climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. Tired of winter….even though there hasn’t been much? You could go south on us like the climate. Elizabeth Kolbert returns with the lowdown from the Sunshine state and way more. In addition, our roving reporter and troubadour extraordinaire, Tom Neilson checks in on the scene. We also take you on a magical mystery tour to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to meet the Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as treat you to the Quote of the Week and more but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! “Pet” puts the squeeze on Pet store owner.

Here’s what our Fools-on-the-Hill (Cruz & Rubio) said about the Climate Crisis at the last of the Repugnican presidential campaign debates: “……………………”. Nada. Nothing. Surprise! Now, a whole gaggle of bipartisan Fools are trying to pile amendments onto the The Energy Policy and “Modernization” Act of 2015. We added those quotes because modernization hardly includes “streamlining the process for exporting our abundant natural gas resources to the world market”, or a vehicle to attempt to bring KXL back to life, or “development of renewables and traditional/fossil resources alike”.

We have broken news! Reports are coming in from all over about the Bundy stand-off bust. Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, whose been closely following the takeover of public land by far-right cowboys had this to say: ““I’m saddened to see this standoff culminating in violence, but the Bundys and their followers showed up armed to the teeth and took over lands that belong to all American people.” He also pointed out, “These scofflaws lack any respect for the natural and cultural heritage of sacred spaces like the Malheur [Refuge]. They’ve been pawing through artifacts belonging to the Burns Paiute Tribe and bulldozing a road through a fenced-off archaeological site. Ryan Bundy claimed a few days ago that American Indians had “lost their claim” to the land and that “the current culture is the most important.” As we write the standoff continues with other Bundyites.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the Dark Side: “If you pay attention to some of this ludicrous stuff Obama is saying as part of this ridiculous climate change summit in Paris. He is attacking people who he says are contributing to the destruction of the climate, he’s talking to people who drive SUVs, he’s talking about power plant owners, coal company executives and so forth. With as many deranged people as are in this country, and most of them are leftists, Ted Cruz has pointed out. I hope to heck that there aren’t a whole bunch of incidentswaiting to happen out there because they are being promoted by Obama.”  Guess who said that? The answer is found on The Enviro Show. Tune in!

In our Echo Chamber we are told by our friends at Grist that “The United States ranks a measly No. 26 among the world’s nations when it comes to environmental performance.” OK, everyone let’s chant: “We are Number…….26!”  Maybe Obama’s EPA would like to change that by “recommending” to FERC they take the Climate Crisis into account? Ya’ think?? Meanwhile, just over the border in Vermont the town fathers in Vernon are still entertaining dreams of turning that scary old nuke into a fracked gas plant. On Wednesday, February 3rd, there will be a Gas Plant Informational Meeting  6:30 pm., probably at the Vernon elementary school. Here in the Commonwealth there’s plenty to do to resist the corporados bent on destroying the nest. And speaking of bad ideas, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action link! Friends of the Earth has this action link for all you worker bees. And, our friends at NoFrackedGasInMass.org have more actions YOU can take to pull the plug on proposed fracked gas pipelines HERE. Finally, need another reason to dislike Donald Trump? This one involves trophy hunting by his offspring (sorry, yes this lower than lifeform multiplied).

We’ve got some E-Valley-uation here: The Springfield Public Health Council has extended the comment period for the meeting to determine if they should hold a site assignment hearingon the proposed biomess plant.  So, if you haven’t submitted testimony, and would still like to do so, you can email it to hcaulton@springfieldcityhall.com. Time to go to the movies! Pop some organic non-GMO corn and watch Glen read the riot act to the Greenfield Town Council concerning the crap that goes on there! Finally a Valley Must See! We will talk briefly about Sen. Warren’s appearance in Springfield yesterday (Monday, Feb. 1) and her comment “I think it is our responsibility as Senators to talk to FERC, we can’t make them listen, but you don’t get what you don’t fight for.” Zzzzzzzzz, O sorry, we just dozed off [yawn]. How about this: A Mohawk National Forest? That’s one way to hold off the DCR from trashing our woodlands. There’s another: check the link for some serious wood pellet revelations.

 

After we talk with Elizabeth and Tom we takes you over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

 

Friday, February 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (doors open 6:30) David Fersh & friends performance at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Performers’ share of the ‘gate’ and most of the CD sales will go to NoFrackedGasInMass.org. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12. Contact: Laurel Carpenter (413) 863-3221

 

Monday, February 15, 9:30am. Walk to Stop the Kinder-Morgan NED Pipeline on President’s Day,. It will begin at Greenfield Community College (East Building at 9:30) and walk 5.3 miles to the First Congregational Church on Silver Street, with a stop at 40 Mill Street in Greenfield to picket Berkshire Gas, 10AM to Noon for their part in creating a false need for a new pipeline. Email: hattieshalom@verizon.net

 

Thursday, February 18, 7 pm. “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer – to be presented at Arms Libary, Shelburne Falls, MA. Contact: Ellen Kaufmann 625-9708

 

Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

 

Monday, February 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence , 220 Main Street, Northampton (on a bus line and handicap accessible).  Come and help us to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/ Email: ClimateActionNowMass@gmail.com

 

 

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. MassWildlife invites the public to an informational meeting about our plan to establish a small population of endangered rattlesnakes at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Timber Rattlesnake is listed as an Endangered Species in Massachusetts and has experienced the greatest modern decline of any native reptile. As part of an overall conservation strategy, MassWildlife is planning to establish a small number of rattlesnakes on Mount Zion, a large island closed to the public at the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Mahar Regional High School, 507 South Main Street (Rte 122), Orange, MA.

 

Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/

 

Sunday, March 6, 2016. Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training, Part I & Part II to stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and keep fossil fuels in the ground. 9:30 AM to 6 PM (including lunch, AM & PM breaks). 3:30 to 6 PM for Part II only. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, Brattleboro, Vermont People do NOT need to be already in an affinity group to participate nor do they need to already know whether they are prepared to risk arrest. TO REGISTER: write to Tim Stevenson, bereal@vermontel.net

 

Sunday, March 13th, 2016, All Day. Toxic Action Center Conference at Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England gather. We strive to make the conference affordable and open to all. We offer conference volunteers free admission. If you are able to volunteer in exchange for a ticket, please fill out the form on the “volunteer” tab. If you are unable to volunteer and are in need of a scholarship to attend, please contact Michelle at michelle@toxicsaction.org or 617-747-4358.

 

Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. “Taking Steps to a Renewable Future”. A 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will be at the Shelburne Falls event the evening of March 18! More info HERE. Facebook page HERE.  Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf

 

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

We are out of here. Until next time remember: Listen to Your mother, OK?

