Archive for March, 2013

Happy Eostre!

Posted: March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

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USUALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR THE ENVIRO SHOW HONORS THE SAXON GODDESS OF SPRING, EOSTRE

BUT WE DECIDED TO ADD JESUS THIS YEAR TO HONOR HIS WORK IN DRIVING THE MONEY CHANGERS OUT OF THE TEMPLE.

ISN’T IT TIME WE ALL DROVE THEM FROM THE TEMPLE?  CHOOSE YOUR TEMPLE!  WE GO FOR THE TEMPLE OF EARTH.

We’ll be back next week, until then remember: listen to your Mother!

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LL&LGreetings Earthlings. Tired of all the “Leaks, Lies & Lawyers” swirling around the Vermont Yankee nuke? We have just the thing for fast acting relief! Deb Katz of Citizens Action Network calls in with the details. Can’t get enough of that radioactive nuclear bad news? We pile it on in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as in our E-Valley-uation segment. Want relief from that? How about a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill? Meet the New Boss? No? OK, how about our Quote of the Week? But before all that it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! It’s about that sushi on your plate.

Remember awhile back we reported on those tiny little brand shiny new nukes the industry wants to spread around the country?  Well, it looks like we Meet the New Boss going all ga-ga over mini-nukes. ……….hundreds of them! Swell idea, huh? No?  You don’t think so? Are you some kind of Luddite, or what??

Speaking of nukes (and that is what this show is about) we have a link here in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber to that Dr. Helen Caldicott interview we referenced in the Revenge segment right here. It’s waaaaaay too long for our kind of radio but here in the alternate universe? We can however easily report on Fukushima Tide!  Northwest Coast beach parties? No thanks!  Here’s an interesting idea: crowd sourcing a climate bill. Sounds kind of democratic, no?  You can add your 2 cents here.  Let’s get back to the disturbing news. Word has it that Monarch Butterfly numbers are way down this year due to last summer’s mega-drought in the Mid-West, the Climate Crisis, highway fatalities, reduced habitat and GMOs. Did we miss anything? Repugnican obstruction? Katie Holmes open to having more kids? Regarding GMOs, part of the problem is pesticide laden crops and herbicide eradication of milkweed. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, and the resulting caterpillars only eat milkweed. Moreover, different types of milkweed grow in different regions in the U.S. and the butterflies have adapted to that reality. What to do? Well, grow more milkweed, BUT be sure to grow the kind native to your region. THEN stock up on….seed bombs! We hope no bombs will be needed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its’ disastrous assault on the planet, but Native people up north aren’t going to take the assault lying down (except maybe in front of bulldozers!). Finally, checkout Grist’s recap linkfest of the tar sands actions last week here and on our Facebook page.  You’ll note TD Bank is up to its corporate eyeballs in tar sands investments [PDF]. Isn’t that Terribly Destructive? All those Tar Dollars are Totally Devastating!

We have another two-fer for our Fool(s)-on-the-Hill segment. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Repugnican, and Max Baucus, a foolish Montana Dem introduced a bill that passed in the Senate to take approval of the Keystone XL pipelineout of the hands of the Obama administration. Apparently they missed the memo on GAME OVER FOR THE PLANET!  Of course there’s a Fool Repugnican in the  House who introduced a companion bill but we won’t even honor that fool with a mention…yet. Then we have a certain member of the House (soon to be in the Senate) who comes down on the right side of history. Our own Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey is no friend of Keystone XL and has been onto the nuclear boondoggle from the get-go, dogging the Nuclear “Regulatory” Commission to this day.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we recycle Valley Advocate staffer Stephanie Kraft’s recent sidebar on potential fracking here on top of the so-called Hartford Basin. Steph hasn’t been answering her mail lately (ahem!), otherwise we’d have her on to tell you all this in person, but the good news is: “A bill to ban fracking in Massachusetts has gained the support of more 20 state legislators, including, from Western Massachusetts, Ellen Story (D-Amherst), Peter Kocot (D-Northampton) and John Scibak (D-South Hadley). Also backing the bill, H707, is Lori Ehrlich, the representative from Marblehead who has filed a bill to organize and speed up the process of repairing gas line leaks in the state.”

Our Quote of the Week comes from Beyond Nuclear‘s Paul Gunter regarding the NRC’s recent vote to not require radiation filters in vents for Fukushima-style nuclear reactors. “The Commission’s majority vote potentially ties reactor operators’ hands behind their backs if an accident were to occur in the coming years. Venting an accident without a filter will mean fire-hosing downwind communities with massive amounts of radiation”.

