frackingGreetings Earthlings. [ Here's the Podcast link for this show]  The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline, going from one end of Massachusetts to the other, is now in the Valley.  Mary King joins us just after coming off the Orange/Athol leg of the March.  Also, Jim Cutler who was recently featured in The Valley Advocate concerning his opposition to the Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline will call-in with some background and updates. As usual we’ll drag you to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and some E-Valley-uation. Maybe we’ll finish you off with our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Speaking of The Advocate, this week’s entry was in their News of the Weird column: Deadly spiders as big as dinner plates!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Clean Water Action’s press release on the Gov signing that leaking gas pipeline legislation. The bill, like all that leaking methane, STINKS! Clean Water Action notes: “More work remains to be done to address the methane pollution and ratepayer burden from gas pipeline leaks.”  Our translation?  O so green Massachusetts is letting Big Gas charge YOU for its leaks and doesn’t give a damn about methane’s disastrous effect on the Climate Crisis. Legislation doesn’t always go to Beacon Hill to die, it also goes there to be abused!  Apparently no one on Beacon Hill has read THIS.  We rerun Grist’s news that “kudzu and other invasives can release carbon that had been sequestered in the soil” just in case you thought all green things are our friends. Dare we mention invasives in the Quabbin watershed? Well…..yeah! O, and speaking of Grist (and of STINKS!) they did an op-ed that relates directly to our last show. “Should Wilderness get the ax?” they ask. How about giving the ax to the corporados who’ve taken over The Nature Connivancy…..er…Conservancy?

We have a fresh new face for our Fool-on-the-Hill (because Congress is the gift that keeps on giving) in the person of Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Repugnican-Okla. It seems ol’ Jim is “ready to accept President Barack Obama’s “apology” for spending too much on climate change research”.  Go to the link and check this fool out. We think Central Casting sent him down to do the classic big far-right slob out to destroy the universe. Hey, it’s Oklahoma! Small labor & gene pool.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is one of our all-time favorites:

“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist”   – Kenneth Boulding

Our E-Valley-uation segment is pretty much taken up by our guests but we’ll make time for tales of The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being chased off the Montague Plains by angry townspeople! Also, we do want to note that some of our…..friends? over at Climate Action Now MA have taken the Quabbin logging issue down from their website. That’s odd given that even some mainstream Dems are opposed to the destructive logging. We have asked for time at their next meeting to do a presentation on the Quabbin & the Climate.  No word back yet.  We know that some folks over there have connected the dots between CO2 emissions and sequestration, but not everyone!   After that we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday July 16, 9:30 AM Athol leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline meets at the Hannafords on Rte 2A. We will walk 2.5 miles to have a quick break for water and snacks at the Athol Environmental Center. We’ll walk to the town common for a rally (around 11:00 am). Afterwards, we’ll walk up Rte. 32 to Tully Lake. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

July 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bike Path Bingo! Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring. All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Free & open to the public.
Go to: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

July 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Join Climate Action Now/350MA Pioneer Valley for our General Meeting at the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the State House to Say NO to the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline will deliver postcards and petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common. We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

 

We are so out of here…..for the moment BUT remember: Listen to Your Mother! (not people who act like your mother)

 

The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being run off the Montague Plains by angry townsfolk. That’ll teach us to get all ironic!

Here’s Friday’s Valley leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline.

Look for The Enviro Show Frankenstien Pipeline! (noooo, not on the map!)

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Here’s the route for the Shelburne leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline!

We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd, Deerfield) via Bardwells Ferry Road to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany Rd.

THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE IS:

Rolling March to the Statehouse
Starts Sunday, July 6 – Join in Where You Can!

Sunday, July 6- Richmond

Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk Kickoff in Richmond
On Sunday, July 6th, the walk starts with a Kick-Off  Celebration at Hilltop Orchards, Canaan Rd. (Rte. 295) in Richmond. Arrival time is 11-11:30, during which people can browse the Winery and Store and enjoy the expansive south-country view. From 11:30 – 1:00, there will be a buffet-style luncheon, with music and speakers from the anti-pipeline movement, Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Jim Cutler of Hilltown Community Rights.  The Kick-Off will be $12 per person, $5 for children, with proceeds going to area pipeline resistance organizations. Tickets can be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com or at the door at Hilltop Orchards.  Participation in the Kick-Off Celebration is not required to join the walk.
At 1:00, the Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk begins at Hilltop Orchards. Walkers are asked to gather at least 15 minutes early. The path will cross 5-1/2 miles through Richmond to Pittsfield very close to the proposed pipeline path, including East Road, carrying a baton in the form of a symbolic pipeline to the next leg of the journey.  Rides back to parking at Hilltop Orchards will be available.

