Archive for January, 2015

isowants2Greetings Earthlings. We return to the issue of one of Corporate America’s most recent assaults on our Commonwealth and upon our neighbors. Yes, it’s the Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipe dream and Rich Cowan of Dracut/Tyngsboro Pipeline Watch calls in with the latest on this epic struggle. As always we will take you on a magical mystery tour to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Jet-ski freak hits the wrong shark while fouling the ocean.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Repugnican, who offered an amendment to the bill that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The amendment calls for additional paperwork and costs to every conservation effort that requires federal designation or land purchase by a U.S. agency. Think Progress reports that “The Fischer amendment echoes a proposal introduced by Representative Don Young (R-AK) in the House of Representatives last week that would strip current and future presidents’ authority to designate new national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.” Of course, creating parks and monuments simply gets in the way of trashing the planet.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke, Massachusetts-based ISO-New England. This is the guy responsible for keeping the lights on. He was recently reported to have said: New England could operate solely and reliably on natural gas, but only if pipelines are “robust enough to meet demand” and if sufficient local storage of gas is available. Now you tell us, is it OK for the guy in charge of the grid to rely solely on one form of energy?? Should he start looking for a new job? While we’re at it let’s talk about “robust” gas pipelines ‘cuz the ones that exist aren’t being properly maintained by their owners who maybe should get busted! You think that’s extreme? We think THIS is a climate crime in progress.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Mina Hamilton’s paper “More than a Pipeline” concerning the compressor stations that keep the f’ing fracked gas flowing through the f’ing pipelines. Speaking of Repugnicans and pipelines, look who our new Lt. Gov is! We had no idea the Baker ticket had former anti-abortion tea party fan and lifetime NRA member, Karyn Polito onboard. And it looks like she may be a fan of the Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline invasion!  WAIT! Did someone say Kinder Morgan? The same Kinder Morgan that grew out of Enron, the infamous California electricity market manipulator? That can’t happen HERE right? And this: how about a trip to the movies? Playing Now: Endocrine Disruption & Gas!  Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is this action link calling on the DEP to keep nukes out of the MA Clean Energy Standards BUT don’t stop there. You can edit the letter and add biomass as well!! 

Time to Meet the New Boss. You may have endured the State of the Union Address with all the staging, yes? All the good enviro stuff is here. BUT the New Boss also felt compelled to say, “America is number one in oil and gas” and who knows what THAT means? Export away, Corporate America, we’ve got yur’ TPP?   O, did we mention Obama’s green light for oil drilling off the East Coast? And this: The Prez’s climate plan could threaten U.S. forests?

In our E-Valley-uation segment inquisitive minds want to know: Why is WEMECO & National Grid gouging rate payers for so much when the wholesale price of electricity and natural gas are both down more than 50 percent! And why does the name Enron keep coming to mind??

After we chat with Rich we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis – a community gathering to take heart–and inspire action and resilience—in response to worsening climate change. (Snow date: Thurs. Feb.5) Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St. (Nearest Parking Lots: on  Gothic St. behind police station and behind Thorne’s Market.)

Thursday, February 5, 6 to 8pm. Kinder Morgan Open House! Bring Stop the Pipeline signs and all your friends. Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. More info at: NoFrackedGasinMass.org

Monday, February 9, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St., Amherst. Come meet others who share your passion for climate justice and find out where you can plug in. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

Thursday, February 12, 12 pm-2pm.  Global Divestment Day Voices for Divestment rally at the Gardner Autorium, MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA. Hundreds of Global Divestment Day events are planned around the world to demand that governments, institutions, and individuals take action by divesting from oil, coal and gas companies. Also events throughout the day, including a carbon risk panel with financial experts from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, lobbying from 2 pm to 3 pm, and a high school student panel from 3 pm to 5 pm. Wear orange! More info at: www.facebook.com/events/1520630274863588/

Wedesday, February, 18, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. (Snow date:  Thurs. Feb. 19) * John Berkowitz, Northampton poet  (Saving—and Savoring—the World) * d.o., The Enviro Show    (Bad Atmosphere, Levellers Press) * Ben Grosscup, Greenfield singer/songwriter, coordinator of People’s Music Network

Thursday, February 19, 6-9pm NRC Meeting on Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT.  For info contact veronique@nukebusters.org.