Following our interview with Deb and our usual call-in from roving reporter & troubadour, Tom Neilson we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday  March 27, Noon. Wind Energy: In your Backyard?  The discussion will be led by Fiore Grasetti of Iron Workers Local 7, Windpower Division. Along with Eduardo Suarez of ECHO for Sustainable development and Carson Pete from the UMASS Amherst wind energy center. The discussion will explore wind energy and its effects on business and residents living and working in an area where wind farms are being developed or already used. Central Labor Councils, 640 Page Blvd in Springfield. (413) 732-7970

Wednesday, March 27, 4-7pm. Connecticut Ruver Watershed Council Open House. This is your chance to learn more about the CT & Green Rivers that flow through our back yards. You are invited to join CRWC to explore the offices & water quality testing lab and chat with staff & board members. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a few hours. We’ll provide the food & drinks.
CRWC is located at 15 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm, Fixing the Future. Second Congregational Church on the Common. How can we ceate local jobs and build prosperity based on shared prosperity, wellness, sustainability and creativity?  Film and Discussion. Refreshments. Donations accepted. More at: www.greeninggreenfield.org   Call: 413-773-7004

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Leaks, Lies & Lawyers.  3:30pm: Parade. Calling all artists, musicians, walkers, singers and satirists! Create a float, make a banner, bring your friends and neighbors! Entergy and the state must be shown that we are not sitting back waiting for the courts to decide out energy future. We will fill the streets of Brattleboro so our voices will be heard! No More Leaks, Lies and Lawyers!  Gather at the Harris Place  parking lot. We will parade through downtown Brattleboro,VT on our way to the Latchis Theatre. 4:30 pm: at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street. Speakers, skits, and song. The program includes a legal update, what’s happening at other Entergy reactors around the US, and ways you can shut down Vermont Yankee, advocate for safe, green and prompt decommissioning. Co-sponsored by the SAGE Alliance. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Saturday, March 30, Registration, 9:15 – 9:45 am;  Workshop 10am – 4pm. Social change through Non-violent Direct Action. UMASS Campus – Herter Hall – Rm 601. Cost: $20(scholarships available) Contact: Mary McCarthy at email: TraprockPeaceJustice@gmail.com  (for info / registration) or phone:  413-775-1127. Traprock website:  http://www.traprock.info

Wednesday, April 10, 5:00-8:30pm. Stewardship of the Earth – Climate Change to Behavior Change.  Join us in an interfaith discussion of our personal, group, and community responses to climate change and the role spirituality plays in motivating and promoting change. St. Mary’s Academy Gymnasium, St. Mary’s Church, 519 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA Free…Please bring Hors d’oeuvres, salad, or desserts. Child care with pizza, juice, and activities will be provided. RSVP…Maura Stevens, First Church of Christ Longmeadow, 413-567-6287

Thursday, April 11, 10am to 1pm.  2013 Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit at the State House in Nurses Hall, Boston. Your voice is crucial this year for biking and walking. Governor Patrick has proposed increasing funding for transportation, including a four-fold increase for bicycle and pedestrian funding – and we need your help to make it reality. Call: 617-542-2453

That’s it. We are evacuating this space ’til next time, but remember: listen to your Mother!

100_19_CoalSucks_Sticker_1.25x2.375_09Greetings Earthlings. We’ve got more dirt on ol’ King Coal for you this time. Attorney Kelly Bitov  joins us to do some E-Valley-uation over Arise for Social Justice  and the Partnership for Policy Integrity’s  intent to sue over the Solutia manufacturing plant’s lack of compliance with current health standards in Indian Orchard.  Is there a solution for Solutia? Of course.  Dump coal!  Also this week, we find our Fools-on-the-Hill so far over-the-hill that we instead focus on the fools in the State Department.  Once again we Meet the New Boss and as always, we’ll have a peek into The EnviroShow Echo Chamber and hear our Quote of the week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Continuing our focus on the critter’s war on the auto industry: Dog shoots Man…..in his truck! (there’s something in there for the gun control crowd too!).

Let’s start right off in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a brief trip to THIS SITE  for a taste of a new documentary about those flat-Earth climate crisis deniers…no, climate criminals!  It’s called “Dirty Lying Bastards” and that seems to about cover it. We’re hoping to get this film to the Valley, stat.  Also, since we are on the subject of media, you might want to spend some quite hour in the near future with Prof. Robert Jensen who sums up the state of the nation and the planet ever so succinctly. Since both of these picks are not terribly radio friendly, how about we discuss the Worst Drought in 1,000 Years ?  No, it’s not happening at the moment BUT….how does 8 years sound?  Speaking of solutions for Solutia, how about solutions for the rest of us? 50,000 solar roofs by 2020? We can do even better. Tell the Gov here.  Given that this is another Down with King Coal show, did we mention that the corporados over at ALEC are promoting coal? Surprise! Finally, March 11 is the anniversary of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. The ever increasing radioactive waste is like a tar baby from Hell. This article doesn’t even address all the radioactive material that went into the Pacific. Enjoy your sushi!……… (sorry).

