevant in today’s geopolitical environment,” Obama told a news conference after meeting EU leader. No one asked The Boss what ever happened to America’s “energy independence” schtick, not to mention all that much voiced concern about climate chaos. But in any case, it seems not only does the UN disagree with The Boss but so does …..industry?

A quick trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber finds Bill McKibben locked down on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline getting pepper sprayed. That right of passage should stir the pot! Onward!!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from an unlikely source:  “Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.”      – George W. Bush  (not if we can help it, George).

After our conversation in a very crowded studio with the phone ringing constantly we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – noon the Northampton Reuse Committee will be hosting the spring recycling rally at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton.  Items being collected include: 1. Pellet bags 2. White Styrofoam (clean large pieces, no packing peanuts or colored or food Styrofoam please). There will be document shredding services available (limit of 2 curbside recycling boxes of shreddables per person) For more information, please go to http://www.northamptonma.gov/reduce-waste or call 413-587-1059.

Sunday, April 13, 3 – 5pm. There will be a public meeting of Western Mass Climate Action NOW!/350 MA at the Hartsbrook School Great Room, 193 Bay Road Hadley. There will be a presentation on the threat presented to the environment by the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline followed by discussion and planning concerning fossil fuel divestment, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline extension and much more. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm. “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” A lecture and book signing about her latest book of the same name with Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker, and award winning author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change”. In The Sixth Extinction, Kolbert introduces a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, and through these stories, provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.  Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm at the Athol Town Hall, Athol, MA. Bruce Winn will be giving presentations about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run  through the hilltowns, and out to a hub in Dracut, MA.  Bruce will explain what we know about the proposed pipeline and why the pipeline is not clean, cheap, reliable, or needed. Learn about the pipeline, your rights if you own land along the route, and what people are doing to stop this pipeline from ever being built. Contact: kristen@thebeatnews.org

Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: nofrackedgasinmass.org

April 11-13, 2014, Science for the People:: The 1970s and Today. UMass Amherst. All events are free and open to the public, so you can just show up. Check out the amazing program we’ve put together: http://science-for-the-people.org/program

April 22-27. Reject & Protect Action. An alliance of pipeline fighters (that’s YOU)— ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL. On that day, we will set up camp nearby the White House, lighting our fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, we will bear proud witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL, reminding him of the threat this tarsands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights. Go to: http://rejectandprotect.org/

CALL TO ACTION: Global Climate Convergence‘s Earth Day to May Day. 10 days to change course.  A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe. People are rising up against the crisis of economy, ecology, and democracy. The growing climate disaster intensifies all our struggles, creating new urgency for unified action. Learn more at globalclimateconvergence.org/ & follow @EarthDay2MayDay on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM. Earth Week Panel. Implications of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IGCC) on the Social Impacts of Climate Change. Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall. Free and Open to the Public. For info phone: 413-559-5563.

 

Wasn’t that a gas? (sorry). Next time it’s our Earth Day show…..but, of course, every day is Earth Day down here on the ranch, right? Remember: listen to your Mother.

calmtreesGreetings Earthlings. Do you mind if we mind about clearcuts? Too bad! And so-called “patch cuts” are just little clearcuts, got it? How about the critical importance of carbon sequestration by trees? Watershed protection? In the wake of Castle Northampton‘s recent dog & pony show regarding the logging in the drinking water supply forest, Chris Matera returns to these mics where he has actually been invited! We will pick through the trash and treasures with him for most of the show and get a call later from our roving reporter, Tom Neilson. In keeping with all the log smog we also put together a gigantic Forests & CO2 linkfest below just in case anyone has an interest in actual science.  This truncated version of the show still has time for some Fools-on-the-Hill, a little E-Valley-uation  and…….Revenge of the Critters! Do not turn your back on the trees.

It’s another two-fer AND a repeat performance by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Big Oil’s own chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her chairship is accompanied by Rep. Cory Gardner, Repugnican of Colorado. “The [Senate] hearing will examine how the United States can responsibly export natural gas to promote manufacturing, create high-paying jobs and expand U.S. influence around the world to assist its allies,” the committee said in a Thursday statement. We’re not sure the entire committee agrees with that but be that as it may, like we always ask: what ever happened to “energy independence”?  O, and what ever happened to “responsible”! Did we miss something? Meanwhile, Gardner is sponsoring a bill “that would force the Obama administration to approve all pending applications for liquefied natural gas export terminals.” Cory Gardner is soooooo forceful. We guess he likes to Drill baby, drill!

