autumn-flora-fallingGreetings Earthlings. All things being equal, we’re pretty sure the Autumnal Equinox is overshadowed by “Leaf Peeping Season” here in New England but guess what makes peeping possible! The Good Green Witch joins us to make colorful remarks about the season and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns to connect the dots between Otis State Forest (our public lands) and Kinder Morgan’s ongoing attempts to turn Southern New England into yet another fracked gas playground for filthy rich oilmen.  As per usual, we’ll take to to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as treat you to our Quote of the week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! Another human no longer left to their own devices.

This time our Fool-on-the-Hill is another one of those whacky far-right over-the-hill operatives, meaning he operates under the Beltway but not directly on The Hill, just over the hill, somewhere, out there. Anyway, he’s one of Donald Trump’s latest economic advisors who, our friends at Grist inform us, “might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself”. It’s Stephen Moore, “a notoriously foolish and dishonest “senior distinguished fellow” at the right-wing Heritage Foundation and a former Wall Street Journal editorialist. That alone says a lot, but Salon’s take down makes one wonder why this guy even got a phone call from someone as shallow as Trump.

Our Quote of the Week concerns the recent gasoline pipeline disaster down in Alabama where some 300,000 gallons leaked into a pond not all that far from the Cahaba River. Incredibly all the reporting on this regional outrage concerns…..rising gas prices! Here’s our telling quote from Cahaba Riverkeeper: “There has been a great deal of speculation that the leak is larger than reported. We are not qualified to make a guess at the volume of the spill, but after listening to a good deal of discussion related to how these estimates are calculated, we have no reason to believe the company isn’t publishing a good faith estimate using the most reliable models available.” WHAT?? Where were you guys during the BP Gulf disaster? Maybe out on the town with the guys from the Colonial Pipeline Co.? We guess the bogus media spin and weak-kneed environmentalism has nothing to do with reports that the pipeline is partially owned by Koch. ………….nah.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we may hear from d.o. concerning efforts by PanAm Railroad to bust him for trespassing when he was investigating whether Bomb Trains are traveling through WMass. Also, Breaking News from MassPlan here’s an “update regarding the citizen appeal of the 401 Water Quality Certification issued by MassDEP for the Connecticut Expansion project: TGP’s response to the appeal was to sue all of the petitoners, and MassDEP, in federal court. A hearing is scheduled for September 29th at the U.S. District Court in Boston. TGP claims that MassDEP lacks jurisdiction to continue with its administrative process, because a section in the Natural Gas Act provides for ultimate review at the federal Circuit Court of Appeals (rather than state court, which is normally where final DEP orders are reviewed after the internal agency appeals process is complete).”

We have more Breaking News! Over 200 groups blasted the EPA on Monday for that agency’s flawed study on fracking. They say the EPA has “done the public a disservice” by helping to promote toxic drilling. Ya’ think?? Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find The Worst Congress Ever returning to confer on the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act. Given the political climate these days in DC (not much better than the climate climate) we can probably expect a LOT of watering down, a severe shortage of useful ideas, and EVEN MORE hot air. You can send a message to your senator about the dirty energy bill HERE.  And this: Democracy Now! tells us “a federal appeals court has officially halted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access [Bakun oil] pipeline within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe along the Missouri River. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals says this ruling will give the court more time to rule on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction against construction over concerns it could destroy sacred sites and burial grounds.”  Also, in case this one got by you here in the Colonies, here’s a PDF entitled “European Power From U.S. Forests”. We guess some things never change! In other news, it looks like China might be pulling the rug out from under all those Repugnicans (and certain candidates for president) who bad mouth international climate agreements because that big nation won’t hold up their end. Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link for the week: This Bill Saves Wildlife in Peril!  Finally, the Zika freakout down south has cost the lives of countless bees and other pollinators. Ok, the score is 43 not dead vs. millions upon millions dead as doornails. Who won?

We thought we might have to ditch our Meet the New Boss segment (until a better candidate comes on the scene) ‘cuz Obama keeps doing good things to try and save the planet! Checkout our friend Elizabeth Kolbert’s latest in the New Yorker titled “Obama the Conservationist”. BUT, then we saw this from DeSmog Blog: “On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline’s owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe….another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico.” Thanks, Boss!

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch and Rosemary we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Friday, September 30, 8:30am. Possible court appearance for d.o. on bogus trespassing charges by PanAm Railways. Greenfield District Court, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield, MA. Watch here for updates!

 

Saturday October 1, Noon to 11pm. Harvest of Hope Festival/Cosecha de Esperanza 2016 at The Common Park, Pittsfield MA. Building solidarity at the intersection of Cultural, Social, Economic, and Ecological Justice here in Berkshire County! The Harvest of Hope vision of weaving unity in our community will be showcased in an array of creative outpourings: storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. The event culminates in a multi-cultural Harvest Feast, and if you can stay up late enough: World Groove Dance-In! You don’t want to miss it! If you are on Facebook the event page is: www.facebook.com/events/303648303335170/.

 

Friday, October 7, 2016. 6pm – 10pm. Rock Against the TPP Concert @ Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA. The TPP is basically terrible for everything you care about. It would export the worst parts of U.S. copyright law and Internet policy on the rest of the world, undermining free speech and opening the floodgates for SOPA-style online censorship. [1] Beyond that, it would grant monopolistic corporations extraordinary powers to circumvent our basic democratic process, affecting everything from the environment to food safety to access to medicine to basic workers’ rights. All ages. Wheelchair accessible. FREE! RSVP required. Email: team@fightforthefuture.org

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, All day. 350VT is hosting a Climate Organizer Leadership Training at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., First Floor Brattleboro, VT. “Explore climate justice and racial justice, theory of change and campaign building, and we will learn about core organizing skills.” Register HERE. More info: brittany@350VT.org

 

Sunday, October 16, 3:00-5:00pm. Clean Water Action Celebration. Mi Tierra Restaurant, 48 Russell St, Hadley, MA. Tickets – $30 /Student/tight budget – $15 /Sponsor – $75 (includes 2 tickets). Purchase tickets and sponsorships online. Questions? Contact Sara Moffett , smoffett@cleanwater.org 413-584-9830 x4

 

Thursday, October 20, 7pm. Film screening and discussion of “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” directed by Josh Fox. Floor 26, Du Bois Library, UMass, Amherst. A funny, tragic, inspiring documentary that introduces a host of climate change “warriors” while examining the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of our planet. Go to: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, October 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00pm. Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues. Join naturalist Nancy Goodman and take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders we encounter at Northfield Mountain. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues.  Bring binoculars, water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes. Meet in the Riverview parking area at 10 or at the Northfield Mountain Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m. for a short walk to Riverview. For ages 16 and older. FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960

 

Sunday, October 23, 2pm. Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Academy of Music, Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

 Sunday, October. 30, 2-5p.m. Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Justice Meeting, First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow Street (Hwy 5), Longmeadow. Leaders, activists, and concerned individuals from Springfield area congregations of all faiths will explore ways of working together to address concerns of global warming and climate change. For more information, contact Joelle Million, (413) 754-3550 jmillion46@gmail.com

 

 

That’s it. We are soooo out of here, but remember this: Listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

 

 

BombTrainGreetings Earthlings. Recall our past rant about those explosive fracked oil trains? We call them Bomb Trains for a reason. Alex Ramel from Stand. Earth calls in with some background and we get into some interesting local aspects of this….um….volatile issue? Get out your binocs kids and remember this hazmat number: #1267. If you see that on the side of a long line of tanker cars on the tracks here in the Valley guess what? The Bomb Train has come to town! As always, we’ll also take you to to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit the New Boss as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Tired of all those people left to their own devices in public? Some critters are too! 