 

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. Will politicians save the planet? Masses of everyday people rising up? The Pope? The Batman?? Guy McPherson, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona returns to the show after a four year hiatus for a grim update. Do not be afraid. We have nothing to fear but fear itself! As always, we’ll take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you some breaking news and a brief call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Boy Scout leader unprepared for Bear!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is starting to get……what? tedious? Yes, it’s none other than another return to the Hill by Senator Ted Cruz, Repugnican from…..where else? Texas! As chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Cruz opened the gates of Hell in December and released a horde of climate change deniers to testify (if we may use the term loosely) at a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. Open Inquiry was a term used truly loosely as well, given that all the speakers seemed to believe the Earth is actually flat.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a bevy of fossil fools updates. Let’s start with the Porter Ranch methane disaster, OK? The corporate media seems to be looking elsewhere given there’s no sensationalist photos of exploding oil platforms and a giant pipe spewing vast amounts of oil into the Gulf, but guess what Editors-in-Chief, Porter Ranch is even worse for the planet you happen to live on!  We’ll bring up the online methane blowout monitor during the show. Meanwhile, the BC provincial government pulling the plug on Kinder Morgan officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. Sorry KM, you’re on the wrong page! Keeping with the theme, checkout this piece from a New Hampshire labor activist who says, “Opposing The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Does Not Make Me Anti-Union”. We hope our fellow workers at LIUNA are listening. Meanwhile, across the border in New York Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast Project (Algonquin pipeline expansion) took a hit in Albany during Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address.  There’s an excellent interview with activists on WAMC here. Finally, our own Michel Klare has a piece in Salon about the Big Oil…um…tanking?

We have Broken News! Reports on historic hurricanes in January forming in both the mid-Atlantic and the Pacific. Yes, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee the weather is terrific.

 

And we have Breaking News!  Is the Texas Fed angling to have YOU bail out the fracking corporados? Too big to fail……again??

 

In our E-Vally-uation segment we take a walk, figuratively speaking, with our friends at the Leverett Peace Pagoda for MLK Walk to Stop the Proposed Kinder Morgan NED Fracked Gas Pipeline. We’ll have updates on the show for you.

 

After our conversation with Guy we stagger over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, January 28, 6:00-9:00pm. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres Drive, Brattleboro, VT.   Stand up for stringent and thorough monitoring of ground water contamination. We know from Entergy’s history that it may be not comp;ete;y honest when it comes to what’s in the ground. In 2010, it denied there were underground pipes leaking tritium, covering up the truth. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Presentation on Health Effects of Compressor Stations & Natural Gas Infrastructure. Frontier Regional High School, 113 N Main St., South Deerfield, MA. This presentation is especially intended for local health and safety officials, town leaders and local activist leaders from communities that could be affected by pipelines, compressor stations and natural gas electric generation plants, though the general public is also welcome. Contact: Tim Stevenson,
Post Oil Solutions. www.postoilsolutions.org.  Call: 802.869.2141

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

Monday, February 1, 6-8 pm. Springfield Climate Justice Committee Meeting, Baystate Brightwood Health Center Community Room, 380 Plainfield St., Springfield. Springfield, as both the largest city and the greatest urban carbon emitter in Western Mass, has a huge impact on our region. We are determined to see Springfield become a model for reducing greenhouse gasses and toxic emissions with a climate action plan firmly grounded in principles of climate justice. Contact: webteam@arisespringfield.org or call us at (413) 734 – 4948.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm. “Renewables Are Ready” Slide Presentation. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Slide presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times: climate change. The program finishes with inspiring examples of action and activism that serve as a springboard for brainstorming about individual and community actions to make renewables our energy future. Fee. Registration is required.  call 413-584-3009 to register by phone. Register by mail: program registration form For more information, contact: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA.arcadia@massaudubon.org

 

Friday, February 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. “Bear With Us!” slide presentation and two half-day field workshops. As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this program will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears. Slide Show: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Field Workshops will be held at 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA (on property owned by Judy and Dudley Williams). For more information about the slide show and field workshops, contact Patti Steinman of Massachusetts Audubon at psteinman@massaudubon.org.

 

Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/

 

Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. Taking Steps to a Renewable Future. 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf

 

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

That’s all folks….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FERCNoWorkNew Years Greetings Earthlings. Are we ready for another year at the FERCus? (That’s the Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission, you may recall). Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns with a crash course in becoming an intervenor against the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline. You have until 5pm, January 15, 2016 to file for intervenor status with this corporate captured agency. Yes, it’s another chance to give them a piece of your mind and do some monkeying around. That and some of our usual shenanigans such as a trip to see The-Fool-on-the-Hill and ramble around The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! We absolutely love this one: Mountain Lion attacks pipeline crew! (just one more reason to stop building new pipelines, fossil fools!).

We couldn’t resist going for this Fool-Not-on-the-Hill……yet. Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55 (who operated a dance studio  for 34 years and also worked for oilfield equipment companies)  has thrown her tinfoil hat into the ring running for Louisiana’s open 6th Congressional District seat. Whitney has a YouTube campaign video in which, The Washington Post reports, “Whitney gleefully and confidently asserts that the theory of global warming is the “greatest deception in the history of mankind” and that “any 10-year-old” can disprove it with a simple household thermometer.”  You can see the video here. We figure all those years running a dance studio gave Lenar a leg up on climate science, yes? The Post goes on to report Whitney “cites Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) as a political role model, and takes kindly to the nickname ‘Palin of the South.’ ”  That works!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from our State Senator: “Policy makers are driving us to a green energy future. … Regulators are rooted in energy systems and an energy construct of the past.” – Sen. Stan Rosenberg.  OK, policy makers, (wait, isn’t Stan a policy maker?) get ‘er done!

It’s hard to know where to begin in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber given the number of environmental catastrophes crowding the headlines so we’ll just grab one that’s a investigative follow-up on the last show, LA Weekly’s take on the greatest fossil fools disaster since the BP trashed the Gulf of Mexico. Remember the name Porter Ranch. “The Aliso Canyon leak has increased the state’s methane emissions by 21 percent. As of now, 2.3 percent of the state’s entire carbon footprint is coming from one hole in the ground above Porter Ranch.” It was preventable. Then we have the New Normal putting the lie to terms like “freak storm” aimed at Iceland and the UK where folks are just now recovering from the “record level” storms of a few days ago.  Meanwhile, in South America some countries are experiencing “the worst floods in 50 years” (that is until the next floods in a few years) and the middle of the U.S., during the hottest year ever, are hammered by twice as many tornados lasting far longer than usual while we in the Northeast see the thermometer hit 70 on Christmas Day. How’s THAT for a weather report? Try THIS!  Moving on from the…..um..weather report?, we take you to this week’s Epic Fail Alert! New pipelines worse than old ones. Surprise!

 

We have Broken News! Thanks to The Good Green Witch for replaying this piece from last January (something we missed the  first time around). The headline says it all: “Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’”. So which boundaries are we talking about? “They are the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean.’What the science has shown is that human activities — economic growth, technology, consumption — are destabilizing the global environment,’ said Will Steffen, who holds appointments at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center and is the lead author of the paper [published in the journal Science].” AND we have Breaking News! This just in: the Conservation Law Foundation is appealing to Supreme Judicial Court on the Baker Administration’s lack of real action on our Global Warming Solutions Act.