In our E-Vally-uation segment we have a peek at Katy’s op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette regarding the propsed Kinder Morgan/TGP coporado fracked gas pipeline aimed for a backyard near you. Then it’s on to Glen & Chris and our giant Forest & CO2 linkfest at the bottom of this post. You want the science of why we shouldn’t be hacking down our forests? Knock yourself out.

Now we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Screening of “Carbon Nation”. Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Discussion following by Smith students. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible.  Part of Earth’s Turn film series brought to you by the Climate Action NOW/350MA; Smith College Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, and others.

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Sunderland Public Library. Closing VT Yankee: How to Do It Safely & Responsibly” with Dr. Marvin Resnikoff and Dr. John R. Mullen. 20 School Street, Sunderland, Mass. Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and by the Sunderland Energy Committee www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org

Thursday, March 27, 10:30 to 11am. Environment Massachusetts’ Fracking Bill Press Conference. Springfield City Hall, 35 Court Street, Springfield, MA. This is about No Fracking in MA (which probably won’t happen anyway) BUT we hope they speak to the proposed corporate Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Commonwealth! See: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Saturday, March 29, 10am to 4pm. Valley Vegfest, at JFK Middle School in Northampton.  A vegetarian festival featuring natural and cruelty-free products, vegan food, educational exhibitors, and talks by noted authors and experts including Jenny Brown, Neil Hornish, Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, and Hannah Kaminsky. For more information please go to http://www.valleyveg.org

March 29. The next (and final) CD training will be held at Smith College in Northampton. Nearly 50 people have stepped forward to say they are willing to be arrested at a local pipeline action in Springfield. Is it your time to take a stand? Even if you are… not interested in participating in the act of civil disobedience, there is a crucial need for folks to fill support roles. Email: hellomolly@comcast.net to sign up or to find out more about supporting the action.

Monday, April 1, 10:30am. Youth Walkout for Climate Justice. On March 31st, hundreds of youth across the Commonwealth will walk out of classes and take time from their jobs to converge on the Statehouse and call on Governor Patrick to draw a hard line against new fossil fuel infrastructure. Questions?  Contact info@justandstable.org.

Monday, March 31, 6:30 pm sign-in. “The Climate Crisis:  Only a Movement can Save Us!” Introduction by Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin Downing Presentation by Craig Altemose, executive director of the Better Future Project  / 350 Massachusetts. Kick-Off Meeting for Berkshire “Node” of 350MA. Berkshire Community College, Room K111, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7pm. Public safety is no joke! On APRIL FOOL’S DAY we’ll be back at the gates of Vermont Yankee. Tell Entergy they’re not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. Entergy is not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. 546 Governor Hunt Rd, Vernon, VT. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Monday, April 7, 6:30pm. Standout for No Fracked Gas in Mass! Kinder Morgan Rep. to speak to the Montague Selectboard, 7:00 pm at MontagueTown Hall,1 Avenue A, Turners Falls (by the bridge). See: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Tuesday, April 8, 10am to 3pm. Close Mt. Tom Power PlanProtest Against GDF Suez! 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. Parking lot behind War Memorial on Maple Street.

Sunday, April 13, 3 to 5pm. 350MA Node meeting. 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA.

Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: nofrackedgasinmass.org

 

Forests & CO2 sequestering Linkfest! :

http://ijpr.org/post/rainforests-and-ecosystem-services-standing-timber

http://www.nature.com/news/tree-growth-never-slows-1.14536

https://nctc.adobeconnect.com/_a1089783514/p17zyw8ge89/

http://www.maforests.org/Dr_Eric_Chivian_Water_Supply.pdf

http://www.maforests.org/Keeton.pdf

http://www.conbio.org/publications/scb-news-blog/why-forests-need-to-be-enlisted-in-climate-change-actions

http://www.conbio.org/images/content_policy/Harmon-Mark_Carbon_Dynamics_Heinz_9-25-13.pdf

http://www.geosinstitute.org/banking-on-forests/forests-and-carbon.html

http://www.loisparshley.com/LFP_carbon_sequestration_06_25_09.pdf

http://www.parks-parcs.ca/english/pdf/549.pdf

http://w w w .o r e g o n . g o v / o d f / c l i m a t e c h a n g e
/ f o r e s t c a r b o n b a s i c s v 2 . p d f

