Greetings Earthlings. Starting to wonder about all those “green” answers to the Climate Crisis? Us too! Rachel Smolker of Biofuelwatch/Energy Justice Network returns to uncover the truth about the corporados deus ex machina. Also, Janet Sinclair of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County joins us in the studio to get into the biomess aspect of that issue. We (hopefully) entertain you with visits to our Fool-on-the-Hill and The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and do a little E-Valley-uation and hear the Quote of the Week but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! When trees attack!
Right off the top in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we stick with the shows theme and put you onto our friends at Global Justice Ecology Project’s recent post, U.S. public overwhelmingly rejects genetically engineered trees . Also, we came upon some disturbing news concerning the Alberta tar sands oil the other day. It seems there’s more to Keystone than we previously knew (or maybe we were too busy hugging the trees?). Check it out here. Good news from the other side of the puddle: EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides! And speaking of bans, get this: the County Commission of Mora County, located in northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the U.S. to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction. Mora County joins Las Vegas, NM, which in 2012 passed an ordinance which prohibits fracking and establishes rights for the community and the natural environment. The City of Pittsburgh, PA drafted the first local Bill of Rights which prohibits fracking in 2010. Communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York and New Mexico have enacted similar ordinances. Mora County joins more than 150 communities across the country which have asserted their right to local self-governance through the adoption of local laws that seek to control corporate activities within their municipality. This was done with the help of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund who will be in Greenfield doing a workshop on May 3 &4.
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill may have been mentioned as a candidate last time (or maybe he’s just such a dunce we can’t help but think we must of nominated him before) but Congressman Steve Stockman (Repugnican- TX….where else!) takes the prize for his recent comment on Twitter, “The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.” In another Tweet he noted: “There is reportedly $1 trillion in oil off the coast of California. But liberal hatred of science and human progress keeps them bankrupt”. Liberal hatred of science?? What happened to the Repugnican hatred of science? Maybe Steve didn’t get the memo.
Time to checkout the New Boss and see if he has anything to offer the planet this week besides his Organizing for Action machine’s first foray into the Climate Crisis albeit without any policy moves to back it up. Our friends at Grist note: “On climate change, the Obama team isn’t backing any legislation at all — it’s just trying to shame GOP deniers, who are notoriously shameless, by getting you to sign a petition.” There’s been plenty of petitions about getting Obama’s EPA to move on greenhouse gas emissions performance standards for existing power plants but that’s not going to happen for yet another year. Tick,tick,tick,tick,tick….. Finally, to test for all that proposed offshore oil drilling Big Oil needs to deafen whales and other sea life with SEISMIC AIRGUNS! The Obama Dept. of the Interior is currently reviewing a proposal to test the seafloor. Bad Idea. Tell the New Boss NO!
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week puts us once again into the Wayback Machine. Ready? “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Time for some E-Valley-uation and for a little provincialism as well! Please don’t blame we who dwell in the land of Leverett if we go on about our Town Meeting voting to abolish the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Hey, it’s a small town. Not a whole lot goes on there, OK? In case the NRC didn’t get the message we sent d.o. up to their dog & pony show in Brattleboro last Monday. During the Q & A he asked the….um…promoters of potential meltdowns if they knew why Leverett would do such a thing?? The Leverett Town Meeting also added an amendment calling for the extension of the bogus 10-mile evacuation zone in the event of a nuclear disaster at VT Yankee. How about 50 miles? How about they just shut it down…….now? That reminds us: the Shut it Down affinity group was at the show as well, being terribly disruptive, we must say (but not nearly as disruptive as a nuclear meltdown).
After our visit with Rachel and Janet we move to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, May 8, 4:30 pm. Western Mass. Green Consortium’s “Green Night” will feature a presentation by homeowner and graphic designer, Alexis Neubert on her Deep Energy Retrofit home renovation that achieved a 70% reduction in energy use. The upcoming Green Night will be at the Clarion Hotel, 1 Atwood Drive in Northampton. Email: email@example.com
May 8, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. DCR “Pre-harvest” tour, Sandisfield State Forest, Sandisfield. DCR Forester Conrad Ohman will lead a tour of the 73-acre planned timber sale in a diverse Berkshire forest composed of northern hardwoods, red oak, and eastern hemlock. Meet at the York Lake Day Use Area, from where tour attendees will carpool to the site. The Day Use Area is .3 miles east from the intersection of Route 183/New Marlborough-Sandisfield Road and East Hill Road in New Marlborough. Contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891 for info on all three tours of bad forestry.
May 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. DCR “Pre-harvest” tour, Leyden State Forest, Leyden. DCR Forester Nick Anzuoni will lead a tour of the 61-acre planned timber sale in a Norway spruce plantation. Meet at the Breezy Knoll Farm on North County Road in Leyden. Access this location from Leyden Town Hall; drive .8 miles on West Leyden Road, turn right on North County Road, and drive .7 miles.
May 9, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. DCR “pre-harvest” tour, October Mt. State Forest, WashingtonDCR Forester Kris Massini will lead a tour of the 54-acre planned timber sale in a northern hardwood forest type. Meet at the junction of Stanley Road and Watson Road in Washington. Access this location from the intersection of MA Rt. 8 and McNerney Road; drive 3.0 miles north on McNerney Road continuing to Washington Mountain Road, turn left on Watson Road, and drive 1.0 miles.
Saturday, May 11, 9:00AM-4:00PM. Co-op Power’s 9th Annual Sustainability Summit will be held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. The Annual Meeting will directly follow the Summit from 4-6:30 and all are welcome to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Week (May 12-18) is just around the corner! As usual it will include most of our biggest events of the year including bike commuter breakfasts, rides, film festivals, and more. In addition to the day-before and day-of volunteering help is needed planning and organizing ALL the Bike Week events around the Valley. Go to: http://www.massbikepv.org
Sunday, May 19, 4-6pm. Climate Action Now MA meets at Arise, 467 State St, Springfield, MA. Climate Action NOW is a grassroots community organization dedicated to public education, organizing and action to stop climate change. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/contact-us-2/
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. Together with Westfield Concerned Citizens and Climate Action Now! Massachusetts, the Greens are holding a public meeting on May 23 to promote the Green Communities Act and solar energy. The meeting is at the Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street, Westfield. For more details visit the News page of BeatBackFracking.org.
Friday & Monday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 & May 27). Shut Down VT Yankee BANNER DROP. Contact Leslie email@example.com
Sunday, June 9th Save Our Bay Flotilla Cape Cod Bay. Cape Cod Baywatch is trying to get a better idea of who is participating and how many people/boats will be there. You can send responses directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
That is all for this week. Next time: spotted salamander tails…no….tales! Until then remember, listen to your Mother, OK?