The Breaking Wind Enviro Show

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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windmillGreetings Earthlings. If you’ve been following the show for any amount of time you probably know our support for wind power is tempered by all the poor siting that’s gone on over the years. Erecting a corporate-owned industrial wind operation the size of Manhattan in the pristine commons of Nantucket Sound and by the Great Atlantic Flyway is probably not such a great idea (even if our friends at 350.org seem to think it is). This is especially the case when when there’s countless acres of windy unoccupied space out west, like say West Texas, where no flyway exists. Then there’s the question of smaller wind plants that are poorly sited. Gini Irvine of Wind Wise Massachusetts joins us to talk about neighbors of smaller wind operations whose lives feel broken. We’ll get into some potential good news on sustainable energy in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and give the New Boss a wee bit of a break this week for coming up with a few fairly decent ideas on dealing with the Climate Crisis. As usual we’ll visit our Fool-on-the-Hill for some bad ideas, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Bats trashing churches in the UK (maybe they’re Pagans!)

We may as well start right out with the fairly good news just for the novelty. Suppose we told you that Victory’s at Hand for the Climate Movement? Read all about this and let us know what you think in the comment section below.  Then let’s head up to Maine to see some of our favorite Mainiacs in action stopping the Tar Sands Train. Soooo, what are you doing this summer? Will it be “Sovereignty Summer” or “Fearless Summer“? How about both? We guess it’s a good way to beat the Summer Heat!

There was some good news in the New Boss’s long awaited speech on the Climate Crisis.  First, here it is in a Grist nutshell. We’ll go over a Vermont critique from Global Justice Ecology Project during the show as well as a re-post they put up about some bad apples in Obama’s renewable energy barrel. Obama may not be just like the Old Boss, but in order to shed the New Boss mantle he’s going to have to do a lot more to save this planet from the human race. Having said that, the New Boss just made a good move on international trafficking of wildlife.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this time around is actually a Dem! Yes, proof that all fools aren’t just frothing at the mouth far-rightwingers is Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia who claims Obama’s climate program is “really a war on America“.  Jeez Joe, are you and your sponsors…err…constituents in the coal industry sure about that? We thought Corporate America was at war with the United States of America. It sure looks like it!

To access The Enviro Show Quote of the Week requires another trip in the Waybback Machine. Folks who are totally psyched to put up windmills in the Atlantic Flyway might want to pay attention here. Are you ready?  “In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet.”  – Victor Hugo

Our E-Valley-uation segment will be taken up with D.O.’s reportback on the tar sands action at TD Bank in Northampton on Monday. Then it’s on to our interview with Gini followed by a visit to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 11, 7-8 pm. Come to a community meeting to discuss how to take action against fracking in Massachusetts. We will specifically be discussing how to form a town resolution. Folks from all towns in Western MA-please join us!  First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton

July 14, 2-5 pm. Anti-Fracking Rally. Lampron Park (in front of Bridge St. School), Northampton.  Come out to our rally to celebrate H.788, a bill to ban Hydraulic Fracturing, co-sponsored by Peter Kocot from Northampton!. Climate Summer MA bikers will be on-hand.

Friday, Jul 19, 7pm. Screening of  Genetic Roulette  a roundup of the ways in which GMO food is thought to be harmful to human health and the ecology. Friday night free Film series at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible.

Monday July 29 at Amherst branch of TD Bank. Add your presence and voice to call on TD to stop investing in Canada’s Tar Sands oil and the pipelines to transport it. We will urge TD customers to boycott the bank and move their money to smaller local banks. We will have signs, chants, and a letter to deliver to the branch president. If you would like to participate or contribute to this event or the broader campaign, call: 413-325-4533 or email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (rain date Sunday August 11, 2013) at 11AM. Shutdown VT Yankee Flotilla! Along the shore and on the Connecticut River. Boat launch: Prospect Street, Hinsdale, NH. For more information go to: http://valleypost.org/node/830

That’s all for now. Did we mention to remember to listen to your Mother?

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