WildChildsGreetings Earthlings. “What are the wastelands and how do they transform into the wild?” Walken Shweigert, Artistic Director of Children of the Wild asks that and Gus Ganley, one of those Wild Children, returns to the show to talk about their Wastelands Project, an experimental folk opera investigating the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. It’s not all gloom and doom, like this show. On this, the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl, the worst nuclear power disaster to date the concept of the wastelands is all the more sobering. But wait! we have somewhat humorous moments awaiting you in our Enviro Show Echo Chamber or when we take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, right? And how about this: Revenge of the Critters! Deer for dinner (No, it’s not what you think).

We have Broken News! In case you were still hibernating in some den recently you’ve probably already heard that Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas pipedream targeting WMass has been suspended. If you read their cleverly worded…..make that corporatespeak press release [pdf] you’ll see they left the door open to plague us with their bullshit in the future, but for now it’s time to pat our collective selves on the back for all our efforts and…..PARTY! This Broken News is a two-fer: We also just learned that “In an amazing victory for our forests, waterways and communities, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has formally denied the water quality certification as required by the Clean Water Act for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.” However, all these fossil fools have taken a page from Freddie Krueger and could easily be baaaaack! To which we say: bring it on fools!

It saddens us to say Our Fools-on-the-Hill  this week are also our favorite Massachusetts senators, Markey & Warren who foolishly voted for the laughably titled “Energy Policy ‘Modernization Act’ ”. This sorry planet-trashing act (which may contain a few good things) brings us all that much closer to a….dare we say, green flag? for exports of fracked LNG, the promotion of biomass clearcutting and reportedly “limits state and local controls that can impede pipeline development, and applies eminent domain for ‘economic development’ ” as well as ““It is the sense of Congress that all Federal authorizations required for a project or facility should be issued by not later than the date that is 90 days after the date on which an application is considered to be complete by the Commission.”  (among other things not so modern). We ask Enviro Show listeners to go HERE and have a word with our senators gone astray. Soooo, as over 150 nations sign-off on the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day the U.S. Senate agrees to trash the planet the day before. USA! USA?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we can’t seem to get away from the….umm…blowback? surrounding that Methane blowout at Porter Ranch on the Other Coast. Now we learn that a looming methane threat exists in the Great Lakes region (where the Children are headed!). Michigan has a total natural gas storage capacity of 1,079 billion cubic feet, the most of any state!  James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, said the safety of underground natural gas storage is just starting to become an issue. “We have a lot of storage and we have a lot of clay pipes we are distributing natural gas through. The other question is, are we contributing more methane to the climate change issue than we should be?”  Ya’ think? We have a Blog Action Bonus for you. Time to rein in the U.S. Market for Endangered Wildlife.

How about a Quote of the Week? “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

We have a lot of E-Valley-uation to get through this week. Let’s start with our Valley free Radio Spring Fun Drive, OK? This is where YOU show your support for the show and the folks who bring it to you.  We’re counting on you to do your part. Then we have a follow-up from our last show about the mishandling of our state lands, especially here in WMass. One of our guests last time, Michael Kellett, released this item recently: Plans to Cut State Forests Could Worsen Climate Change and the State Budget. We signed on to that one (surprise!) and the Greenfield Recorder reported on it. Also, remember the show we did on the plight of the Shortnose Sturgeon in the CT River? Now there’s an activist Facebook page on that. Check it out HERE.  And this: We received a disturbing email from Sara Moffett at Clean Water Action the other day with this headline: “Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says – Five of Six Cans From Hadley Walmart Tested Positive for BPA” The message directed us to this page. Canned food is pretty much 20th century but hey, do we really need BPA? Finally, about that proposed fracked gas pipeline the Son of Enron’s trying to ram through WMass? The MA State Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change is holding a hearing on May 3 on Beacon Hill, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428 to FINALLY connect the dots from fracked gas to our Global Warming Solutions Act and the Commonwealth’s energy future. All we can say is….ALL OUT! 

It’s time to Meet the New Boss once again and once again it’s his Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell who comes into question (isn’t there a place for this person somewhere in the exterior??). As we come upon the 6th anniversary of the infamous BP oil platform catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, an f’ing disaster that should never have happened and the results of which are worse than previously thought, it seems the Obama Administration’s  oversight is…well….kind of out of sight? “The [new] rule says that they have three more years to set up real-time monitoring [of oil-well safety by onshore personnel],” Liz Birnbaum, former director of the Minerals Management Service told Grist. “Which is just insane.” Insane like still pumping oil out of the planet in the midst of the Climate Crisis? What’s that saying about what to do when you find yourself in a hole?