Let’s start off a little different this time with a Quote of the Week that sets the tone for this show, OK?

“If we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.”   – President Obama

We can only wonder at what the New Boss must be thinking as he continues having fracking Ernest Moniz as his Energy Czar when the guy keeps fronting for the fossil fools. Moniz’s latest delivery of extremely hot air was at a DOE field hearing in Seattle last week convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Remember our rant about endless Bomb Trains passing through the middle of Seattle? Albany? Maybe Greenfield? (We say maybe ‘cuz we have no confirmation but hey! Give Pan Am Railway a call and ask: Customer service – 800-955-9212). Those ticking time bombs don’t seem to bother the senator either. Cantwell said the oil and gas boom has achieved “energy independence” in making the nation less dependent on foreign oil. Sooooo, that’s why they’re shipping it offshore?? OK……….reality check!

Time to visit that classic Fool-on-the-Hill again! Guess who said this? “Our kids are being brainwashed. My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming? I did some checking, and.. the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.” Name the Fool & win the prize!

Time for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! We guess by now you heard about this: “President Barack Obama signed into law the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday”.  This is excellent news to our friends here in New England who struggled for years to make this happen but Obama didn’t stop there. For the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service the Prez also designated new National Monuments to Cesar Chavez in California, the Pullman porters in Chicago, and the folks who stood up for equality at Stonewall in New York City, and quadruple the Papahānaumokuākea Hawaii Monument—creating the world’s largest protected marine area! Also this, more good news (if you can stand it!): Evilsource and National Grid bail on Spectra’s Access Northeast fracked gas pipeline! Will the corporados actually spend their own money to build it now that they can’t tax us to pay for it? Stay tuned! Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link. It’s about that lame Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline they want to ram through Lakota territory. Finally this: If there’s any climate change deniers left out there maybe they should read this piece about a Manatee hanging out in the warm water off the Cape? When was the last time a live Manatee was up north here, huh?
After our conversation with Alex we move on to the Bus Stop billboard:

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm. Teaching at the Edge of Time – A Talk by Joanna Macy. Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro. Marlboro College is pleased to present world-renowned eco-philosopher  and author Joanna Macy in a talk titled “Teaching at the Edge of Time.” Educators and students are particularly encouraged to attend, and Joanna’s talk will be preceded by a community gathering and cheese plate hour starting at 6:30. Call: (802) 254-4730.

 

Saturday,September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30-2:00pm. A Conversation about Climate Change. Floor 26, Du Bois Library. Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. Includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, Fall 2016 SERIES. All events are free and open to the UMass community and the public. Limited seating – please arrive early. Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, September 24, 12 Noon. A legal and peaceful People Over Pipeline Walk along the segment of Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion that passes through our state. The walk will begin at the soon to be expanded compressor station in Agawam, MA, half a mile north of the CT border, and will continue along the pipeline route in Suffield and East Granby. A walk initiated by The CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 CT to call attention to this interstate project that is unnecessary and will profit Eversource and Iberdrola at the expense of our clean and safe environment. Call: 860-236-4405

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25,10:00 AM – 5:00pm. Rain or Shine. The North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA. Be sure to checkout The Portal to the Future as well as our own d.o. reading from his book, “Bad Atmosphere” at The Spoken Word Stage on Saturday at 3pm. Go to: https://garlicandarts.org/

 

Monday, September 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now gathering in Amherst. Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, USA (map). 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

 

Saturday October 1, Noon to 11pm. Harvest of Hope Festival/Cosecha de Esperanza 2016 at The Common Park, Pittsfield MA. Building solidarity at the intersection of Cultural, Social, Economic, and Ecological Justice here in Berkshire County! The Harvest of Hope vision of weaving unity in our community will be showcased in an array of creative outpourings: storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. The event culminates in a multi-cultural Harvest Feast, and if you can stay up late enough: World Groove Dance-In! You don’t want to miss it! If you are on Facebook the event page is: www.facebook.com/events/303648303335170/.

 

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

That’s it for now, but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

shhhh-feature-featureGreetings Earthlings. Suppose we told you 32% of Eversource’s and 17% of Natural Grid’s reported gas leaks simply “disappeared” last year. We’d just love to tell you all those leaks were repaired but it seems they were just removed from the database without explanation. Albert Carter, MIT Data Wrangler joins us to talk LostLeaks, Big Grid’s cooked books? Also joining us in the studio is Andra Rose from Mothers Out Front on some Valley specific gas leak info. As always we’ll take on a trip to meet out Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss as well as a visit to the Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember how the cowpeople nearly wiped out the Buffalo back in the day? Looks like the Buffalo remember!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill spends most of his time passing out checks on the Hill (to fellow Republicans we assume) and pretending he’s all kinds of concerned about the Climate Crisis (he doesn’t call it that). Grist tells us Jay Faison, “the wealthy businessman announced last year that he would be spending $175 million to promote climate action to Republicans and promote Republicans to climate-minded voters”. But wait, there’s more! “Faison has not endorsed or proposed any policies specifically designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether from the electricity system, transportation, agriculture, or any other sector.” Huh? You mean he’s just full of shit??

Time to Meet the New Boss !  This time we find Obama going soft on Arctic oil drilling. “It may be the case that the [new] rules require safer drilling practices, but the simple fact is that there’s no safe way to drill for oil in the Arctic with the climate crisis deepening all around us,” says David Turnbull of Oil Change International. Also, it appears The Boss’ EPA has gone and approved “nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity.” Toss in his Arctic oil drilling green light, his undying support for TPP and we’d say it’s time to head out to Martha’s Vineyard for some First Family vacation summertime standouts!

We usually don’t begin our Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Action link BUT this one is truly an exception: Tell FERC to reject all pending fracked gas pipeline permits! It looks like Obama has something to tell FERC as well (maybe he’s not like the old boss!), in this case to take the climate into consideration when they’re doing environmental reviews of large projects. Wait, didn’t former FERC Commissioner, LaFleur say “We don’t do warming”?  OK, so it’s a hot humid summer, right? We guess most of you don’t live in a naturally cooled Earth sheltered house like some of us gloating owner-builders so allow us to rub it in with this from Grist. We did this one last time but to our way of thinking it warrants an Enviro Show Rerun.

How about a Quote of the Week to go with our theme of collusion? “I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.” – Queen Elizabeth I

A little E-Valley-uation here: We showed up for the Destroy the Quabbin Forestry Tour the other day and we didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt! However, Glen got entertained with DCR (MA Department of Cut & Run) and QUAC’s (Quabbin “Advisory” Committee) utter lack of understanding about forests and old growth in this age of Climate Chaos! Too bad the Recorder reporter left before Glen set their hair on fire😉

After our conversation about cooked books and leaking gas we turn to The Enviro Show’s Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. Stand Out Against DPU’s Pro-fracking Actions – 6:30pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”).