Climate Control: How Northwest Old-Growth Forests Can Help Fight Global Warming
http://www.oregonwild.org/oregon_forests/global-warming-and-northwest-forests/Climate%20Control%20(Oregon%20Wild%20Global%20Warming%20Report%20May%2008).pdf

Heiken, D. Myths & Facts on Forest, Carbon and Global Warming slide show
http://www.slideshare.net/dougoh/forest-carbon-climate-myths-presentation/

Interactive Effects of Environmental Change and Management Strategies
on Regional Forest Carbon Emissions
http://terraweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/pubs/Hudiburg%20Interactive%20effects%20of%20envl%20change%20and%20management_EST13.pdf

Dept. of Interior Releases Study of Carbon Storage and Sequestration
in Western Ecosystems as Part of National Assessment
http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-releases-study-of-carbon-storage-and-sequestration-in-western-ecosystems-as-part-of-national-assessment.cfm#

Oregon State University. “Oldest trees are growing faster, storing
more carbon as they age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily,15 January 2014.
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140115132740.htm

Role of Forests in Climate Mitigation
B.E. Law – Oregon State University, February 23, 2014
http://forestpolicypub.com/2014/03/13/dr-law-role-of-forest-ecosystems-in-climate-change-mitigation/comment-page-1/

 

Had enough? We go out with Loreena McKennitt’s “Ancient Pines” representing “the Earth’s yearning for release from the oppression of the human hand”.

Remember this: listen to your Mother!

Spring at Castle Northampton

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The Mayor and his court at Castle Northampton are celebrating the
first day of Spring by lowering the icy drawbridge just enough to let
in those who agree with their policies.

Northampton City Hall looks a bit like some misplaced castle so it
should be of little surprise that some of its priorities are misplaced
as well. Take the presentation of the city’s position on caring for
the woodlands surrounding the drinking water supply being offered to
the good people of Northampton by the City Council this first day of
Spring. As far as we can tell from out here beyond the gates, only
those agreeable to the court will be speaking at the event and, we are
told, comments from the masses will be limited to just three minutes
apiece. Presumably the presentations will be much longer. We guess
this is what passes for democracy within the castle gates. Since we
are not residents of Northampton we leave issues of free speech and
democracy to our friends who dwell there.

However, given the short public notice of this event and given that no
real space was provided for alternative views on the city’s position
and given that personal attacks seem to have been made in the media
toward the individual who first raised concerns about the watershed by
his honor the Mayor and some in his court, we are instead focusing on
the next  Enviro Show, this coming Tuesday, March 25 at 6pm. to
present some of the alternative views that will not be voiced in any
detail on the first day of Spring.

Happy Spring & stay warm!

tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. All these years we’ve been talking with you about the Climate Crisis and what we can do to address this greatest of all threats to life as we know it, right? Remember the part about the trees? About how trees and the soil that sustains them sequester CO2?  So how is it that people keep cutting them down! We ask that question and way more to our friend Dr. Mary Booth, Senior Scientist at The Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance. Also, we get a call from Chris at Mass Forest Watch about cutting in the Quabbin watershed and right here in Northampton! Air time is Tuesday, March 11 which also happens to be the anniversary of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster. You probably remember that. The corporate media? Not so much. We’ll tear into that in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber along with other news. As always, we’ll also take you to Meet the New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a side trip for some E-Valley-uation but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Moose protest! A listeners sends us this video of science gone wrong.

Beware the Ides of March (or thereabouts), especially if you’re a nuclear reactor. Last time we gave you Arnie Gunderson’s grim news on the damaged radioactive fuel storage pools at Fukushima-Daiichi Units #3 and #4. This time around, on the 3rd anniversary of those frightening ongoing multiple meltdowns we check in with long-time anti-nuke crusader, Karl Grossman here.  March 28 is also the anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania. Enformable Nuclear News ties the two events together here. We don’t have to do that live on the show ‘cuz we’ve got our own stories! Tune in for that. We return to tales of tar sands where this think piece on “piecemeal pipelines” points out: “It’s not just a matter of one pipeline — there are a number of different pipelines that are all trying to do the same thing and that’s allow the tar sands development to increase in Canada by getting increasing amounts to the market,” Doug Hayes, a staff attorney for the Sierra Club said, “I think that while the public has been largely focused on Keystone XL, the Corps and other agencies are quietly approving these projects without allowing the public to become involved in any way.”  Of course climate chaos deniers and most corporados are gung-ho for exploiting the tar sands and every conceivable energy source, but wait, some corporados are not marching in step!  On to our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: here’s what YOU can do to protect the wolves!