 

After our conversation with Gus we drag you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

 Friday,April 29th 5pm, Saturday, April 30th 5pm & Sunday, May 1st 1pm.  The Wastelands takes audiences and performers on a journey guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry through places that have been abused and abandoned by industry. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands hopes to expose the many faces of our cultural grief: misogyny, white supremacy, queer-phobia, settler-privilege, etc. The performance runs 75min with a reception and dialogue to follow. All performances are free and open to the public (though we always pass the hat after the show), and meet ADA standards of accessibility. We recommend wearing good walking shoes and other protective gear for rain and sun, as necessary. Meet at 384 Dwight St., Holyoke, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org/
Saturday, April 30, 2pm. March & Rally in support of fossil fuel divestment in Somerville. Rally in Davis Square, followed by march to City Hall. The City of Somerville is currently invested in the fossil fuel industry. While Somerville works to lower its own emissions and take other measures to address climate change as a city, we are funding companies that spend billions of dollars funding climate change denial and lobbying against common sense efforts needed to reduce emissions. Go to: www.fossilfreesomerville.org/ 

 

May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m./Rally at 11:30am! MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change plans to hold an oversight hearing on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project and the state’s clean energy future.at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428. One or more buses to Boston are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $30. For details and to sign up for a bus email masspowerforward@toxicsaction.org. Please indicate your top three choices (leaving from/ returning to Pittsfield, Cummington, Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, or Northampton) and we will do our best to  accommodate. Your flexibility is appreciated.

 

Wednesday, May 4th, 10:00am:  Evidentiary Hearing at DPU re Berkshire Gas NED contract (cross-examining Berkshire Gas). Berkshire Gas has asked for permission from the Massachusetts DPU to make a TWENTY YEAR commitment for capacity on Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct Supply Path pipeline. Docket #15-178. Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, MA

 

Thursday May 5th, 9:00am:  Supreme Judicial Court Hearing, Conservation Law Foundation v. DPU. Oral arguments in CLF and Engie (formerly GDF Suez) v. DPU – challenging the DPU Docket 15-37 scheme under which electric ratepayers would shoulder costs of gas pipeline construction. One Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA  Phone: 617-557-1000

 

Saturday, May 7, 11am – 11pm. (Rain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016) Climate Action and Sustainability Fair, Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield. LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, and environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who work to address the planetary challenge of climate change. For more information, contact livingthechangeberkshires@gmail.com or call 413-329-3514

 

Saturday, May 7, 3-7pm. Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair at Mt. Toby Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA. Drawing upon the multitude of Middle Connecticut River Valley talent, of grassroots, non-profit and commercial entities dedicated to co-creating a more just and thus greener, cleaner, and healthier future for all beings, the Earth Care Fair is a “celebration of creative, persistent moral imagination to mitigate climate change in the Middle Connecticut River Valley and beyond”. It is a family-friendly event and all are welcome!  d.o. will be reading from his book “Bad Atmosphere“! Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron will be performing! Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., P.E. is doing an important talk there called, Forests: Our Best Allies in Fixing the Climate Problem”. Contact: Beth Adams <eadams333@gmail.com>; (413) 522-7505 

Saturday, May 21, 9 AM – 5pm. Non-violence Training. Friends Meeting House Leverett MA. This training is necessary for anyone considering participating in a Sugar Shack Alliance action that could involve arrest. To register, please contact Carole Horowitz, horowitz.carole@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.

 

That pretty much does it for us…..for now. There’s just one more thing: Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

