Archive for December, 2014

tree-greenNew Years Greetings Earthlings. [WE PREEMPT THIS POST WITH THE BEST NEW YEARS READ IN A VERY LONG TIME HERE]  NOW, Out with the old/In with the New and greetings 2015 and what will it mean? In our mostly hour-long interview between local tree-hugger Chris Matera and West Coast deep green resister, Derrick Jensen 2015 might mean more (or less) Green. It remains to be seen. We do that and a truncated version of the usual suspect segments, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Another two-legged thief meets justice from the animal world.  Wasps-on-WASP crime!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we lead off with your Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action link: pissed about all the GIANT electric rate increases foisted upon you by the utilities? Even more pissed that they are carrying water….er…make that Fracked Gas for the likes of Kinder Morgan as an excuse to raise your rates? Go HERE!  For some fascinating (did someone say infuriating?) background on rate hikes see THIS. Yes, someone DID say infuriating. Look at what the outgoing Patrick Administration just dropped in our lap: more fuel for Big Gas! in the form of the much talked about Low Demand Study concerning the proposed Kinder Morgan fracked as pipeline. You’ll find more balanced reporting here.  BUT after errors in the study were brought to the attention of its authors by THE PUBLIC the study’s release has been delayed (thanks, public!). You’ll find the errors in the draft report here. Apparently “Kinder Morgan’s attorney has jumped the gun in endorsing the draft [report] even though it overstates the cost of each renewable energy source by a factor of 70.56 !”  Do not despair, this fight is far from over and….we are everywhere!

We meet the New Boss as his energy czar considers climbing totally in bed with the corporados on fracked gas exports. As we’ve maintained from the get-go the push for new fracked gas infrastructure is all about exports and geo-politics. And we ask what we’ve always asked: what happened with “energy independence”?? Selling off the family jewels seems, well….unAmerican?

Our Quote of the Week sticks with the theme of this show:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

In our E-Valley-uation segment we direct you to No Fracked Gas in Mass for what’s sure to be some kick-ass responses to the latest pro-fracking, pro-corporate attacks on your community and the planet. Like they say: despair is NOT an option. Onward into 2015!

On to the Bus Stop Billboard for 2015:

Saturday, January 3, 7:30pm. Vermont Yankee Unplug Party! Episcopal Church, 8 Church Steeet, Greenfield, MA. What do YOU do when … you finally get what you’ve been working towards for years? (Shutting down VT Yankee’s dangerous nuke for instance)… you know that the lives of your children and your community will be better because of what you have done? … you realize how much richer your life has become by working with thousands of amazing people? PARTY!

Sunday, January 4, 2 to 4pm. “Finding My Radical Soul”, a memoir of longtime antiwar and antinuclear advocate Frances Crowe will debut at a reception in Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main Street. Weather date is 2-4 pm Sunday, January 11. The reception is open to the public, and a limited number of copies of the memoir will be available for purchase. Call 800.215.8805 for information.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy! Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York. See: https://facebook.com/events/656150794505434

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6-8pm. Free workshop on green homes and resilient landscapes! Greenfield Community College. For: Parents, educators and youth over 8 accompanied by a parent. Explore sustainability, environmental stewardship, energy concepts and ecology with your students, and learn about climate mitigation through landscape design while engaging in the engineering process as you design, construct, manipulate, play with and redesign the tabletop creations. Pre-registration required up till Jan 7: Do so by sending your name, school/organization or parent, email, and phone, and childs age if bringing a child to Susan Reyes sreyes7 [at] mac.com or 413-259-1658

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 1:30pm. Presentation of Compressor Station Video “You Don’t Hear Much About THIS” – A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor.  All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Windsor can impact a community and what can be done to stop it!Cummington Community House
Main St., Cummington, MA

Tuesday, January 20, 7 to 9pm. On Author Night in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library in Amherst the climate crisis will be the focus as local writer/activist d.o. reads from his recently released book, “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis”. Joining him are singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron, as well as Susan Theberge of Climate Action Now!MA to bring into context our relationship with the planet and our actions to protect it.