Monday, July 7-Pittsfield, Dalton
Stop the Pipeline Standout Rally & Bike Ride in Pittsfield & Dalton
On Monday, July 7th, the Pittsfield and Dalton leg of the journey will start with a “standout” rally at Park Square.  Those who oppose the proposed high-pressure gas transmission line are invited to come to Park Square from 8:30 – 9:30 am and stand in opposition. There will be signs available, or participants are invited to get creative and make their own.
The journey from Pittsfield, through Dalton to Windsor will happen by bicycle, relaying the symbolic pipeline from Richmond to Windsor on it’s way across the state. Any and all bike riders in the area are encouraged to join for the 20 mile round trip. The riders will be departing from Park Square at 9:00 with a send-off from the Stand-Out protestors. RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. Please contact Cheryl Rose to confirm 413-842-5141.

Tuesday, July 8-Windsor
The Windsor pipeline walk will take place next Tuesday on July 8th. It will begin at 8:30 from the Alpine solar home located on North St where we will pick up the baton left for us by the Dalton group. Those who would like to have their car parked at the destination location can meet at the West Cummington Parish house at 8 am to car pool back to North St. The walk will go along route 9 for ~6.5 miles to West Cummington. Walkers are welcome to join us along the way; parking is available at Sangar’s general store and at Notchview. The terrain is a bit hilly. We anticipate a 2.5-3 hour walk. Bring signs and a water bottle. There will be water available for refills along the route. We are also looking for drivers to transport walkers back to their cars if they don’t park at the Parish house and for drivers to drop jugs of water along the route. Bring a sign and join us for some or all of the route!

Wednesday, July 9-Cummington, Plainfield
Gather at the West Cummington Parish House at 8:00 (coffee will be served!); depart at 8:30, walking to Earthdance (all are welcome to continue on through Plainfield. or return to the Parish House to disperse).

Plainfield will begin at Earthdance, estimated departure time: 9:30. More info to come.

Thursday, July 10- Ashfield
Meet at theintersection of Campbell and Watson roads on the border of Plainfield and Ashfield at 9 am.  Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Watson road to Bear Swamp road to Hawley road, across route 112 and into Ashfield center on Main street.  Walkers will rest at the Mobil gas station called Neighbors where bathroom facilities will be available. From there we invite those whose wish can ride a hay wagon through town as a mini parade.  This is an opportunity for parents with small children and the elderly to participate in a way that works for them. From the center of Ashfield the walkers will turn North on Baptist Corner road and then right on Bellus (the only dirt segment) which connects to Beldingville road to the Conway border.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car without relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

The Northeast Woodlands Indigenous People’s Cleansing & Protection Ceremony After the march there will be a cleansing and protection ceremony at the site of the proposed compressor station next to the power lines on Pfersick road.  The ceremony will begin at 6 pm. This is a traditional indigenous ceremony run by women. The press and participants are welcome to take pictures before and after the ceremony but not during.

Friday, July 11- Conway, Shelburne
Meet at intersection of Beldingville and Pfersick roads on the Conway/Ashfield border. Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Beldingville/Sabans and Pine Hill road to Shelburne Falls road turning right and following Shelburne Falls road, turning left on Newhall road then turning right on Newhall Xing then left on Bardswell Ferry road to the Bardswell Ferry bridge.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car with relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

Shelburne- Meet at Bardwells Ferry Bridge at 12:00. We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farm via Bardwell’s Ferry to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany.

An event to welcome walkers is being planned at Clarkdale Fruit Farms. Details to come. Starting time around 1:00 PM; walkers expected between 2:30 and 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 12-Greenfield
Meet at Clarkdale Fruit Farms at 9:00 AM to walk to the Greenfield Common via Wisdom Way. We’ll join the Peace Vigil group on the common around 11 am. Afterwards we will walk south on Rte 5/10, handing off the baton at the Cheapside Bridge around noon.

Sunday, July 13-Deerfield, Montague, Erving
Join Deerfield at Rte 5/10 Bridge over the Deerfield River “Cheapside Bridge” at 9am for a short walk down River Road to the Bike Path Bridge over the Connecticut.

At 10 am, walkers from Montague will meet at the Connecticut River Bicycle Bridge for a photo op- canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to paddle in for a photo up- be under the Deerfield/ Montague bike bridge at 10–with a sign if possible!  After pictures, we’ll walk through the Montague Plains to Millers Falls-Erving Rte. 63 Bridge over the Millers River. About 6 miles.

At 2 pm, Montague walkers will pass the baton to Erving at the Millers River Bridge for a scenic 3 mile walk along the Connecticut River. We will walk under the French King Bridge and end at the Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area across from Northfield Mountain.

Contact Diane Macavoy orand Peter Hudyma for more information.