 

September 10, All Day. The Sugar Shack Alliance is sponsoring a full day non-violence direct action training in Pittsfield MA, at the UU Church on Wendell Ave. 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. The trainings will support you to consider all your options. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to $20 each. To register, contact Cheryl Rose at crose002@gmail.com no later than Sept 1.

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

That is all….for now. We go out with another Enviro Show Premier Performance by Tom Neilson! It’s “1200 Leaks” and yes, it’s a gas!  BTW, Please remember as you’re out there recreating to listen to your Mother, OK?

SAVE_THE_BEES_1016x1524.inddGreetings Earthlings. Let’s talk bees here and now, OK? Angela Roell of Yard Birds Farm in Greenfield, MA joins us for that and we distract you from a long hot, dry summer with a visit to the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as cooling off in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……………Revenge of the Critters! Wild Boar goes to the……. library? (maybe it was the AC?)

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is none other than disgraced establishment Dem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s a fool for helping to defeat Bernie Sanders and his anti-fracking pro-climate policies in the party primaries while supposedly being neutral as head of the DNC. The party leadership threw Deb under the bus on the very eve of the nominating convention when WikiLeaks released those damning emails…….. then they dragged her out and gave her a cushy spot in $hillary’s campaign, a haven for many fools.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us about “11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment”. What? Only 11?? We all know how much the Repugnicans hate the planet, right? And we always wonder why they don’t just leave it. It really would be best for everyone. But no, they just keep hanging around like that lame-ass kid from across the way who keeps following you and your friends around and yammering about the stupidest things! Anyway, look what their CEO wants to do if he ever gets in the Oval Office: Your fired! At least he’s staying in character, yes? Wait, there’s more!  Heir Trump has as an energy advisor we wish he’d also fire.  Of course, the Dems are only marginally better when it comes to protecting the nest and $hillary’s VP pick is a good example, given his support for fracked gas LNG exports, offshore drilling for oil, and the TPP. Here’s one both camps of the duopoly don’t seem to realize: “New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals”. Surprise! The Boston Globe reminds us about the push for wood pellet production (and, of course, FOREST DESTRUCTION!) here in the so-called Commonwealth. OK, repeat after us: “Biomass my ass!”. Got it? Finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link and it’s exactly spot on for this week’s theme: Save the Bees!

Time to Meet the New Boss as he tells the world  “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”  We guess that leaves out an awful lot of other people, many of whom are actually so concerned about life on Earth that they are calling for a ban on fracking and trade deals that threaten the planet. Anyway, at least the new boss will be…..the same as the old boss!

How about some E-Valley-uation? As a constituent of President Rosenberg, would you be willing to call (617-722-1500) or email (Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov) him to urge him to support H.4187? Massachusetts must pass this bill immediately to become the third state in the country to restrict bee-killing pesticides and save bees, OK? Here’s an update on the situation with Kinder Morgan and their proposed assault on the Otis State Forest. And this: Good news from Karl Meyer about the sturgeon in that dead reach of the CT River!

Here comes the Quote of the Week: “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides.” – Patti Smith

 

After our conversation with Angela we take you by the hand over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, August 13, 10am-4pm. Butterfly Festival. Rain Date: August 14, 2016, 10am-4pm. Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun at the 9th Annual Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester, MA. Walks, workshops, art and crafts, children’s activities, face painting, food, and more! Go to: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broad-meadow-brook/news-events/butterfly-festival

 

Monday, August 15, 3:00 to 6:00pm. DCR-Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects. Meet at DCR New Salem Field Office 21 Elm Street, New Salem, MA off Rte. 202- East of Pelham, MA. The tour will run for roughly 3 hours. Please be prepared for walking in rough terrain through the forest. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM, Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting. We have been told by people in Sandisfield that having us show up at the meeting is incredibly helpful in the struggle to push back against kinder Morgan/TGP’s proposed fracked gas pipeline loop. If you go statements need to be related directly to Conservation Commission business. There is no need to speak, though.  It is people showing up that is really needed. We have been welcomed by the Con Com and our presence is noted by Kinder Morgan. Town Hall Annex, Sandisfield, MA. Go to: www.sandisfieldtaxpayers.org/

 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beaver and “Sturgeon Moon” Canoe Trip. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Join us for an evening canoe trip on the night of this full moon. The sturgeon moon, sometimes called the fishing moon as well, was named because more sturgeon were caught at this time of year. We don’t expect to see sturgeon [nonetheless catch any!] , but we will be learning about the natural history of the beaver. After a short introduction, we will head out in the canoes to watch for beaver and the full moon rising to the east. We’ll then explore the Mill River and the Oxbow. Basic canoe experience required. Registration & fee is required. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016 we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day Massachusetts & our 5th Anniversary in Harvard Square (Follow The Honey Square, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.)  ~ please join us for a day into evening of apis melliferous inspired education and celebration with our 7pm keynote DAN CONLAN in from his Warm Colors Apiary in Western MA to talk ‪#‎RUSSIANQUEENS‬ & Hive Management New England Style. Email: mary@followthehoney.com

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Fereral Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”)

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

 

That’s it ’til next time. Remember….what? To LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! (sorry)

Connecticut-River-French-King-Bridge-9Oct2013-0888-X2Greetings Earthlings. “What would you think about the Massachusetts Division of ‘Manufactured’ Fisheries and Wildlife?” asks our guest, enviro writer and activist Karl Meyer. He’s writing about a possible name change for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the guys who are also responsible for some Climate Crisis blindness on our public lands. We’ll get into that as well as taking you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill, to Meet the New Boss and way more, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! More Raccoon sabotage on the grid. What do they really want from us?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is yet another repeat offender. Texas Repugnican Rep. Lamar Smith, mindless defender of Exxon/Mobil who “tends to go after anything that even hints at confirming climate change with a passion old-school Puritans must have had when defending every word of the Bible” says the HoustonPress. He’ll need all the Puritan cred he can muster ‘cuz this time he’s going after our own Massachusetts AG, Maura Healey who, of course, hails from the home of the Puritans. The Press goes on, “Exxon had been systematically hiding and denying any evidence of climate change for decades, environmental groups in several states responded with outrage. Exxon became the target of investigations by attorneys general in New York, Massachusetts and California.” So now the investigators are to be investigated by that iconic Fool-on-the-Hill “demanding thousands of pages of documents to show whether the attorneys and environmentalists had collaborated to conduct probes into Exxon’s history of conducting — and then burying and denying — climate change research.” To the dunking stools!

We Meet the New Boss under a headline in The Hill reading: “Obama moves to undercut greens in drilling fight”.  Does this surprise you, loyal Obama fans? Here’s the deal: “Greens have tried to disrupt auctions for drilling rights on federal land and in offshore waters. In response, the government is delaying or relocating lease sales and advancing plans to hold them over the internet to skirt the protests. The fight is putting the Interior Department in the difficult position of defending the industry and congressional Republicans who back the lease sales and denouncing demonstrations from groups that have long supported the administration on other issues.”  Jeez! Sorry to be so disruptive as you try selling off the family jewels while trashing the planet!!