 

Finally, we have some E-Valley-uation of TGP’s response on Wednesday to FERC regarding their determination earlier this month that parts of TGP’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline were incomplete. Actually, TGP’s response was…..also incomplete! Be that as it may, The Greenfield Recorder reports “The filing also said TGP will comply with all national and state regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, including the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and noted that increased use of natural gas would offset dirtier fuel sources like oil and coal. It said the project would be closely monitored for leaks and other problems throughout the year.” Wait, we thought FERC “doesn’t do warming”! Anyway, there may be more leaks in that statement than in all their leaky pipelines. You can bet we’ll get into that with Rosemary Wessel on the show.

 

After our interview with Rosemary we take you over to the Bust Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, January 16, 11am. “Grow Solar in MA – Pass a Better Bill” vigil at 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, near the parking lot entrance to Congregation B’nai Israel.  The reason is that 5 legislators will be there for the legislative luncheon – Stan Rosenberg, Ellen Story, Ben Downing, Peter Kokut, and Steve Kulik.  We want these 5 legislators to encourage development of solar power in Massachusetts which a current bill does NOT do.

 

 

January 16 to 18, All Day. MLK Walk to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Contact Hattie at hattieshalom@verizon.net or cal 978- 790-3074. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/872059092913565/permalink/872059382913536/

 

Sunday, January 17,12 pm and 4 pm. “Destination Tar Sands.” DeAnne and Chris Riddle will talk about their fact-finding trip to the Tar Sands of Alberta, including an aerial movie. Learn about the devastation they witnessed and their conversations with workers and residents. Grace Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Spring Street, Amherst. Call 549-7526.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30pm. PUBLIC HEARING ON THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF PALMER RENEWABLE ENERGY’S PROPOSED BIOMASS PLANT. Central High School, Springfield, Ma. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/194194707598339/
Contact: Michaelann Bewsee, Arise for Social Justice, 734-4948

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. Taking Steps to a Renewable Future. 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Email: bobbady@gmail.com

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

OK, that’s it for the opening days of 2016. Remember to make a real New Years resolution to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

wsolsticeGreetings Earthlings. It’s that time of year once more when we reclaim our Pagan roots. The Good Green Witch returns to speak of The Return of the Light and we entertain you with some sounds to light up your imagination. Plus, as always, we take you to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to hear our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Our nation’s symbol goes after The Don!  Somebody has to!

We Meet the New Boss in the immediate wake of all that COP21 happy talk signing off on lifting the decades old ban on crude oil exports. Thanks Boss! You just kicked your legacy to the curb. So much for “energy independence” and all that talk about leaving some of it in the ground. Now Big Oil can sell off all the family jewels! Here’s how some of our enviro friends responded. And here’s something you can do to try and stop it! [it’s new & improved!]

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill allows us to use the same Bloomberg news piece above twice (how’s that for energy conservation!). In the article we find [Repugnican] Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri [saying] the proposal to lift the crude oil export ban “is huge” and would have a “much bigger” effect than building the Keystone XL pipeline. Asked whether she planned to vote for the [disastrous] fiscal legislation, she said, “You bet I am.”  We bet you’re one big fool too, Ann!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find 2016 is set to be….guess what? Yes, you are correct! The hottest ever!  Are you listening Ann Wagner? President Obama? Anyone?? Why stop there: November was the hottest ever too! (According to NASA’s Land-Ocean Temperature Index). We were thinking of filing this one under Fool-on-the-Hill but none of these clowns have been elected to congress….yet. In the town of Woodland, North Carolina Bobby Mann  claimed that proposed solar panels would … “suck up all the energy from the sun.”……..um……ok……Save the Sun!!  Speaking of crazy, how about the massive long-term methane leak at Porter Ranch in California? Erin Brockovich reports “Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Catastrophe Not Seen Since the BP Oil Spill”. Finally, remember our celebrations on the closing of Vermont Yankee? Now, the town fathers in Vernon are looking to go with Kinder Morgan. What’s wrong with Vernon??

We have a Broken News Flash! Elizabeth Kolbert does it again with this Must See. “In the Miami area, the daily high-water mark has been rising almost an inch a year”. Read how life imitates cli-fi in “The Siege of Miami”

You’ll have to jump into our Wayback Machine for this week’s quote but it shouldn’t be too much of a carbon footprint since we only have to travel back to 1953:  “At its present rate of increase, the CO2 in the atmosphere will raise the earth’s average temperature 1.5° Fahrenheit every 100 years. … for centuries to come, if man’s industrial growth continues, the earth’s climate will continue to grow warmer.”  – Dr. Gilbert Plass/Time Magazine. OK, we can beat that easy but…..thanks for the early warning!

 

Time to move over and checkout the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Friday, January 1, 1pm. – New Year’s Day. MassParks First Day Hikes. Meet in the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Go to: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

 

Saturday, Jan 2, 11:00 am. FERC Intervene Workshop at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield (115 Main St, Northfield, MA 01360). We’ll be in the downstairs meeting room. There will be a short (15 minute) presentation on why and how to intervene with FERC, followed by a workshop where we can all go through the process on our own. Those of us who have already filed will be available to answer questions. Please bring a laptop if you can. ANYONE can intervene. The project could impact your electric rates, if nothing else.  We encourage everyone to intervene – getting thousands of people to intervene will send a message to FERC,Kinder Morgan’s investors, etc. Contact: Julia Blyth <jablyth@gmail.com>

 

Sunday, January 3, 7 to 9pm.  FERC Intervene Workshop in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

 

Tuesday, January 6, 7 pm. Please come to the Roche Family Community Center – 1716 Centre Street (bet. Belgrade and the Holy Name rotary), West Roxbury, MA (617) 635-5066 for an Action Planning Meeting to discuss our plans on how we can stop Spectra’s pipeline and how you can help. We need everyone to attend this important meeting and we need you to invite your friends and family. For more info, contact: http://SWRL.info/
In addition, for more information about the West Roxbury Lateral Extension project of the Spectra/Algonquin Incremental Market Expansion project and/or contacting our local elected officials and regulatory agencies contact: wrlateralpipeline@gmail and visit westroxburysavesenergy.org

 

Friday, January 8, 7pm.Anti-Pipeline Concert Fundraiser to recognize activists. Music with: Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, Kim Wachtel & Josh Wachtel (of Radio Free Earth), Sean Kimball, Heather Cupo, Jame Kitchen, Olivia Arthen, Sarah Pirtle, and more. Proceeds to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass. Village Church, 32 Main St., Cummington, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1037466569658688/

 

Wednesday, January. 13, 11am. State of the Climate March in Albany. Climate activists will rally and March on the west side of the Capitol in Albany NY to demand action. Support 100% Renewables Now, Climate Justice, Energy Democracy, A Justice Transition, Speakers, music. In conjunction with Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address. Contact: dunleamark@aol.com, 518 860-3725. Go to: https://facebook.com/events/192037414474491/.