Monday, July 14- Northfield, Erving
We’ll meet at Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area at 9 am to walk up over the mountain. We’ll join with Erving and continue on to Laurel Lake for a celebratory swim. Approximately 9 miles. Walkers encouraged to join for all or part. Options include meeting at the top of South Mountain Rd for the second (downhill) half of the walk or ending there. Contact Julia at jablyth@gmail.com for details. A shuttle from Laurel Lake and various points along the way will be available.

Tuesday, July 15- Warwick, Orange
Details to come.

Wednesday July 16- Athol
Details to come.

Thursday, July 17- Royalston
Details to come.

Friday, July 18- Winchendon
We’ll meet at 8:00 am at the Lake Dennison swim area on Route 202, and thenwalk to the Cornerstone Church.  This is a 9 mile walk with six water stops. These stops will offer opportunities for some walkers to end their participation (shuttles available) and others to begin their part of the walk from that point if they do not wish to complete the full 9 miles. There will be water and snacks available (free of charge), as well as a chance to sign the petition at these points.
Stops and approximate times:
Lucky Dragon Restaurant, 8:30am (1 mi)
Waterville Plaza, 9:15am (3 mi)
United Parish, 9:45am (4 mi)
Winchendon Golf Course Clubhouse, 10:30am (5 mi)
Silver Hawk, 11am (6.5 mi)
Brian’s Place, 11:45am (8.5)
Cornerstone Church, 12pm (9 mi)

Saturday, July 19- Ashburnham
Details to come.

Sunday, July 20- Ashby
Details to come.

Monday, July 21- Townsend
Details to come.

Tuesday, July 22- Pepperell
Meet at the North Middlesex High School at 10 am. There will be a group photo at noon at the Town Hall.  Nashua River Crossing led by Marion Stoddart—around 2:30pm.

Wednesday, July 23- Groton
Details to come.

Thursday, July 24- Dunstable
Details to come.

Firday, July 25- Tyngsboro
Details to come.

Saturday, July 26- Dracut
Details to come.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the Statehouse
Details to come.

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

(“We” are a group of local pipeline opponents from around the state)

-We’re doing a town to town relay from Richmond to Dracut.  Local walkers will follow the route on roads that parallel the route, and walk along the route more closely through conservation areas, etc.

-We’ll likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th.

-On July 29th or 30th we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  We imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.

Details still emerging – send your ideas and/or connection to Massachusetts notables to attend to organizers, Julia or Mary

-We’ll have concurrent rallies at town halls — we’re imagining giving select boards of towns that haven’t passed a resolution a pile of the resolutions from all other towns have passed them – 20 so far!

» Check back here for more details

tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. Transparent apparently is the new green. Tom Butler returns to the show to delve into “Keeping the Wild – Against the Domestication of Earth”, an anthology of revelations into Corporate America’s latest ploy to destroy as well as a reminder of how things are supposed to be. Tom and his colleagues direct the sunlight onto what some call the “new conservationists”, most typified by the likes of the so-called Nature Conservancy. We call them the same old/same old Dominion freaks. [Excerpts here and here.] We’ll have a look at the likes of them and the wonders they seek to ruin, hopefully a call from the Climate Summer Riders‘ Georgette Sordellini as well as take you to a visit in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with our Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Tick-tock, time for some tick talk!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually nicknamed Hil! It’s been awhile since she was on the Hill but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer a fool! We guess by now you know who we’re talking about, right? Yup, it’s Hillary Clinton and even if you are a die-hard fan (we are not) you have to admit her…..umm….unposition? on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is…..well…..mighty foolish.

We have some news from the smoke-free back rooms in various State  Houses and faux non-profit boardrooms in our E-Valley-uation segment and from here it looks like a true fracking disgrace. Our favorite hometown paper, The Montague Reporter picks up on the nefarious behind closed doors goings on regarding the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to ram through our blue-green state of Massachusetts. Other area news outlets have covered the story as well, here and here. Of course, the story of destructive logging about to take place in the Quabbin watershed continues to go unreported in this o, so green Valley (except by those tree-hugging dirt worshippers on The Enviro Show). Getting back to the fracked gas pipeline that’s getting all the press, remember The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board hearing on the KM/TGP debacle that never happened? (It turned into a spirited demo instead). Well, it’s back on and scheduled for Thursday, July 24 at 6pm. Those fracking coprporados will be there, will YOU? Now there’s talk of rerouting the proposed disastrous gas pipeline on Interstate right-of-ways. Our response to that is: If these guys want to run energy infrastructure along the Interstates why not go for wind & solar and be done with it! Finally this: March organizers and marchers are needed for Deerfield section of Stop the Pipeline March through Ma. July 12 and 13. Email peterhud82@comcast.net at the Montague pipeline group. If you are in Greenfield email: Emily Greene at guacomolly@windstream.net.  There’s a Facebook page for this action here.

