recyclemeatGreetings Earthlings. Are you into recycling? How about being recycled yourself after your expiration date? It’s not Soylent Green but it’s close enough! Katrina Spade, Founder and Director of the Urban Death Project joins us to talk End Times. As always, we bring you along for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! If you’re considering burial instead of being composted when your number’s called take a look at this! Crab drags snooping human’s toy underground.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Whom Grist refers to as “a far-right, coal-country, climate-denying conservative of the old school.” We’ll just stick with calling him a fool. Why? How about this: His amendment to the Science Advisory Board bill in Congress dictates “when considering what to do about carbon pollution, EPA may not consider what America’s best scientists have concluded about it, what an international panel of scientists has concluded about it, how the federal government has officially recommended calculating its value, or the most comprehensive solutions for it.”

Time once again to Meet the New Boss! While his speechifying in Selma was an unqualified success we’re sorry to report that the New Boss dropped the ball on protecting us from exploding rail cars full of planet trashing oil. You might say our national energy policy has gone….off the rails? That also applies to Obama’s so-called Environmental Protection Agency where burning down forests for energy is still on the front burner.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we honor the Celts during St. Patrick’s Day with this link to another Enviro Show on the Emerald Isle.  And this: the Women’s Council on Energy & Environment awards industry-captured agency FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur “Woman of the Year”? (we thought it was time for a little levity). Then it’s on to this eye-opening report [Pdf] from Obama’s Dept. of Energy with some key findings regarding certain proposed fracked gas pipelines: 1)Diverse sources of natural gas supply and demand will reduce the need for additional interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure; and 2) Higher utilization of existing interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure will reduce the need for new pipelines. Are you listening Kinder Morgan? Spectra? Speaking of  gas pipelines, are you headed over to the Boston metro area any time soon? Maybe you’ll want to have a streetview look at those leaking gas pipes first? And this from our Dept. of Lame-ass Ideas: Washington Repugs and their enablers out west want to sell off our National Parks! Here’s this week’s Blog Bonus Action Link. Save the Long-eared Bats! Remember awhile back we criticized the New York Times for discontinuing their Environment section? We are happy to report that the UK’s Guardian is decidedly NOT on the same page!

We’ve got a bit of E-Valley-uation for you here. While local coverage of Direct Action Everywhere left, well…a little to be desired you can go here for the bigger picture. Once again we’re asking: What will future generations say about us eating meat?

After our conversation with Katrina we move along to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, March 20, 7 to 9pm. Rachel Laitman, a gifted young songwriter with a beautiful voice is doing a Benefit Concert for No Fracked Gas in Mass at the  Cummington Congregational Church, 27 West Main Street, Cummington, MA. Email: nofrackedgasinmass@gmail.com

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 to 5pm. Nonviolent direct action and affinity group building workshop. This training will cover the history of nonviolent direct action, introduce some of the roles and skills needed to carry out direct actions and prepare people to organize affinity groups to carry out actions. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford, ConnecticutPre-registration email: nick@fangtogether.org

Monday, March 23, Noon. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will be hosting Paratransit Riders Meeting as an opportunity for individuals to voice any comments, suggestions, or concerns to PVTA staff at the Northampton Senior Center, 60 Conz Street, Northampton. Call (413) 781-6045

Monday, March 23, 6:00pm. Gas Leaks Campaign Kickoff Meeting. Nate Smith House on corner of Lamartine and Paul Gore in Jamaica Plain, MA. Contact Judy, Boston Climate Action Network, (617) 522-9713;  judyarmenia@verizon.net

Monday, March. 24, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now!MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email:  climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 25 thru Saturday, May 2. Springfield Climate Justice Workshops. North End Organizing Network Office, Gerena School, 3018 Main Street, Springfield, MA. Call for details: 413-732-3229 or 413-531-9915

Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 9pm. NDCAP Meeting at Multi-Purpose Room, Brattleboro Union High School, Fairgrounds Rd., Brattleboro. Let’s keep the public pressure on to keep the “Citizen” in Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, March 28, 1 to 2:30pm an author signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” will be held at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show,  d.o. marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown (he’ll mark your copy of his book also).

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: pipelinepilgrimage.org/

Monday, April 6, 7pm.  Kevin Kamps will make a presentation on nuclear waste management and dry cask storage, hosted by the Safe & Green Campaign at the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro. Few topics are more important for our future, and future generations, than what to do with the radioactive waste generated by VT Yankee. Kevin serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm. National Stand Up for Transportation Day!  GCC Main Street Campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Russ Fisher 413-512-1762, TJusticeFC@comcast.net.

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at www.FrackFreeNation.org

April 24 – 26. Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA. Go to: 350vermont.org/necos/

 

We’ve got a major mass action at FERC coming up in May. More on that on our next show. Until then remember, listen to your Mother, got it?

Another Nuclear Enviro Show

Posted: February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

poserpirates2Greetings Earthlings. Recent revelations regarding the corporados at Entergy and their shuttered nuke on the shore of the Connecticut River has us thinking post-shutdown nukes still have a half-life to haunt us……forever! Leslie Sullivan Sachs of the Safe & Green Campaign joins us to speak truth to…..well, power! As always we will take you for a spin in the Wayback Machine for our Enviro Show Quote of the Week and for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! It’s another video version of Revenge (sorry, radio fans but we still haven’t figured out the camera thingy in the studio). This time a Canadian squirrel gets into some anti-snoopping activism. Take THAT, nosey human! Wait, there’s more! For our radio audience we have a critters’ spineless attacks on nukes.

