Greetings Earthlings. We are now officially 10 years old so it’s OK for us to tell fart jokes on the air and nag you about…..well, almost anything, right? Rosemary Wessels of NoFrackedGasInMass.org joins us to blow out the candles and watch us open the presents like a framed baby picture of our very first show! No? How about a return to the timely visit with the toxic soup of Hurricane Katrina? Here’s a gift we grew to appreciate: a visit to The Enviro Show from Bobby Kennedy back in April of ’06 when everyone thought Cape Wind was the best thing since sliced….well…cake! One of the other gifts is a recycled very first Revenge of the Critters from our May 2006 show: Bambi Attacks!
As it turns out our E-Valley-uation segment is the longest running segment we have on the show. Back on the September 13 ’05 Bad News for Big Easy & Global WARming show d.o. never got to the story of former governor Mitt Romney’s ruminations over the MA Regional Greenhouse Gas Emmissions Initiative, something the state, in its infinite wisdom, doesn’t seem able to enforce so well. We’ve been talking about that mostly OK piece of legislation ever since and these days asking: how can the Commonwealth possibly adhere to the Initiative if Gov. Baker and the new Repugnican cabal on Beacon Hill climb in bed with Kinder Morgan and go full bore with the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline? We bet Rosemary has a few choice words on that! More to the moment there’s a bit of talk about a report saying “Pipelines? PIPELINES! We don’ need no stinkin’ pipelines!!” (OK, so it doesn’t say that exactly).
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from one of The Beatles:
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much” – George Harrison
Our Fool-on-the-Hill segment reared it’s ugly head first on our 5th Birthday Show in August of 2010 when “every New Hampshire Republican candidate for the Senate [was] a global warming denier.” Those were the days. Now nearly every Repug seems to own that dubious distinction!
The Enviro Show Echo Chamber has been around forever but we never seem to run out of material. This week we find the governor of Hawaii leagues ahead of his fellow govs proclaiming 100% renewable energy by 2045 and no LNG. Take that Big Gas! We have an Enviro Show blog Action Bonus for you HERE! Save the Herps, OK? And this: New study in Nature Geoscience says bad winters are our lot in the Northeast given the loss of Arctic ice (long underwear now on sale!).
Time to Meet the New Boss on his much ballyhooed trip to the Arctic. Of course, everyone can’t help but point out the irony of Obama giving the go-ahead to Shell for oil drilling in the impossible environs of the Arctic at the same time he gets all greenie about the Climate Crisis. It will be more than interesting seeing how he and his handlers spin this one. We guess the least he could do is turn the place into a National Monument. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are urging the creation of three Marine National Monuments in the Aleutians, Bering Strait and Arctic Ocean.
After our conversation with Rose we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Friday, September 4, 7:30pm. Tom Neilson at CoHo Concerts, Blowing The Whistle , 120 Pulpit Hill Rd. Amherst, MA. No advance registrations, first come, first served. Price: $10-20. Pioneer Valley Cohousing Great Room, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA
Saturday, September 5 , 5-7pm. Fourth Pipeline Procession. Montague Plains, Montague, MA. We’ll be there! Meet at The Mohawk Ramblers Motorcycle Club 1/2 mile down Bartlett Road off Lake Pleasant Road (off www.childrenofthewild.org). Reception 6 to 7pm. at the Red Fire Farm’s Montague Farm Stand on Turners Falls Rd. Go to:
Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 11:00am to 2:00pm. No Escape from the Cape standout. The protest will take place at the Sagamore Bridge/Christmas Tree parking lot along Route 6 in Bourne, MA. As heavy traffic exits Cape Cod via the Sagamore Bridge on Labor Day, September 7, Cape Downwinders have organized a call to action. They will be protesting Entergy Corporation, the NRC, FEMA and MEMA’s plans to trap Cape Codder’s in harm’s way in the event of a nuclear accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. For more information visit www.madownwinders.org
Tuesday, September 8. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has decided to organize a long-term, water-only “No New Permits Fast” this September in front of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We are undertaking this action in support of the call in Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” for action on the climate crisis. September 8, the day after Labor Day, and go until the end of September, until after Pope Francis has ended his six-day trip to the United States. Go to: beyondextremeenergy.org/details-of-the-fast/
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sen. Rosenberg’s Public Scoping Hearing on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline. Greenfield Community College. See: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/
Sunday, September 13, 5-7pm. Fifth Pipeline Procession. Richardson Conservation Area, Alexander Hill Road, Northfield, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Sunday, September 20, 5-7pm. Sixth Pipeline Procession. Pulpit Falls (Parking at 60 Wolf Tree Road), Winchester, NH. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:20am the Pope will address a joint session of Congress in Washington. After the address, we will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for a Rally for the Climate and a Just Economy. We’ll rally for our one Earth, one humanity, one living biosphere, and to recognize that all are experiencing one crisis. In addition to exciting performers and inspiring speakers from a variety of perspectives – climate justice, faith, science, labor and economic justice – we’ll celebrate the power of a people awake to the danger and the opportunity of this moment. Go to: moralactiononclimate.org
Thursday, September 24, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. The Springfield Climate Justice Rally, Springfield City Hall, Springfield, MA. Can’t get to DC for the big climate action? Join us in demanding that our local government take meaningful steps toward implementing the Climate Action Resolution that was passed by the Springfield City Council last year. Go to: www.facebook.com/springfieldclimatejusticecoalition
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Montague/Gill Source to sea River Cleanup. We have made an impact in the last 18 years collecting debris from beautiful natural areas! Volunteers have removed 37 full 30-cubic-yard dumpsters, 2,057 tires, thousands of pounds of scrap metal, MANY appliances, furnishings, and tens of thousands of recyclable cans and bottles. call: 800-859-2960. For the whole Valley go to: www.ctriver.org/volunteers-needed-for-source-to-sea-river-cleanup-this-fall/
Sunday, September 27th (afternoon TBA): A joyful, musical, spirited demonstration of the broad commitment to prevent the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral! Over 250 of you joined our last rally and march. Let’s double or triple that number in September! Please share this date with your friends! Go to: ww.resistthepipeline.org
Tuesday, September 29, 7:30pm. Naomi Klein at Chapin Auditorium, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Naomi’s book, “This Changes Everything” shows why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option. In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change
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!
OK, thanks for all those B-Day gifts……what? You didn’t send any gifts?? In any case, please remember to listen to your Mother, OK?