Our Quote of the Week comes straight out of the book we are building this show around, but if you want the original you’ll have a very loooooong trip in the Wayback Machine, going all the way back to the first century BC when Lao Tsu said:

“Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?/I do not believe it can be done./The universe is sacred./You cannot improve it./If you try to change it, you will ruin it.”

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is empty. All the echoes can be found above in our E-Valley-uation segment. Why? We don’t know. Maybe somebody left the door open and all the echoes floated up into the atmosphere? Wait! We are mistaken. Just found this Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action on the Monarch Butterflies. All you have to do is…….do it!  And there’s more and it’s a big f’ing deal: the New York Supreme Court ruled that towns can prohibit fracking. Can’t wait to see what the other Supreme Court has to say about THAT!

After out conversation with Tom Butler we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 1 thru 13. Climate Summer’s West Team cycles through the Valley. Climate Summer is a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing. Participants engage communities across New England as educators, activists, and organizers as they travel exclusively by bicycle, calling for action on climate change and fossil fuels in communities across the region. Schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/climate-summer-teams/

Saturday, July 12 thru Monday, July 14. Valley leg of the Rolling March Against the Pipeline to the State House! Walkers link in relay march across the state from Richmond to Dracut, then finish at the State House in Boston.  Kick the walk off with lots of support in Richmond, July 6th and  likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th. On July 30th  petitions go to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  The vision is a sort of Daniel Shays drama —non-violent storming the statehouse with big flags, etc?  We imagine this being populated by 350.org, other such organizations looking for a way to make a big moment, as well any citizens who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Full schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13 All day. The Green River Festival. Many of our favorite enviro groups will have tables and info. Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. Greenfield is located at the juncture of I-91 (exit 26) and Route 2 in Western Massachusetts.  Go to: http://www.greenriverfestival.com/

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That’s all for now but PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother!

 

This just in from Don Berwick’s aide, Dave Marsh:

Don is deeply committed to conservation and environmental protection. Don supports the Environmental League of Massachusetts’ call for an increase in investment in environmental protection programs to 1% of the state budget. In fact, he would go further and propose doubling the 0.6 % of the budget currently spent on environmental stewardship and protection to 1.2%.

In addition to the crucial intrinsic value of protecting our beautiful open spaces for our posterity and preserving treasurers that have become part of the identity of our state, a focus on conservation has several tangible benefits:


  • Preserving open space and maintaining plant life helps reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For the scientific reasons you mention, development and logging are directly contrary to our goals of carbon neutrality
  • Conservation is a job creator. Data indicates that every dollar spent on conservation creates a minimum of 3 dollars in sustainable economic activity (as opposed to the one-time economic benefits from the logging industry). 
  • An insistence on conservation encourages denser housing, transit oriented development, vibrant downtowns and complete streets. This will reduce our reliance on cars and encourage more environmentally friendly modes of transportation, which also a crucial part of our push towards carbon neutrality.

 

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. We just said that to get your attention (sorry if we dashed your last best hope). Actually the show isn’t going extinct (yet) but everything else is! Elizabeth Kolbert calls in on her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction wherein we humans of the Anthropocene take out all manner of lifeforms as we grow beyond the planets capacity to sustain us. Great stuff, huh! Like they say: “The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.” Listen up all you secular humanists! With the Summer Solstice coming up it’s time to check in with The Good Green Witch to get the meaning. As always we check in with our Fool-on-the-Hill and take a spin through The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as have a listen to the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! When endangered species attack!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill is the one who almost got away. In February of ’07 Congress held its first hearing on the landmark IPCC report on climate change. That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occured 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?’ Mr. Rohrabacher is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we echo the Daily Hampshire Gazzette’s piece on the closing of the Mt. Tom coal plant this coming October. Regular Enviro Show listeners know we’ve seen this coming for a long time now but given how much longer we’ve all been trying to shut that dirty sucker down it seems like a good time to celebrate. Folks in Holyoke are certainly celebrating.  OK, now that we’ve done that, let’s talk about what’s going to be done with old clunker! Natural gas? We don’t think so!  Next: you know we’ve been trying hard to stop the logging of the Quabbin woodlands at the hands of our ever so environmentally conscious Commonwealth, right? Why stop there? How about an Enviro Show Blog Bonus about deforestation in far-off Tasmania? Some of the tallest trees in the world are about to be trashed. Make you mad? Do something here! Make that two Blog Bonuses: here is a handy interactive map on seafood fraud.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is totally in keeping with this show:

“What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? We are living in a period of mass extinction. The numbers stand at 200 species a day. That’s 73,000 a year. This culture is oblivious to their passing, feels entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news.”