January 23 – 25. Peoples Music Network Gathering. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://peoplesmusic.org/2015-winter-gathering-online-registration/

That’s all for now. Tune-in next time and remember to listen to your Mother!

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wsolsticeGreetings Earthlings. We’re definitely going to get the jump on the season with a call from The Good Green Witch but we will still have lots of time to ask “what the FERC?” with Juliette Fleur Humer, one of the fractavists who managed to shut that captured agency down in DC awhile back. That plus a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and to The Enviro Show Echo chamber but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters!  Coyotes defend home from sketchy crook in dress.

We couldn’t resist bringing this arch fool back to the Fool-on-the-Hill for another whipping! Yes, it’s Sen. Inhofe but this time he came  wearing what may be his best tin foil hat. Are you ready? Inholfe said Barbara Streisand is behind the “global warming hoax”!  Curses! We’ve been found out!! We guess it’s just the way we were……(sorry).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we figured FERC (that’s the Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission) should feature prominently given our second guest and all, sooooo we’ll run their latest decision on the Constitution pipeline up the flagpole but we’re not going to salute something called “Constitution” that involves eminent domain in the Catskills!  And this: Checkout this letter from Karl Meyer to the Gazette on the Kinder Morgan/ISO love fest! Finally, don’t let anyone tell you (like the NY Times for instance, forgetting? to mention) that all this fracked gas glut and proposed pipelines are not about export and almost nothing to do with so-called shortages for electric generation. Get ready for some numbers HERE.

Time to Meet the New Boss! Remember last time we were bashing the Repugs for trying to unload science at the EPA? Well, guess who is trying to muzzle scientists working for the EPA? That would be the New Boss, sad to say.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we find that Kinder Morgan, in their infinite wisdom, have condemned none other than historic Woolman Hill (birthplace of the Traprock Peace Center and once home to legendary peace activists Wally & Wanita Nelson) to be the site for one of their horrific fracked gas compressors in the latest route projection for the fracked gas pipeline. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot…O wait, wrong metaphor…no shooting…..peace….OK, fill in the blank_____________.  Wait, there’s more! Kinder Morgan corporados are STILL threatening the Montague Pains aquifer in their much publicized new route. Remember Nestles plans for that water? The proposed 1970s nuke hoping to cool their ill-fated reactor with that water? Beware KM! That water is poison……at least for the Takers. And finally, a word from the cows.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is short & sweet: “Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war”   – Naomi Klein

After we hear from our guests and jump over the Solstice bonfire we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Tuesday, December 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Dinner break  5:45-6:30). Fracking Teach In and Next Steps, Presented By GCC’s Peace Alliance ClubFracking Teach –In. Come hear student presentations and Speaker Rosemary Wessel from No Fracked Gas In Mass. Questions after presentations. Dining Room Core
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday December 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GreenWork in 2015 at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council Hall, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield. Go to: www.greenworkwmass.org/contact-us.html

Thursday, December 18th as part of the Week of Action against the Spectra Pipeline. We will be doing a street theater performance outside of the State Street Corporation (the second largest investor in Spectra Energy) to connect the dots between extreme energy infrastructure and those that profit from it. We will meet at Chinatown Park (Essex and Surface Rd) at 4pm before heading to the State St headquarters down the street. Email: nogaheyman@gmail.com

Thursday, December 18, 9:30 to 3:30. Final DOER Gas Demand Stakeholder meeting. The focus for this meeting will be to review the complete modeling results and the draft final report. Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf Building, 290 Congress St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA. If you plan to attend the meeting please RSVP to Susan Rivo at Susan@RaabAssociates.org

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.

Saturday, January 3, 7:30pm. Vermont Yankee Unplug Party! Episcopal Church, 8 Church Steeet, Greenfield, MA. What do YOU do when … you finally get what you’ve been working towards for years? (Shutting down VT Yankee’s dangerous nuke for instance)… you know that the lives of your children and your community will be better because of what you have done? … you realize how much richer your life has become by working with thousands of amazing people? PARTY!

 

That’s all for this one. We’ll be back on December 30 in one form or another soooooo, remember, listen to who? YOUR MOTHER!!