 

January 16 to 18, All Day. MLK Walk to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Contact Hattie at hattieshalom@verizon.net or cal 978- 790-3074. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/872059092913565/permalink/872059382913536/

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information. Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3 to 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

 

That’s it. We are over & out. Talk with you next year maybe? Until then PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

plastic-bag1Greetings Earthlings. Still dealing with crappy waste like polystyrene or plastic shopping bags? Would you like your community to ban them? Brad Verter of Mass Green Network joins us to talk trash. We don’ need no stinkin’ bags! OK? You can bet the subject of Greenfield is gonna come up, given that Valley town’s backsliding on the subject. As always, we’ll also take you to see The New Boss, the Fool-on-the-Hill and for a peek into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another poacher taken out in South Africa.

 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill hails from South Carolina where the state motto says it all: Dum Spiro Spero” – While I breathe, I hope. Their dumb hope that climate science is wrong may well curtail some breathing in the future, especially along the coastline. On to the big fool: Rep. Jeff Duncan, (Repugnican-S.C.), said in the House of Reprehensibles (during a vote to pass two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama’s power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative) that he wished Obama took the threat posed by “radical jihadists” such as the Islamic State as seriously as he takes what Duncan called a “pseudoscientific threat” posed by climate change. Got that? Now this: DO NOT sail over the horizon, OK? You will fall off the edge.

 

We have some Breaking News and it’s not pretty. On December 1  the Science Daily ran a piece on a study by the University of Leicester’s Department of Mathematics concluding that “an increase in the water temperature of the world’s oceans of around six degrees Celsius — which some scientists predict could occur as soon as 2100 — could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton”. Are you listening, Rep. Jeff Duncan? Also we have already Broken News from Rhode Island: Two safety inspectors who worked on Spectra Energy’s proposed methane gas pipeline that will cut through Burrillville, RI, say the company cut corners when it came to project, worker and environmental safety. Surprise!

 

In our E-Valley-uation segment it’s HEADS UP! for a trip to Boston on Saturday, December 12 for the BIG Jobs, Justice, Climate – Defending New England’s Future rally on the Common. Buses from WMass or Brattleboro are awaiting your reservation!  AND, following the rally at 3:30pm on the 12th you can take part in Draw the Line – Boston Climate Defense actions throughout the city. These are creative non-violent education & outreach actions that both inform and entertain, such as Poets Against the Pipeline‘s “Have a Word w/the Worst” speak-in. Look for their sign on the Common! Time to go to the movies: Anonymous goes after Kinder Morgan? ;)

 

We Meet the New Boss this important week in climate negotiations trying to put lipstick on a ……no, not a pig…more like a rig! “The US has been clear from the outset (notes The Guardian) that it will not sign on to a full-fledged climate change treaty because it would have virtually no chance of passage through a Republican-controlled Congress.” Talk about poor reasoning. Is the Boss afraid of a good fight?? Anyway, the lipstick involves his call in Paris for “one major component of the deal – the periodic review of emissions reductions targets – to be legally binding.” [insert yawn here]  Time to turn on the Bat Signal!  Climate criminals running amok!

 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have good news for the region and bad news for Kinder Morgan! Bloomberg biz news tells us: “Billionaire Rich Kinder owned about 11 percent of Kinder Morgan Inc. valued at more than $10 billion in June when he stepped down as chief executive of the company he co-founded. Now his stake is worth about $5 billion less, and the company that has his name on the door has become the worst-performing pipeline stock in the S&P 500.” [insert applause here] More bad news for KM here! On to COP21 Climate talks in Paris! Would you be surprised to learn from The Guardian that corporate sponsors are busy greenwashing everyone’s shorts? We didn’t think so. Finally, and in keeping with the theme of this show, how about a little action! Never mind finally, how about signing this petition calling on Sen. Warren and Sanders to investigate FERC!

 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week finds Pope Francis commenting on the COP21 Climate talks: “I can say to you ‘now or never’,” he said. “Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.” Wait, isn’t suicide a cardinal sin?? The list for excommunication may be……um…unwieldy? He could start with A for Antonin!

 

After our conversation with Brad we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Monday Dec. 14, 6 :30 pm. Screening of the film: “In the Path of Resistance: Justice Beyond the Keystone XL Pipline,” Forbes Library community room, Northampton. Alex Leff, Hampshire College student filmmaker will discuss his film, considered “an essential film for teaching climate justice” that follows two students following the proposed route of the pipeline meeting those living on the front lines. Sponsored by the Northampton Committee Against War Monday night film series.

 

Friday, December 18, 7pm. FERC Intervenor Workshop, 1st floor of the Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield, MA. If you have a laptop and wish to file online then please bring it with you. Filing for intervenor status allows you to submit documents supporting your position against the proposed NED pipeline. To help you be better prepared please visit http://www.PLAN-NE.org and click on the guidance link. No matter who you are or where you live you WILL be impacted if this pipeline is built. Intervening is also both an argument and a public statement against the pipeline. For info call: 413 625 2097

 

Saturday, December 19 All Day +:The Billion People March

 

Tuesday, December 22, 5:30pm. Arcadia Winter Solstice. Join us for our popular annual celebration of the winter solstice. At 5:30pm, there will be a short family-friendly performance. The bonfire will be lit around 5:45-6:00pm. This event is free. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the The Food Bank of Western MA. There will be music, kids activities, and the Center for EcoTechnology will have information on reducing your home’s ecological footprint. Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. 

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information. Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 (EXCEPT Nov. 26). Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

 

OK, we’re done here. We go out with “If I Don’t Take Care of the Land” by Sarah Barchas. There’s just one more thing: who should you listen to? Yes, your Mother.

 

 

smallCriticalMass-KatrinaGreetings Earthlings. We return to the Climate Crisis yet again (not that we or it ever left) with guests from Climate Action Now! MA and the Hampshire Climate Justice League in the studio. The upcoming COP 21 Paris Climate Conference is supposed to be the long awaited breakthrough that will set the world on course to deal with…..well, the END OF THE WORLD! (Sorry….the end of the world as we know it, OK?). All that and way more, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Cats takeover stage at the G20! Take that, corporados!