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Kinder Morgan Statement on Northeast Direct Energy project
As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan, Inc., (NYSE: KMI) and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project.
In July 2015, KMI’s board announced that it had authorized TGP to proceed with the project’s “market path” segment from Wright, New York, to Dracut, Massachusetts, a $3.3 billion investment designed to help alleviate New England’s uniquely high natural gas and electricity costs caused by severely limited natural gas transportation capacity currently serving the region.
The board’s initial approval was based on existing contractual commitments at the time by local gas distribution companies (LDCs) to purchase natural gas from the project, as well as expected commitments from additional LDCs, electric distribution companies (EDCs), and other market participants in New England. Unfortunately, despite working for more than two years and expending substantial shareholder resources, TGP did not receive the additional commitments it expected. As a result, there are currently neither sufficient volumes, nor a reasonable expectation of securing them, to proceed with the project as it is currently configured.
The insufficient contracted capacity is due to several factors.  They include the fact that the New England states have not yet established regulatory procedures to facilitate binding EDC commitments, that the process in each state for establishing such procedures is open-ended, and that the ultimate success of those processes is not assured.
In addition, innovations in production have resulted in a low-price environment that, while good for consumers, has made it difficult for producers to make new long term commitments.  Further, current market conditions and counter-party financial instability have called into question TGP’s ability to secure incremental supply for the project. Given these market conditions, continuing to develop the project is not an acceptable use of shareholder funds.
TGP has operated in New England for more than 60 years and remains committed to meeting the critical need for constructing additional natural gas infrastructure in the region. Although we have suspended work and further expenditures on the NED project, TGP will continue to work with customers to explore alternative solutions to address their needs, particularly local distribution companies that are unable to fully serve consumers and businesses in their areas because of the lack of access to abundant, low-cost domestic natural gas.
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moretreesGreetings Earthlings. Are you ready for a Berkshire National Pellet Plantation Forest right here in Western Massachusetts? There’ll be plenty of wood pellets for everyone! That will be important given that there’s a scheme afloat to put pellet burners into any public school or public building near you. Sorry there won’t be as many trees or critters as we’re used to but hey, it’s renewable energy, right? Actually, not so much, not in this age of climate chaos! Janet Sinclair of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership joins us to talk trees & sleaze.  In addition we hear from Michael Kellett from Restore on this and other sorry ideas from the Massachusetts DCR. Also a call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson as well as visits to the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters. When cows attack!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill once again rewinds to those days of yesteryear when Hil was on the Hill (sorry, we can’t resist). Now, sadly, $hillary Clinton is running for president of Corporate America and folks like Bill McKibben are attempting to get her to green up.  How’s that working out for you? This woman does more pivots than a 42nd Street subway turnstile, except when she’s outright lying about her record. Old-school Liberals would do well to focus less on a Woman-in-the-Whitehouse at this critical moment (Liz Warren will be there soon enough) and more on ridding us of the very real threat of the rise of fascism here in the “Land of the Free”. O, while we’re at it guess who has come out and Unequivocally called for shutting down the leaky old Indian Point nukes just outside of New York City? That would be Hillary’s challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, OK? And her position on nukes? Well…….let’s say sketchy.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we return to Porter Ranch and the horrendous methane blowout that seemed to go on forever. The fossil fools at Southern California Gas Company had said they would somehow offset the environmental damage (nice trick, SoCal!) but are now trying to walk that back. This in the wake of SoCal’s parent corp, Sempra’s board cutting CEO Debra Reed’s pay by $130,000 — while at the same time awarding her a bonus of $3.17 million! “It brings her total compensation for 2015 to $16.1 million, meaning that her executive penalty for presiding over an elemental corporate fiasco comes to about eight tenths of 1% of her pay”, according to reports. Now, perhaps to distract understandably angry Californians, state officials are warning of possible blackouts this summer due to the loss of gas reserves at Porter Ranch! Say what? Why are we thinking Enron here?? The U.S. is awash with f’ing fracked gas. Get some at bargain prices if you need it CA! Stop trying to distract your people from all the mismanagement and climate crimes!  Time to go to the movies again! We were psyched at the FERC Doesn’t Work rally in Albany. Finally this: Possums take out dangerous ticks!  Save the possums!!

 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week calls for a trip in the Wayback Machine:

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”   ~John Muir 

 

Time to Meet the New Boss and his out-of-control Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz who will be in Boston April 15 for a public meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review. As we’ve reported in the past, this guy is the A #1 Obama Administration stooge for fracking and LNG exports. Anyway, like the notice says: “The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will hold a public stakeholder meeting April 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marriott Long Wharf, Salons DEFL. The Marriott Long Wharf is located at 296 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.” so you’ll probably want to get there early to…um….greet him, yes?

 

We have Breaking News! Remember our coverage of that lawsuit by kids about their future being trashed by climate chaos? They just had a victory! Read all about it! HERE. And this: More than 90 Massachusetts lawmakers sign letter opposing ratepayer financing of proposed fracked gas pipelines!

 

In our E-Valley-uation Chamber we find scores of students at UMass occupying the Administration Building in response to a certain lack of divestment in fossil fuels. See them HERE! Send them kudos, too (maybe some coffee too?).

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community.” Film screening and discussion examines the challenges climate change poses and highlights meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. Floor 26.\, UMass Library. Contact: Madeleine Charney.

 

Apr 22 at 6pm. to Apr 24 at 5pm. Ringling Protest. Ringling Circus is heading back to the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA and we will be more than ready! Please join our peaceful, educational protests against circus cruelty. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/449657425229550/  Email: info@circusprotest.com

 

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Troubled Waters Picnic: A Shortnose Sturgeon Walk, Talk and Lunch at the Rock Dam. Join shortnose sturgeon expert and author Dr. Boyd Kynard and environmental journalist Karl Meyer for a visit to the Rock Dam in Turners Falls.  The Rock Dam is a geological gem–as well as the only documented natural spawning site for the endangered shortnose sturgeon in the Connecticut River ecosystem. Kynard will cover shortnose sturgeon life history and biology; Meyer covers the natural and human history of this spectacular site. No pre-registration required. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch if you wish. Directions: Cross the 11th St. Bridge in Turners Falls; at first stop sign turn left down G Street.  Meet at public lot at end of G Street, just before the entrance sign for the US Conte Fish Lab.