― Lierre Keith, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet

In our E-Valley-uation segment we once again remind everyone here in this beautiful valley that THE largest intact forest in Southern New England is about to be destructively logged by the bluest state in the Union (that would be the Quabbin woodlands if you haven’t been paying attention).  See our video HERE. Then call the Gov and tell him to STOP IT!! Call 888-870-7770 or 617-725-4005. Did we mention that we need intact forests and undisturbed forest floors to sequester vast amounts of CO2 in this age of climate chaos? No? We wish organizations like 350MA & the Better Future Project would actually DO SOMETHING about this! How about YOU ask them to? (they’re not listening to us anymore…….pesky dirt worshipping treehuggers that we are). And speaking of dirtworshipping, checkout d.o.’s latest commentary on our Climate page here.

After our visit with Elizabeth & The Good Green Witch we move over to the Bus Stop billboard:

June 18, 7 pm. KM/TGP Fracked Gas Pipeline Presentation.  The “CAFE”, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA. For info email: Snowalkerjim@gmail.com

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “Chasing Ice,” the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. Leverett Library, Montague Rd., Leverett, MA

June 15-20: Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” will be the featured speaker as UMass Dining hosts the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The conference will feature a conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

June 21-22, 2014, Transitioning to Community & Regional Resilience. A gathering for Sharing, Learning & Launching Regional Initiatives. All Souls Unitarian Church, Greenfield, Massachusetts. Hefty fee, but scholarships may be available. For more information: Go to http://www.TransitionUS.org, or contact Susal Stebbins (susalstebbins@hotmail.com) or Tina Clarke (TinaClarke@TransitionNetwork.org)

Monday, June 23rd, 7pm. Climate Action NOW/350 MA general meeting at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, featuring a presentation on the new Environmental Protection Administrations regulations on CO2. The meeting is free, open to the public, handicap accessible and light refreshments will be served.
Email: martygjf@comcast.net

Thursday, June 26, 6pm. Community Meeting. Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield & How to Get It. Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield, MA. Food & childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948

June 27-July 2 Northampton. Climate Summer Riders Team West start their journey in Northampton. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Email: marla@betterfutureproject.org

June 28, 4:00-6:00PM. CAN’s Annual Meeting. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield, MA. Annual meeting to find out what Entergy and the nuclear industry is up to! Hear what’s happening and what CAN is planning in the next year. We’ll have pizza and other refreshments. Please join us! Info at: can@nukebusters.org

 

That’s all folks! (for now). We go out with “The Naure Hatin’ Blues by The Lone Tones. Remember, it’s never too late to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

Dirtworshippers

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

On The Enviro Show we often refer to ourselves ironically as tree hugging dirtworshippers. Of course we do this to own the terms and deflate those Enemies of the Earth who use those words derisively. I have no problem hugging a tree now and then when the spirit moves me (it’s safer than hugging bears), perhaps just as some macho owner of a gas guzzling overpowered SUV may have no problem with fondly caressing his pathetic machine with a soapy sponge. As for dirtworshipping there is a whole other level involved.

My co-host on the show, Glen Ayers, is a soil scientist and he often points out to our listeners that undisturbed soil in the woods and the lifeforms within it sequester even more CO2 than the trees above. In fact, soils are the largest terrestrial pool of carbon, storing some 22% or more of carbon. Forest soils in the U.S. have the potential to store from 48 to 185 million metric tons of CO2 per year. With this in mind. one can’t help but realize that dirt, like the trees the soil supports, helps us to live in balance on the plane……theoretically. Yet, when the soil and all the life within are disturbed, say by logging or development, all that stored CO2 is emitted back into the atmosphere. The worse the soil is disturbed the more CO2 is released.

As you may have heard, us humans have managed to increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to 400ppm (parts per million), something not seen since the Miocene Era some 15 million years ago, with no human soul in sight. Now, scientists and a good many of your neighbors are warning us that we must reduce these emissions (especially the even more destructive methane emissions) and store more CO2 if our children and grandchildren are to survive in any semblance of a livable world. Soils, the lifeforms within them, and the trees and understory must be preserved. All the old notions about new commercial or residential developments and so-called forestry need to be updated for the Climate Crisis.

It’s been said that trees are our climate saviors, but so is the soil, dirt. It is a savior you can see, in fact you are standing on it.

 

- d.o.

chemical_toxicityGreetings Earthlings. We take a brief hiatus from trying to save the Qhabbin woodlands and stopping the proposed fracked gas pipeline in order to talk bees. Hopefully by now you’ve all heard how threatened the bees are by Corporate America’s seeming endless penchant for inventing things to kill them. It gets worse: now they want to invent….bees!  RoboBees to bee precise. Rev. Billy calls in on that travesty and Alisa and Karen from Mothers Out Front will remind you to listen to your Mother! As always, we visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and Meet the New Boss on our way to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Bees Unite, Run-off Human!