We Meet the New Boss dropping the ball on addressing both the Climate Crisis and protecting wildlife off our coastline. The Obama administration released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on oil and gas exploration off the east coast recently.  Not surprisingly, the Boss has caved to the forces of drill-baby-drill. Read it and weep…..then take action!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. (you know, the Tar Heel State?) who proves he’s a heel by sponsoring the The Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act, or ALERRT. Let us alert you to this, our friends at Grist point out that the House Repugs last week celebrated what they called “Stop Government Abuse Week” by passing five dumb bills that abuse the government. Rep. Holding’s contribution to the abuse “would institute a bunch of time-wasting reporting requirements on agencies as they promulgate rules. For example: Prohibits a rule from taking effect until the information required by this Act is posted on the Internet for not less than six months.” Six months? Do they still get their news by stage coach down there? We know nothing much gets done in the U.S. House of Reprehensibles, but out here in the real world?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we’ll do a reportback on the Valley-wide organizing meeting to Stop the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Extension. You can keep up with this latest planned assault on the Commonwealth here. We will be devoting our entire April 8 Enviro Show in this effort to remind everyone: Do Not to Pass Gas in Mass! (sorry). So, act locally, think globally, yes? In its infinite wisdom, the Editorial Board at “The Paper of Record” seems to think we should be shipping a whole lot of that fracked gas to Europe just to get in Putin’s face. We responded to that gasinine idea on their pages and we hope you will as well.

After our conversation with Mary and Chris we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard for this:

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to: http://capedownwinders.org/

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30 pm, The Western Mass. Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night event takes place on as part of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton located at 1 Atwood Drive in Northampton, just off Route 5 south of the Exit 18 ramps to I-91.  For more information about Green Night and the Western Mass. Green Consortium, visit the WMGC web site or Facebook page at westernmassgreenconsortium.org.

Wednesday, March 12, 6:30pm. Climate Action Now! will join Smith College environmental student groups and faculty to host the first in a weekly film series, “Earth’s Turn”, which focuses on the effects of climate change on our global environment. Contact: Marty Nathan  413-531-9915 or  email: martygjf@comcast.net

Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: hellomolly@comcast.net or 413-585-0791.

Wednesday, March 15, 3pm. 2nd Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County and all across northern Massachusetts. Co-op Power, 15 A West Street (Rt.5-10), W. Hatfield, MA. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

Monday, March 24, 6 to 7:30pm. Air Pollution in Your neighborhood. Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Refreshments. Call Arise at 413-734-4948

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed "Retreat" is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what's left of the woods? Let's not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

That’s all for now. Remember……..listen to your Mother.

s-statue-of-liberty-small1.jpgGreetings Earthlings. It seems we just can’t have enough of a bad thing. This time around it’s the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline slated for the Berks and here in the Valley straight through Franklin County and across the Connecticut & Deerfield Rivers. Add to that the planned clearcutting of parts of the Quabbin watershed, a mysterious leak at the Alberta tar sands and the soon to be decided upon Keystone XL pipeline, freakin’ fearful Fukushima, then add the bizarre idea of burning coal deposits underground and you have the makings for a nasty Climate Stew. Adam Hall, who was featured in this recent article by Appalachian Voices and Heather Doyle of Hands Off Appalachia join us to ponder the latter and the likes of UBS and mountain top removal. As always we’ll take you for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill, to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Polar Bear gang moves into town. There goes the neighborhood!

Since Old King Coal is slated to take a beating during this show, how about here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we delve right into this absolutely over-the-top notion about burning coal right where it sits underground, OK? Then it’s on to the next lame-ass idea, this update on Big Oil’s effort to change the law of the land and export the crude oil that’s SUPPOSED to give us “energy independence”. Surely you remember THAT reason to “Drill, baby drill!”? Since we’re talking oil here, let’s have a look at the results of destroying the planet to mine the Alberta tar sands! That would be right…..here. Now we move on to that other dangerous form of energy, the one that splits atoms? It seems the ongoing meltdown in Fukushima (you know, the multiple meltdown the corporate media forgot?) has still more surprises for all of us! Sorry to shock you BUT we actually have some good news! Science may finally trump in invasive Zebra Mussel.

