The Disaster Du Jour Enviro Show, Part II

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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s-statue-of-liberty-small1.jpgGreetings Earthlings. It seems we just can’t have enough of a bad thing. This time around it’s the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline slated for the Berks and here in the Valley straight through Franklin County and across the Connecticut & Deerfield Rivers. Add to that the planned clearcutting of parts of the Quabbin watershed, a mysterious leak at the Alberta tar sands and the soon to be decided upon Keystone XL pipeline, freakin’ fearful Fukushima, then add the bizarre idea of burning coal deposits underground and you have the makings for a nasty Climate Stew. Adam Hall, who was featured in this recent article by Appalachian Voices and Heather Doyle of Hands Off Appalachia join us to ponder the latter and the likes of UBS and mountain top removal. As always we’ll take you for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill, to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Polar Bear gang moves into town. There goes the neighborhood!

Since Old King Coal is slated to take a beating during this show, how about here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we delve right into this absolutely over-the-top notion about burning coal right where it sits underground, OK? Then it’s on to the next lame-ass idea, this update on Big Oil’s effort to change the law of the land and export the crude oil that’s SUPPOSED to give us “energy independence”. Surely you remember THAT reason to “Drill, baby drill!”? Since we’re talking oil here, let’s have a look at the results of destroying the planet to mine the Alberta tar sands! That would be right… Now we move on to that other dangerous form of energy, the one that splits atoms? It seems the ongoing meltdown in Fukushima (you know, the multiple meltdown the corporate media forgot?) has still more surprises for all of us! Sorry to shock you BUT we actually have some good news! Science may finally trump in invasive Zebra Mussel.

Time to checkout yet another Fool-on-the-Hill. This week it’s Tennessee Repugnican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the current vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and we hope she was doing a slow burn by the time Bill Nye the Science Guy was done with her on Meet the Press (a corporate media noise machine). When the discussion moved to the potential effects of climate change and ways to combat them, Blackburn insisted that all potential remedies must be subject to short-term cost-benefit analysis [insert groan here]. That was after she quoted two totally discredited scientists. Of course the moderator let that slide since….well….you know, in the interest of the corp….er…of fairness! Sorry!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week :

“Congressional committees overseeing industries succumb to the allure of campaign contributions, the solicitations of industry lobbyists, and the siren song of experts whose livelihood is beholden to the industry. The interests of industry and government become intertwined and it is regulation that binds those interests together. Business succeeds by getting along with politicians and regulators. And vice-versa through the revolving door. We call that system not the free-market, but crony capitalism. It owes more to Benito Mussolini than to Adam Smith.”    –  Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we are glad to report that opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline (headed for a town near you!) is growing by leaps and bounds. Here is the link to “No Fracking Gas in Mass!” where they have coined such catchy phrases as “Do Not Pass Gas in Mass!” or “We Are Bean-o to Your Gas”. You’ll note on the site that there are events listings and things you can do to help kick this project to the curb…….unless, of course, you don’t mind a Kinder Morgan 3′ diameter fracked gas pipeline exploding in your neighborhood, say in the middle of your morning coffee just after the kids have gone off to meet the school bus? O, did we mention the CLIMATE CRISIS and CO2 emissions? Fracking fluids in someone’s drinking water? No? Also we take a call from Sam King about the upcoming student led Keystone XL action scheduled for DC on March 2!

After our  interviews we move to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent!  On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil.  We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action.  Go to:

Sunday, March 2, 9am & all day.  This year, Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network are collaborating to jointly put on the Local Environmental Action Conference at Northeastern University in Boston. It’s an opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration.  Go to:

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be at Co-op Power, 15A West St. (Rt. 5-10), West Hatfield, MA. Go to:

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to:


Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: or 413-585-0791.

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed “Retreat” is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what’s left of the woods? Let’s not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email and leave us your contact information.

Enough! Remember……….listen to your Mother!

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