In our Broken News segment we hesitate to repeat our friends at Grist’s headline…….but we can’t resist a paradox like “Sanders endorses Clinton to lead the fight against climate change”! Sorry, but has some editor at Grist confused $hillary Clinton with Naomi Klein?? The Clintons are corporados to the bone, OK? $hillary won’t even let a ban on fracking be placed into the Dem’s Platform, a document that’s fairly meaningless anyway. Four years with either major party in the Whitehouse is four more years of fiddling while Earth burns. Over.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we take you to Democracy Now’s interview segment with Noam Chomsky. Put on your crash helmet for this one and try to stay away from brick walls.  OK, here’s some relatively good news from the Center for Biological Diversity: “Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019”  Who knew they had all that spare time to wait for help?? Let’s get back to the bad news, what da’ ya’ say? Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue is the headline in Scientific American’s review of another study on bat mortality. We’re not seeing our resident Small Brown Bat over at our place this summer. Maybe one of the neighbors put up a windmill? Recall last time we got into those fracked oil Bomb Trains? This time let’s look at fracked oil going up in flames ….before it even gets to the trains! Finally, it’s time to go to the Talk. It’s proof that the logging industry doesn’t understand the language of nature and that fungi are there to teach us.

 

After our conversation with Karl we’ll take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, July 21, 8pm. Conference call with Chad Hanson, Director and Principal Ecologist of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, who will discuss the ecological importance of dead trees, or “snags,” and the carbon emission implications of logging for bioenergy. RSVP by responding to this email to receive call-in number and code: thebiomassmonitor@gmail.com

 

Monday, July 25, 7 – 9pm. Climate Action now! Meeting. 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. Come meet others who share your passion for climate justice and find out where you can plug in. (Location may change each month, so please check calendar for location for that month. Usually alternates at the Unitarian Society in Amherst OR the Unitarian Society in Northampton, MA. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

 

Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Commercial Scale Wood Heat & Air Quality Impacts. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA -First Floor Meeting Room. Sponsored by lead organization of Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership(MTWP), Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) this event features two speakers who will (most likely) speak in favor of commercial pellet burning in schools, hospitals, institutions and commercial entities. Bring your doubts and questions!  A brief meeting will be held by Mass. Forest Rescue afterwards at nearby Hope and Olive Restaurant. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Sunday, July 31, 9:30am to 1:00pm. Solar Wind Tour. Join Mass Energy & the Center for EcoTechnology as we return to Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.We’ll be celebrating local clean energy with a chairlift ride up to Berkshire East’s wind turbine and solar array. The tours are free & open to the public. This is a great opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and how you can act to get more turbines built in Massachusetts. [Don’t forget to ask about how bats & birds are protected from those blades!] RSVP by July 15th: Tickets & more info available at http://berkeast6.eventbrite.com. Info call: 617-524-3950 x152.

 

Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park in Turners Falls will offer programming and activities that are of interest to all ages, including children. Hands on experiences with primitive archery with Walt “Two Horses” Otter will be available throughout the day as well as flint knapping demonstrations by Richard Kern, who also makes bows and many other traditional crafts. Barbara Giammarino, a Penobscot hoop dancer, will be performing at 2 p.m. At the end of the performance she will give children an opportunity to try hoop dancing for them selves. Medicine Mammals are bringing their tipi and traditional children’s games, plus a couple of story telling sessions at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. This year children will also have the opportunity to make deer antler whistles ($2 fee) at 1 p.m. There will be music throughout the day provided by five diverse performance groups. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

 

Monday, August 15, 3:00 to 6:00pm. DCR-Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects. Meet at DCR New Salem Field Office 21 Elm Street, New Salem, MA off Rte. 202- East of Pelham, MA. The tour will run for roughly 3 hours. Please be prepared for walking in rough terrain through the forest. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM, Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting. We have been told by people in Sandisfield that having us show up at the meeting is incredibly helpful in the struggle to push back against kinder Morgan/TGP’s proposed fracked gas pipeline loop. If you go statements need to be related directly to Conservation Commission business. There is no need to speak, though.  It is people showing up that is really needed. We have been welcomed by the Con Com and our presence is noted by Kinder Morgan. Town Hall Annex, Sandisfield, MA. Go to: www.sandisfieldtaxpayers.org/

 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beaver and “Sturgeon Moon” Canoe Trip. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Join us for an evening canoe trip on the night of this full moon. The sturgeon moon, sometimes called the fishing moon as well, was named because more sturgeon were caught at this time of year. We don’t expect to see sturgeon [nonetheless catch any!] , but we will be learning about the natural history of the beaver. After a short introduction, we will head out in the canoes to watch for beaver and the full moon rising to the east. We’ll then explore the Mill River and the Oxbow. Basic canoe experience required. Registration & fee is required. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

That’s all folks! Tune in next time for more but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Otis+ResGreetings Earthlings. The struggle against Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas problem ain’t over ’til it’s over. You may have heard about KM/TGP’s efforts  to clearcut almost 4 miles of land in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield for its Connecticut Expansion Project, a 13-mile storage loop to hold fracked gas for distribution to Connecticut customers. “The project requires cutting trees near an old growth forest to widen an existing pipeline corridor that is now owned by the state and protected by its Constitution under Article 97.“, notes the Berkshire Edge. Furthermore, TGP wants to take 1 million gallons of water from Spectacle Pond to test their pipes, if installed, and then flush the tainted water back into the pond. We don’t think so! Kathy Daly and Susan Triolo of the Sugar Shack Alliance join us to talk about……well…resistance. We’ll talk about the Saturday, July 16,  celebration of solidarity with our Berkshire friends & neighbors fighting the Connecticut Expansion pipeline. [UPDATE: H3690 is the State House bill we talked about on the show. Go HEREWait, there’s more! As always we’ll take you for a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Macho man defies gators but only for a few seconds. 

Our Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural once again. This week it’s Repugnican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake (great name, Jeff) who are opposed to protecting……..the GRAND CANYON! Read all about it on Grist here. Here’s an interesting fact: Over the last three years, Republicans have filed more than 40 bills or amendments to remove or greatly diminish protections for parks and public lands. If they hate this planet so much why don’t they just leave?? We have some other fools who, while not on the Hill, certainly orbit around it and, in this case, happen to be Dems. Yes, it’s $hillary Clinton’s handpicked operatives on the Dem’s National Platform Committee who just voted against a call for an end to fracking (among other good ideas). We can hardly wait for the Clinton 2.0 era! Which bring us to……

Meet the New Boss and the fracking revolving door he once pledged to close. Guess what? It’s still going round & round. We think DOE Secretary Ernst Moniz might be standing close by spinning it. And this: It looks like the Obama Administration was lobbying Dem Party Platform members to reject any position against the disastrous TPP trade deal.