This week’s fool is the gift that keeps on giving, arch climate change denier [drum roll please], Sen. James Inhofe!  Yes, Oklahoma’s answer to George Armstrong Custer (he of lost cause and poor judgement fame) has done it again. Bringing a snowball onto the floor of the U.S. Senate, Inhofe once again proves the Climate Crisis is a hoax!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week goes plural this time for an object lesson in doublespeak. First, a recent statement in a letter to Rep. Neal from Cheryl A. LaFleur, Chairperson of the gas industry captured agency, FERC:
“Let me assure you that our environmental review will include careful consideration of all these concerns”
OK kids, put on your safety helmets and buckle-up ‘cuz we’re going for a short spin in the Wayback Machine all the way to last November when LaFleur stated publicly: “FERC isn’t responsible for gauging projects’ impact on warming” . Got it!

We open the door to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with this eye opener from the new Gov. We knew him and his former teabag party fan Lt. Gov were shilling for the Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline but now they appear to want to rewind that really bad idea from last year about YOU paying for it!  In keeping with the theme of this show we take you now to Fukushima where multiple meltdowns continue to…..well, meltdown!  This just in! These great “gadgets” may save us from climate chaos. Get some while supplies last!! Recall us getting all ugly last time about that TPP “Shafta” trade legislation the corporados want to ram through congress? You know, the one that opens the door wide to fracked gas exports and all sorts of other outrages? Welllll, we have a Blog Bonus action link HERE on that. Why stop there. We have a petition HERE demanding the Live Free or Die state doesn’t slip back into the 18th century and resume trapping bobcats.

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

Thursday, March 5th – daytime. Solar Day of Action. Two hours of walking in and out of barbershops, pizza shops, general stores and other mom & pop shops on a Main St. near you! All you need is good shoes and enthusiasm. We’ll get you the materials and talking points you need. Many campuses are participating, including Amherst College and UMass Amherst.

Thursday, March 5, 7pm. Poetry in Praise of Trees. Rocky Hill Co-Housing, 100 Black Birch Trail, Florence MA. Info: John Berkowitz, 413-387-8439

Thursday, March 12,8:15-9:15AM, Fukushima at the Japanese Consulate/Boston, South Station, 600 Atlantic Ave.
Your presence will make a difference. Please, join us. We will provide signs. Pilgrim NPP, here in MA, is the
exact same model as Fukushima in Japan. We must CLOSE PILGRIM NOW. Please feel free to email and/or call me with comments, questions, etc. Sheila Parks, Ed.D. 617-744-6020. Convener, On Behalf of Planet Earth
sheilaruthparks@comcast.net

Friday, March 13, 2015  Walk for a New Spring from the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Massachusetts.   Our goal this year is to visit more that 50 communities in nine states and the District of Columbia in 44 days before ending the walk in New York City on April 26th  with a march and rally to the United Nations to mark the beginning of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Conference. Call: 413-367-2202

Saturday, March 14 All Day. Remembering Fukushima. Walk from VT Yankee to Pliny Park for those able  – tentative time 11am – 3pm; Vigil at Pliny Park – tentative time 3-4m; Program at Centre Congregational Church 4-6pm. For info call: 802-763-8459 or email safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Sunday, March 15, 2pm to 5pm, at the Arts Block in Greenfield there will be a fund raiser, silent auction, quilt raffle, live music & local artists to benefit the stop the pipeline movenment.  Donations for the silent auction are welcomed (please spread the word and ask your all your friends for unusual items), and there will be musicians (Pat and Tex; Richard Chase; Court Dorsey; and Moonlight & Morning Star) and speakers (Leigh Youngblood, Ben Clark, and etc.).  For more information call Lisa at 978-790-7352 or see www.northquabbinenergy.org/wordpress.

Sunday, March 15, All Day. “Local Environmental Action 2015″ is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Go to: www.localenvironmentalaction.org

Monday, March 23, 6:00pm. Gas Leaks Campaign Kickoff Meeting. Nate Smith House on corner of Lamartine and Paul Gore in Jamaica Plain, MA. Contact Judy, Boston Climate Action Network, (617) 522-9713;  judyarmenia@verizon.net

Monday, March. 24, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now!MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email:  climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Saturday, March 28, 1 to 2:30pm an author signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” will be held at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show, Don Ogden (d.o.) marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. As a long time anti-nuclear/pro-safe energy activist, d.o.’s work often critiques the false solutions to climate chaos: nuclear power, fracked gas and biomass being among them.

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: pipelinepilgrimage.org/

 

OK, that’s enough of that. Until next time please remember to listen to your Mother, got it?

The Movements Meld Enviro Show

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

uniteGreetings Earthlings. Sick to death of radioactive threats to you and your family? Freaked out by Corporate America’s fracked gas onslaught and their proposed pipelines here in the Northeast? How about we come together and resist? Never mind “one big tent”, we can form one BIG movement! More on that with Anna Gyorgy of anti-nuke/pro-safe energy Clamshell Alliance fame and Jim Cutler, of fracked gas pipeline foes MassPlan join us in the studio, and Sam Lovejoy of “Lovejoy’s Nucear War” fame calls in to help us come together…..right now. All that and we Meet the New Boss and the Fool-on-the-Hill with a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Owl gets wise with runners.

