New 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!