Time to checkout yet another Fool-on-the-Hill. This week it’s Tennessee Repugnican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the current vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and we hope she was doing a slow burn by the time Bill Nye the Science Guy was done with her on Meet the Press (a corporate media noise machine). When the discussion moved to the potential effects of climate change and ways to combat them, Blackburn insisted that all potential remedies must be subject to short-term cost-benefit analysis [insert groan here]. That was after she quoted two totally discredited scientists. Of course the moderator let that slide since….well….you know, in the interest of the corp….er…of fairness! Sorry!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week :

“Congressional committees overseeing industries succumb to the allure of campaign contributions, the solicitations of industry lobbyists, and the siren song of experts whose livelihood is beholden to the industry. The interests of industry and government become intertwined and it is regulation that binds those interests together. Business succeeds by getting along with politicians and regulators. And vice-versa through the revolving door. We call that system not the free-market, but crony capitalism. It owes more to Benito Mussolini than to Adam Smith.”    -  Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we are glad to report that opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline (headed for a town near you!) is growing by leaps and bounds. Here is the link to “No Fracking Gas in Mass!” where they have coined such catchy phrases as “Do Not Pass Gas in Mass!” or “We Are Bean-o to Your Gas”. You’ll note on the site that there are events listings and things you can do to help kick this project to the curb…….unless, of course, you don’t mind a Kinder Morgan 3′ diameter fracked gas pipeline exploding in your neighborhood, say in the middle of your morning coffee just after the kids have gone off to meet the school bus? O, did we mention the CLIMATE CRISIS and CO2 emissions? Fracking fluids in someone’s drinking water? No? Also we take a call from Sam King about the upcoming student led Keystone XL action scheduled for DC on March 2!

After our  interviews we move to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent!  On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil.  We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action.  Go to: xldissent.org/

Sunday, March 2, 9am & all day.  This year, Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network are collaborating to jointly put on the Local Environmental Action Conference at Northeastern University in Boston. It’s an opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration.  Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be at Co-op Power, 15A West St. (Rt. 5-10), West Hatfield, MA. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to: http://capedownwinders.org/

 

Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: hellomolly@comcast.net or 413-585-0791.

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed "Retreat" is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what's left of the woods? Let's not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

Enough! Remember……….listen to your Mother!

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. We will be your server this evening. We have an exceptional selection of disasters for you tonight on our menu. First, we have a melange of melted Vermont fuel rods, highly radioactive, spewed over a gorgeous landscape of locally sourced organic flora and fauna, blended with a variety of intriguing house dressings. Leslie Sullivan Sachs of Safe & Green will be doing the presentation. Also on the menu this evening, a fabulous selection of tar sands piped into a vibrant bed of earthen textures, lending an irresistible atmosphere of……well…..doom, actually. In addition, we offer some selections that are surprisingly good for you!  As always, for your listening enjoyment, we offer today’s  special family-sized portion of The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The New Boss to aid in your….er…digestion, or maybe not, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters!  “Snowball” the goat gets even.

Back to our disastrous menu in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber.  We rewind Think Progress’ piece on the U.S. State Department serving up a tasteless word salad to go with a heaping pile of steaming Keystone XL.  They also presented us with a side dish chocolate ordure! Of course, it’s up to the Chef whether or not to serve this dish to everyone on the planet and we’ll get to that when we Meet the New Boss. Also on the menu: a seared medley of regionally sourced coastal flavors we call Pilgrim’s Fry! There’s “No Escape from the Cape” with this dish. Finally, we go off-menu to advise everyone that wolf hunts are truly stupid. Did someone say stupid? How about Great Moments in Stupid!

