Greetings 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!