We have Broken News! The Massachusetts State Senate voted 39 to 0 against fracked gas pipeline tax. We call that a big victory BUT, as we all know, it ain’t over ’til it’s over on Beacon Hill. “The amendment, along with the rest of the Senate energy bill, will now go to a conference committee with the House charged with resolving differences between the two branches. The differences are many, so it’s unclear whether [this] provision will survive.” reports CommonWealth magazine. O, and this: the Massachusetts Department of Easy Permits (DEP) Grants Federal Clean Water Act Permit for Kinder Morgan for Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Otis State Forest.

We actually open The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with some good news! We think you’ll love this story, especially if you love cats. Grist recently did a piece on a part of fracking that doesn’t get enough notice: radioactive waste. And speaking of things that don’t get near enough consideration how about this: Climate change migration corridors for the critters, OK? And this, we just absolutely love it when elected officials actually act on behalf of their constituents’ best interests. The recent vote in the MA State Senate against the pipeline tax being one example. Here’s another from the Other Coast: Oakland Says No to Coal Exports.  Here’s this week’s Enviro Show Blog Action link: Save the Monarchs!

Our Quote of the Week concerns those Bomb Trains traveling through the middle of so many communities here in the Valley and around the nation :

“No good reason exists for allowing oil companies and railroads to ship millions of barrels of explosive oil through our communities in unsafe tank cars…. We want unsafe tank cars made off-limits to extreme oil immediately.” – Michael Brune, Director of The Sierra Club

 

After our conversation with Susan and Kathy we stroll over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Saturday, July 9, 9AM – 3PM. People Over Pipelines March – Acushnet Segment! This short, one-day march & rally will focus on the massive new liquified natural gas storage facility that’s proposed in Acushnet, MA, as part of Spectra’s Access Northeast project. Meet at Casimir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road, New Bedford, MA. 9:40-10 am: Rally, then embark on march.10:45 am: Arrive at site of proposed LNG facility.12:00-3:00 am: Picnic/activities/carpool people back to their cars as requested. More details: Contact Wendy Graca, wendygraca@aol.com

 

Sunday, July 10, 7:30-9:00pm. Thoreau’s Vision: New National Parks “For Inspiration and Our Own True Recreation”. As we celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, a growing coalition of grassroots groups across America is seeking to create new national parks to protect natural landscapes and historic sites threatened by the kind of shortsighted exploitation decried by Thoreau. Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, has visited 250 National Park System units across America & Jym St. Pierre, Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, has visited dozens of National Parks on four continents. Masonic Temple, Concord, Mass. For directions, click hereFor more information, click here

 

 

July 11 is World Population Day. Fact is, the majority of environmental catastrophes are caused or worsened by our runaway human population growth and overconsumption — 7.4 billion of us are really putting a hurt on the planet. We need to get more people talking, and making changes, fast. Go to: www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

 

Wednesday, July 13. National telebriefing: Dangerous Drinking Water, with presentations by leading experts and activists:

  • Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
  • Daniel Hirsch, Director, Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Emily Wurth, Water Program Director, Food and Water Watch
  • Moderated by NIRS Executive Director, Tim Judson

The open and free event will be on the phone, starting at 8 pm eastern, 7 pm central, 6 pm mountain and 5 pm pacific. We will reserve the second half of the program for questions and discussion.

Register to attend the July 13 telebriefing.

The program will focus on EPA Guidance that massively increases the permitted levels of radioactivity in drinking water for years after any nuclear incident that requires consideration of “protective action,” ranging from a spill, leak or transport accident to a dirty bomb or nuclear meltdown—a nuclear  accident of any kind, big or small. Allowable concentrations of radioactive elements allowed to come out of your tap would rise hundreds or even thousands of times above the current Maximum Concentration Levels allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Click here to review EPA’s proposal.

 

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines.  Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/   Register HERE.

 

Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington where a rally will take place at the gazebe behind Town Hall noon to 1pm. then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. for the main rally at the beach and boat launch on delightful Lower Spectacle Pond from 2pm to 3pm for more music and speakers, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York. The event will conclude at 4pm. Spectators/participants can enjoy either one or both events. MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Sunday, July 24, noon. March for Clean Energy! Philadelphia City Hall on the eave the Democratic National Convention. Go to: www.cleanenergymarch.org/about/march-details/

 

Sunday, July 31, 9:30am to 1:00pm. Solar Wind Tour. Join Mass Energy & the Center for EcoTechnology as we return to Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.We’ll be celebrating local clean energy with a chairlift ride up to Berkshire East’s wind turbine and solar array. The tours are free & open to the public. This is a great opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and how you can act to get more turbines built in Massachusetts. RSVP by July 15th: Tickets & more info available at http://berkeast6.eventbrite.com. Info call: 617-524-3950 x152.

 

Happy Interdependence Day! Until next time remember: Listen to Your Mother, OK?

sunGreetings Earthlings. The Summer Solstice is upon us and we are most inclined toward the star we obit. The Good Green Witch returns to remind us what this is all about and then some. Also Michael Kellett of Restore returns for an update on the recent hearing on Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standards (APS) that would promote the burning of wood pellets and lead to a run on our forests even worse than what we are experiencing now. We will, as well, take you deep into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and off to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for…..

Revenge of the Critters! The lion is considered a powerful Summer Solstice symbol.  The awesome radiating mane of the male lion even looks like the sun. Combined with its copper color the lion is like a bronzed icon of summer symbolism. The lion represents vitality, energy, confidence and supremacy. So why are folks shocked when a lion named Ken takes a piece out of Joe the trainer at the prestigious Golden Lion Awards in Berlin? See it here (sorry for the hokey TV staging). Ken was just showing Joe who’s really boss, OK?

This weeks Fool-on-the Hill is Repugnican Senator John Barrasso who, according to our friends at Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE): “demanded during an energy bill hearing that the greenwash group Environmental Defense Fund condemn BXE [for protesting outside FERC chairman Norman C Bay’s home].  Barasso accused the totally nonviolent Beyond Extreme Energy of being a threat to the physical safety of FERC officials and their families. POLITICO Magazine in covering Barasso’s outburst called BXE “‪#‎extremists‬,” in these times a clear reference to ‪#‎ISIS‬ / ‪#‎Daesh‬. In this way, Sen Barasso is seeking to exploit the Orlando terror attack and other recent attacks by Daesh to trash talk peaceful opposition to the oil and gas lobbyists he works for…….The ugly remarks in the Senate and in politico are a reminder that the real priority of the US government, the GOP, and the FBI never were to protect the people and remain in as always the protection of the rich and powerful FROM the people.” All we can add to that is: “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”

Time to Meet the New Boss. Extra, Extra! Read all about it!  OBAMA SIGNS ‘MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT’ WRITTEN BY MONSANTO-SPONSORED SENATOR! Reportedly, with the president’s signature, agriculture corporados who deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are now given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers. His legacy, on the other hand, lives on!

How about a Quote of the Week. Can you guess who said this recently? “Secretary Clinton in one way or another wants to quote unquote ‘regulate’ fracking. I think it is too late for regulating. I think fracking has got to be banned in America.” Like we’ve always said: Hillary Clinton wants to be president of Corporate America. Bernie Sanders wants to be president of the United States of America. Got it?