 

April 23rd and April 24th at 2pm. “Unless” / The Lorax at the Hampshire College Farm Center. The show is an ensemble-based theatrical exploration of Seuss’s original story. It’s a traveling show that takes place on the Hampshire Farm. It’s family-friendly and very politically charged, of course. Entry fee is free.It’s an opportunity to be immersed in art for a traveling performance about the emotional impacts of climate change and our interconnection. Go to: theloraxhampshire.wordpress.com/ People can contact the ensemble at theloraxspring16@gmail.com with any questions/concerns/comments.

 

Saturday, April 23, 7 -10pm. Pipeline Boogie! Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band! Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering. $20 (or more!) requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass. DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Montague Retreat Center: North Leverett Road & West Chestnut Hill Road, Montague, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1714746215475520/

 

Monday, April  25, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Working together to build an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Main Street, Northampton. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 – 8pm. Springfield’s Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. Arise for Social Justice is proud to host our first live panel with perspectives from community, city, and state leaders to discuss the development of Springfield’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and the future of the environmental justice movement! Focus Springfield Community TV, 1200 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts. LIVE on local Springfield Channel 12 and online anywhere @ livestream.com/FocusSpringfield

 

Friday,April 29th 5pm, Saturday, April 30th 5pm & Sunday, May 1st 1pm.  The Wastelands takes audiences and performers on a journey guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry through places that have been abused and abandoned by industry. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands hopes to expose the many faces of our cultural grief: misogyny, white supremacy, queer-phobia, settler-privilege, etc. The performance runs 75min with a reception and dialogue to follow. All performances are free and open to the public (though we always pass the hat after the show), and meet ADA standards of accessibility. We recommend wearing good walking shoes and other protective gear for rain and sun, as necessary. Meet at 384 Dwight St., Holyoke, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org/

 

May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m./Rally at 11:30am! MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change plans to hold an oversight hearing on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project and the state’s clean energy future.at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428. For bus or carpool info email: susantheberge@icloud.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, our work is done here…for the moment. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

The DPU & You Enviro Show

Posted: March 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

deviationGreetings Earthlings. You know how we like to put quotes around the “Public” in that corporate captive agency the Massachusetts Department of “Public” Utilities, right? This week the DPU is coming to you, the public (or a venue near you to be more precise). Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action  calls in from one of those hearings in the Berks on requests from the fossil fools at Kinder Morgan/TGP that the agency allow surveys on lands they have been denied access to by private owners. There will be a DPU hearing in Greenfield at the Middle School on Wednesday, March 30th. All out at 6pm! But wait, there’s more! KM has recently commenced an eminent domain proceeding and requests immediate access to begin construction (tree felling, blasting, and other forms of trashing) at Otis State Forest, circumventing protections put in place by Article 97 of the Massachusetts State Constitution. Time to step up and defend our State Constitution, OK? Also Tom Neilson calls in with more fracking news from out West. As always, we’ll also take you for a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber among other things, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Cute bunny attack kit now available.

Let’s start out with some E-Valley-uation. Hampshire College student and Valley Stop the Pipeline movement stalwart Gabriel Shapiro, previous a guest on The Enviro Show, participated in a kick-ass Pancakes Not Pipelines direct action at FERC along with Ashfield Selectman Ron Coler, Josh Fox and others. Stay tuned for more of that, FERC! And speaking of that corporate captive agency, our senior senator Liz Warren had something to say about FERC just the other day: ““It is deeply troubling that Kinder Morgan is demanding a right to bypass the Massachusetts constitution and destroy portions of the Otis State Forest. Corporate profits should not come ahead of the Commonwealth’s laws or our core environmental protections. It’s long past time for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop enabling Kinder Morgan’s reckless behavior — and start pushing back.”

During the recent House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation hearing on the Flint water crisis, Oversight Chair and Enviro Show Fool-on-the-Hill Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tried shifting blame for the Flint water outrage from Repug Gov. Rick Snyder to the EPA. “During a particularly tense exchange between Chaffetz and McCarthy, the committee chair grew frustrated with McCarthy, saying that she had the ultimate power to do something about Flint. “So why do we even need an EPA?” Chaffetz asked.” (Grist) Which, of course, has been a Repugnican goal for decades ever since that agency was formed under a……..Repugnican!