[Last night during the show we broke the news about that ruling in Vermont on a proposed biomass plant. Here's a news link on that]

We Meet the New Boss, along with other Corporate Dems, hyping disastrous trade deals for their corporate masters. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) always reminds us of toilet paper for some reason. We are not alone in that association: Flush the TPP!  Interestingly, some Dems and even some Repugnicans are saying no deal (or at least no fast tracking the deal). In our E-Valley-uation segment you should find some news on the local stop the TPP action in front of Rep. Richie Neil’s office in Springfield but instead we put it HERE! Now, on to that Keystone XL pipeline entree: it looks like The Boss may be looking for some way to dodge this bullet (the one in the……House Chamber?). You can lean on Secretary of State John Kerry concerning Keystone HERE if you like. Maybe remind him how concerned he once was about the CLIMATE CRISIS!! Will science and common sense prevail? What? In Washington?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha………

We’ve gone plural in the past in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment but this time it’s a virtual feast! Are you ready? Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, maybe even some…um…hot air sickness bags? OK, prepare to cast off with the entire ship of fools! Ahoy, mateys! (sorry about the mixed metaphors….would you like something to drink with that?). If however you want avoid any unpleasantness with hot air sickness might we recommend something less overwhelming? How about just one fool? Say Doc Hastings? He just released a proposal to dismantle key portions of the Endangered Species Act. What’s up with that, Doc!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we first turn to the Stop Keystone XL vigil we co-sponsored with a host of other Valley groups on the Amherst Town Common on February 3rd. During the event it was reported that “Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, a representative of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, asked those in attendance to ‘fight for a habitable planet’ “.  Yes! This is what we’ve been saying: it’s the fight of your life! Fight for life on Earth and future generations! AND, part of that fight involves protecting our community from the frightening number of old decaying radioactive fuel rods improperly stored just up the river at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuke. Leslie will get into that before we ship off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge.  http://www.odysseybks.com

Friday February 14, 7pm. Special Showing of “Students and Goliath”, with local film-maker Alex Leff. It is fitting that this will be the last film shown in the Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation, as the film’s purpose is to educate, empower, and promote action on the most important issue of our time– climate change.  Students & Goliath follows the divestment campaigns of five schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, capturing a burgeoning movement that now engulfs colleges nationwide. Come see this film, engage in discussion with the local film-maker, and pay tribute to the Northampton Committee to Stop War which has sponsored films like this one over the past ten years, in the community room donated by the Media Education Foundation. The Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation is located at 60 Masonic Street, Northampton (behind Woodstar Café).

Sunday, February 16, 7:00-9:30pm. Pete Seeger Celebration. First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst. Free & open to all. Songleaders will include: Karen Brandow & Charlie King, Sarah Pirtle, Paul Kaplan, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Lorre Wyatt, Jay Mankita, Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron, & more.  We will share songs, stories, and memories of Pete.  Please bring a copy of Rise Up Singing if you have one.

Sunday, February 23, 9:30 AM.  Local Pledge of Resistance training, to prepare for protest of the Keystone XL tarsand oil pipeline: We will from 9:30 to a little after noon (focussing on protest preparation), break for lunch, and then continue from 1:30 to 3:30pm (focussing on organization and planning). Pledge of Resistance Brattleboro Community Room, Brattleboro Food CoOp, 7 Canal St. Brattleboro, VT . Email: crumbs@marlboro.edu

Wednesday, Wed. Feb. 26, 6:30 pm. Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”.  A fresh look at the global bee crisis, from multiple angles, and offers proactive life-affirming solutions. Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system. There will be a discussion after the film led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield Massachusetts. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Call:  413-773-5165

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 pm. The Native Bee and Native Plant Connection at Nasami Farm, Whately, MA. With the decline of the European honeybee, pollination crisis awareness is on the rise but the most bio-diverse pollinators in New England are native bees. Learn the basic needs of native bees, their nesting strategies, and native flower resources attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by creating beautiful pesticide-free restored habitat.  Registration & fee required. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Call: (413) 256-6006 or email: info@hitchcockcenter.org

Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent!  On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil.  We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action.  Go to: http://xldissent.org/

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be in Northampton (place TBA). Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed "Retreat" is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what's left of the woods? Let's not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

And with that we say……….listen to your Mother!

Pete Seeger, Presente!

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dar Williams wrote this for Pete a few years back. Storm King is the awesome dominant feature on the majestic Hudson River north of the Palisades. Pete’s home overlooked the mountain and the river he and his family loved.

energy_coverGreetings Earthlings. Are you low on energy lately? Would you care for some lowdown on energy? Tom Butler calls in with that and way more. As always we will drag you through The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and off to Meet the New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill, but before any of that it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Last time it was Revenge of the Cat. Now it’s equal time for mice!