Breaking News! Germany is about to become the first major country to set an official deadline for a ban on gas-powered cars. India, Norway and the Netherlands may be soon to follow. Washington? Are you listening?……Huh? No, we thought so.

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is partly occupied by The Partnership for Policy Integrity who informed us that “Senate Legislation Cedes the US Forest Carbon Sink to the Biomass Industry – Even as Forests Are Already Declining”.  Said legislation isn’t the laughingly titled Energy Policy “Modernization” Act of 2016 that is reportedly now on its way to Obama’s desk, but rather part of the Appropriations bill. Regardless, this at a time when CO2 levels pass the dreaded 400ppm mark! Time to watch TV! This episode of The Bomb Train should keep you…..um…entertained?  Hey, checkout the Keep Hives Alive Tour headed to DC on the 22nd. The Center for Food Safety national tour  “will finish in Washington, DC for a demonstration outside of the EPA, where [they] will echo the demands of concerned consumers, farmers, and beekeepers for all the government agencies to hear; demanding that EPA, USDA, and Congress take action on toxic pesticides and support a more sustainable food future.” But, is our dysfunctional congress listening? Maybe they should….release some bees to get their attention for this, National Pollinators Week!😉

We have some E-Valley-uation here. The Place Where Legislation Goes to Die (to our east) actually passed a bill banning fracking in the Commonwealth. Of course, there’s little geology available for fracking in Massachusetts (except for our Valley!) but hey, with extreme energy these days who knows what the fossil fools will come up with.  And this: WAMC reports on that recent DPU hearing on the proposed pipeline tax held in Pittsfield. Check out Rosemary’s quote at the end about….(gulp)..Son of NED. Finally, and in keeping with our focus on the recent stirrings within the Valley anti-biomess/pro-forest movement, we have this report on efforts to get the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to wake-up to the realities of biomass incineration.

 

After our conversation with the guests we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard for this:

 

Saturday, July 2, 1pm. A Celebration of Interdependence! Marches from the Four Directions meet at First Churches on Main Street. Contact:( 413) 268-3588 or Email: bethbirth@crocker.com Go to Facebook page HERE.

 

Wednesday, July 6, 4-5:30pm Bomb Train Vigil at the Greenfield Common to bring attention to the fact that volatile oil trains pass through Greenfield and to honor the people who lost their lives. In line with explosive fossil fuel infrastructure near us, oil trains (aka bomb trains) currently pass through Greenfield, MA. (map here). July 6 will mark the anniversary of the bomb train explosion that killed 47 people and leveled the downtown of Lac Mégantic, Québec. This year the third annual Stop Oil Trains week of action (July 6-12) will call attention to the threat of oil trains across North America, the people who are stopping them, and the need for 100% clean and safe energy. Contact: jablyth@gmail.com

 

July 11 is World Population Day. Fact is, the majority of environmental catastrophes are caused or worsened by our runaway human population growth and overconsumption — 7.4 billion of us are really putting a hurt on the planet. We need to get more people talking, and making changes, fast. Go to: www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

 

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines.  Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/   Register HERE.

 

 

Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington where a rally will take place at the gazebe behind Town Hall noon to 1pm. then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. for the main rally at the beach and boat launch on delightful Lower Spectacle Pond from 2pm to 3pm for more music and speakers, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York. The event will conclude at 4pm. Spectators/participants can enjoy either one or both events. MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

That does it for this week’s show. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

fercprotestfiGreetings Earthlings. We keep running away to the FERCus because we just can’t get enough of those clowns. But wait, it seems the ring master doesn’t want the public to come to the show??  Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) organizer of The Rubber Stamp Rebellion, Lee Stewart calls in to help us find out why and maybe we’ll talk about any sideshows that might come up in the studio with Ron Coler, Ashfield Selectman and  pipeline activist. As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber among other things, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Gators luncheon disrupted by cops?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is the marvel that is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It seems Fred is all about jobs, jobs, jobs in the Destroy the Biosphere Industry and his herding the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act to the pass has him making bullshit statements like “This bill is about jobs. It’s about keeping energy affordable. It’s about boosting our energy security here and across the globe”. Au contrair Fred, “This is the legislative equivalent of the middle finger,” says Radha Adhar, a federal policy representative for the Sierra Club. According to Think progress the “bill puts barriers to energy efficiency standards for buildings, locks in fossil fuel generation and consumption well into the future, and creates new subsidies for coal and nuclear power. It also carries dangerous provisions that would allow clear-cutting of up to eight square miles in certain forests without an environmental assessment, and it would hamper the ability of citizens to protest resource management decisions through the courts. It ‘basically expedites logging across the entire forest system.’ ” Did we mention it expedites export of fracked LNG gas?

Time to Meet the New Boss as his administration signs off on continued fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel. Yes, the same place that was trshed back in the day by conventional oil drilling. Daily Kos reports “The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ended a court-ordered settlement placing a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing for oil in the fish and wildlife-rich federal waters off California.” Fish, wildlife, meh! Thanks Boss!

Now our Quote of the Week from Bernie Sanders on the above: “Make no mistake about it: This was a very, very bad decision by the federal government that will not be allowed to stand if I have anything to say about it,” said Sanders. “And as president, I would have a lot to say about it.”

In our E-Valley-uation segment we have another Must See from Karl Meyer on those beleaguered Sturgeon in the dead reach of the CT River. Outdoor sporting types beware: The biosphere is NOT your personal plaything!  Also this: we pull another quote right off one of our recent Facebook page posts: “OK, so you don’t want any fracked gas pipelines or compressor stations in your state, right? How about some high level nuclear waste??” Can you believe fracking booster Moniz’s Department of Energy is even proposing to “test public sentiment for the “consent-based siting” of deep geological burial of high-level nuclear waste from the nation’s nuclear power stations. More immediately, the federal energy agency is looking for volunteers to be the indefinite and potentially permanent willing host to thousands of radioactive waste casks on fenced parking lots for the questionable future for licensing and building nuclear dumps and designate the hazardous transport routes from nuclear stations by road, rail and barge… which would launch Mobile Chernobyls onto the roads [presumably Valley roads!], rails,[ditto] and waterways of most states, including into the Port of Boston itself.” Also unbelievable, the DOE in their own recently released report “makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources.”!  Secretary Ernest Moniz, please step into our office for a word.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber let’s begin with an Enviro Show Blog Action link to help save the Monarch Butterflies, OK? How about another 11.5 extra million tons of CO2 per year for our atmosphere? No? Actually when downstream emissions are figured into the numbers from a proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility in BC it would be even more AND it “poses serious risks” to the Canada’s climate change commitments—particularly those made at last year’s Paris accord. Bad deal, eh? Getting back to Massachusetts, here’s some food for thought from a well known anti-fracked gas pipeline opponent: “The so-called omnibus energy bill is expected out of  [the MA] House Ways & Means early next week.  Representative Kulik led the way in keeping an electric ratepayer subsidy for gas pipelines out of the version that came out of the energy committee. This was a major achievement, as we have heard that earlier drafts had  included this “pipeline tax” on electric ratepayers.  Representative Kulik and Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading, House Minority Leader) got 97 members of the House to sign on to a letter that served as a line in the sand. But we can go farther with this bill.  Please contact your own representative, thank him or her for standing with us on the pipeline issue, and ask for an amendment to the energy bill that would clearly prohibit electric ratepayer financing of gas pipelines.  The current bill is simply silent on the question, and the DPU is going forward with the presumption that it is is legal; the question is being litigated, but the legislature could resolve the matter for us so that we don’t have to count on a court ruling our way.”  Got it?