Our Broken News segment is a good news segment, in case you missed it Massachusetts favorite Attorney General Maura Healey released that Regional Electric Reliability Options Study  which confirms what many of us have been saying regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan facked gas pipeline. “The Study found that, under existing market conditions (status quo), there is no electric sector reliability deficiency through 2030, and that no additional pipeline gas capacity is needed to meet electric reliability needs.” Got that? Of course, the fossil fools over at Kinder Morgan say the study is flawed but we know that old dodge, it’s called transference. Having said that, how far is our favorite AG willing to go with this resistance? Will she challenge the corporate captured agency FERC and their shoddy record of allowing for profit corporate money schemes to trash communities and the planet? Ask her!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we are pleased to pass on info on yet another successful anti-fracked gas pipeline protest, this one over in  the Hudson Valley where Spectra’s AIM fracked gas pipeline is beginning to tear up the planet. Property owner Nancy Vann will have none of it. Her lone protest has grown to include others who share her concern. To lend a hand go here on Facebook or go here. Speaking of challenging the Fossil Fools, will a federal judge allow Big Oil to throw children out of the courtroom because they’re concerned about the future of the planet? And, speaking of the planet, will the suits at the COP21 continue to allow tree plantations to be included along with natural forests in their carbon capture accounting? Stay tuned! Also, Grist tells us Climate scientists the University of California, Irvine drew on 40 years of satellite data and aerial surveys to show that the enormous Zachariae Isstrom glacier in Greenland began to recede three times faster from 2012. An article in Science magazine revealed the area of the glacier’s floating shelf shrank by a massive 95 percent and has now become detached from a stabilizing sill losing ice at a rate of 4.5 billion tons a year. Now, shall we play Tom Neilson’s “Where Greenfield Used to Be“? Let’s wrap this segment up with some good news, OK? Ready? Another nasty oil pipeline project down the tubes! Trudeau goes thumbs down on Northern Gateway.

We have a Fool-on-the-Hill! Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House “Science” Committee accused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of “publicizing” his demand for the internal emails of agency scientists and officials. The science committee’s modus operandi is similar to the Benghazi committee’s — sweeping, catchall investigations, with no specific allegations of wrongdoing or clear rationale, searching through private documents for out-of-context bits and pieces to leak to the press, hoping to gain short-term political advantage. Wait! Leak to the press, as in publicizing? Where did we hear that? Just now?

Our Quote of the Week comes from one of our favorite Enviro Show guests: “Right now, in the amazing moment that to us counts as the present, we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.” ― Elizabeth Kolbert

Time to Meet the New Boss! Maybe it’s not Obama’s fault? Maybe he was too busy to see Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental “Protection” Agency get all cozy with biomass incineration in their so-called Clean Power Plans. Bad enough they’re giving fracking a pass. Didn’t they get the memo on the biomess??

 

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

 

 

Tuesday, December 1, 6pm. Do you have questions or concerns about the proposed gas pipeline? Come to a roundtable of activists & experts at the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. Call: 413-665-2642 or go to www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org

 

Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm. Massachusetts Climate Action Tool Webinar. Morrill Science Center, Room: 134, UMass Amherst Campus. Go to: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/massachusetts-wildlife-climate-action-tool

 

Wednesday, December 2, 4:30PM. WORLD ON EDGE: WAR & PEACE IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE ERA. Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace & World Security Studies, at Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Amherst, MA.
Free and Open to the Public.

Saturday, December 5, 7:00pm. Screening of “Promised Land” at First Parish Unitarian Church, Northfield, MA. Bring a snack and a friend; sit back and enjoy the show! Info at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2099104083561913/

 

Saturday, December 12, 1 to 3PM. Rally to Defend New England’s Future! Mass mobilization for local solutions to the global Climate Crisis. On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. Website here: https://jobsjusticeclimate.squarespace.com/#intro

 

 

Saturday, December 19 All Day +: The Billion People March

 

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information. Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 (EXCEPT Nov. 26). Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

 

 

 OK, that’s it for now. We may as well go out with Tom’s song. Pleeeeeeze remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Pay the Piper Enviro Show

Posted: November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

paypiperGreetings Earthlings. Every now and then we stop ranting about the state of the ecosphere and ask you to help us carry on. Now we are going to rant about the state of the planet AND ask you to support The Enviro Show and Valley Free Radio! This year we have a matching grant so if we hit the $10,000 mark during our show on Tuesday, 6 to 7pm the Fall Fund Drive will be over and we’ll all go back to hearing our favorite shows without all the badgering, OK? Deal? Why not just call in to the show on Tuesday between 6 and 7pm at 413-584-1160 and make your BIG pledge. That would work! OK? Meanwhile we’ll carry on with the blog as if nothing happened, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! The tables turn on another big game hunter. Maybe find a new vocation?

Broken News Alert!  No doubt you’ve heard Keystone XL isn’t going anywhere. After Shell pulled out from Alberta recently we wondered if the writing was on the wall for the Fossil Fools. Now that Obama has nixed KXL it appears Big Oil is in deep shit. The good news is that it’s getting deeper. The proposed Down East LNG port is being put on hold. Hey, maybe it’ll tank! (sorry).

On the other hand, the New Boss also has something to do with THIS. His Environmental Protection? Agency has come out with a highly flawed draft assessment on fracking and landowners from around the country are not pleased. And, of course, neither are we!

A little E-Valley-uation here. Remember when we had ongoing reports from Amherst resident David Kroodsma on the road during his Ride for Climate? Now, from Shutesbury, Peter Corbett is doing a “1 Wheel of Democracy 4 All” unicycle ride to DC for Bernie. We hope to get a call-in from Peter on the show. Stay tuned! (and don’t forget to support VFR!). And this clip from GCTV: Grow wheat/Stop the Pipeline!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill seems stuck to our blog like wet toilet paper. Yes, it’s Marco Rubio who, after Obama’s KXL announcement, tweeted: “When I’m president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama’s backwards energy policies will come to an end.” Backwards?? We guess Marco wants to back into gooey tar sands. How…um…forward thinking?

 

We have good news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber: Barron’s reports Kinder Morgan’s stock could fall another 20%! It just keeps getting better. How about this headline: “Business owners in Anderson County, SC suing Kinder Morgan” Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus (do it for the bears, OK?).

Here’s our very apropos Quote of the Week: “There is one sure way that you can send a signal to this radio station that you like this program, and that you want them to continue running this program, and that is to call right now. …. Not later, not in an hour, during that other show that comes after us.”  – Ira Glass

 

On to the Bus Stop Billboard!