James Hansen returns to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with news that may make you want to play the End of the World Drinking Game. Ready? Take a shot every time the term “sea level rise” come up!  Our Blog Bonus Action Link this week finds “A risky scheme to legalize the international rhino horn trade could drive Africa’s last wild rhinos to extinction. Tell South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to protect rhinos by rejecting this reckless plan.” Take action here. O look! The NY Times just discovered that “Trees Deal with Climate Change Better Than Expected”   Than expected by whom? Big Green? And this: we’re more than glad that a certain billionaire from New York City isn’t likely to be elected President of the United States of America (is he??) for any number of reasons, but his comments on the Climate Crisis are surely up there near the top of the list.

We have some Broken News from our allies at Rising Tide North America. Climate activists occupied the Superdome in the Big Easy  trying to stop an oil lease auction. Game on! On March 23rd, 2016 about 400 protesters took over a federal land lease sale in New Orleans. This event was called the ‪#‎NoNewLeases‬ action and was protesting the lease sale of over 43 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to off-shore drilling.

Here’s our combo Quote of the Week & Meet the New Boss segment in which Obama’s Secretary of the Interior says a real mouthful!  “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.”  – Sec. Sally Jewel on KQED, 1/2/15  Exactly what we’ve been saying!!

After our call with Jane and Tom we drag you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Monday, April 4, 7 pm. Public Hearing for National Grid Rate Case. National grid wants more of your money and to charge people who install solar PV more for generating clean, renewable energy. [See above] Fire Station – Meeting Room, 37 State Road, Great Barrington.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 11:30am to 2:30pm. Rally to Save New York from FERC! East Capitol Park, Albany, NY march to DEC headquarters. Please wear blue! Go to: stopthepipeline.org/ Also: www.facebook.com/events/500157693497068/

 

Thursday, April 7, 6pm. Walk/Bike Springfield meeting at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. To join the email list to get notice of future meetings, send an email to betsy@bgjohnson.com

 

Thursday, April 7 at 7pm. Sneak preview of Robbie Leppzer’s latest film, POWER STRUGGLE, a feature-length documentary that chronicles how citizen activists and the small state of Vermont win a rare grassroots environmental victory in their battle against one of America’s biggest utility corporations to shut down Vermont Yankee, a dangerous aging nuclear power plant, 26 miles from Amherst. Filmed over five years, this film is an inspiring story of citizens and their elected officials who stand up and speak truth to power. ” Bill Brand Screening Room in the Liebling Center at Hampshire College, Rt. 116, South Amherst, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/812966948846704

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/

 

Monday, April 11, All week. Democracy Spring! When the April 2nd march from Philadelphia arrives in Washington on April 11th, we hope we will be able to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it. But if they refuse to do anything, we will have no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in mass, dignified but determined, nonviolent sit-ins to force their hand. See: www.democracyspring.org/

 

Friday, April 15, 1pm. All Out!! Public Hearing on Kinder Morgan Condemnation Request at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. Help us assist in the fight to stand up for Article 97 lands in Sandisfield! Public hearing – let them hear from us all! No tree cutting in Otis State Forest! No fracked gas pipeline! More info here: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-hearing/

 

Saturday, April 16, 10AM – 4PM. Amherst Sustainability Festival. Amherst Town Common. A day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its seventh year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans! Go to: www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

 

Sunday, April 17, 2-5:30pm. “Taking Heart in Hard Times”, This Climate Change Grief Ritual will be held a few days before Earth Day on Sunday at Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton. More information: John Berkowitz, 413-387-8439, johnpberk@gmail.com

 

Monday, April 18, 7 – 9pm. Break Free Northeast Action Tour: Stop the Bomb Train!  Our reliance on coal, oil, and gas is exacerbating the Climate Crisis, keeping us from swiftly transititioning to the renewable energy future we need. This spring tens of thousands of people across the globe will be taking direct action against the fossil fuel industry in their regions. We will collectively #BreakFree from fossil fuels. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/494987504020572/

 

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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 (’til next time). Remember now, Listen to your Mother!

14.ides_of_marchGreetings Earthling. We’d like to take a moment (OK, make that several moments) to warn the fossil fools to Beware the Ides of March! That’s correct, corporados and enablers in government, the masses are not pleased with your behavior, your fracked gas export schemes, your total disregard for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and those lame thousand dollar suits you wear, OK? Melinda Tuhus from Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) joins us to ward off these enemies of the planet and look ahead to the future. Also, Tom Neilson with another report from the road. As always, we’ll take you to meet (and make light of) this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as get into some Broken News and hear our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Truckin’ goes to the dogs! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Texas Repugnican Lamar Smith….again. The chairman of the House “Science” Committee is still on his climate change witch hunt of climate scientists at NOAA. Now he “wants access to all communications [at NOAA] that include the terms “temperature,” “climate,” “change,” “Paris,” “U.N.” “United Nations,” “clean power plan,” “regulations,” “Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” “President,” “Obama,” “White House,” “Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), “buoy,” and more.” Why stop there, Lamar? How about communications that include terms like “our secret plan to destroy Capitalism” or “Al Gore’s orders”?

