Greetings Earthlings. [Here’s that link we promised on MA House bill No.788 outlawing fracking in the Commonwealth] Notice that it’s getting hot out there? And it’s not just the Climate Crisis heating things up, it’s climate action too! Alison Goyer of Climate Summer MA joins us to talk about biking around Western Mass to spread the word. Speaking of word, we’ll also send The Enviro Show Quote of the Week your way, as well as take you on a visit to The-Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Zoo chimp aims to make himself perfectly clear.
There’s a lot going on in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with the latest industrial disaster (so many choices, so little time). How about the runaway train carrying tankers of fracked crude oil from North Dakota derailing and exploding into an enormous fireball in the middle of a Canadian town? Upwards of 50 people (and untold numbers of critters) may have died at the hands of Big Oil on that day. This was the same rail line that folks from Maine Earth First! and 350 Maine tried blocking a few weeks ago. Face it, the corporados can’t be trusted with this planet! We need to rewrite the book on energy, now! Meanwhile the Exxon tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas last month has resulted in a slew of sickness in that suburban neighborhood. Had enough? No? How about: “Britain’s offshore rigs and platforms have leaked oil or other chemicals into the North Sea on 55 occasions over the past month alone.” And that’s just the Brits!* Need we mention the BP disaster in the Gulf? Big Oil corporados are not only actively destroying the place, they’re also actively working against fixing it! (we’re talking Koch brothers here). Hey, maybe China has the answer to stopping corporados from destroying the planet. [*Back to the Brits: 6 Greenpeace women climbing the highest building in the UK (The Shard) to protest Shell & Gazprom’s drilling in the Arctic? That works!]
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill comes from The House of Fools: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) says cuts in clean energy “gets back to the basics.” The GOP-crafted $30.4 billion fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill nearly halves clean-energy spending from last year’s enacted levels. Basics…..basically suicidal…….basically sociopathic…um…basically Repugnant? Speaking of which, Google’s DC office is hosting a fundraiser (and has already thrown some funds) for former Fool, Sen. James Inhofe. Why? Search me! (sorry). Actually, how about telling Google you’ll search somewhere else if they don’t stop supporting climate criminals!
We Meet the New Boss as his Environmental “Protection” Agency (EPA) sucks-up to the fracking corporados and caves to far-right enemies of the planet like Sen. James Inhofe. First the EPA says: Sure! Critters can drink all the fracking waste they want! Then they abandon studying just how contaminated the waste water is! Thanks for the “protection” EPA! “The EPA has just put a ‘kick me’ sign on it,” John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania and the former secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, wrote on his blog in response to the EPA news. “Its critics from all quarters will now oblige.”
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from one of our favorite fellow broadcasters:
“Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer.” ― Chris Hayes
Our E-Valley-uation segment looks at another Get-on-the-Bus moment, this time to the BIGGEST coal-burner north of Maryland right here in the Commonwealth. Protest the Brayton Coal Plant on the Cape! Get on the Bus! Then it’s Alison Goyer, and talk about Climate Summer MA and potential fracking right here in this beloved Valley. Then it’s on 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.
Saturday July 20th, 10am-5pm, and Sunday July 21, 9am-4pm. 350MA Climate Leader Workshop. Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut St, Springfield. Advanced registration required for this workshop. Email: email@example.com
July 27-28th, Come together for a mobilization at the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the largest fossil fuel plant between Maryland and Maine. We will call for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others to immediately close the Brayton Point coal plant on Cape Cod and ensure a just transition for workers and host communities from the West Virginian mines to Somerset. Bus info from WMass: http://climateactionnowma.org/brayton-point-transportation/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 7/21 FREE CT riverfront festivities as we “Celebrate Rowing on a Cleaner River.”
* 11am-2pm: A rowing or paddling trip on the Connecticut River from Holyoke to Springfield, MA.
* 12:30pm-2pm: Kayaking, biking, and learn-to-row field trips departing from the Riverfront Club in Springfield, MA.
* 2:30-4:30pm: A celebration along the river featuring light refreshments and music, river success stories and the presentation of the Bud Foster award for outstanding devotion, service and commitment to the river.
More information and event registration available online at http://www.ctriver.org/news-events/annual-meeting or call 413-772-2020.
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
There it is. Will you remember, until next time, to listen to your Mother?