The New York Times (“The Paper of Record”?) dominates The Enviro Show Echo Chamber this time around. We had about given up on them after they threw their “Environment” section under the bus and forgot to report on the CLIMATE CRISIS! buuuuuut, in the past week or so it appears they’ve been making up for lost time. Where to start? How about this editorial (of course, they failed to mention their own “backsliding”). They also reported on the soon to be released next section of the UN’s IPCC climate report and its dire warnings about inaction on limiting carbon emissions. In another addition they did a piece on a disturbing trend in the EU to reconsider their once reasonable climate goals, “turning mandatory targets for renewable energy into just goals”.  You’ll find another NYT piece when you Meet the Boss. Moving on to news outfits with smaller footprints we find this report from the Saturday Gazette Mail in West Virginia. Headline? “Chemical-related hospital admissions rise”. But Faux “News” told us no one was hurt in that God-awful chemical spill??

Time to Meet the New Boss. Like we indicated above, the “Paper of Record” has rediscovered climate chaos. They are also pointing out that The Prez “is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal”. That would be the toxic TPP deal now festering in Congress. Checkout the Bus Stop Billboard below for the Western Mass action on January 31. Sorry Boss, no deal.

We have another return candidate, in fact THE return candidate for our Fool-on-the-Hill. Yes, Repugnican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe scores again but this time not for his usual climate change denial, but for explaining why he keeps it up!  It seems this arch Enemy of the Planet “told WABC-AM that he was initially intrigued when former Vice President Al Gore began warning about human-induced climate change but became skeptical after discovering that environmental regulations might prove costly to business”………OK, there it is! Capitalism trumps….rationalism? AND, speaking of, this just in (making it a two-fer Fool-on-the-Hill): “Mitch McConnell Threatens To Destroy The Economy Unless Obama Approves Keystone XL”.

In our E-Valley-uation segment The Montague Reporter gives us a peek at that proposed fracked gas pipeline aimed to go right through our Valley and over the CT River. Buy the recent issue at newsstands and check them out on Facebook here.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the week comes from an unlikely source given our usual druthers:

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them”    – Henry Ford!

After our conversation with Tom we move over here to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, January 30th, 7-9pm. Climate Study Group of Northampton at Marty Nathan’s house, 24 Massasoit St., Northampton

Friday, January 31, Noon. WMass regional action for the Intercontinental Day of Action Against the TPP & Corporate Globalization.  Rep. Richard Neil’s Office, 300 State St., Springfield, MA

February 7, 7pm. Screening of “High Power,” a 27-minute documentary about the health issues faced by residents of Tarapur, a town in Maharashtra, and home to the 50-year-old Tarapur nuclear power plant.  Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St., Northampton, MA. Nuclear Free Future Coalition. Email:hattieshalom@verizon.net

Saturday, February 8th, stand with Salem and encourage Governor Patrick to uphold the Global Warming Solutions Act and prevent the construction of another fossil fuel plant in Salem! Join us at 2pm on the Salem Town Common for a clean energy parade through the town, past the existing coal plant and to the beautiful Salem Harbor. Help us support our Salem community allies and call for Only the Best for Salem and no to new fossil fuel infrastructure!

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge.  http://www.odysseybks.com

We go out with Pete Seeger (well, you know what we mean) who taught us to kkep on keepin’ on. That’s all folks!…….’til next time. Remember when you are out there to…….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

bikerightGreetings Earthlings. While the weather here in the Northeast isn’t all that conducive to biking at the moment, the hardy among us press on. Jimmy Pereira from Mass Bike in Springfield calls in with some E-Vally-uation on biking in that city while out on the Other Coast, our favorite hydrologist cum bike activist, Dylan Ahearn from Beacon Bikes gives us the picture on bike issues in Seattle. As always, we hope to entertain you with visits to The Fool-on-the-Hill and The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe we’ll even get to The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Listen up, dog people: don’t kick snow in the cat’s face, OK?

The name of this Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill sounds awfully familiar. We think he’s been here before. Be that as it may, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) was the lead sponsor of H.R. 1900 — Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. What would the “reform” do? “It would rush approval of natural gas pipelines with disregard for potential impacts on the public and on clean water and air,” NRDC explains. “In essence, this legislation is a direct extension of the entire House Republican effort that is focused on eliminating the transparent environmental review process that is required when energy projects are proposed.”  Well, we know one thing that is transparent for sure: Repugnicans make for bad Earthlings.