How about we start of The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Bonus? Help stop this absolutely horrible legislation, the so-called Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. “If enacted, the SHARE Act (H.R. 2406) would remove federal protections for gray wolves, expand trapping and recreational shooting on public lands, block efforts to restrict the use of toxic lead ammunition, block efforts to crack down on the global ivory trade, and even allow the importation of trophy polar bears from Canada, despite a 2012 law that banned it.”  It’s the most destructive anti-wildlife proposal ever to come to Congress. Also this, Bill McKibben gets himself busted up at Seneca Lake trying to stop those fracking corporados. And this: Greenpeace is launching a Fukushima investigation on this, the 5th anniversary of that epic and ongoing nuclear catastrophe.

We have Broken News! Here it is: “New satellite data and surface observations analyzed by Harvard researchers confirm previous data and observations: U.S. methane emissions are considerably higher than the official numbers from the EPA. Significantly, the EPA numbers are mostly based on industry-provided estimates, not actual measurements.” Surprise!

And Breaking News! “A group of citizens groups has dusted off a forgotten provision of the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act that it said requires FERC to provide public funding for interventions before the agency.” We trust FERC will fund an investigation into……FERC! And this: On Thursday the EPA announced they will limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities. Yes, they’re many years late to the table. Let’s see what they bring with them.

How about a little E-Valley-uation! Are you up for contributing to the Town of Montague’s intervenor struggle with Berk Gas and he DPU? Read all about it here. AND this Thursday walkers start Taking Steps To a Renewable Future beginning Thursday, 8AM at Windsor Town Hall and walking all the way east to Northfield by Sunday. In case you missed it, it’s a 4-day, 53 mile intergenerational walk following roads near the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. See the Bus Stop Board below for details.

Here’s our seasonal Enviro Show Quote of the Week with March 20th in mind: “The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.”  ~E.B. White

After our conversation with Melinda and Tom we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 6pm. Walk/Bike Springfield meeting at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. To join the email list to get notice of future meetings, send an email to betsy@bgjohnson.com

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/

 

Monday, April 11, All week. Democracy Spring! When the April 2nd march from Philadelphia arrives in Washington on April 11th, we hope we will be able to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it. But if they refuse to do anything, we will have no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in mass, dignified but determined, nonviolent sit-ins to force their hand. See: www.democracyspring.org/

 

Friday, April 15, 1pm. Public Hearing on Kinder Morgan Condemnation Request at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. Help us assist in the fight to stand up for Article 97 lands in Sandisfield! Public hearing – let them hear from us all! No tree cutting in Otis State Forest! No fracked gas pipeline! More info here: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-hearing/

 

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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 us until next time when Rosemary calls in from the front lines. Until then please remember to….what? Listen to your Mother, silly!

Taking Steps with The Enviro Show

Posted: February 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

gaswalkposterGreetings Earthlings. We’ve been talking about taking steps to a renewable future for years now, how about we do something! Gabriel  Shapiro and And Killian Dobroth join us to talk about actually Taking Steps To a Renewable Future and our intrepid roving reporter Tom Neilson calls in to talk about all the steps he’s taken down in the Southland. As always we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critter! Annoyed bear takes on the whole family.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill returns to drive us crazy……in a BIG gas-guzzing SUV! Yes, it’s Marco Rubio again, who has turned over his presidential pipedream energy policy formulation (such as it is) to………some guy from Big Oil!   O, you might say, who better to know about energy? Whoa! we say, who do you think he’ll be promoting! While we’re on The Hill checkout an actual good thing, the Keep It in the Ground Act!

We have some Broken News here. By the time you read this the wide spread alert about Gov. Baker signing off on permission for Kinder Morgan to survey our public lands for the proposed fracked gas pipeline will have done the rounds. BUT, in case you missed that action link go here. Did someone say fracked gas pipeline? How about FIXING THE LINES THAT EXIST!

Breaking News here! What’s with the massive spike in carbon monoxide on the West Coast?? Some are thinking it’s a precursor to a BIG earthquake. Hang in there Other Coast!

Let’s checkout The Enviro Show Echo Chamber before anyone escapes. First off, remember the Porter Ranch gas blowout fiasco? Apparently those sorts of methane emissions are business as usual in Texas. Looks like the fossil fools know how to mess with Texas! Here’s our Blog Bonus Action link on that very issue. BTW, does anyone know there’s 116 day fossil fools occupation going down at MIT? And this: Grist on the Five Things Bernie would do to crackdown on fracking when he’s in the White House regardless of a dysfunctional congress. Also, the journal Science Advances tells us water availability world wide is worse than we knew. And, Common Dreams has a good think piece on the Supreme Court and the Climate crisis here. Here’s WBUR’s take on the proposed Kinder morgan fracked as pipedream with reference to the Massachusetts DPU tariff hearing we’re going to in Boston, you know, where once was heard: “No taxation without representation!”? Did someone say fracked? Time to go to the movies!

