Archive for July, 2015

 

ProtectWildGreetings 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 rachel@valleyfreeradio.org 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 91 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 @gmail.com 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!

 

stageGreetings Earthlings. [UPDATE: This show is HERE] The struggle against Kinder Morgan’s proposed NED fracked gas pipeline here in Western Mass is’t just about writing letters to politicians, attending hearings and standing around with placards chanting “We don’ need no stinking pipeline!!”. There are also artful approaches to kickin’ KM’s corporate butt! Gus Ganley and Lindsay Swan of Children of the Wild Ensemble Theater join us and our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson in the studio to get creative about stopping this bogus project. Our own d.o. may be up for a bit of spoken word as well, but then again he’s always speaking words on the show, no? As usual, we’ll be taking you on a visit to the Fool-on-the-hill and to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe do some Breaking News as well, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Going for a hike? Stay off the beaver’s lodge!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Exxon funded, Mississippi Repugnican senator Roger Wicker, who cast the single no vote earlier this year against a symbolic “sense of the Senate” resolution that climate change was real and not a hoax. The resolution passed 98-1. Wicker, who received $14,000 from Exxon, voted no. Of course the vote was simply more smoke & mirrors from the Land of Make Believe. The sense of the Senate……wait! “sense?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha……(O, sorry) the document also stated the Climate Crisis was not human caused. So much for common ol’ sense.

Time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:  “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.”    ― Kahlil Gibran

In our E-Valley-uation segment we once again put out the call: ALL OUT! for the FERC Scoping session on the environmental aspects of Kinder Morgan’s proposed NED fracked gas pipeline aimed straight at the heart of our Valley. It’s Wednesday, July 29, 6pm at the Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. Bring family & friends, signs & more noise! We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline!! Also this: Congrats to Bill Gibson of Springfield for getting a special “DEP hot line” to call night or day about toxic odors from the Solutia/Eastman plant. Bill reports: “DEP sends a representative to meet with the reporting folks and witness the smell, every time they call…..again, day or night. Now……the smells have stopped! We had hoped to “catch” Solutia/Eastman with DEP air monitors and perhaps see them fined along with some negative media coverage. My sense is that Solutia/Eastman now knows that DEP is involved, and they have ceased releasing toxins.” 

Breaking News time! Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concluded that Maine should not enter into contracts to purchase gas pipeline capacity because the costs of doing so would outweigh the benefits to Mainers! Massachusetts DPU, are you listening? Also this: James Hansen’s latest study spells bad news for coastal cities. To the hills!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we hear from Grist that Big Organic farming has some greenhouse gas issues. All the more reason to keep at your gardening (and to frequent the farmers market). And this: There are only 57 Javan Rhinos left in the wild. Better have a look HERE.  Speaking of critters in trouble, it’s time the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listed the Monarch Butterfly. Go HERE to tell them, please! Look: the Monsanto Protection Act is baaaaack (and worse than ever). Finally, we echo the Union Leader in the Live free or Die state: It seems Kinder Morgan has shrunk the size of its proposed NED fracked gas pipeline (maybe ‘cuz their outlook keeps shrinking). Read about all about it!

After we get all arty with Gus, Lindsay & Tom it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Water Chestnut Pull. Barton Cove Campground & Canoe, 82 French King Highway, Gill, MA For ages 10 and older FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960 Help save the Connecticut River from an alien invader! This is a great opportunity to get on the water and have some fun… all for a good cause. 

Thursday, July 23, 6pm – 8pm. Springfield Climate Justice Coalition public meeting. Wesley United Methodist Church, Springfield. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/416860505187782//

Sunday, July 26, 4pm. Concert—–6 PM Potluck. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron in Concert kicking off the Gotta Lotta Nerve Tour. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield. Limited Space, RSVP: 609-560-9493 or 413-325-8417, lturowsky@gmail.com, Reserve seat with check to Tom Neilson, c/o Lisa Turowsky, 729 Colrain Rd Greenfield 01301 Suggested Donation $10 – 15

Sunday, July 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm“Our Lives on the Line” Rally and Vigil. Dedham & West Roxbury. 3:00 pm Worship Across the Pipeline with local clergy (Gonzalez Field, 500 High Street, Dedham). 4:00 Rally with local elected officials (at Gonzalez Field). 4:30 Walk to Dedham-West Roxbury/Boston City Line: Hands Across our border at 5530 Washington Street, West Roxbury. Come join the residents of our communities that are opposed to the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Go to: ResistThePipeline.org

Monday, July 27, 7pm – 9pm. Next Climate Action NOW/350 MASS Monthly Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Rd., Pittsfield, MA.  Bring family & friends, signs & noise! Call: (413) 448-9600

Wednesday, July 29, 5:30pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA Bring family & friends, signs & more noise! We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline!!
Thursday, July 30, 9:00am. Evil…er..Eversource has scheduled an herbicide application demonstration at the pull off on Shutesbury Rd. in Leverett where the power lines crosses the road. The location is just a little way up Shutesbury Road towards Shutesbury from the Shutesbury and Cushman roads intersection. This demonstration is the result of some resident concerns about the herbicide application that were expressed at a recent Selectboard meeting. All Leverett residents are welcome.

Thursday, July 30, 10:45am – 1:45pm. Soak Up the Sun Rally for Solar! 350 Mass is joining with our allies and calling on state officials to take action. Meet us at 10:45 AM for a rally in front of the State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston (Bulfinch Entrance on Beacon Street, overlooking Boston Common). Then, we’ll go into the State House to meet with legislators and their staff. The theme of the rally is “beach party,” so bring your beach gear: towels, inflatable beach balls, beach umbrellas, etc. RSVP here.

Saturday August 8, 2015 from 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.

Sunday, August 91 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 @gmail.com for more info.

 

 

 

That is all for now. Remember, while you’re out & about listen to your Mother, OK?