Our Quote of the Week is right on target for this show, but once again you’ll have to jump into The Wayback Machine (don’t despair, it’s geothermal powered!) for this:  “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”      -  H. G. Wells

 
 

We find none other than our Senior Senator from the Commonwealth, Elizabeth Warren in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but she’s certainly not echoing the corporate line on the Alberta tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. OpEd News susses out how Liz is no Hillary when it comes to destroying the planet. While Hillary is big on Keystone XL a whole lot of others….not so much. Two young women activists down in Oklahoma are being charged with “terrorism hoax”. What for? Glittering! Be very afraid people, remain in the no sparkle zone. You can donate to Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner’s defense here.  BTW, did you know the evil Koch brothers actually own a big chunk of the Alberta tar sands? And this: in Massachusetts comes the good news that the updated Bottle Bill may become a reality. We got enough signatures to get the initiative on the 2014 ballot in November if the folks on Beacon Hill don’t pass legislation beforehand. And this from one of our favorite listeners: “Somali Piracy: a Model for Tomorrow’s Life in the Anthropocene?” It’s what survival looks like in a world out of balance. Time for the Polar Vortex Report! Chris Mooney, who we had on the show back during the Bush Era, gives a simple explanation for the frigid temps lately: The Arctic is Drunk and has wandered off the rez! Recall us going off in the past about the phony excuse Big Oil and its corporate pimps in Washington periodically trotted out for increased oil production in the U.S.? “Energy Independence” or “Energy Security” they proclaimed (even as they cut more deals to export more oil via new pipelines & facilities). Now Grist tells us these corporados are planning to export crude oil as well, something that is presently illegal.  Finally, and in keeping with this show’s theme we have good news from Portlandia: no one died on a bike this past year? Given the extent of carmageddon out there, we guess that’s good news…….no?

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival reminds us about “Cars, cars, cars” (often the nemesis of bikes, bikes, bikes!) before we move on to our E-Valley-uation interview with Jimmy from Mass Bike. Then we hear from the Other Coast and close out with the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tues, January 14, 7pm  Public Service Board hearing on VT Yankee.  Brattleboro interactive tv location is at Brattleboro Union High School, Room 125, Fairgrounds Road. From I-91 Exit 1 – Take a Right at the first set of lights. The high school is at the end of the block. Not from Vermont? The PSB still wants to hear from you. Please make it clear that ordinary citizens should have a direct voice, and that based on the record, we do not trust Entergy. The state and the PSB must hold Entergy accountable to clean up the financial and environmental mess it has made.

 Saturday, January 18, 11am to 2pm Pedal People Bike Workshop at 12 Northern Ave in Northampton, MA. Call: 413-586-8591  Email: mail@pedalpeople.coop
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30PM. Screening of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our lives”. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the
deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting our health. If you eat food this is a must see movie. Share it with everyone you know and let’s get GMOs out of our food supply. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door.   Info at: 773-5165

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm. Climate Justice Conference Update.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield. Contact Susan at susantheberge@comcast.net

Saturday, January 25th, 10am-noon. Community Forum and Panel Discussion on State Divestment Legislation. Springfield Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield, Ma.  Email: george@climateactionnowma.org

Saturday, January 25, 10:30am. Winter Pre-school series: Who’s been here? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA Call: (413) 863-3221

Friday, January 31, 7:30am – 12:00pm. Walk/Ride Day. Join the celebrations on the last Friday of every month!  People throughout New England are doing it! Just use green transportation that day: commuting by bike is great, but going by foot, bus, or train – even carpooling and walking part way – count!  If you wear something green to show your support, you can also get discounts and freebies from an ever-growing list of sponsoring businesses throughout the region. For more information, and to register your company in Walk/Ride Day friendly competitions including a year-long Cambridge, MA mayor’s challenge, visit www.gogreenstreets.org.

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am to 4pm. Carbon Free Nuclear Free Workshop at  Park House, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.  The Citizens Awareness Network is partnering with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research to train organizers and provide the materials and information they need to organize on the local and state levels for sustainable energy solutions. The goal is to train people on the sustainable energy transition and technological issues so they can rap them out and begin organizing. Participants will include representatives from groups in the tri-state community (MA, VT, NH), as well as New York.  If interested please contact: Citizens Awareness Network  413 339 5781

Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “High Power” about nukes in India at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows.

That’s about it, unless you can think of something we missed. Until next time remember: listen to your Mother!