 

Here’s the Quote of the Week stolen directly from the above link :

“In dying,” science journalist John Upton wrote, “[Antonin] Scalia may have done more to support global climate action than most people will do in their lifetimes.”

 

Time to Meet the New Boss as he goes all bi-partisan on us so he can see the disastrous TPP trade deal sail through the usually gridlocked congress. Another win for Corporate America! Thanks a lot, Boss.

 

After our conversation with Gabriel and Tom we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 Thursday, March 10, 2:00pm. Dept. of Public Utilities Public Tariff Hearing. National Grid has asked for permission from the Massachusetts DPU to make a TWENTY YEAR commitment for capacity and to charge electric users a tariff for cost recovery on the Kinder Morgan’s proposed NED and Spectra’s Access Northeast pipelines. Hearing Room A, One South Station – 5th floor, Boston, MA. 1pm. Street demo beforehand contact: emily@betterfutureproject.org. or call: 646 623 5271. Also go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/national-grid-edc-tariff/

Friday, March 11, Noon. Fifth year anniversary Fukushima Stand-out!. Wake-up NRC! Shutdown the Pilgrim nuke NOW! Park Street Station, Boston, MA, then to MA State House. Go to: www.facebook.com/capedownwinders

 

Saturday, March 12, Fukushima Anniversary vigil at Pliny Park in Brattleboro to honor the 100,000 Japanese people still unable to return to their homes and share what we have learned about Fukushima five years after the disaster began. Please join us from 10am to Noon. Details will be coming soon. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com Go To: www.safeandgreencampaign.org/

 

Saturday, March 12 & 19, 9am. Dawndale Farm Wildlife and Cummington Wildlife are holding a seminar on “Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator” sponsored by the Greenfield Community College science department. Our first seminar sold out so register early! Message us or call 413-834-5733 for more info. See: www.facebook.com/events/815139895298017/

 

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, 2pm. Voices From Fukushima – A Strange Play. First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts. Hear the testimony of those who experienced one of the greatest nuclear disasters in history. Read by local activists and actors. Free and accessible to all! Call 413) 584-9392

 

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. A walk to increase public awareness of the pipeline and the impact of fracked gas everywhere. A walk to highlight the catastrophic consequences of continued fossil fuel use on global climate change. Josh Fox & his latest film at the Ashfield event, March 17, 7pm. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will be at the Shelburne Falls event the evening of March 18, 7pm.! Local speakers & performers at the Greenfield event March 19, 7pm.! Walk info HERE. Facebook page HERE. All evening events info here: sugarshackalliance.org/   Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 26, 1 to 3:30pm. Poets Against the Pipeline reading & fundraiser. Arts Block, Greenfield, MA  The Enviro Show’s d.o. will be there! You? Go to: www.facebook.com/groups/PoetsAgainstThePipeline/

 

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]

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/

 

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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 is all….for now. Remember to…what?….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

The Return of the Wild Enviro Show

Posted: February 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

walkenGreetings Earthlings. Are things getting wild enough out there for you? Of course “wild” has many meanings and takes us many places. This week we take you to The Wastelands Project, a “story of rewilding: how and why it happens, both in landscapes and in the human heart” and an original post-apocalyptic opera with Walken Schweigert.  Also, roving reporter Tom Neilson calls in once more from the wilds of the Southlands, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Puppy shots puppy killer!

Time to Meet the New Boss. This time the Boss has let his own Department of Energy advance the corporate goals of the fossil fools by “allowing the export of 0.8 billion cubic feet a day of U.S. natural gas to be exported out of New England via pipeline, to Canada, where it will then be exported.”  Yes, that’s the same boss who’s all concerned about the Climate Crisis (and perhaps his legacy?). Our own Sen. Ed Markey is not pleased. Are we talking about existing pipelines? Maybe proposed new ones?

