Archive for March, 2015

StopFercusGreetings Earthlings. Have you always wanted to runaway to the circus? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you! You can join up with hundreds of other like-minded folks and runaway to the FERCus. It’s like the circus, only more freaky! Jimmy Betts of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE)  and Rosemary at NoFrackedGasinMass join us for a peak into the worst sideshow on Earth! (that being the corporate captive Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission) and the upcoming action in May!  We’ll do that as well as take you on a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill, to Meet the New Boss and more but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! It’s Magpie swooping season Down Under and far too many two-leggeds are seemingly clueless……but not for long!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week was captured on national television in full climate denial mode……..O, and he wants to be President. Breakout your tin-foil hats, Enviro Show fans ‘cuz, it’s the Texas bred, Canadian born frat boy from Hell, Ted Cruz who keeps careful tabs on satellites that tell him there’s no Climate Crisis.

We have a bit of E-Valley-uation to pass on here: one of our favorite legal beagles, Christobal Bonifaz is going after those outrageous electrical rate hikes. The Greenfield Recorder reports that, “Bonifaz, a Conway lawyer representing the town of Deerfield and some of its residents in their fight to stop the pipeline from passing through town, has sent a letter to Attorney General Maura Healey requesting a formal investigation into the winter electric price hike.” You know, the bogus rate hikes allegedly prompted by a “shortage” of fracked gas infrastructure? We celebrate the anniversary of 1st U.S. town completely illuminated by electric lighting in 1880 by wishing AG Healey happy hunting and passing on some revealing data from David Keith.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we celebrate FERC Ringmaster, Cheryl LaFleur’s descent from the FERCus!! Also, we echo our previous warnings concerning all the focus on the Keystone XL pipeline with this piece from Common Dreams. KXL is just one of many and 350.org needs to repeatedly make that clear. In fact, Enbridge 61 appears to be even worse! How about a little good news? It looks like FEMA is about to do something right! Deny funds to Climate Crisis denying Govs! Speaking of climate denying governors, remember last time we got into Florida’s weird Gov. Scott and his gag order on saying the words “global warming” or “climate change”? Well, they actually busted someone for that thought crime. Read all about it!  Finally, about the drought? In California? Suppose we told you greedy corporados like Nestle are still sucking water out of our National Forests even as critters are dying of thirst and the greens are going dry!

Time to Meet the New Boss who, as far as we know, still supports the disastrous TPP trade deal. Checkout what ace consumer advocate Ralph Nader has to say in the wake of recent Wiki Leaks here.

After our conversation with Rose & Jimmy we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: http://pipelinepilgrimage.org/logistics/  to find out when they’ll be near your town.

Monday, April 6, 7pm. Kevin Kamps will make a presentation on nuclear waste management and dry cask storage, hosted by the Safe & Green Campaign at the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro. Few topics are more important for our future, and future generations, than what to do with the radioactive waste generated by VT Yankee. Kevin serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 7, 11am to 5pm. Divestment Actions and Lobby Days. Please make an appointment with your legislators for a meeting. If you’d like to be involved in the planning, email Darcy DuMont, dumont140@yahoo.comRSVP here

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm. National Stand Up for Transportation Day! GCC Main Street Campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Russ Fisher 413-512-1762, TJusticeFC@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 9, 7pm. Screening of “GMO OMG!” at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. Contact # is 413-522-4616

Friday, April 10. All Day is Becquerels Awareness Day ! BECQUEREL AWARENESS FOR FOOD SAFETY! URGENT! CONSUMERS to WYDEN & OBAMA: “Block Fast Track of TPP NOW!” The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a classified, secret trade agreement that will allow more radioactive food from Japan to enter the U.S. Senator Wyden of Oregon is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and will decide whether to Fast Track the TPP as soon as April 13th! Tell him NO! to Fast Track and that the FDA radiation levels in the U.S. food supply are by far the highest in the world and must be lowered. Call Senator Wyden at 202-224-5244 / President Obama 202-456-1111. Learn more at www.FFAN.us,

Sunday, April 12, 2 to 4pm. Screening of “Gasland II – The Dangers of Fracking” Join us at the Arise office on 467 State St in Springfield for a free screening of GASLAND PART II! This is one of a series of events during Public Health Month to raise awareness of, and participation in, the growing Springfield climate justice movement!

Sunday, April 19, 2:30pm. Earth Day Walk & Rally for Climate Justice. This family-friendly, festive march and rally in Springfield will bring together diverse communities of race, class, and color as we call upon the mayor of Springfield to support a climate action plan for the city.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details! Organized by Campaign Nonviolence and Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Email: George@arisespringfield.org

Sun, April 19, 10am – 3pm. SHOUT Heard Round the World Rolling Rally. Walk or bike along Paul Revere’s route to help sound the alarm or just join us at the end rally where there will be music, speakers, theater, and information about opportunities to act! Let Patriots’ Day, once again, be the start of something revolutionary. Let it again inspire a new vision of what the world can be. Start at Bunker Hill Monument (43 Monument Sq, Charlestown); end at Old North Bridge in Concord, MA  Go to: http://shoutroc.org/

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at http://www.FrackFreeNation.org

Thursday, April 23, 7pm. No. Quabbin Pipeline Action will be hosting their April meeting in Montague in conjunction with the Montague pipeline group at the Montague Public Safety building (180 Turnpike Rd.).  The meeting, to address updates regarding the anti-pipeline struggle, will begin at 7 pm.  However, those unfamiliar with the issue are invited to arrive earlier, at 6:45pm, to learn some of the background regarding the fight.  All Franklin County, but especially Montague residents are welcome to attend.