We Meet the New Boss shilling for the nuclear industry in India. The Prez is trying to convince the government to fashion their very own version of our infamous Price-Anderson Act in which folks get pretty much shafted in the event of another Fukushima meltdown. Also, do you recall hearing about 91 leading U.S. scientists writing The Boss last June to do a rethink on biomass? How’s THAT working out? The USDA just announced funding for biomass!

We’re going plural once again with Fool(s)-on-the-Hill. Here’s all the Dems in the Senate who voted for the doomed Keystone XL bill: Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Penn.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Mark Warner (Va.).  Of course, they were joined by all those other fools as well.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we found ourselves snookered by a viral Facebook post about Burlington, VT being powered by 100% “Renewable Energy” (actually there were multiple posts). Then a little imp on our shoulder whispered “Wait a minute, did you only scan that?”.  Sure enough, buried in the text was that word again: b-i-o-m-a-s-s.  Sorry Burlington, back to the drawing board!  We view things differently here in the Commonwealth. Now this: Great Moments in Newspeak! Orwell would be pleased to know that Kinder Morgan thinks massive oil spills can be good for the economy.

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

Wednesday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Defend Solar Power!  Public comment meeting for the Net Metering and Solar PV Task Force. There are people on the Task Force who believe that Natural Gas is going to play an increased role in electricity generation in NE. They need to hear from you! Solar power has been immensely successful in Massachusetts, but to continue industry growth and expand access of solar, further policy change is required. For residents who are renters, lack adequate credit or who cannot site solar on their property, community shared solar provides an avenue for tapping into the full benefits of the clean energy economy.Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Park in lot D. Info at: claire@nukebusters.org

Wednesday, February 25, 7pm. A presentation of the compressor station documentary by Stephen Wicks.Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA. Please come learn how the 80,000 HP natural gas compressor station Kinder Morgan proposes to build in Northfield would impact our town and surrounding areas. Video & discussion by Stephen Wicks. Presentation by Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass. Q&A. (Snow Date if school is closed – Jan 27th) Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday, February 25, 6 to 8pm. Protest the Pipeline at Kinder Morgan’s “Open House”. Berlin Memorial Elementary School Gymnasium; 34 South Street, Berlin, MA

Wednesday, February 25, 2pm. Poetry in Praise of Trees. Lathrop Retirement Community, Easthampton Campus, 100 Bassett Brook Rd. (Rt. 66west from Forbes Library in Northampton; turn left at light at intersection of Rt. 66 & Florence Rd; go one mile, turn right at Bassett Brook Rd). Admission Free. More Info:   John Berkowitz, 413-387-8439,   johnpberk@gmail.com

Thursday, February 26, 6pm. the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel holds its monthly meeting. On the Agenda: the future of NDCAP, and the Emergency Planning Zone. It’s our chance to put the CITIZEN back in Citizen Advisory Panel, and to remind Entergy we are not a nuclear sacrifice zone — keep the EPZ.  Marlboro Grad Center, Marlboro College in Brattleboro. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com 

Thursday, March 5, 7pm. Poetry in Praise of Trees (program repeated). Rocky Hill Co-Housing, 100 Black Birch Trail, Florence MA. Info: John Berkowitz, 413-387-8439

Thursday, February 26, 6 to 8pm. Protest the Pipeline at Kinder Morgan “Open House”.  Fitchburg Memorial Middle School Gymnasium; 615 Rollstone Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Sunday, March 15, 2pm to 5pm, at the Arts Block in Greenfield there will be a fund raiser, silent auction, quilt raffle, live music & local artists to benefit the stop the pipeline movenment.  Donations for the silent auction are welcomed (please spread the word and ask your all your friends for unusual items), and there will be musicians (Pat and Tex; Richard Chase; Court Dorsey; and Moonlight & Morning Star) and speakers (Leigh Youngblood, Ben Clark, and etc.). Contact Diane at <dmcavoy22@sbcglobal.net> 

Sunday, March 15, All Day. “Local Environmental Action 2015″ is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Go to: www.localenvironmentalaction.org

 

OK, we are out of here until next time. Until then please remember……?…what was it? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

isowants2Greetings Earthlings. We return to the issue of one of Corporate America’s most recent assaults on our Commonwealth and upon our neighbors. Yes, it’s the Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipe dream and Rich Cowan of Dracut/Tyngsboro Pipeline Watch calls in with the latest on this epic struggle. As always we will take you on a magical mystery tour to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Jet-ski freak hits the wrong shark while fouling the ocean.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Repugnican, who offered an amendment to the bill that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The amendment calls for additional paperwork and costs to every conservation effort that requires federal designation or land purchase by a U.S. agency. Think Progress reports that “The Fischer amendment echoes a proposal introduced by Representative Don Young (R-AK) in the House of Representatives last week that would strip current and future presidents’ authority to designate new national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.” Of course, creating parks and monuments simply gets in the way of trashing the planet.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke, Massachusetts-based ISO-New England. This is the guy responsible for keeping the lights on. He was recently reported to have said: New England could operate solely and reliably on natural gas, but only if pipelines are “robust enough to meet demand” and if sufficient local storage of gas is available. Now you tell us, is it OK for the guy in charge of the grid to rely solely on one form of energy?? Should he start looking for a new job? While we’re at it let’s talk about “robust” gas pipelines ‘cuz the ones that exist aren’t being properly maintained by their owners who maybe should get busted! You think that’s extreme? We think THIS is a climate crime in progress.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Mina Hamilton’s paper “More than a Pipeline” concerning the compressor stations that keep the f’ing fracked gas flowing through the f’ing pipelines. Speaking of Repugnicans and pipelines, look who our new Lt. Gov is! We had no idea the Baker ticket had former anti-abortion tea party fan and lifetime NRA member, Karyn Polito onboard. And it looks like she may be a fan of the Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline invasion!  WAIT! Did someone say Kinder Morgan? The same Kinder Morgan that grew out of Enron, the infamous California electricity market manipulator? That can’t happen HERE right? And this: how about a trip to the movies? Playing Now: Endocrine Disruption & Gas!  Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is this action link calling on the DEP to keep nukes out of the MA Clean Energy Standards BUT don’t stop there. You can edit the letter and add biomass as well!! 

