Greetings 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!