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

 

Saturday, November 14 thru Wednesday, November 18. Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination !  The United States is negotiating three massive international treaties–the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade-in-Services Agreement (TiSA). These deals are crafted in secret by multinational corporations and big bankers for their own benefit at our expense. They will expand global corporate rule, harming the planet and people everywhere, and destroying democracy. From November 14 to 18, 2015, people will converge on Washington, DC to demand that the United States drop these deals and create, in a transparent and democratic way, alternative international agreements that put people and the planet first. Go to: http://www.flushthetpp.org/call-to-action-against-global-corporate-domination/

Tuesday, November 17, 12:00pm. Utility companies like National Grid and Eversource Energy are the targets of state legislation to be heard on Tuesday, November 17 in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Gas leaks reform advocates will rally outside prior to the hearing. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714641708767554/

 

Saturday, November 21, 11am in 2pm. “Movement of Movements Art Build” . Join us on 11/21 to create posters, fliers, banners, puppets, signs, masks, and more that will lead directly into the 12/12 day of action and beyond, as our movement grows. To ARTticulate our message, to engage a wider base of people, and to directly support the growth of an unstoppable peoples movement in New England, join us for the creation of some radical arrrrt on 11/21 in the Dakin/Merrill quad, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. More here

 

Monday, November 23, 9:00am. Defying The Death of A Forest: Support Danny Factor’s Act of Conscience at his trial at Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford. Please support Danny by attending and letting others know about it. Go to: www.green-rainbow.org/save_the_silver_maple_forest

 

Monday, November 23, 7-9pm. Climate Action Now Meets at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street (on a bus line and handicap accessible). Come and help us to create and build an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice. We will be celebrating the demise of the KXL Pipeline with cake and commentary. Hear the latest and get involved in our upcoming actions and ongoing campaigns.   Everyone warmly welcomed to join us, to become a part of our community and to add your voice and vision to our work. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

Sunday, November 29, 11am. People’s Climate March in Boston. March from Harvard Square to Boston Common.  Meet at the plaza near Au BonPain. We will march in solidarity with the people of the planet along Mass. Ave., over the Longfellow Bridge, then down Charles Street to Boston Common opposite the State House. Send a message to the world leaders meeting in Paris for climate action! Keep fossil fuels in the ground. *Finance an equitable transition to green, renewable, green  energy! *Put a  price on carbon. We need real domestic action in the United States. * RSVP and spread the word!
http://act.350.org/event/global-climate-march/11597?source=tce

 

Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email: larrybuell@earthlands.org.

 

Sunday, November 29, 6pm. Global Climate March! There will be 2 candle-light vigils imploring world leaders to take leadership in the struggle to fight climate disruption, global warming and all the suffering they cause. They will be held in Northampton at the corner of Main and King Streets and in Amherst on the Common. Demand an end to carbon emissions and a bold and binding agreement at the Paris Climate Talks! Go to: 350.org/roadthroughparis/

Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm. Massachusetts Climate Action Tool Webinar. Morrill Science Center, Room: 134, UMass Amherst Campus. Go to: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/massachusetts-wildlife-climate-action-tool

 

 

Saturday, December 12, 1 to 3PM. Rally to Defend New England’s Future! Mass mobilization for local solutions to the global Climate Crisis. On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. Website here: https://jobsjusticeclimate.squarespace.com/#intro

 

 

OK, that’s enough. We’ll be back soon but until them please remember to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

Witch Enviro Show?

Posted: October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Halloween Greetings Earthlings. No, the title isn’t a misspelled reference to both our Facebook pages (that we can’t rectify ‘cuz apparently there are no humans running FB), it’s referring to our favorite witch, that being The Good Green Witch who will join us for an extended visit just a few days from Samhain, a time, when the spirits more easily come into our world. Offerings of food and drink are left for them. The souls of the dead are also thought to revisit their homes. We’ll also revisit our Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………….Revenge of the Critters! Fanged cannibalistic spiders take down barbecue!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is a repeat offender. Arch enemy of the planet, Repugnican Marco Rubio has a plan!  According to our friends at Grist “here are some highlights directly from Rubio’s energy platform: Immediately Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline; Immediately Lift the 1970s-Era Ban on Crude Exports, and Expedite Approval of American Natural Gas Exports” Way to go, Rubio! Your masters will be proud.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start out echoing The Good Green Witch’s latest projects like Discover Womyn Rising where you’re invited on Facebook to “share and discuss the issues facing not just women, but all of humanity. Hate will not be tolerated. It’s OK to be angry, it is not ever OK to direct that at another. Come. Learn. Talk. We have work to do.”  Also on FB she’s initiated freeproductive, a project “ensuring people all over the world have the freedom over their own reproduction.” That works! Recall our recent show on overpopulation? Elsewhere in the Chamber we find climate crusader Bill McKibben getting busted for shutting down gas pumps! Trick or treat!  Wait, we actually do have a treat! We liked this headline: “Smarter forest and land-use policy could help make Paris climate deal a success” from Grist. Ya’ think?? How about a little Pulp Fiction for Halloween? Finally, our Blog Bonus Action Special is HERE!

 

Here comes our Quote of the Week and right on the….um…mark? (and locally grown!)

“Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day”  – Emily Dickinson
This week we Meet the New Boss as his Dept. of Energy gives the thumb up to Emera CNG for exporting fracked gas from a proposed port in Florida. Strangely enough the website Breakingenergy.com claims “The development of U.S. natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U.S. energy landscape, helping to improve our energy security.”  Gosh, don’t you think we’d be more secure holding on to our energy resources? Umm……..Nah!

 Breaking News! Bernie calls for DOJ investigation of Exxon/Mobil! This Breaking News is already broken but it’s ongoing. The Harper Disaster in Canada is finally over and the new kid on the block is looking soooo much better. Inside Climate News reports: “Trudeau and the Liberal Party released their proposed climate policy in February. The plan calls for a national carbon pricing policy and promises to work with Canadian provincial leaders to create a climate action plan following the treaty talks in Paris. He has also called for more stringent environmental reviews of pipeline applications, specifically to factor in a project’s climate impact.[our emphasis] The plan also calls for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, expanding renewable energy and establishing a $2 billion fund for clean energy projects. Trudeau does, however, support the Keystone XL pipeline project”.  For the moment, we trust!

 

How about a little E-Valley-uation? Remember late October 2012? Where were you when Hurricane Sandy came on October 29 to add a certain…um…chill to Halloween? At 8PM, after we air, on Tuesday, Oct. 27  the Eco-Logic show at WBAI, [streaming at wbai.org] will be doing a Superstorm Sandy special. It’s not all ghosts and goblins out there to make things a bit horrible. Think of it as Mother Nature’s Trick or Treating at your door. Too bad you didn’t give her more treats in the past!

After the Good Green Witch takes off we head on to the Bus Stop billboard:

Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St)  in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information.  Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Gulf Rd, Northfield, MA 01360, USA (map). Weekly protest at proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield EVERY Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturdays!  Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

Sunday, November 1, 2:00-4:00PM. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron Benefit Concert for WMass Jobs with Justice. Also, Roxanne Langevine – opening and guest mandolinist, Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thompsen. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center:221 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA. Donation. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631784437094474/

 

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 to 8 PM, Advanced NVDA training in preparation for a potential action to stop the pipeline in WMass and NH. This training will be held in Greenfield, place to be announced. We will be asking for a small donation to cover any rental costs. Please bring your dinner and a drink. Court Dorsey and Cate Woolner will be the trainers. To register, please e-mail catewool@gmail.com

 

Thursday, November 5, 4:30 – 6:00pm. Climate Justice – Meet & Greet Gathering at the UMass Campus Center, Room 917. We will discuss the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign;  the November 19th UMass Climate Justice “Teach-In”;  the Stop the Pipeline Initiatives;  and many other local, regional, and International campaigns.  Contact: Dr. Larry Buell <larrybuell@earthlands.org>  (978) 724-0412

 

Friday, November 6 ,7pm. The 2015 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival.  The juried films will be shown beginning at Greenfield Community College’s, Cohn Dining Commons. Informative and diverse locally made films on how communities are working toward sustainable living will be presented. The audience will have an opportunity to chat with the filmmakers during a reception following the awards presentation.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 10 a.m. Action Day at the Statehouse! Rally on the Grand Staircase at 10AM before the hearing with the MA Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight scheduled in Gardner Auditorium of the Statehouse on legislation filed by Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, on behalf of Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. This is an attempt to undermine Article 97 of our State Constitution. Go to: www.massplan.org/article97/  Bus from Sandisfield, MA info HERE. Rally info HERE.

