Greetings Earthlings. Are you low on energy lately? Would you care for some lowdown on energy? Tom Butler calls in with that and way more. As always we will drag you through The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and off to Meet the New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill, but before any of that it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Last time it was Revenge of the Cat. Now it’s equal time for mice!
The New York Times (“The Paper of Record”?) dominates The Enviro Show Echo Chamber this time around. We had about given up on them after they threw their “Environment” section under the bus and forgot to report on the CLIMATE CRISIS! buuuuuut, in the past week or so it appears they’ve been making up for lost time. Where to start? How about this editorial (of course, they failed to mention their own “backsliding”). They also reported on the soon to be released next section of the UN’s IPCC climate report and its dire warnings about inaction on limiting carbon emissions. In another addition they did a piece on a disturbing trend in the EU to reconsider their once reasonable climate goals, “turning mandatory targets for renewable energy into just goals”. You’ll find another NYT piece when you Meet the Boss. Moving on to news outfits with smaller footprints we find this report from the Saturday Gazette Mail in West Virginia. Headline? “Chemical-related hospital admissions rise”. But Faux “News” told us no one was hurt in that God-awful chemical spill??
Time to Meet the New Boss. Like we indicated above, the “Paper of Record” has rediscovered climate chaos. They are also pointing out that The Prez “is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal”. That would be the toxic TPP deal now festering in Congress. Checkout the Bus Stop Billboard below for the Western Mass action on January 31. Sorry Boss, no deal.
We have another return candidate, in fact THE return candidate for our Fool-on-the-Hill. Yes, Repugnican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe scores again but this time not for his usual climate change denial, but for explaining why he keeps it up! It seems this arch Enemy of the Planet “told WABC-AM that he was initially intrigued when former Vice President Al Gore began warning about human-induced climate change but became skeptical after discovering that environmental regulations might prove costly to business”………OK, there it is! Capitalism trumps….rationalism? AND, speaking of, this just in (making it a two-fer Fool-on-the-Hill): “Mitch McConnell Threatens To Destroy The Economy Unless Obama Approves Keystone XL”.
In our E-Valley-uation segment The Montague Reporter gives us a peek at that proposed fracked gas pipeline aimed to go right through our Valley and over the CT River. Buy the recent issue at newsstands and check them out on Facebook here.
Our Enviro Show Quote of the week comes from an unlikely source given our usual druthers:
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them” – Henry Ford!
After our conversation with Tom we move over here to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, January 30th, 7-9pm. Climate Study Group of Northampton at Marty Nathan’s house, 24 Massasoit St., Northampton
Friday, January 31, Noon. WMass regional action for the Intercontinental Day of Action Against the TPP & Corporate Globalization. Rep. Richard Neil’s Office, 300 State St., Springfield, MA
Saturday, February 8th, stand with Salem and encourage Governor Patrick to uphold the Global Warming Solutions Act and prevent the construction of another fossil fuel plant in Salem! Join us at 2pm on the Salem Town Common for a clean energy parade through the town, past the existing coal plant and to the beautiful Salem Harbor. Help us support our Salem community allies and call for Only the Best for Salem and no to new fossil fuel infrastructure!
Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA
Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge. http://www.odysseybks.com
We go out with Pete Seeger (well, you know what we mean) who taught us to kkep on keepin’ on. That’s all folks!…….’til next time. Remember when you are out there to…….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!