Time to Meet the New Boss. You may have endured the State of the Union Address with all the staging, yes? All the good enviro stuff is here. BUT the New Boss also felt compelled to say, “America is number one in oil and gas” and who knows what THAT means? Export away, Corporate America, we’ve got yur’ TPP?   O, did we mention Obama’s green light for oil drilling off the East Coast? And this: The Prez’s climate plan could threaten U.S. forests?

In our E-Valley-uation segment inquisitive minds want to know: Why is WEMECO & National Grid gouging rate payers for so much when the wholesale price of electricity and natural gas are both down more than 50 percent! And why does the name Enron keep coming to mind??

After we chat with Rich we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis – a community gathering to take heart–and inspire action and resilience—in response to worsening climate change. (Snow date: Thurs. Feb.5) Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St. (Nearest Parking Lots: on  Gothic St. behind police station and behind Thorne’s Market.)

Thursday, February 5, 6 to 8pm. Kinder Morgan Open House! Bring Stop the Pipeline signs and all your friends. Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. More info at: NoFrackedGasinMass.org

Monday, February 9, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St., Amherst. Come meet others who share your passion for climate justice and find out where you can plug in. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

Thursday, February 12, 12 pm-2pm.  Global Divestment Day Voices for Divestment rally at the Gardner Autorium, MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA. Hundreds of Global Divestment Day events are planned around the world to demand that governments, institutions, and individuals take action by divesting from oil, coal and gas companies. Also events throughout the day, including a carbon risk panel with financial experts from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, lobbying from 2 pm to 3 pm, and a high school student panel from 3 pm to 5 pm. Wear orange! More info at: www.facebook.com/events/1520630274863588/

Wedesday, February, 18, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. (Snow date:  Thurs. Feb. 19) * John Berkowitz, Northampton poet  (Saving—and Savoring—the World) * d.o., The Enviro Show    (Bad Atmosphere, Levellers Press) * Ben Grosscup, Greenfield singer/songwriter, coordinator of People’s Music Network

Thursday, February 19, 6-9pm NRC Meeting on Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT.  For info contact veronique@nukebusters.org.

Sunday, February 22, 3 pm. From No Nukes to No Pipeline: Protecting our Communities & Future. Announcing an anniversary screening of the classic film “Lovejoy’s Nuclear War” to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass. Arts Block Main Hall, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA

 

That is all for now except please remember to what?……….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. It’s back to the woods in 2015. Michael Kellett from Restore the North Woods and environmental writer Ellen Moyer join us to talk logging on public lands. As most Enviro Show fans know we are like a dog on a bone when it comes to protecting the trees, BUT some who fancy themselves friends of the planet have yet to connect the dots between the woods and the sky. More on that later, along with meeting the New Boss, the Fool-on-the-Hill and a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! It’s another listener recommended piece and yet another hunted hunts hunter story. O deer!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the Boston Globe serving up some bad news for the proposed Cape Wind project (you know, the right project in the wrong place!). Our guest Ellen Moyer’s recent blog post at HuffPo has some excellent suggestions regarding the Climate Crisis. Look HERE: more dirt on Kinder Morgan (we can’t recall when we last mentioned that KM grew directly out of the head of….Enron!). We just posted this on our Facebook page: Even though you froze your ass off recently, 2014 was the hottest year ever. And  this just in: The much anticipate Synapse “Low Gas Demand” analysis (complete with juiced up numbers!) is out and guess what!? It says yes, we need more fracked gas! We don’t think so!  More on that in our next show.

It looks like The New Boss giveth while he taketh away. Even while Obama vows to veto the deadly Keystone XL project his  Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell makes the bogus claim that local and statewide bans on fracking are the “wrong way to go” and based on a misunderstanding of science. We’re guessing she doesn’t mean CLIMATE SCIENCE! On a humorous note it appears at least one of her underlings does not agree. Righthand/Lefthand! Anyway, how about we let the Prez know we have his back on KXL?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is yet another multiple winner: The head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is going full bore (so to speak) to push passage of the doomed Keystone XL bill. We guess her concern for “Energy” outweighs her concern for “Resources”, you know, like the atmosphere? (OK, so the atmosphere isn’t really a resource but just try getting by without one that sustains life!).

Our Quote of the Week is a quiz. Who said: “To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.” ?  Leave your guess below in the comment box and win the coveted prize!

Finally, in our E-Valley-uation segment we remind you about our “To the Woods” page where seemingly endless links dwell; papers, studies and posts concerning the critical need to preserve forests & trees in the life & death struggle against climate chaos. We’ll be talking about this with our guests.

After our conversation with Ellen & Michael we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, January 13, 4:30 to 5:30. Rally to Reject the Keystone XL NOW will be held at the corner of King and Main Streets in front of the Northampton Courthouse. (A few hardy souls will join Dave Roitman at the Northampton end of the icy bridge originally planned for the action) in case press or ralliers show up, but we are moving the main action to the site of the weekly peace vigil. Please dress warmly. For more information, contact Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net.

