Greetings Earthling. We’ll try to keep the gas jokes down to a dull roar…..(O, sorry)…as we sniff out all the gas leaks in existing gas pipelines and hold our noses over plans by Big Gas to build a new fracked gas line all the way across our Commonwealth. We think that idea stinks but the entire show will focus on it. Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass and George from Climate Action Now!MA join us in the studio for the latter and Joel Wool of Clean Water Action calls in about legislation on Beacon Hill regarding all those scary gas leaks to our east. Also, roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson calls in from out West. Lots of people in Massachusetts really are fuming about this so most of the show will be focused on trying to stop passing gas. However we will take a short breather here on the blog for a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Cows take out barn with home made explosives!
Our Fool-on-the-Hill is Blue Dog Dem Sen. Mark Begich who is out with his second ad, touting efforts to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve near Deadhorse, Alaska to oil drilling. If you click on the link you get to see him and his buddies snowmobiling for Big Oil. There’s no sign of the dead horse but we see a real ass out there.
We Meet the New Boss doing a sales pitch for gas exports to Europe. “Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licences for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier, something that is obviously relevant in today’s geopolitical environment,” Obama told a news conference after meeting EU leader. No one asked The Boss what ever happened to America’s “energy independence” schtick, not to mention all that much voiced concern about climate chaos. But in any case, it seems not only does the UN disagree with The Boss but so does …..industry?
A quick trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber finds Bill McKibben locked down on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline getting pepper sprayed. That right of passage should stir the pot! Onward!!
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from an unlikely source: “Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.” – George W. Bush (not if we can help it, George).
After our conversation in a very crowded studio with the phone ringing constantly we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – noon the Northampton Reuse Committee will be hosting the spring recycling rally at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. Items being collected include: 1. Pellet bags 2. White Styrofoam (clean large pieces, no packing peanuts or colored or food Styrofoam please). There will be document shredding services available (limit of 2 curbside recycling boxes of shreddables per person) For more information, please go to http://www.northamptonma.gov/reduce-waste or call 413-587-1059.
Sunday, April 13, 3 – 5pm. There will be a public meeting of Western Mass Climate Action NOW!/350 MA at the Hartsbrook School Great Room, 193 Bay Road Hadley. There will be a presentation on the threat presented to the environment by the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline followed by discussion and planning concerning fossil fuel divestment, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline extension and much more. All are welcome.
Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm. “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” A lecture and book signing about her latest book of the same name with Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker, and award winning author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change”. In The Sixth Extinction, Kolbert introduces a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, and through these stories, provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm at the Athol Town Hall, Athol, MA. Bruce Winn will be giving presentations about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run through the hilltowns, and out to a hub in Dracut, MA. Bruce will explain what we know about the proposed pipeline and why the pipeline is not clean, cheap, reliable, or needed. Learn about the pipeline, your rights if you own land along the route, and what people are doing to stop this pipeline from ever being built. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: nofrackedgasinmass.org
April 11-13, 2014, Science for the People:: The 1970s and Today. UMass Amherst. All events are free and open to the public, so you can just show up. Check out the amazing program we’ve put together: http://science-for-the-people.org/program
April 22-27. Reject & Protect Action. An alliance of pipeline fighters (that’s YOU)— ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL. On that day, we will set up camp nearby the White House, lighting our fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, we will bear proud witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL, reminding him of the threat this tarsands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights. Go to: http://rejectandprotect.org/
CALL TO ACTION: Global Climate Convergence‘s Earth Day to May Day. 10 days to change course. A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe. People are rising up against the crisis of economy, ecology, and democracy. The growing climate disaster intensifies all our struggles, creating new urgency for unified action. Learn more at globalclimateconvergence.org/ & follow @EarthDay2MayDay on Twitter.
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM. Earth Week Panel. Implications of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IGCC) on the Social Impacts of Climate Change. Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall. Free and Open to the Public. For info phone: 413-559-5563.
Wasn’t that a gas? (sorry). Next time it’s our Earth Day show…..but, of course, every day is Earth Day down here on the ranch, right? Remember: listen to your Mother.