We have the prrrrrfect Enviro Show Quote of the Week for that last segment:

“I am no longer accepting things I can not change. I am changing things I can not accept.”  – Angela Davis

This Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually off The Hill and possibly off her rocker given how much she is in bed with Big Oil and the frackers (and banksters and Wall Street and….). Yes, it’s former Senator Hillary Clinton who claims all those monstrous campaign donations she gets from the corprados have absolutely no influence…..ha!…ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha…um…sorry.. on her decisions. Meanwhile, allow us to give you Bernie Sanders’ “Radical Environmental Proposal“!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we’re told by Reuters that the massive Porter Ranch gas blowout has been temporarily plugged. OK, sooooo what are they going to do about all that damage to the climate? It was reported on NPR that methane emissions compared to those of entire nations in Europe. Climate Crime!!  And speaking of climate-trashing methane guess what fossil fool lobbyists are doing with that O so loaded energy bill in congress? More LNG exports? Develop methane hydrates? Expedited permitting for natural gas gathering lines in fracking fields located on Federal and Indian lands? Pile on! Still looking at climate crimes here: The Supremes are on the cusp of being in the Climate Criminals Hall of Shame. Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus: Do it for the critters, OK? Also this: Indian Point nuke leaks into the Hudson River worse than we knew.

We have some Broken News! In case you’ve just this moment returned from an extended trip to the bottom of the ocean while every media outlet in this crazed nation reported on the surprise death of  arch enemy of the planet and Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, we pass on some of the expected blowback. The “interesting times” we live in just got a whole lot more interesting.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we checkout BagShare, another answer to all those plastic shopping bags up in that tree by your place. And this: Are you, like a good scout, prepared for the potential invasion of the fracking corprados?  Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. there’s an Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst to form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Be prepared!

On to the Bus Stop Billboard…

 

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  7-9pm.  “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer. Leverett Library  75 Montague Rd.  Leverett, MA. This presentation was developed collaboratively with Nuclear-and Carbon-Free Future, the American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org).

 

 

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.

 

 

Wednesday, February 24  6:30-8:30pm. “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer. Leverett Library 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA. This presentation was developed collaboratively with Nuclear-and Carbon-Free Future, the American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org). First Congregational Church  Silver St.  Greenfield, MA

 

Thursday, February 25, 1:30pm. Crucial Hearing about the Sneaky Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline Tax! the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is holding a hearing about whether or not Eversource customers should be forced to pay for the giant Access Northeast pipeline project. We’ll meet in front of the main entrance to South Station at 1 South Sta.—across the street from the South Station red line stop/1 Financial District—no later than 1:30 PM that day. We will have a street action beforehand, where we will hold a banner, chant and sing, and distribute leaflets to the public. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210769558952641/

 

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

 

Sunday, February 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Conservation in Northampton with Laurie Sanders – Ecologist/Historian. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Small fee. Call: 413-584-3009. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries

 

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/

 

Tuesday, March 1, 10am. Tell your legislators to keep solar working for Massachusetts! MA Statehouse, Gardner Auditorium. We need your help urging Massachusetts legislators to expand one of our state’s most successful solar programs: net metering. A cap on net metering, which gives customers fair credit for their solar power, is endangering continued solar growth and thousands of jobs across the state. Contact: info@solarisworking.org.

 

Friday, March 4, 5 PM – 11pm. Wastelands Eve at the Ashfield Lake House: A Pop-up Installation & Performance. For one night only, Children of the Wild will transform the Ashfield Lake House into a vision of post-apocalyptic joy as they share music and a sneak peek preview scene from their upcoming Wastelands show which is touring across the Great Lakes this spring/summer. The special menu will be inspired in part by Walken Schweigert and Katie Burgess’s pivotal experience working together at Minneapolis’ infamous Spokes Pizza.
5:00 – 10:00pm – Dinner Service
7:00pm – OUTDOOR performance
8pm – music by Ashes to Ashes, the musical side project of Children of the Wild, performing traditional depression-era folk music.
Following Ashes to Ashes will be a special surprise musical guest – Not to missed! Donations suggested. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1198463500183443/ 

 

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

 

Tuesday March 8, 7-9 pm. Western Mass Code Pink Honors Women Resisting Pipelines. 129 Main St., First Churches, Northampton, MA. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2016, Western Mass Code Pink is hosting an event that focuses on women doing pipeline resistance in the Valley – and beyond​. There has been a wide range of anti-pipeline activism in our area ​and a lot of that activism has been done by women. We invite you to join us on International Women’s Day in recognizing the importance of pipeline resistance for the future of this place and the planet, and in celebrating women involved in local pipeline resistance! Email: pakiwieland@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 12, Fukushima Anniversary vigil at Pliny Park in Brattleboro to honor the 100,000 Japanese people still unable to return to their homes and share what we have learned about Fukushima five years after the disaster began. Please join us from 10am to Noon. Details will be coming soon. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com Go To: www.safeandgreencampaign.org/

 

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

 

Saturday, March 26, 1 to 3:30pm. Poets Against the Pipeline reading & fundraiser. Arts Block, Greenfield, MA  The Enviro Show’s d.o. will be there! You? Go to: www.facebook.com/groups/PoetsAgainstThePipeline/

 

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]

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged.

 

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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, we are over & out. Do not forget this one thing: Listen to your Mother. Got it?

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?