Tuesday, January 20, 7 to 9pm. On Author Night in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library in Amherst the climate crisis will be the focus as local writer/activist d.o. reads from his recently released book, “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis”. Joining him are singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron, as well as Susan Theberge of Climate Action Now!MA to bring into context our relationship with the planet and our actions to protect it. Snow date: March 19.

Thursday, January 22, 7 to 9pm. Presentation of compressor station video “You Don’t Hear Much About THIS” – A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor. North Quabbin Pipeline Action Public Meeting and Forum- What Next?- an opportunity to discuss the KM pipeline and actions for the upcomming weeks.
All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Northfield can impact a community and what can be done to stop it.
 Erving Senior- Community Center, Rte 63 (1 Care Drive, just north of the Erving Elementary School). More events at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/

January 23 – 25. Peoples Music Network Gathering. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: peoplesmusic.org/2015-winter-gathering-online-registration/

Monday, January 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA meeting. TBA: Amherst Unitaritan Society or Northampton Unitarian Society. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

Thursday, February 5, 6 to 8pm. Kinder Morgan Open House!  Bring Stop the Pipeline signs and all your friends. Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. More info at: NoFrackedGas in Mass.org

 

That’s all for this week. Remember when you’re out there: Listen to Your Mother!

 

tree-greenNew Years Greetings Earthlings. [WE PREEMPT THIS POST WITH THE BEST NEW YEARS READ IN A VERY LONG TIME HERE]  NOW, Out with the old/In with the New and greetings 2015 and what will it mean? In our mostly hour-long interview between local tree-hugger Chris Matera and West Coast deep green resister, Derrick Jensen 2015 might mean more (or less) Green. It remains to be seen. We do that and a truncated version of the usual suspect segments, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Another two-legged thief meets justice from the animal world.  Wasps-on-WASP crime!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we lead off with your Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action link: pissed about all the GIANT electric rate increases foisted upon you by the utilities? Even more pissed that they are carrying water….er…make that Fracked Gas for the likes of Kinder Morgan as an excuse to raise your rates? Go HERE!  For some fascinating (did someone say infuriating?) background on rate hikes see THIS. Yes, someone DID say infuriating. Look at what the outgoing Patrick Administration just dropped in our lap: more fuel for Big Gas! in the form of the much talked about Low Demand Study concerning the proposed Kinder Morgan fracked as pipeline. You’ll find more balanced reporting here.  BUT after errors in the study were brought to the attention of its authors by THE PUBLIC the study’s release has been delayed (thanks, public!). You’ll find the errors in the draft report here. Apparently “Kinder Morgan’s attorney has jumped the gun in endorsing the draft [report] even though it overstates the cost of each renewable energy source by a factor of 70.56 !”  Do not despair, this fight is far from over and….we are everywhere!

We meet the New Boss as his energy czar considers climbing totally in bed with the corporados on fracked gas exports. As we’ve maintained from the get-go the push for new fracked gas infrastructure is all about exports and geo-politics. And we ask what we’ve always asked: what happened with “energy independence”?? Selling off the family jewels seems, well….unAmerican?

Our Quote of the Week sticks with the theme of this show:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

In our E-Valley-uation segment we direct you to No Fracked Gas in Mass for what’s sure to be some kick-ass responses to the latest pro-fracking, pro-corporate attacks on your community and the planet. Like they say: despair is NOT an option. Onward into 2015!

On to the Bus Stop Billboard for 2015:

Saturday, January 3, 7:30pm. Vermont Yankee Unplug Party! Episcopal Church, 8 Church Steeet, Greenfield, MA. What do YOU do when … you finally get what you’ve been working towards for years? (Shutting down VT Yankee’s dangerous nuke for instance)… you know that the lives of your children and your community will be better because of what you have done? … you realize how much richer your life has become by working with thousands of amazing people? PARTY!

Sunday, January 4, 2 to 4pm. “Finding My Radical Soul”, a memoir of longtime antiwar and antinuclear advocate Frances Crowe will debut at a reception in Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main Street. Weather date is 2-4 pm Sunday, January 11. The reception is open to the public, and a limited number of copies of the memoir will be available for purchase. Call 800.215.8805 for information.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy! Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York. See: https://facebook.com/events/656150794505434

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6-8pm. Free workshop on green homes and resilient landscapes! Greenfield Community College. For: Parents, educators and youth over 8 accompanied by a parent. Explore sustainability, environmental stewardship, energy concepts and ecology with your students, and learn about climate mitigation through landscape design while engaging in the engineering process as you design, construct, manipulate, play with and redesign the tabletop creations. Pre-registration required up till Jan 7: Do so by sending your name, school/organization or parent, email, and phone, and childs age if bringing a child to Susan Reyes sreyes7 [at] mac.com or 413-259-1658

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 1:30pm. Presentation of Compressor Station Video “You Don’t Hear Much About THIS” – A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor.  All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Windsor can impact a community and what can be done to stop it!Cummington Community House
Main St., Cummington, MA

Tuesday, January 20, 7 to 9pm. On Author Night in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library in Amherst the climate crisis will be the focus as local writer/activist d.o. reads from his recently released book, “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis”. Joining him are singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron, as well as Susan Theberge of Climate Action Now!MA to bring into context our relationship with the planet and our actions to protect it.

