Archive for November, 2015

smallCriticalMass-KatrinaGreetings Earthlings. We return to the Climate Crisis yet again (not that we or it ever left) with guests from Climate Action Now! MA and the Hampshire Climate Justice League in the studio. The upcoming COP 21 Paris Climate Conference is supposed to be the long awaited breakthrough that will set the world on course to deal with…..well, the END OF THE WORLD! (Sorry….the end of the world as we know it, OK?). All that and way more, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Cats takeover stage at the G20! Take that, corporados!

Our Broken News segment is a good news segment, in case you missed it Massachusetts favorite Attorney General Maura Healey released that Regional Electric Reliability Options Study  which confirms what many of us have been saying regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan facked gas pipeline. “The Study found that, under existing market conditions (status quo), there is no electric sector reliability deficiency through 2030, and that no additional pipeline gas capacity is needed to meet electric reliability needs.” Got that? Of course, the fossil fools over at Kinder Morgan say the study is flawed but we know that old dodge, it’s called transference. Having said that, how far is our favorite AG willing to go with this resistance? Will she challenge the corporate captured agency FERC and their shoddy record of allowing for profit corporate money schemes to trash communities and the planet? Ask her!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we are pleased to pass on info on yet another successful anti-fracked gas pipeline protest, this one over in  the Hudson Valley where Spectra’s AIM fracked gas pipeline is beginning to tear up the planet. Property owner Nancy Vann will have none of it. Her lone protest has grown to include others who share her concern. To lend a hand go here on Facebook or go here. Speaking of challenging the Fossil Fools, will a federal judge allow Big Oil to throw children out of the courtroom because they’re concerned about the future of the planet? And, speaking of the planet, will the suits at the COP21 continue to allow tree plantations to be included along with natural forests in their carbon capture accounting? Stay tuned! Also, Grist tells us Climate scientists the University of California, Irvine drew on 40 years of satellite data and aerial surveys to show that the enormous Zachariae Isstrom glacier in Greenland began to recede three times faster from 2012. An article in Science magazine revealed the area of the glacier’s floating shelf shrank by a massive 95 percent and has now become detached from a stabilizing sill losing ice at a rate of 4.5 billion tons a year. Now, shall we play Tom Neilson’s “Where Greenfield Used to Be“? Let’s wrap this segment up with some good news, OK? Ready? Another nasty oil pipeline project down the tubes! Trudeau goes thumbs down on Northern Gateway.

We have a Fool-on-the-Hill! Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House “Science” Committee accused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of “publicizing” his demand for the internal emails of agency scientists and officials. The science committee’s modus operandi is similar to the Benghazi committee’s — sweeping, catchall investigations, with no specific allegations of wrongdoing or clear rationale, searching through private documents for out-of-context bits and pieces to leak to the press, hoping to gain short-term political advantage. Wait! Leak to the press, as in publicizing? Where did we hear that? Just now?

Our Quote of the Week comes from one of our favorite Enviro Show guests: “Right now, in the amazing moment that to us counts as the present, we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.” ― Elizabeth Kolbert

Time to Meet the New Boss! Maybe it’s not Obama’s fault? Maybe he was too busy to see Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental “Protection” Agency get all cozy with biomass incineration in their so-called Clean Power Plans. Bad enough they’re giving fracking a pass. Didn’t they get the memo on the biomess??


After the conversation with our guests we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:



Tuesday, December 1, 6pm. Do you have questions or concerns about the proposed gas pipeline? Come to a roundtable of activists & experts at the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. Call: 413-665-2642 or go to


Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm. Massachusetts Climate Action Tool Webinar. Morrill Science Center, Room: 134, UMass Amherst Campus. Go to:


Wednesday, December 2, 4:30PM. WORLD ON EDGE: WAR & PEACE IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE ERA. Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace & World Security Studies, at Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Amherst, MA.
Free and Open to the Public.

Saturday, December 5, 7:00pm. Screening of “Promised Land” at First Parish Unitarian Church, Northfield, MA. Bring a snack and a friend; sit back and enjoy the show! Info at:


Saturday, December 12, 1 to 3PM. Rally to Defend New England’s Future! Mass mobilization for local solutions to the global Climate Crisis. On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. Website here:



Saturday, December 19 All Day +: The Billion People March





Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm.   Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information. Hope to see you there!


Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 (EXCEPT Nov. 26). Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074


Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.




 OK, that’s it for now. We may as well go out with Tom’s song. Pleeeeeeze remember to listen to your Mother, OK?


Pay the Piper Enviro Show

Posted: November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

paypiperGreetings Earthlings. Every now and then we stop ranting about the state of the ecosphere and ask you to help us carry on. Now we are going to rant about the state of the planet AND ask you to support The Enviro Show and Valley Free Radio! This year we have a matching grant so if we hit the $10,000 mark during our show on Tuesday, 6 to 7pm the Fall Fund Drive will be over and we’ll all go back to hearing our favorite shows without all the badgering, OK? Deal? Why not just call in to the show on Tuesday between 6 and 7pm at 413-584-1160 and make your BIG pledge. That would work! OK? Meanwhile we’ll carry on with the blog as if nothing happened, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! The tables turn on another big game hunter. Maybe find a new vocation?

