Greetings Earthlings. The unique plague of rampant U.S. consumerism returns to the show to remind us……this is not life! Rev. Billy calls in to confirm and Robin Jaffin of Buy Nothing Amherst/Northampton joins us in the studio to make the case. As in the past and so into the future we take you on a journey to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but fist it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Warning dog people: toooo many K9s taking up space. Snowy Owl hopes for a taste.
It’s time to visit this week’s fool, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) who is the sponsor of HR1422 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014. The anti-science bill places restrictions on pesky EPA scientists and their crazy climate crisis claims while making room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations. We ask you: where’s the conflict there??
How about a little E-Valley-uation? Are you up for a 29% rate hike in your WEMECO electric bill? No? But your Department of PUBLIC Utilities gave it the go ahead without comment. It must be OK, yes? How about Big Gas, the Utilities and the so-called regulators scaring the beejesus out of ratepayers with dire tales of potential blackouts in mid-winter if a new fracked gas pipeline isn’t built? You believe them right? You’ve never heard of Enron right?
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we return to the sea with this brief but enlightening op-ed from the NY Times. Another one from The Paper of Record we just could not resist. The headline says it all: “Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil”. Priorities, people! And speaking of: Grist had a piece after the elections that pretty well covers the far-right’s plans for destroying the planet. Read it and weep. But wait! All is not lost. YOU can do something here! Wait, there’s more! FERC is contemplating (along with their friends from Big Petro) not only charging YOU for new fracked gas pipelines but for repairing existing ones. Why should pipeline owners have to pay, right?
Our Quote of the Week is a super segway into our conversations with the Rev and Robin:
“The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
OK, after our conversation with the Rev and Robin it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, December 4, 11am – 12pm. Protest at New England ISO Meeting at The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston. Rally at ISO New England. ISO New England, the entity responsible for keeping the lights on in New England, is not doing its job. By leaving renewables out of their equation for our future energy needs, they caused rate hikes this winter which are costing us millions of dollars, and they are propping up the false perception that we need new gas pipelines. Gather with other activists from across New England to send ISO the message that we already have too much gas, we need more solar and wind now, and they need to rise to the challenge of building our energy future, not destroying it!
Thursday, December 4, 9:30 AM — 3:45 PM. Mass. DOER Low Gas Demand Modeling Analysis Stakeholder Meeting. Final meeting to review Low Demand Scenario Study. Free to public, lunch provided. Please register here. Mass. DPU Offices, One South Station, Hearing Room A
Thursday, December 4, 7pm. Hadley Senior Center. Mark Stinson, the Western Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Circuit Rider, will be giving a presentation about the recent changes to the Wetlands Protection Act Regulations.
Tuesday, December 9, 6:15-8:15pm. Selectman meeting regarding the FRTA and Gas Pipeline. Montague Town Hall, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
Saturday, December 13, 1 to 4:30pm at Collective Copies in Amherst. Collective Copies would like you to join us for a celebration of Levellers Press Fifth Anniversary. We’ll have author readings starting at 1 p.m. with a reception and featured readers at 3 p.m. Big Holiday discounts on locally authored and published works such as “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” by some guy from The Enviro Show.
December 27, 7:30pm. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, Concert Benefiting the Franklin Land Trust‘s efforts against the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline to carry fracked gas across the wild lands and rivers of western Massachusetts. Featuring Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Rusty Belle and Abe Loomis. Tickets available at World Eye Books, Greenfield and Boswell’s Books, Shelburne Falls.
OK, we are out of here. Next time it’s Winter Solstice with the Good Green Witch and more. Remember to…..what? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!