January 23 – 25. Peoples Music Network Gathering. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://peoplesmusic.org/2015-winter-gathering-online-registration/

That’s all for now. Tune-in next time and remember to listen to your Mother!

wsolsticeGreetings Earthlings. We’re definitely going to get the jump on the season with a call from The Good Green Witch but we will still have lots of time to ask “what the FERC?” with Juliette Fleur Humer, one of the fractavists who managed to shut that captured agency down in DC awhile back. That plus a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and to The Enviro Show Echo chamber but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters!  Coyotes defend home from sketchy crook in dress.

We couldn’t resist bringing this arch fool back to the Fool-on-the-Hill for another whipping! Yes, it’s Sen. Inhofe but this time he came  wearing what may be his best tin foil hat. Are you ready? Inholfe said Barbara Streisand is behind the “global warming hoax”!  Curses! We’ve been found out!! We guess it’s just the way we were……(sorry).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we figured FERC (that’s the Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission) should feature prominently given our second guest and all, sooooo we’ll run their latest decision on the Constitution pipeline up the flagpole but we’re not going to salute something called “Constitution” that involves eminent domain in the Catskills!  And this: Checkout this letter from Karl Meyer to the Gazette on the Kinder Morgan/ISO love fest! Finally, don’t let anyone tell you (like the NY Times for instance, forgetting? to mention) that all this fracked gas glut and proposed pipelines are not about export and almost nothing to do with so-called shortages for electric generation. Get ready for some numbers HERE.

Time to Meet the New Boss! Remember last time we were bashing the Repugs for trying to unload science at the EPA? Well, guess who is trying to muzzle scientists working for the EPA? That would be the New Boss, sad to say.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we find that Kinder Morgan, in their infinite wisdom, have condemned none other than historic Woolman Hill (birthplace of the Traprock Peace Center and once home to legendary peace activists Wally & Wanita Nelson) to be the site for one of their horrific fracked gas compressors in the latest route projection for the fracked gas pipeline. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot…O wait, wrong metaphor…no shooting…..peace….OK, fill in the blank_____________.  Wait, there’s more! Kinder Morgan corporados are STILL threatening the Montague Pains aquifer in their much publicized new route. Remember Nestles plans for that water? The proposed 1970s nuke hoping to cool their ill-fated reactor with that water? Beware KM! That water is poison……at least for the Takers. And finally, a word from the cows.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is short & sweet: “Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war”   – Naomi Klein

After we hear from our guests and jump over the Solstice bonfire we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Tuesday, December 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Dinner break  5:45-6:30). Fracking Teach In and Next Steps, Presented By GCC’s Peace Alliance ClubFracking Teach –In. Come hear student presentations and Speaker Rosemary Wessel from No Fracked Gas In Mass. Questions after presentations. Dining Room Core
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday December 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GreenWork in 2015 at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council Hall, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield. Go to: www.greenworkwmass.org/contact-us.html

Thursday, December 18th as part of the Week of Action against the Spectra Pipeline. We will be doing a street theater performance outside of the State Street Corporation (the second largest investor in Spectra Energy) to connect the dots between extreme energy infrastructure and those that profit from it. We will meet at Chinatown Park (Essex and Surface Rd) at 4pm before heading to the State St headquarters down the street. Email: nogaheyman@gmail.com

Thursday, December 18, 9:30 to 3:30. Final DOER Gas Demand Stakeholder meeting. The focus for this meeting will be to review the complete modeling results and the draft final report. Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf Building, 290 Congress St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA. If you plan to attend the meeting please RSVP to Susan Rivo at Susan@RaabAssociates.org

December 27, 7:30pm. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, Concert Benefiting the Franklin Land Trust‘s efforts against the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline to carry fracked gas across the wild lands and rivers of western Massachusetts. Featuring Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Rusty Belle and Abe Loomis. Tickets available at World Eye Books, Greenfield and Boswell’s Books, Shelburne Falls.

Saturday, January 3, 7:30pm. Vermont Yankee Unplug Party! Episcopal Church, 8 Church Steeet, Greenfield, MA. What do YOU do when … you finally get what you’ve been working towards for years? (Shutting down VT Yankee’s dangerous nuke for instance)… you know that the lives of your children and your community will be better because of what you have done? … you realize how much richer your life has become by working with thousands of amazing people? PARTY!

 

That’s all for this one. We’ll be back on December 30 in one form or another soooooo, remember, listen to who? YOUR MOTHER!!

The Stop Shopping Enviro Show

Posted: November 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

HolidayJunkGreetings Earthlings. The unique plague of rampant U.S. consumerism returns to the show to remind us……this is not life!  Rev. Billy calls in to confirm and Robin Jaffin of Buy Nothing Amherst/Northampton joins us in the studio to make the case.  As in the past and so into the future we take you on a journey to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but fist it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Warning dog people: toooo many K9s taking up space. Snowy Owl hopes for a taste.

It’s time to visit this week’s fool, Rep. Chris Stewart  (R-UT) who is the sponsor of HR1422 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014. The anti-science bill places restrictions on pesky EPA scientists and their crazy climate crisis claims while making room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations. We ask you: where’s the conflict there??