Let’s Meet the New Boss as his Environmental “Protection” Agency proposes to expand the use of yet more bee-toxic pesticides, “neonicotinoids” a newer class of systemic insecticides that are absorbed by plants and transported throughout the plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects. Hopefully YOU will be inclined to tell the EPA to clean up its act by going here. Without the bees we will bee in BIG trouble. Also: PLEASE do not buy plants from Home Depot or Lowe’s until they STOP using these pesticides………wait! why would you even shop at those corporate stores?? Sorry, we were thinking of someone else. Did we mention Monarch Butterflies are also being…um…sold down the river by big box stores? OK, so a lot of folks who should know better are falling all over each other praising the New Boss’s EPA Climate Plan announced Monday. Some are making “it’s a start” noises. And, of course some like us are saying…..what? It’s a climate CRISIS, not a climate bullet point. O, and guess what’s back if this plan flies…….cap & trade! (or if you prefer: pay-to-pollute). Remember how well that worked last time around?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Sen. Marco Rubio, Repugnican of Florida. The Daily Kos tells us  “..during a brief exchange at the National Press Club, a member of the audience asked through a moderator ‘what information, reports, studies or otherwise are you relying on to inform and reach your conclusion that human activity is not to blame for climate change?’ He couldn’t name a single source.”  We think that might be a source for some concern, no? What? You think he didn’t want to credit Faux “News”?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we see that Grist might bee thinking about the hives! And this: Evil corporados trying to sue the EU for protecting bees? Also this: Bill McKibben calls for the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change. Sooooo, we’ll see you in September for the UN Climate Summit. That’s Saturday & Sunday, September 20th and 21st. Bring your friends. Tell them it’s no thing, we’re just trying to SAVE THE PLANET!! And this: Bad Santa!….up north….in Putney?

Just a reminder here in our E-Valley-uation segment, since we’re talking about saving the planet, saving the trees in the Quabbin woodlands is part of that, OK? O, and that fracked gas pipeline the corporados want to ram down your Valley? It looks like Truthout has discovered it. Can the Rolling Stone be far behind? Also, Katy of NoFrackedGasinMass on the phantom jobs a new pipeline might create. Like we’ve said from the get-go on this show: want jobs? FIX THE LEAKEY OLD PIPELINE!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a rocker:  “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides”.   – Patti Smith.   But why stop there? Here’s a closer to home quote from our own Sen. Ed Markey: “The next major piece of the West Antarctic glacier that breaks off into the ocean should be reserved as an island for climate deniers”!  We’re not sure “glacier” was the correct term but why are we thinking of Galt’s Gulch?

After our interview we take by the hand over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, June 4, 8 to 1AM.  Rebroadcast on WHMP & Montague Community TV Channel 17 of a community forum on the proposal by the Kinder-Morgan company to build a gas pipeline that would run through several Franklin County towns. The two-hour forum on the proposed pipeline and on related energy and environmental policy issues.

Wednesday, June 4, 7PM. Ralph Nader will speak about his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State” at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets are $5 (buy at Boswells Books), space is limited to 150, the max for that space. Only about 30 tix left!

Friday, June 6  Bee-Themed First Night Greenfield – Downtown

June 6th – 9th, 2014. No Pipelines!  Action Camp for Climate Justice, Monkton, Vermont.  Join organizers and activists from across Vermont for a weekend of workshops and trainings to deepen our collective understanding of the politics of extreme energy and take action to stop the fracked gas pipeline!   Go to: http://www.risingtidevermont.org/kickoff-weekend-registration-form.html

Saturday June 7, 2014. The Great Holyoke Brick Race! Performance art meets sport. Think pine wood car derby but with using bricks instead. VFR has an entry. Come out and cheer us on! Preliminaries: 11:00 – 1:00, Race: 1:00 – 4:00ish. Go to: http://www.brickrace.org/

Sunday, June 8, 6 to 7pm –  Spring Farm Festival includes performance of “To Bee or Not to Bee”. Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Dri, Greenfield, MA. Call: 413.325.8969 or Email: info@justroots.org.  Go to: http://ptco.org/shows/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/

Monday, June 9, 7pm.  “Citizen Journalism: Building A Media Action Team” at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst.  Our featured presenter will be Paki Wieland sharing skills learned by being there, where it matters and being loud and proud and most often with a video camera in hand. For more info email:  SkillShare@ClimateActionNowMa.org

Saturday, June 14, 5pm. Documentary screening: “Take Back Your Power” at Green Fields Market, 2nd Floor meeting room, at 5 pm followed by info session on electromagnetic fields and health, bees and Swiss Harmony.