 

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

 

Thursday, November 19, 6 to 9:15pm. Let’s Stop the NED Pipeline fundraising event. Greenfield High School, Silver Street, Greenfield. Email: wight155@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 23, 9:00am. Defying The Death of A Forest: Support Danny Factor’s Act of Conscience at his trial at Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford. Please support Danny by attending and letting others know about it. Go to: www.green-rainbow.org/save_the_silver_maple_forest

 

Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email: larrybuell@earthlands.org.

 

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29. Global Climate March! With the big Paris Climate talks on the horizon, our job is to focus attention on what it will really take to get serious: keeping at least 80% of fossil fuels under ground and getting to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Go to: 350.org/roadthroughparis/

 

OK, remember when you’re out trick or treating at night wear white AND listen to your Mother.

 

Still Another Wild Enviro Show

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

WalkenGreetings Earthlings. We can’t get wild enough for you out here on The Enviro Show, soooo Walken Schweigert and Gus Ganley from Children of the Wild join us in the studio to review their recent Pipeline Processions, shadowing the proposed route of Kinder Morgan’s  Northeast Energy Direct (NED) fracked gas pipedream. We continue into the Wild in our Echo Chamber and experience a different kind of wild when we visit the Fool-on-the-Hill . That and way more, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Wild game hunter killed….in the Wild!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we give you an instant replay of the science journal Nature’s recent piece on a global tree count (be sure to see the accompanying video while you’re there). We may share this planet with 3 + trillion trees but they need protection from….well….us! Here’s one of those things that’s wild (and crazy, of course) in a whole other way. It seems the climate criminals over at Exxon/Mobil knew all about their…..um..contribution?..to climate chaos way back in 1982. That’s when we were worried it would all end with a bang, not a whimper. Here’s an eye-opener from EcoWatch: “..according to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, dams are ‘the largest single anthropogenic source of methane, being responsible for 23 percent of all methane emissions due to human activities’ “. Damn, that sucks!  Time for a musical break! Go HERE.

Breaking News time! Given that this story appears to be buried we thought we should exhume it and….what? rebirth it? It was news to us last week that all the highly radioactive fuel in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 has gone missing. “In short, researchers do not yet know if the molten hot stuff has penetrated the steel/concrete base beyond the containment vessel, thus entering Mother Earth…….the signposts are not good, and not only that but nobody knows what to do about it. Nobody knows what to do. They really don’t.” ALSO THIS: Entergy announced today that the Pilgrim nuke will close in June 2019! We can hardly wait….tick-tock….

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week recently bailed out of the U.S. House of Reprehensibles’ Speaker’s race.  The website, Real Koch Facts quotes a list of ecological and social statements by House Repug Whip Kevin McCarthy researched by the Bridge Project, such as: “If there was ever a time to lift the oil export ban, it’s now,’ Mr. McCarthy said in a copy provided by his office of a speech that was given… in Houston. On the Climate Crisis itself McCarthy has said, “We have a major drought. Everyone is concerned about today. The president comes out and says he has a solution. He stands up and says it’s climate change. Well, that does no one any good..”. Speaking of not doing any good, another fool (not on The Hill) is Alaska Governor Bill Walker, who when asked by the BBC the other day if extra oil drilling in Alaska was needed to help pay for climate impacts stated, “Absolutely, in a responsible way as we have in the past.” Um….OK?

We’re thinking some E-Valley-uation is in order here. Of course our guests always come first and: “On Friday, October 16th, Children of the Wild invites you to take part in one last Pipeline Procession, the Pipeline Finale. From 6-10pm at Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA we will gather, watch clips from the Pipeline Processions film series, have a panel talk with Children of the Wild, and listen to live music by Children of the Wild’s side-project, Ashes to Ashes, and other bands. Together, we will share recollections and discoveries from the journey, and prepare ourselves for what is next, both in this anti-pipeline movement and in environmental movements everywhere.” Also this: The Enviro Show has joined Mass Power Forward, “a new statewide coalition of over ninety organizations advocating for an energy policy that will transition the Commonwealth away from fossil fuels and toward locally generated, clean, renewable, affordable energy sources. The coalition consists of environmental organizations, faith groups, businesses, and more… and it is growing!  Have your business, group or house of worship endorse Mass Power Forward by visiting here.”

 

After our conversation with Walken and Gus we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Sunday October 18, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training with Mary Link and Court Dorsey. Plainfield Town Hall, Plainfield, MA. To register contact: Jane Crosby: 617.699.0671; Email: jkingcrosby@gmail.com

 

Sunday, October 18, Noon to 2pm. No KM Pipeline Yard Here! (or anywhere). 184 East Main St.. (Rt. 116) just east of Plainfield Transfer Station. Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipe yard site is on 300 acres of land protected under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR). An access road for trucks would be built through the field and the staging area would be used for other construction materials including explosives for blasting. Soil would be compacted by heavy equipment and trucks; soil contamination may result from storage of hazardous materials along with leakage of oil and hydraulic fluids. Contact info: 413-634-8043. Carpool information: email susantheberge@comcast.net

 

Sunday, October 18, 6:30pm. Screening of Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned fire safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes. Film screening followed by panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Amherst College, Stirn Auditorium, 41 Quadrangle Drive  Amherst, MA RSVP:  Sara Moffett  –  email  –  413-584-9830 x1

 

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 9 pm. Spectra Pipeline Civil Disobedience & Legal Rights Training. If you’re interested in learning more about NVCD or would like to play a support (non-arrest) role in an upcoming action, considering attending one of our trainings. Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA Please RSVP here. Trainings will be held weekly. Go to: www.resistthepipeline.org/

 

Wednesday,  October 21, 6:00PM The Springfield Public Health Council will take up the issue of a site assignment for the Palmer Renewable Energy biomass plant at their meeting at 1145 Main St. in Springfield. This incinerator would have direct and disastrous effects on public health throughout the region in the decades to come. Please consider attending this meeting to register your concern about this threat to public health and the environment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Submissions can also be sent to:
Shirley L Rodriguez,Administrative Assistant to Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Health and Human Services * 413-886-5018 [P] | 413-787-6458 [F] * shirleyrodriguez@springfieldcityhall.com

 

Thursday, October 22, 1 – 3PM. Cape Downwinders is planning a ‘Shut Pilgrim NOW!’ speak out at the State House. MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. More information: Diane Turco, http://www.madownwinders.org/

 

Saturday, October 24, 10AM – 4PM.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Trainers: Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland. Location:  White Elephant, 19 East Main Street in Orange. To register:  contact Hattie Nestel Hattieshalom@verizon.net or call me at 978-790-3074

 

Saturday, October 24, 2 – 9PM. Visit The Enviro Show’s booth at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. See scary Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked gas pipeline in action! The Fracked Gas Bridge to Nowhere! Children of the Wild! Explosions! Thrills! Chills! Accessible, Free, Fun!