Sunday, February 22, 3 pm. From No Nukes to No Pipeline: Protecting our Communities & Future. Announcing an anniversary screening of the classic film “Lovejoy’s Nuclear War” to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass. Arts Block Main Hall, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA

 

That is all for now except please remember to what?……….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. It’s back to the woods in 2015. Michael Kellett from Restore the North Woods and environmental writer Ellen Moyer join us to talk logging on public lands. As most Enviro Show fans know we are like a dog on a bone when it comes to protecting the trees, BUT some who fancy themselves friends of the planet have yet to connect the dots between the woods and the sky. More on that later, along with meeting the New Boss, the Fool-on-the-Hill and a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! It’s another listener recommended piece and yet another hunted hunts hunter story. O deer!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the Boston Globe serving up some bad news for the proposed Cape Wind project (you know, the right project in the wrong place!). Our guest Ellen Moyer’s recent blog post at HuffPo has some excellent suggestions regarding the Climate Crisis. Look HERE: more dirt on Kinder Morgan (we can’t recall when we last mentioned that KM grew directly out of the head of….Enron!). We just posted this on our Facebook page: Even though you froze your ass off recently, 2014 was the hottest year ever. And  this just in: The much anticipate Synapse “Low Gas Demand” analysis (complete with juiced up numbers!) is out and guess what!? It says yes, we need more fracked gas! We don’t think so!  More on that in our next show.

It looks like The New Boss giveth while he taketh away. Even while Obama vows to veto the deadly Keystone XL project his  Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell makes the bogus claim that local and statewide bans on fracking are the “wrong way to go” and based on a misunderstanding of science. We’re guessing she doesn’t mean CLIMATE SCIENCE! On a humorous note it appears at least one of her underlings does not agree. Righthand/Lefthand! Anyway, how about we let the Prez know we have his back on KXL?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is yet another multiple winner: The head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is going full bore (so to speak) to push passage of the doomed Keystone XL bill. We guess her concern for “Energy” outweighs her concern for “Resources”, you know, like the atmosphere? (OK, so the atmosphere isn’t really a resource but just try getting by without one that sustains life!).

Our Quote of the Week is a quiz. Who said: “To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.” ?  Leave your guess below in the comment box and win the coveted prize!

Finally, in our E-Valley-uation segment we remind you about our “To the Woods” page where seemingly endless links dwell; papers, studies and posts concerning the critical need to preserve forests & trees in the life & death struggle against climate chaos. We’ll be talking about this with our guests.

After our conversation with Ellen & Michael we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, January 13, 4:30 to 5:30. Rally to Reject the Keystone XL NOW will be held at the corner of King and Main Streets in front of the Northampton Courthouse. (A few hardy souls will join Dave Roitman at the Northampton end of the icy bridge originally planned for the action) in case press or ralliers show up, but we are moving the main action to the site of the weekly peace vigil. Please dress warmly. For more information, contact Dave Roitman at droitman1@verizon.net.

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. Snow date: March 19.

Thursday, January 22, 7 to 9pm. 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. North Quabbin Pipeline Action Public Meeting and Forum- What Next?- an opportunity to discuss the KM pipeline and actions for the upcomming weeks.
All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Northfield can impact a community and what can be done to stop it.
 Erving Senior- Community Center, Rte 63 (1 Care Drive, just north of the Erving Elementary School). More events at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/

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

Monday, January 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA meeting. TBA: Amherst Unitaritan Society or Northampton Unitarian Society. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

Thursday, February 5, 6 to 8pm. Kinder Morgan Open House!  Bring Stop the Pipeline signs and all your friends. Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. More info at: NoFrackedGas in Mass.org

 

That’s all for this week. Remember when you’re out there: Listen to Your Mother!