April 24 – 26. Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA. The Summit is designed to bring together representatives from a wide range of organizations, networks and groups so that we can have the broadest possible input and collaboration as we figure out the next steps for building a broad based and inclusive climate movement. Go to: 350vermont.org/necos/

Monday, April 27, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. 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. Info on location, etc.: info@climateactionnowma.org

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

OK, that’s enough of that. Move along. Nothing to see here BUT remember to do what? Right. Listen to your Mother!

 

recyclemeatGreetings Earthlings. Are you into recycling? How about being recycled yourself after your expiration date? It’s not Soylent Green but it’s close enough! Katrina Spade, Founder and Director of the Urban Death Project joins us to talk End Times. As always, we bring you along for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! If you’re considering burial instead of being composted when your number’s called take a look at this! Crab drags snooping human’s toy underground.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Whom Grist refers to as “a far-right, coal-country, climate-denying conservative of the old school.” We’ll just stick with calling him a fool. Why? How about this: His amendment to the Science Advisory Board bill in Congress dictates “when considering what to do about carbon pollution, EPA may not consider what America’s best scientists have concluded about it, what an international panel of scientists has concluded about it, how the federal government has officially recommended calculating its value, or the most comprehensive solutions for it.”

Time once again to Meet the New Boss! While his speechifying in Selma was an unqualified success we’re sorry to report that the New Boss dropped the ball on protecting us from exploding rail cars full of planet trashing oil. You might say our national energy policy has gone….off the rails? That also applies to Obama’s so-called Environmental Protection Agency where burning down forests for energy is still on the front burner.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we honor the Celts during St. Patrick’s Day with this link to another Enviro Show on the Emerald Isle.  And this: the Women’s Council on Energy & Environment awards industry-captured agency FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur “Woman of the Year”? (we thought it was time for a little levity). Then it’s on to this eye-opening report [Pdf] from Obama’s Dept. of Energy with some key findings regarding certain proposed fracked gas pipelines: 1)Diverse sources of natural gas supply and demand will reduce the need for additional interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure; and 2) Higher utilization of existing interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure will reduce the need for new pipelines. Are you listening Kinder Morgan? Spectra? Speaking of  gas pipelines, are you headed over to the Boston metro area any time soon? Maybe you’ll want to have a streetview look at those leaking gas pipes first? And this from our Dept. of Lame-ass Ideas: Washington Repugs and their enablers out west want to sell off our National Parks! Here’s this week’s Blog Bonus Action Link. Save the Long-eared Bats! Remember awhile back we criticized the New York Times for discontinuing their Environment section? We are happy to report that the UK’s Guardian is decidedly NOT on the same page!

We’ve got a bit of E-Valley-uation for you here. While local coverage of Direct Action Everywhere left, well…a little to be desired you can go here for the bigger picture. Once again we’re asking: What will future generations say about us eating meat?

After our conversation with Katrina we move along to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, March 20, 7 to 9pm. Rachel Laitman, a gifted young songwriter with a beautiful voice is doing a Benefit Concert for No Fracked Gas in Mass at the  Cummington Congregational Church, 27 West Main Street, Cummington, MA. Email: nofrackedgasinmass@gmail.com

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 to 5pm. Nonviolent direct action and affinity group building workshop. This training will cover the history of nonviolent direct action, introduce some of the roles and skills needed to carry out direct actions and prepare people to organize affinity groups to carry out actions. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford, ConnecticutPre-registration email: nick@fangtogether.org

Monday, March 23, Noon. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will be hosting Paratransit Riders Meeting as an opportunity for individuals to voice any comments, suggestions, or concerns to PVTA staff at the Northampton Senior Center, 60 Conz Street, Northampton. Call (413) 781-6045

Monday, March 23, 6:00pm. Gas Leaks Campaign Kickoff Meeting. Nate Smith House on corner of Lamartine and Paul Gore in Jamaica Plain, MA. Contact Judy, Boston Climate Action Network, (617) 522-9713;  judyarmenia@verizon.net

Monday, March. 24, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now!MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email:  climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 25 thru Saturday, May 2. Springfield Climate Justice Workshops. North End Organizing Network Office, Gerena School, 3018 Main Street, Springfield, MA. Call for details: 413-732-3229 or 413-531-9915

Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 9pm. NDCAP Meeting at Multi-Purpose Room, Brattleboro Union High School, Fairgrounds Rd., Brattleboro. Let’s keep the public pressure on to keep the “Citizen” in Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, March 28, 1 to 2:30pm an author signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” will be held at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show,  d.o. marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown (he’ll mark your copy of his book also).

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: pipelinepilgrimage.org/

Monday, April 6, 7pm.  Kevin Kamps will make a presentation on nuclear waste management and dry cask storage, hosted by the Safe & Green Campaign at the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro. Few topics are more important for our future, and future generations, than what to do with the radioactive waste generated by VT Yankee. Kevin serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm. National Stand Up for Transportation Day!  GCC Main Street Campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Russ Fisher 413-512-1762, TJusticeFC@comcast.net.

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at www.FrackFreeNation.org

April 24 – 26. Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA. Go to: 350vermont.org/necos/

 

We’ve got a major mass action at FERC coming up in May. More on that on our next show. Until then remember, listen to your Mother, got it?