OK, so while members of Congress are………(we can’t say busy, they don’t even put in forty hours a week)…engaged in tearing down the economy and throwing children, single mothers and the poor under the bus, over at the U.S. State Department bureaucrats are concentrating on throwing the planet under the bus (O wait, Congress does that too!). With this in mind, we extend our Fool-on-the-Hill segment to cover a good portion of the Capitol District. We note that State is cleverly located close to the getaway points in town and they may need that space given that their recent analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline said the project would have little impact on climate change. We can still comment on that by sending comments here: <keystonecomments@state.gov.> and here, but shouldn’t we really be in the streets?  Maybe John Kerry’s pencil pushers never read this. BUT apparently they have been reading b.s. from the industry because they let them WRITE THE REPORT!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week concerns coal as well: “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Natures inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”  – Thomas Edison, 1931

As you may have heard, the New Boss has appointed MIT’s Ernie Moniz to take over as Obama’s new Energy Secretary. We’ll weave together Moniz’s disturbing web of corporate connections with help of Boiling Frogs Post.  Then we can all go and stick our heads in the oven. Forward!

After our interview with Kelly we get a call from our favorite roving reporter and bardic insurgent, Tom Neilson. Then it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 -9:00pm. MassBike/Pioneer Valley general meeting. Northampton Friends Meeting social room, 43 Center St., 2nd floor in Northampton. We’ll enjoy hearty local food and drink while we swap stories.  Then we’ll get down to business, including: Review of the last year of MB/PV’s advocacy; Election of new members of the board; Planning for Bike Week 2013 (May 12-18) &  Brainstorm and plan activities for the coming year. Go to: http://www.massbikepv.org

March 16 – 23. A week of action is in solidarity with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance’s direct action training camp to stop the KXL in Oklahoma thats happening at the same time. Investors are becoming uncertain about the future of Keystone XL and that’s why Tar Sands Blockade and our allies are calling for a Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers. Go to: www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/

Sunday, March 24, 3 pm. Helen Caldicott on the Medical Consequences of Fukushima and Its Relevance to the U.S. First Churches Sanctuary, 129 Main St., Northampton, MA. Sponsored by the Nuclear Free Coalition, Traprock Center for Peace Education at GCC , American Friends Service Committee, and the First Churches Peace and Justice Committee. Contact: jnapolitano@afsc.org or call: 978-790-3074

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm, Fixing the Future. Second Congregational Church on the Common. How can we ceate local jobs and build prosperity based on shared prosperity, wellness, sustainability and creativity?  Film and Discussion. Refreshments. Donations accepted. Call: 413-773-7004

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Leaks, Lies & Lawyers.  3:30pm: Parade. Calling all artists, musicians, walkers, singers and satirists! Create a float, make a banner, bring your friends and neighbors! Entergy and the state must be shown that we are not sitting back waiting for the courts to decide out energy future. We will fill the streets of Brattleboro so our voices will be heard! No More Leaks, Lies and Lawyers!  Gather at the Harris Place  parking lot. We will parade through downtown Brattleboro,VT on our way to the Latchis Theatre. 4:30 pm: at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street. Speakers, skits, and song. The program includes a legal update, what’s happening at other Entergy reactors around the US, and ways you can shut down Vermont Yankee, advocate for safe, green and prompt decommissioning. Co-sponsored by the SAGE Alliance. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Saturday, March 30, Registration, 9:15 – 9:45 am;  Workshop 10am – 4pm. Social change through Non-violent Direct Action. UMASS Campus – Herter Hall – Rm 601. Cost: $20(scholarships available) Contact: Mary McCarthy at email: TraprockPeaceJustice@gmail.com  (for info / registration) or phone:  413-775-1127. Traprock website:  http://www.traprock.info

Wednesday, April 10, 5:00-8:30pm. Stewardship of the Earth – Climate Change to Behavior Change.  Join us in an interfaith discussion of our personal, group, and community responses to climate change and the role spirituality plays in motivating and promoting change. St. Mary’s Academy Gymnasium, St. Mary’s Church, 519 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA Free…Please bring Hors d’oeuvres, salad, or desserts. Child care with pizza, juice, and activities will be provided. RSVP…Maura Stevens, First Church of Christ Longmeadow, 413-567-6287

That is all for now. See you in the Spring…..and remember: Listen to your Mother…..or else!