Greetings 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.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 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 @gmail.com for more info.
That is all for now. Remember, while you’re out & about listen to your Mother, OK?