How about a little E-Valley-uation? Are you up for a 29% rate hike in your WEMECO electric bill? No? But your Department of PUBLIC Utilities gave it the go ahead without comment. It must be OK, yes? How about Big Gas, the Utilities and the so-called regulators scaring the beejesus out of ratepayers with dire tales of potential blackouts in mid-winter if a new fracked gas pipeline isn’t built? You believe them right? You’ve never heard of Enron right?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we return to the sea with this brief but enlightening op-ed from the NY Times. Another one from The Paper of Record we just could not resist. The headline says it all: “Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil”. Priorities, people!  And speaking of: Grist had a piece after the elections that pretty well covers the far-right’s plans for destroying the planet. Read it and weep. But wait! All is not lost. YOU can do something here!  Wait, there’s more! FERC is contemplating (along with their friends from Big Petro) not only charging YOU for new fracked gas pipelines but for repairing existing ones. Why should pipeline owners have to pay, right?

Our Quote of the Week is a super segway into our conversations with the Rev and Robin:

The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

OK, after our conversation with the Rev and Robin it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, December 4, 11am – 12pm. Protest at New England ISO Meeting at The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston. Rally at ISO New England. ISO New England, the entity responsible for keeping the lights on in New England, is not doing its job.  By leaving renewables out of their equation for our future energy needs, they caused rate hikes this winter which are costing us millions of dollars, and they are propping up the false perception that we need new gas pipelines.  Gather with other activists from across New England to send ISO the message that we already have too much gas, we need more solar and wind now, and they need to rise to the challenge of building our energy future, not destroying it!

Thursday, December 4, 9:30 AM  — 3:45 PM. Mass. DOER Low Gas Demand Modeling Analysis Stakeholder Meeting. Final meeting to review Low Demand Scenario Study. Free to public, lunch provided. Please register here. Mass. DPU Offices, One South Station, Hearing Room A
Boston, MA

Thursday, December 4, 7pm. Hadley Senior Center. Mark Stinson, the Western Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Circuit Rider, will be giving a presentation about the recent changes to the Wetlands Protection Act Regulations.

Tuesday, December 9, 6:15-8:15pm. Selectman meeting regarding the FRTA and Gas Pipeline. Montague Town Hall, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

Saturday, December 13, 1 to 4:30pm at Collective Copies in Amherst. Collective Copies would like you to join us for a celebration of Levellers Press Fifth Anniversary. We’ll have author readings starting at 1 p.m. with a reception and featured readers at 3 p.m. Big Holiday discounts on locally authored and published works such as “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” by some guy from The Enviro Show.

December 27, 7:30pm. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, Concert Benefiting the Franklin Land Trust‘s efforts against the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline to carry fracked gas across the wild lands and rivers of western Massachusetts. Featuring Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Rusty Belle and Abe Loomis. Tickets available at World Eye Books, Greenfield and Boswell’s Books, Shelburne Falls.

 

OK, we are out of here. Next time it’s Winter Solstice with the Good Green Witch and more. Remember to…..what? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

thanksgiving-thankstaking-no-thankkks-amerikkka-raimGreetings Earthlings.  We’ve been trying to get Jean’s friend and longtime activist for the planet, Vandana Shiva into the studio for years now but given that Vandana is seemingly in constant motion around the globe all we’ve ever been able to do is get the recorded version. With that in mind, we roll the tapes! Naturally, we will also send you over for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and with the New Boss and deep into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Another loyal listener recommended story, this one held back just for this occasion: our first snowfall of the season.  Tables turned on loud snowmobile enthusiasts chasing moose in Maine. Their claim not to be chasing the critter is trumped by their urge to be on TV. Stupid human motorized recreation freaks! Roll their tape.

This week we go plural yet again as 31 Dems and 221 Repugs vote in the U.S. House of Reprehensibles to go full bore on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Hell. Of course, it’s yet another Repugnican inspired act of futility given that The New Boss has indicated he will veto the bill [See New Boss below], but these Fools simply can’t resist making asses of themselves. It’s just what they do!

And here he is! The New Boss is finally doing what he’s supposed to do: Save the Planet!  It’s reported that the bogus KXL bill will garner a big fat veto when it reaches Obama’s desk. It’s legacy time in the White House nowadays and we can expect to see some more backbone than we have in the past. That’s a good thing and we think he should be encouraged to do more. Can he arrest the Enemies of the Planet in DC and send them to Gitmo? No? Why not?? Anyway, those climate criminals are freaked out about the climate deal The Boss cut with China. Our take? Meh!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from none other than our recorded guest:

“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.” – Vandana Shiva

In our Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a full……well, chamber! Funny that the New Boss should be speaking about the climate at the G20 just days after we read that “G20 Countries Spending 88 Billion a Year to Subsidize Climate Disaster” Maybe his new legacy schtick will rub off on the other capitalists, no? This seems like a good time to rerun this story from RT that ties together trashing the planet with the fracked gas boom (pun intended) in the U.S., our regional gas pipeline struggles, and the growing talk of a trade war with Russia. Dare we say “think globally act locally”? Or regionally for that matter: here’s a pretty fascinating reportback on that direct action at FERC in DC.  And speaking of FERC get this juicy quote: “FERC isn’t responsible for gauging projects’ impact on warming” — FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur. You’re on your own citizen!  We hope forest activists in Peru won’t be on there own. They need international support because they are being killed by enemies of the planet. Last Saturday’s New York Times had a disturbing piece on amphibians around the world threatened by two pathogenic fungus, one called Bs for short. No surprise that the fungus is spreading rampantly via the pet trade (which we’ve always thought was bs anyway). And finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: We need more solar in the Commonwealth! When you go to the form here you can boost the % up above the weak 20% indicated. We’re thinking we’ll double and raise them.