 

After we go to the FERCus we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, June 11, 10am. – 5pm. Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence. First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute! Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. Register here: https://regionalconvergence.eventbrite.com/

 

Monday, June 13, 6pm. MA Attorney General’s Listening Session on Energy & Environment. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest and set a precedent on ARTICLE 97 for all other future pipelines. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal  TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to: agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us.

 

Tuesday, June 14, 4pm. DPU Hearing on Pipeline Tax & Stand Out Rally! The Department of Public Utilities will conduct a third public hearing on Docket #16-05 National Grid precedent agreement to contract for 20 years gas capacity on Spectra Access Northeast. If approved, it would allow National Grid to charge and extra tariff on your electric bill to cover these gas capacity contracts – helping pipelines get enough business to get approved! #NoPipelineTax  Hearing – 5:00 PM. Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA

 

Tuesday, June 14, 7pm.  Resist the Pipeline meeting. Please come to this meeting if you are planning to come to the action in West Roxbury on June 28th (or thinking about coming) to learn about the day of action and the legal details involved in the non-violent civil disobedience. To get ready for this day of action, Marla Marcum, lead organizer in West Roxbury, will be coming out to give a presentation in Northampton about the pipeline and the movement that’s been fighting it for the past few years. If you are planning on coming to this presentation at the UU Meetinghouse in Northampton, please RSVP to sugarshackalliance@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 to 3:00pm. Massachusetts APS Renewable Thermal (biomass) Hearing. A Department of Energy Resources (DOER) public hearing will be conducted to receive verbal and written comments on the recently filed Alternative Portfolio Standard Regulations (225 CMR 16.00. New regulations for thermal bioenergy (biomass) will be the focus. Again we see them making promises they can’t possibly keep concerning the types of biomass that “qualify”. This is the place to speak out on Massachusetts’ deplorable management of our public lands that are “managed” without any regard to the Climate Crisis. Room 221, Integrated Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Go to: www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2

 

Wednesday, June 15, 6pm. Springfield Public Health Council meeting June where they will vote on whether or not to hold a biomass plant Site Assignment Hearing. Come prepared to tell them to DO THEIR JOB! The location is to be determined. Please contact ARISE at 413-734-4948 for the location – we will update you when we have it.

 

Thursday, June 16, 6pm. MA Attorney General Listening Session on Energy & Environment. UMass Center at Springfield 1500 Main St, Ste 260, Springfield, MA. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal. TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us.

 

Sunday, June 19, 7pm. Escalation Summer! Beginning June 19th pipeline fighters and climate warriors from all across Massachusetts and New England will join together in a true show of power: multiple, all-day, mass actions that will completely shut this monstrosity of a company down.
For more information please visit our event page. To take part in an action, visit www.resistthepipeline.org and click PLEDGE TO RESIST on the homepage.

 

Saturday, June 25, 9am. Sugar Shack Alliance NVDA Training. Training is free but we do ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers’ time and gas. Usual donation is $5 – $20 per person. If you have been in an affinity group and participated in a large action that could have involved arrest in the past 5 years, or if you completed part 1 but not part 2 of the training, you can come to just part 2 in the afternoon. First Churches, Main St., Northampton, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1380608235288382/

 

Monday, June 27, 7 – 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Handicap accessible and on a bus line. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines.  Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/   Register HERE.

 

Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington , then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. where there will be music, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York . MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

 

That’s all, folks! Until next time remember: Listen to your mother!

RevBillyGreetings Earthlings. Rev. Billy is on a roll, as usual, and will be with us to praise the planet and all her inhabitants (with some reservations on your hosts’ part). He’ll be joining us prior to his appearance in Brattleboro on May 19th. Some rabble rousers may be joining us to talk about the upcoming Rubber Stamp Rebellion at FERC in DC as well.  As always, we’re still inclined to take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, the New Boss and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! This one goes out to those beleaguered Shortnose Sturgeon suffering in the dead reach of the CT River below the Turners dam: Wildlife officials in Florida report a man riding a personal watercraft [better known as one of those stupid jetskis] was knocked out by a sturgeon. Blake Fessenden was left unconscious when the four-foot-fish jumped out of the water and hit him. His girlfriend was riding another [stupid jetski] behind him and managed to hold Fessenden’s head above water. The 23-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital with what officials say were non-life-threatening injuries. The accident happened on the Suwannee River, where the experts say there are similar incidents once or twice a year. The fish can weigh as much as 200 pounds and can leap up to eight feet out of the water. Yet another reason to abandon stupid jetskis!

 

Let’s stick with our submerged neighbors for this Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill as we welcome the return of presidential campaign dropout Sen. Ted Cruz who drags out that old saw about eating endangered critters (ha,ha,ha…..sorry). Recently Cruz, in his eternal wisdom…(ha,ha,ha,ha) blamed California’s drought on tiny little smelt.  Who knew such little fish needed so much water! [insert more laughs here]

 

Breaking News! The long awaited judgement on allowing TGP access to Otis State Forest in Sandisfield was just announced. Judge Agostini sided with Tennessee Gas writing that federal legislation allows natural gas companies right-of-way authority to land for projects to ensure an adequate supply of gas. He stated FERC approval is evidence that the federal regulatory agency has determined the project “advances the public interest” !  Obviously the judge knows absolutely nothing about the Climate Crisis and his action puts him squarely on our Climate Criminals list. The only good news out of this is Agostini also ruling a stay until July 29 giving defenders of the Commonwealth and the planet plenty of time to prepare.

 

In our E-Valley-uation segment we share a piece from Karl Meyer about the plight of the Sturgeon at that dead reach on CT River. Yes, we’re talking about those endangered Shortnose Sturgeon again. You know, the fish that have been here since the….dinosaurs! Of course, there’s other critical issues being addressed here in the Mid-CT River Valley and one of them concerns that “suspended” fracked gas pipeline you may have heard about? Breakout the popcorn ‘cuz we’re gonna watch TV!  Tax rebellion, anyone? Yup, Stop the Pipeline Tax to be specific and we got all into it last Tuesday with a busload of other WMass folks at the State House hearing on Global Warming and Climate Change focused on fracked gas. Of course, the Baker Administration, such as it is,  represented by ace used car….um…overused fossil fuel salesman, Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Matthew Beaton was all about Massachusetts being “in desperate need of more gas”. But given all the other voices in the room (take the Attorney General for example!) were of a different view, the desperation was surely all his. That officious Chairperson from the DPU, Angela M. O’Connor was in attendance as well but spoke not a word, perhaps due to her need to appear non-partisan….hah!…ha, ha…..ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha….(sorry, again). After Beaton and the DPU flew from the room, their ears must have been burning like a faucet full of fracked gas as the quote bombs dropped in their absence. Katlin Sloan of the Conservation Law Foundation pointed out, “The DPU never met a contract for gas they didn’t like.” (Does that remind you of some other agency?). But our favorite quote of the day should probably qualify as The Enviro Show Quote of the Week. It came from Northeast Energy Solutions, Vincent DeVito, “Kinder Morgan/TGP was trying to build a [fracked gas] highway without an exit ramp.” In other words, the pipeline was headed offshore, no real exit ramp for the Commonwealth. Sorry little people! Finally this: Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Targets Amherst College.