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15: Plant Flowers Greenfield! Weekend of bee-friendly flower planting around town. First three “abutter pairs” of home/business owners who contact us will receive a free 1/2 hour “pollinator corridor” consultation from expert Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome. The public is invited to listen in to these consultations at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm on 6/14. Locations TBA. Email: info@ptco.org

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

June 18, 7 pm. KM/TGP Fracked Gas Pipeline Presentation. The “CAFE”, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA. Contact Jim Cutler – Snowalkerjim@gmail.com for more information

June 15-20: Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” will be the featured speaker as UMass Dining hosts the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The conference will feature a conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

June 28, 4:00-6:00PM. CAN’s Annual Meeting. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield, MA. Annual meeting to find out what Entergy and the nuclear industry is up to! Hear what’s happening and what CAN is planning in the next year. We’ll have pizza and other refreshments. Please join us! Info at: can@nukebusters.org

 

That’s it. We are so out of here. One more thing though: remember what?……..to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

 

 

Greetings Earthlings. It’s to the woods once again! We focus this time on the Quabbin watershed right here in Western Massachusetts as yet another assault upon the woodlands by the State and its hirelings approaches. Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods calls in with that and we invited wildlife biologist and climate activist, Molly Hale (who supported the logging plan for the Northampton watershed forests) to express her views as well, but she has declined. Also, Tom Neilson joins us in the studio for the premier performance of his new Quabbin song that’s the soundtrack for our very own video release. Party! As always, we take you on a visit to 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! Angry Birds indeed!

We open with our E-Valley-uation segment and the debut of our very own YouTube entry about the looming destruction of the Quabbin watershed. Our video is accompanied by the premier performance of Tom Neilson’s “Clear Cutting the Trees” (and don’t let anyone tell you there’s no clearcutting planned over there, they just give it another name and have at it). We give special thanks to climate activist and video artist, George Aguiar for all his work on this project. Enviro Show listeners can be part of the solution for the trees by posting the video far & wide! And, speaking of kudos, The Shut it Down Affinity Group did it yet again! (Will these women ever stop??) On Friday, May 9 leading up to Mothers Day “In pouring rain, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin joined the Shut It Down Affinity Group Friday to block the gate at Entergy Corporation’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant here before police arrested twelve women for unlawful trespass.” Our own Jean G was there and she reports back.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is gassy cowguy, Sen. John Barrasso, Repugnican from Wyoming  (you know, Darth Cheney territory? playground for Big Oil?). The senator’s amendment to the doomed Senate bipartisan energy efficiency bill would expedite exports of U.S. natural gas to reduce “Russian President Putin’s leverage over Europe and bolster Ukraine’s ability to stand up to his pressure” [The Cold War lives on in the tiny hearts of Repugnicans]. They also argue that it would be good for the U.S. economy……..ha….ha…ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha! That’s sooooo funny. What a kidder that cowguy is!  Anyway, it’s all going nowhere in the Do-nothing Congress which, of course, is just as well.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start with some actual good news! Tesla, the maker of high-end all-electric cars is gearing up for a model the “average consumer” can afford and they want to build it here in the U.S.  Move over, Big Auto.  So much for the Good, let’s go straight past The Bad to The Ugly: ATVs and the guys who ride them at their worst. Read it and weep. Now, back to The Bad: Remember Tom Neilson’s “Where Greenland Used to Be”?  How about Antarctica? This from The New York Times, “A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported”. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Soooo, you think cutting down yet more trees is still a good idea? Finally, an Enviro Show Blog Bonus. How about GMO labeling here in the Commonwealth? Do it here!

We Meet the New Boss…….actually we can’t find him. Maybe he’s hiding under his desk in the Oval Office while his wild-eyed Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz continues advocating for fracked gas exports. Meanwhile our Senators here in Massachusetts are telling the Prez: “Don’t pass gas!”.  They argued that an increase in exports would “jeopardize America’s goal of achieving energy independence.” Energy Independence? That’s soooo last year!

