Greetings 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org.> 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: email@example.com 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: 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
That is all for now. See you in the Spring…..and remember: Listen to your Mother…..or else!