 

Sunday, October 25, 3pm. Northfield Pipeline Awareness will present a talk on the health effects of gas pipeline compressor stations with Dr. Curtis Nordgaard. The event will take place at the Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church at 147 Main Street at 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Julia Blyth at: jablyth@gmail.com or 413-225-3196

 

Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. is scheduled to hold three additional “public community forums” in Massachusetts for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The Northfield forum will be at
Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main Street, Northfield, MA. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org. Contact Cate Woolner <catewool@gmail.com> 

 

Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St)  in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information.  Hope to see you there!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Gulf Rd, Northfield, MA 01360, USA (map). Weekly protest at proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield EVERY Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturdays!  Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

Sunday, November 1, 2:00-4:00PM. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron Benefit Concert for WMass Jobs with Justice. Also, Roxanne Langevine – opening and guest mandolinist, Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thompsen. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center:221 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA. Donation. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631784437094474/

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

 

Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email: larrybuell@earthlands.org.

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29. Global Climate March! With the big Paris Climate talks on the horizon, our job is to focus attention on what it will really take to get serious: keeping at least 80% of fossil fuels under ground and getting to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Go to: 350.org/roadthroughparis/

 

 

That’s all for now, children. Remember now to listen to whom? Yes, your Mother. Thank you!

 

OverPopGreetings Earthlings, and there are so many of you!  We’re thinking: too many. Tom Butler returns to talk biped population and its consequences on the show as we delve into “a new kind of book” entitled “Over”.  As usual, we will also take you on a journey to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, to meet the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, and do a little E-valley-uation while we’re at it, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! It’s Autumn and most Squirrels are out and about stowing away nuts BUT some in NYC are just going nuts! Could it be overcrowding or just issues with the subway?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Paul Gosar, a Catholic Republican from Arizona who boycotted Pope Francis’ speech in the 10th level of Hell (as did such “good Catholics” like Justice Scalia, he of bad ideas).  “I don’t need to be lectured by the Pope about climate change,” Gosar said in an interview off the House floor. “When he wants to take a political position, I will tell you: He is free and clear to be criticized like the rest of us.” So much for Papal infallibility!

And speaking of the Pope, our Quote of the Week comes straight from his remarks to The New Boss in Hell: “Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our “common home”, we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about “a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’, 13). Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them.” We guess that covers the New Boss segment as well.

We think a little E-Valley-uation is in order here. Our State Senator (and head honcho of that body) is headed down to visit the pit of vipers (apologies to our friends the snakes) that is the Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission [insert uproarious laughter here]. He made what for him is a strikingly strong statement about FERC recently. “That agency has so much power, and as far as I understand, they’ve never seen a pipeline they didn’t like, and they’ve never turned down a proposal, and no pipeline that’s ever been approved has been overturned,” Rosenberg said. We can hardly wait to learn more of Stan’s journey. And this: Our friends at MassPlan are appealing the appalling decision by the Massachusetts Dept. of PRIVATE Utilities giving the green light for regional gas companies to get in bed with Kinder Morgan (O wait, those liaisons are already bedded down, yes?). And, don’t let these fossil fools bullshit you about there being no plans to export most of that fracked gas in the proposed NED pipedream. Corporados up in Canada are busily at work on getting the export infrastructure in place. Our favorite Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey may be all up in the corporados face sometime soon. Stay tuned! Finally, how about we go to the movies, OK? Remember when Gus & Lindsay of Children of the Wild were on the show? They invited d.o. to read at the Montage Plains Pipeline Procession and here’s the result: roll the tape please….O wait,   maybe it’s electrons? 

We have Breaking News: Shell, though still from Hell, says they’re pulling out from oil drilling in the Arctic. Celebrate when you can, some corporados will no doubt try to take their place.

We stick with the Bay State in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber where State rep. Lori Ehrlich tries to wake-up the Commonwealth to the plight of Elephants and other critters. Checkout H1275 An Act to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns.  Elsewhere, over 400 groups delivered a letter to President Obama urging him to “stop new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans. Keeping that coal, oil and gas in the ground would stop up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution from reaching the atmosphere and worsening the climate crisis.” How about keep it in the ground everywhere? But wait! Look what came out of the ground due to climate chaos and the melting of the permafrost: a 30,000-year old GIANT virus! Maybe there’s hope for the planet yet? Well, maybe not. Checkout something the Pope said at the UN. Finally, our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: Exxon/Mobil needs to get busted! Go HERE.

After our conversation with Tom Butler we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard for this:

 

 

Oct 16 at 5:30pm to Oct 18 at 5:00pm. Learn about how people around the world are using holistic management help people, animals, and plants AND “reverse global warming” [?] Tufts University, Medford, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/401713570024514/

Sunday October 18, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training with Mary Link and Court Dorsey. Plainfield Town Hall, Plainfield, MA. To register contact: Jane Crosby: 617.699.0671; Email: jkingcrosby@gmail.com

Thursday, October 22, 1 – 3PM. Cape Downwinders is planning a ‘Shut Pilgrim NOW!’ speak out at the State House. MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. More information: Diane Turco, http://www.madownwinders.org/

Saturday, October 24, 10AM – 4PM.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Trainers: Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland. Location:  White Elephant, 19 East Main Street in Orange. To register:  contact Hattie Nestel Hattieshalom@verizon.net or call me at 978-790-3074

Saturday, October 24, 2 – 9PM. Visit The Enviro Show’s booth at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. See scary Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked gas pipeline in action! The Fracked Gas Bridge to Nowhere! Children of the Wild! Explosions! Thrills! Chills! Accessible, Free, Fun!

Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St)  in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information.  Hope to see you there!

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Gulf Rd, Northfield, MA 01360, USA (map). Weekly protest at proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield EVERY Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturdays!  Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29. Global Climate March! With the big Paris Climate talks on the horizon, our job is to focus attention on what it will really take to get serious: keeping at least 80% of fossil fuels under ground and getting to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Go to: 350.org/roadthroughparis/

 

That’s all folks! Hope you appreciated the Blood Moon the other evening. We’ll go out with one of Tom Neilson‘s songs. Remember, when you’re out there, listen to your Mother!