After our visit with Michael & Tom we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, 11am to 2pm. The 3rd Annual Sagamore Bridge ‘No Escape from the Cape’ Rally! This has always been a fun event, and one which gets a lot of press – it also educates many of the departing visitors from Cape Cod of the threat of Entergy’s Pilgrim nuke. For info cal” 508-548-6221 or go to: http://capedownwinders.org/

Monday May 26, 7pm to 9pm. Climate Action Skillshare: Initial Meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.  Calling all climate justice creative folk!  We are planning a skillshare meeting for Western Mass climate activists interested in sharing and learning new skills that will help us get our message out.  This will be a great opportunity to get to know one another, share resources and exchange ideas.  If you want to join the Climate Action Skillshare Email List or can’t make the meeting on May 26 or have any other questions, comments or suggestions, please email  skillshare@climateactionnowma.org

Tuesday May 27, 7PM. Montague residents pipeline meeting. They will try to reserve the community room in the Police Station again. For more info email: emonosson@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 27, 7pm. Springfield’s Green Committee meets at Springfield City Hall. Contact ARISE at 413-734-4948

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm. NRC Annual Dog and Pony Show : Brattleboro Union High School’s Auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro. The Annual Assessment Meeting for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.  The NRC will be available to respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations. Note that: “signs, banners, posters and displays affixed to any sticks, poles, or other similar devices will not be permitted in the meeting room.” Info email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 4, 8 to 1AM.  Rebroadcast on WHMP & Montague Community TV Channel 17 of a community forum on the proposal by the Kinder-Morgan company to build a gas pipeline that would run through several Franklin County towns. The two-hour forum on the proposed pipeline and on related energy and environmental policy issues.

Wednesday, June 4, 7PM. Ralph Nader will speak about his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State” at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets are $5 (buy at Boswells Books), space is limited to 150, the max for that space. Only about 30 tix left!

Friday, June 6  Bee-Themed First Night Greenfield – Downtown

June 6th – 9th, 2014. No Pipelines!  Action Camp for Climate Justice, Monkton, Vermont.  Join organizers and activists from across Vermont for a weekend of workshops and trainings to deepen our collective understanding of the politics of extreme energy and take action to stop the fracked gas pipeline!  With pipeline plans moving forward, it’s time to take to the streets and skill up for direct action.  Learn how to plan creative actions from beginning to follow-up; from scouting the target, engaging media, and using a range of blockading skills to defend a livable planet for humans and all beings. Detailed agenda to be announced soon! Go to: http://www.risingtidevermont.org/kickoff-weekend-registration-form.html

Saturday, June 7, 9:30am-12noon. The newly named New England National Scenic Trail Hike runs from coastal Connecticut north from Long Island Sound to the Mass/New Hampshire border. Join Ted for a hike along a new section of the trail in Northfield and Irving. Directions to the meeting site will be provided upon registration. • FREE • Space is limited, call to register at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, (413) 256-6006
info@hitchcockcenter.org

Sunday, June 8 – Just Roots Celebration includes performance of “To Bee or Not to Bee” Go to: http://ptco.org/shows/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/

Saturday, June 14, 5pm. Documentary screening: “Take Back Your Power” at Green Fields Market, 2nd Floor meeting room, at 5 pm followed by info session on electromagnetic fields and health, bees and Swiss Harmony.

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15: Plant Flowers Greenfield! Weekend of bee-friendly flower planting around town. First three “abutter pairs” of home/business owners who contact us will receive a free 1/2 hour “pollinator corridor” consultation from expert Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome. The public is invited to listen in to these consultations at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm on 6/14. Locations TBA. Email: info@ptco.org

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

 

That’s it for the time being. Remember to listen to your Mother……especially if you happen to be a logger!

 

 

windmillGreetings Earthlings. It’s time to support The Enviro Show and Valley Free Radio.  We hope you will call in at 413-584-1160 with your pledge to help us carry on here on WXOJ-LP. If you don’t get an answer PLEASE go here and pledge your support: http://valleyfreeradio.org/donate/

After you make your IMPORTANT donation to the show and VFR we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s what:

Monday, May 12, 7 pm. Climate Action NOW!/350MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For questions/more info contact Susan at susantheberge@comcast.net

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

 

Thursday, May 15, 5 P.M. Gather on the Greenfield Common at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets across from Bank Row for a brief rally and then march to the J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA to demonstrate community opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline!  Allen Fore, Director of Public Affairs – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners a part of the Northeast Expansion Project by Tennessee Gas will be making a Presentation to the Franklin County Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board on the Proposed Pipeline. Public not invited inside but we own the streets!

Friday, May 16, 7PM. Viewing of Gasland Part II.  Connect with organizations involved in dynamic campaigns across the country to stop fracking and support a real renewable energy future. Bruce’s Browser & Cyber Café, 1497 Main St. Athol, Massachusetts. Go to: www.northquabbinenergy.org/wordpress

Tuesday, May 27, 7pm. Springfield’s Green Committee meets at Springfield City Hall. Contact ARISE at 413-734-4948

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm. NRC Annual Dog and Pony Show : Brattleboro Union High School’s Auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro. The Annual Assessment Meeting for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.  The NRC will be available to respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations. Note that: “signs, banners, posters and displays affixed to any sticks, poles, or other similar devices will not be permitted in the meeting room.” Info email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

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.