Broken News Alert!  No doubt you’ve heard Keystone XL isn’t going anywhere. After Shell pulled out from Alberta recently we wondered if the writing was on the wall for the Fossil Fools. Now that Obama has nixed KXL it appears Big Oil is in deep shit. The good news is that it’s getting deeper. The proposed Down East LNG port is being put on hold. Hey, maybe it’ll tank! (sorry).

On the other hand, the New Boss also has something to do with THIS. His Environmental Protection? Agency has come out with a highly flawed draft assessment on fracking and landowners from around the country are not pleased. And, of course, neither are we!

A little E-Valley-uation here. Remember when we had ongoing reports from Amherst resident David Kroodsma on the road during his Ride for Climate? Now, from Shutesbury, Peter Corbett is doing a “1 Wheel of Democracy 4 All” unicycle ride to DC for Bernie. We hope to get a call-in from Peter on the show. Stay tuned! (and don’t forget to support VFR!). And this clip from GCTV: Grow wheat/Stop the Pipeline!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill seems stuck to our blog like wet toilet paper. Yes, it’s Marco Rubio who, after Obama’s KXL announcement, tweeted: “When I’m president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama’s backwards energy policies will come to an end.” Backwards?? We guess Marco wants to back into gooey tar sands. How…um…forward thinking?


We have good news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber: Barron’s reports Kinder Morgan’s stock could fall another 20%! It just keeps getting better. How about this headline: “Business owners in Anderson County, SC suing Kinder Morgan” Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus (do it for the bears, OK?).

Here’s our very apropos Quote of the Week: “There is one sure way that you can send a signal to this radio station that you like this program, and that you want them to continue running this program, and that is to call right now. …. Not later, not in an hour, during that other show that comes after us.”  – Ira Glass


On to the Bus Stop Billboard!

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.


Saturday, November 14 thru Wednesday, November 18. Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination !  The United States is negotiating three massive international treaties–the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade-in-Services Agreement (TiSA). These deals are crafted in secret by multinational corporations and big bankers for their own benefit at our expense. They will expand global corporate rule, harming the planet and people everywhere, and destroying democracy. From November 14 to 18, 2015, people will converge on Washington, DC to demand that the United States drop these deals and create, in a transparent and democratic way, alternative international agreements that put people and the planet first. Go to:

Tuesday, November 17, 12:00pm. Utility companies like National Grid and Eversource Energy are the targets of state legislation to be heard on Tuesday, November 17 in the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Gas leaks reform advocates will rally outside prior to the hearing. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Go to:


Saturday, November 21, 11am in 2pm. “Movement of Movements Art Build” . Join us on 11/21 to create posters, fliers, banners, puppets, signs, masks, and more that will lead directly into the 12/12 day of action and beyond, as our movement grows. To ARTticulate our message, to engage a wider base of people, and to directly support the growth of an unstoppable peoples movement in New England, join us for the creation of some radical arrrrt on 11/21 in the Dakin/Merrill quad, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. More here


Monday, November 23, 9:00am. Defying The Death of A Forest: Support Danny Factor’s Act of Conscience at his trial at Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford. Please support Danny by attending and letting others know about it. Go to:


Monday, November 23, 7-9pm. Climate Action Now Meets at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street (on a bus line and handicap accessible). Come and help us to create and build an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice. We will be celebrating the demise of the KXL Pipeline with cake and commentary. Hear the latest and get involved in our upcoming actions and ongoing campaigns.   Everyone warmly welcomed to join us, to become a part of our community and to add your voice and vision to our work. Go to:


Sunday, November 29, 11am. People’s Climate March in Boston. March from Harvard Square to Boston Common.  Meet at the plaza near Au BonPain. We will march in solidarity with the people of the planet along Mass. Ave., over the Longfellow Bridge, then down Charles Street to Boston Common opposite the State House. Send a message to the world leaders meeting in Paris for climate action! Keep fossil fuels in the ground. *Finance an equitable transition to green, renewable, green  energy! *Put a  price on carbon. We need real domestic action in the United States. * RSVP and spread the word!


Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email:


Sunday, November 29, 6pm. Global Climate March! There will be 2 candle-light vigils imploring world leaders to take leadership in the struggle to fight climate disruption, global warming and all the suffering they cause. They will be held in Northampton at the corner of Main and King Streets and in Amherst on the Common. Demand an end to carbon emissions and a bold and binding agreement at the Paris Climate Talks! Go to:

Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm. Massachusetts Climate Action Tool Webinar. Morrill Science Center, Room: 134, UMass Amherst Campus. Go to:



Saturday, December 12, 1 to 3PM. Rally to Defend New England’s Future! Mass mobilization for local solutions to the global Climate Crisis. On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. We envision a movement that unites us all, and we will lift up the voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups as we call for jobs, justice and climate action together. Website here:



OK, that’s enough. We’ll be back soon but until them please remember to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!