Greetings Earthlings. Are you concerned things are getting a bit too tame these days? OK, define yur’ terms: tame as in less of the Wild around us, got it? Tom Butler returns to the show to talk about “Protecting the Wild – Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation”. Also, we delve into the recent FERC Attack on Western Mass in our E-Valley-uation segment and take you to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Sharks protest Global Warming?
We Meet the New Boss as he “inches closer to disaster” in approving Shell’s oil drilling folly in the Chukchi Sea. We’ve gotta wonder what the New Boss is thinking given his alleged concern about the Climate Crisis. Obama’s legacy can be measured in inches too: it’s inches from tanking. O, and not to forget, Obama’s Environmental “Protection Agency” (EPA) recently recently stated that power plants across the United States can burn trees, tires, trash, plastic, and call it clean energy. You might want to talk to them about that here.
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Jeff Duncan (Repugnican-SC) who argued on the Hill recently that fossil fuels have made life better for mankind — and that the social costs associated with global warming have been shown to benefit humans rather than harm them. Good to know,…..right? “Fossil fuels have dramatically improved the lives of human beings,” Duncan said. “Man does better when it’s warmer. It got colder, we had the Bubonic plague. [Fossil fuels] ought to be the standard.” Well, OK Jeff, it actually IS the standard. Haven’t you noticed how that’s going?
In our E-Valley-uation segment we do a re-do of the FERC Scoping session in Greenfield on Wednesday and point you toward the Environmental Defense Fund’s study on all the methane leaks in fracked gas infrastructure d.o. referenced in his….what? short pithy testimony? 80 BILLION cubic feet wafting up into the atmosphere, and that’s NOT counting pipeline leaks and explosions!! Now it’s on to the next venues: Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA and Wednesday, August 5, 7p.m. at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA. Bring those signs & banners and your friends and neighbors!
We have…Breaking News! We have some good breaking news for you: Franklin County Residents Sue Corporate America in an Attempt to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipe Dream! Also, some folks think yesterday’s release of the Obama Administration’s clean power plan is good news but Grist points out: “..the new rule hasn’t closed a loophole for natural gas. The rule considers only carbon emitted directly from power plants, but doesn’t factor in methane leakage in the production and transportation of natural gas. That could encourage utilities to switch from coal to gas instead of to renewables, even though gas might not be better for the climate over its whole life cycle. The administration addressed this concern to some extent with incentives in the final version to switch specifically to renewables. There are other green concerns about the rule’s details. For example, it allows nuclear energy to count as clean..” Others complain the plan is playing with numbers and, of course, emissions trading is in there along with biomass (albeit qualified).
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is another gem from the Pope:
“Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention.”
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have this from Politico: The Holes in Clinton’s Climate Plan. “Does Hillary Clinton support or oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Or Arctic offshore drilling? Or tougher restrictions on fracking? Or the oil industry’s push to lift the 1970s ban on exporting U.S. crude oil? Clinton avoided all those questions [recently].” Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle the Repugs attacks on endangered species are up 600%. Way to go, enemies of the planet! Some potential good news for the bats here. Scientists may have found an antidote for that horrendous White-Nose syndrome. Stay tuned! Finally, there’s something you can do to help prevent future outrages like the bogus trophy hunt of Cecil the Lion. Go here.
After our conversation with Tom we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium 96 Valentine Road Pittsfield, MA. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA. We can use our rally and this hearing to tell Governor Baker that Western Mass says no to the pipeline! Bring signs, songs & friends. Pass it on.
Thursday, August 6, 7pm. Valley Free Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration! We’ll have live music from Eva Cappelli and Friends of VFR, free food, a cash bar, door prizes, and a raffle. Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet your favorite VFR DJs and mingle with the folks who started the station. Thirteenth Floor Music Lounge Upstairs at JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St. Florence, MA. All ages. Suggested donation $10 in advance, $20 at the door. E-mail email@example.com to register without making a donation.
Saturday August 8, 9:30-10:30am. Annual Citizens Awareness Network meeting. CAN annual meeting with an update from Deb Katz on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Chris WIlliams on Entergy Independent Vermont, Claire Chang solar actions and Amy Shollenberger on Montpelier: A Year in Review. Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA. AND: 11am. East Meets West: Making Massachusetts Nuclear Free. GCTV, 393 Main St, Greenfield, MA. CAN is organizing this forum to unite forces in Massachusetts to shutter the Pilgrim reactor and replace its power with sustainable energy solutions.
Sunday, August 9, 1 to 2pm. Community Peace Gathering 70th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. First Congregational Church in Amherst, 165 Main Street. Songs, perspectives on peace and Prayers for Peace. Sponsors: Peacebuilders of First Church and Grace Church Peace Fellowship. Contact Katie Tolles at 259-1357 or tolleskatie @ for more info.
Monday, August 10 , 6-8pm. The First Pipeline Procession. Children of the Wild and PLAN-NE (Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast) invite you to take part in a journey through the Wastelands of our own grief, darkness, and despair into the Wilds of imagination, hope, and sufficiency that lie within. United in story and song, audience and performers will hike from a designated location to a site directly in the proposed market path of the Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline to experience a shared world of ecological and poetic understanding. Bring hiking boots. Rain or shine. Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. West Cummington Congregational Church, 27 West Main Street, West Cummington, MA.
Monday, August 17, 6-8pm. Second Pipeline Procession, 421 Beldingville Road. Ashfield, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm. Third Pipeline Procession. Woolman Hill Retreat Center, 107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA. With an Introduction to Nonviolent Direct Action 3-5pm. and Potluck Dinner 5-6pm. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Saturday, September 5 , 5-7pm. Fourth Pipeline Procession. Montague Plains, Montague, MA. We’ll be there! Details forthcoming. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Tuesday, September 8. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has decided to organize a long-term, water-only “No New Permits Fast” this September in front of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We are undertaking this action in support of the call in Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” for action on the climate crisis. September 8, the day after Labor Day, and go until the end of September, until after Pope Francis has ended his six-day trip to the United States. Go to: beyondextremeenergy.org/details-of-the-fast/
Sunday, September 13, 5-7pm. Fifth Pipeline Procession. Richardson Conservation area, Northfield, MA. Details forthcoming. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Sunday, September 20, 5-7pm. Sixth Pipeline Procession. Pulpit Falls, Winchester, NH. Details forthcoming. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:20am the Pope will address a joint session of Congress in Washington. After the address, we will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for a Rally for the Climate and a Just Economy. We’ll rally for our one Earth, one humanity, one living biosphere, and to recognize that all are experiencing one crisis. In addition to exciting performers and inspiring speakers from a variety of perspectives – climate justice, faith, science, labor and economic justice – we’ll celebrate the power of a people awake to the danger and the opportunity of this moment. Go to: moralactiononclimate.org
That’s all, folks! Remember to….what? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!