 

Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us that a fracking industry “report put a number on the quantity of methane (a greenhouse gas that’s by some estimates 86 times more potent than carbon over a 20-year timeframe) that new fracking wells released into the atmosphere in 2014 [at]  5.3 billion pounds.” And that’s the industry’s report. Who knows what the real numbers are! We have more candidates for a Blog Action Link than Pennsylvania’s got fracking wells but we thought it a good idea to try and get the entire state of Massachusetts to ban plastic bags instead of waiting for Greenfield to do it! Having said that, we still need to bring this Action Link to YOUR attention. Clair Miller of Toxics Action tells us: “the MA energy bill will come out next week and that as of right now it has bad language supporting a pipeline tax.”  We’re going to echo Democracy Now! here with a story they broke on March 11 in which assassinated enviro activist Berta Cáceres singled out $hillary Clinton for basically “endorsing the coup” that resulted in Cáceres’ murder. Speaking of action, isn’t it time for a Rubber Stamp Rebellion? Ya’ think??

 

It’s time to Meet the New Boss as he continues pumping air into leaky trade deals like the TPP. Reportedly “Obama has his own potential incentives to push for the TPP: His presidential foundation has been relying on support from industries that could profit from the agreement……The same financial industry that could benefit from the TPP has forged deep ties to Obama’s foundation. The organization’s current president is J. Kevin Poorman, the CEO of investment firm PSP Capital Partners. PSP was founded by billionaire Penny Pritzker, daughter to a co-founder of Hyatt hotels, a longtime Obama ally and the current head of the U.S. Commerce Department. Other members of the foundation’s leadership team include John Doerr of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers; Martin Nesbitt, co-founder of the private equity firm Vistria Group; John Rogers of the financial firm Ariel Investments; and Michael Sacks, chairman and CEO of the investment management firm GCM Grosvener. Doerr also serves on the board of directors for Google.”

 

After our conversion…um…that’s conversation with the good Reverend we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Saturday, May 14, All Day. Break Free From Fossil Fuels! We will gather in Albany knowing that, whether we are planning on taking direct action or rallying around the world in support, to “Keep it in the Ground” and protect our communities we are going to have to step out of our comfort zones to take on a fossil fuel industry that does not have our interests in mind. On May 14th our action will be centered on taking direct action to stop the bomb trains, imbued with hope and in solidarity with frontline communities from extraction to refinery. By acting together we will be safe, respectful and powerful. There will be ample room for those to participate without risking arrest, so all are truly welcome. Go to: www.albany2016.org/

 

Saturday May 14, 7:30pm. Montague Plains for Nightjars. Dave Small will lead this trip to one of Massachusetts premier Sandplain habitats for a chance to hear Whip-poor-wills and other evening birds. Flashlight, headlamp, and insect repellant recommended. Meet us about 7:30 at the intersection of E. Mineral Rd and Millers Falls Road (just east of the Turners Falls airport) info c all Dave@ 978-413-1772

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 7 to 9pm. Community Energy and Local Innovation around the Globe. An informative presentation about leading-edge community energy practices in Australia, Japan, the UK, Germany, Denmark, and the U.S. The event will be at the Northampton Unitarian Church. The presenter, Heather Smith, is investigating the dynamic between community energy and the traditional energy systems. For more information and to sign up for the event, click on https://www.facebook.com/events/267698413563969/

 

Thursday, May 19 at 5 – 8pm. The Pittsfield Rubber Stamp Rebellion! BEAT and 350Mass Berkshires have historically tabled together on pipeline issues during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday events. This month, along with No Fracked Gas in Mass, we’re turning it into a standout action for Beyond Extreme Energy’s Rubberstamp Rebellion! This is an awesome opportunity reach lots of people in one 3-hour session. North Street,
Pittsfield, MA. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1087831031260825/ 

 

Thursday, May 19, 8am. The Rubber Stamp Rebellion! We’ll be gathering at 8 am to greet FERC employees as they enter the building and to hear from Jane Kleeb, Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Mike Tidwell, as well as stirring songs from Luci Murphy and Bethany Yarrow. We will continue our presence outside until 9:30. At that point those who wish to do so are encouraged to go into FERC to attend the public meeting. This action on the 19th is part of Beyond Extreme Energy’s week-long Rubber Stamp Rebellion, beginning on May 15th after the D.C. Break Free from Fossil Fuels action, which begins at 1 pm at the White House. More information on the week can be found at http://beyondextremeenergy.org.

 

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

 

Saturday,. May 21, 9:00am. to 5:00pm. Green-Rainbow Party Convention 2016 Green-Rainbow Party Rising. Go Green in 2016. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester. Details on Workshops at THIS LINK. For info go to: http://www.green-rainbow.org/

 

May 21st and 28th, and June 18th and 25th. The World We Love Puppet Workshops! The Festival is intergenerational, and the highlight will be a play created by and performed by children. Puppets for the play and street processions will be created in workshops on May 21st and 28th, and June 18th and 25th. A week-long camp for children 10 and up will take place from June 27th through July 2nd, when the play will be created. To sign up for the workshops and for more information click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/The-World-We-Love-A-celebration-of-Inter-dependence-July-2nd-2016-254059111599659/ or email Beth at bethbirth@crocker.com To participate in planning the event, contact Tim Holcomb at timholcomb5@gmail.com

 

Monday, May 23, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now General Meeting in AMHERST. Everyone is welcome! To change everything, we need everyone! Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, United States (map). Whether you’re a seasoned activist or 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, May 26, 5:30pm. Biomass Opponents Rally and Press Conference. Corner of Cadwell Drive and Page Boulevard, Springfield, MA. Opponents of the proposed biomass incinerator will hold a press conference and demonstration near the site of the proposed incinerator . The event is being sponsored by Arise for Social Justice.
Opponents will present information on the following topics related to the Springfield incinerator. For more info contact Arise for Social Justice @ (413) 734 – 4948, or frankcinco413@gmail.com

 

Thursday, June 2, 5:30pm. Springfield; 7:30pm Northampton. Stop the Methane Gas Leaks Campaign  in Springfield and Northampton! Sites for both events will be posted on the Climate Action Now! WMass website and in our newsletter. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

June 4, 1 to 5pm. AND June 5, 1 to 4:30pm. Sugar Shack Non-violence Training. If you want to participate in a Sugar Shack sponsored large action that could involve arrests, you need to take the complete training. You must commit to both dates unless you only need to attend part two, which will be on the 5th. Notchview, Windsor MA. To register e-mail Janet Bradley, janet.bradley2@gmail.com

 

 

That’s all folks! Remember to……ready? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!