Greetings 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 email@example.com.
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!!