After we run the Vandana tapes by you we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

November 17th21st, Monday through Friday, at 12:00 – 1:00PM . Mothers out Front “Power Up at the Statehouse – Stand Up and be Counted”. The time is now for Governor Patrick, with the power mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, to make Massachusetts the first state in the country to draw the line against fossil fuels for its new energy needs, and make a better, more just, choice for everyone. Friday is the “Final Power Rally”. Go to: http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cowspiracy Screening at Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and XD, 367 Russell St, Hadley.

Monday, November 24, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now / 350MA Node Meeting. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst

 

Friday, November 28 Black Friday at Walmart events:

Orange ~ 11:00pm-Midnight Thanksgiving Night 11/27

Westfield ~ 10:00-11:00am

Chicopee ~ 11:30am-12:30pm

Pittsfield ~ Noon-1:00pm

North Adams ~ 1:00-2:00pm

Northampton ~ 1:15-2:15pm

East Windsor ~ 1:30-2:30pm

Ware ~ 1:30-2:30pm

Hadley ~ 1:30-2:15pm

Bus from Hadley to Springfield ~ 2:15pm

Springfield Rally ~ 3:00-4:00pm ~ Pioneer Valley stores are scheduled so that everyone can come to Springfield.

 

Thursday, December 4, 11:30am to 4pm. ISO New England – Consumer Liaison Group Meeting. Stakeholder forum between ISO New England and regional consumer organizations and advocates to exchange information about the economic impacts of New England’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. A FERC rep may be there along with other fracked as pipeline proponents…..opps! FERC is supposed to be unbiased. Sorry. The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA.

 

That is all. Next time it’s Buy Nothing Amherst/Northampton with Robin Jaffee and Rev. Billy calling in from the Church of Stop Shopping. We go out with Tom Neilson‘s “Something you ate” from the “It’s a Crime to Tell the Truth” album.

 

 

 

BookCoverGreetings Earthlings. Tired of reading Harry Potter stories or the latest in vampires or magical dragons? How about a love story in the time of climate chaos or maybe the Climate Crisis in verse? Brian Adams, Professor of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College and author of “Love in the Time of Climate Change”, a cli-fi activist romantic comedy about global warming, joins us in the studio along with our own d.o. whose book “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” is being launched on November 15. Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (sorry). As always we will also beguile you with tales of daring do by our Fool-on-the-Hill and a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Hawk takes out drone!!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural yet again. You may want to save this one, it’s a side-splitting video cluster of far-right climate change denial. You can hand this one down to your grandchildren when times come to prosecution. Ready? Set….WATCH!

Out front in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the Pope making it absolutely clear it is a “grave sin against God the creator” to destroy the environment. We don’t know much about God but we’ve always said “No compromise in defense of Mother Earth!” and it sounds like His Holiness has come around too.  We know Halloween is over but how can we possibly not pass on the hair-raising news?? “Fukushima Radiation Nearing West Coast” That’s not some flaky tree-hugger making the case, it comes from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, OK? And this: Remember “peak oil”? We are already there when Big Oil has to resort to fracking in order to pull their product out of the planet. Now, the folks at Post Carbon Institute present us with peak gas. Check out the report here. Speaking of gas, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action Link on the bogus electrical rate hikes that keep reminding us of something from the recent past, something about…..what was the name?……O, right! Enron.  Here’s a PDF with some background on those rate hikes. How about some electricity without the fossil fools! Watch THIS. Finally, almost breaking news! Humanity’s suicide pact is progressing nicely.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week requires no trip to the Wayback Machine:

In reality, climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day.” – Bill McKibben

Time for some E-Valley-uation. Next month the corporados at Kinder Morgan (did we mention KM is a spin-off of Enron?) will be holding “Open House” at various locations in Massachusetts including Greenfield and Athol. We imagine there will be some major spin taking place in these venues. We get dizzy just thinking about it. If you would like to dance with them in an organized sort of way go to the Mass Plan page here.  Also, have you been to the NoFrackedGasinMass site recently? They have a new video and the “Burden of Proof” paper up for your edification (not to mention stimulation of yur’ righteous outrage organ).

After our conversation with Brian and that other guy we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday, November 8 to 11. Grassroots organizers are planning nature walks along the KM pipeline route this November. Naturalists and biologists will be leading walks on Veterans Day weekend.  They seek to highlight the land that would destroyed if the pipeline were built.  Information at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/november-nature-walks.  Contact Julia Blyth at 413-225-3196

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fossil Fuel Divestment for Individuals.  Come listen to our panel of experts explain how to get it done! Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration not required but helpful.  Contact Darcy Dumont, dumont140@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 15, 8:30am to 12:30pm. Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit. Montachusett Regional Vocational School, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg, MA. Go to: StopNED.org

Saturday, November 15, 4pm. Book launch & reading by d.o. from his magnum opus, “Bad Atmosphere – a Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” published by Levellers Press at Collective Copies, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA See: https://enviroshow.wordpress.com/bad-atmosphere/

Tuesday, December 2, 6pm. Kinder Morgan Open House on the fracked gas pipeline. Orange Innovation Center; 131 West Main St., Orange, MA

Wednesday, December 3, 6pm. KM Open House. Greenfield Community College; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA

Wednesday, December 10, 6pm. KM Open House. Mohawk Trail Regional High School; 24 Ashfield Rd., Shelburne Falls, MA

 

That’s all folks! Did you forget anything? How about you listen to your Mother!