Archive for December, 2015

 

FERCNoWorkNew Years Greetings Earthlings. Are we ready for another year at the FERCus? (That’s the Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission, you may recall). Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns with a crash course in becoming an intervenor against the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline. You have until 5pm, January 15, 2016 to file for intervenor status with this corporate captured agency. Yes, it’s another chance to give them a piece of your mind and do some monkeying around. That and some of our usual shenanigans such as a trip to see The-Fool-on-the-Hill and ramble around The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! We absolutely love this one: Mountain Lion attacks pipeline crew! (just one more reason to stop building new pipelines, fossil fools!).

We couldn’t resist going for this Fool-Not-on-the-Hill……yet. Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55 (who operated a dance studio  for 34 years and also worked for oilfield equipment companies)  has thrown her tinfoil hat into the ring running for Louisiana’s open 6th Congressional District seat. Whitney has a YouTube campaign video in which, The Washington Post reports, “Whitney gleefully and confidently asserts that the theory of global warming is the “greatest deception in the history of mankind” and that “any 10-year-old” can disprove it with a simple household thermometer.”  You can see the video here. We figure all those years running a dance studio gave Lenar a leg up on climate science, yes? The Post goes on to report Whitney “cites Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) as a political role model, and takes kindly to the nickname ‘Palin of the South.’ ”  That works!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from our State Senator: “Policy makers are driving us to a green energy future. … Regulators are rooted in energy systems and an energy construct of the past.” – Sen. Stan Rosenberg.  OK, policy makers, (wait, isn’t Stan a policy maker?) get ‘er done!

It’s hard to know where to begin in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber given the number of environmental catastrophes crowding the headlines so we’ll just grab one that’s a investigative follow-up on the last show, LA Weekly’s take on the greatest fossil fools disaster since the BP trashed the Gulf of Mexico. Remember the name Porter Ranch. “The Aliso Canyon leak has increased the state’s methane emissions by 21 percent. As of now, 2.3 percent of the state’s entire carbon footprint is coming from one hole in the ground above Porter Ranch.” It was preventable. Then we have the New Normal putting the lie to terms like “freak storm” aimed at Iceland and the UK where folks are just now recovering from the “record level” storms of a few days ago.  Meanwhile, in South America some countries are experiencing “the worst floods in 50 years” (that is until the next floods in a few years) and the middle of the U.S., during the hottest year ever, are hammered by twice as many tornados lasting far longer than usual while we in the Northeast see the thermometer hit 70 on Christmas Day. How’s THAT for a weather report? Try THIS!  Moving on from the…..um..weather report?, we take you to this week’s Epic Fail Alert! New pipelines worse than old ones. Surprise!

 

We have Broken News! Thanks to The Good Green Witch for replaying this piece from last January (something we missed the  first time around). The headline says it all: “Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’”. So which boundaries are we talking about? “They are the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean.’What the science has shown is that human activities — economic growth, technology, consumption — are destabilizing the global environment,’ said Will Steffen, who holds appointments at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center and is the lead author of the paper [published in the journal Science].” AND we have Breaking News! This just in: the Conservation Law Foundation is appealing to Supreme Judicial Court on the Baker Administration’s lack of real action on our Global Warming Solutions Act.

 

Finally, we have some E-Valley-uation of TGP’s response on Wednesday to FERC regarding their determination earlier this month that parts of TGP’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline were incomplete. Actually, TGP’s response was…..also incomplete! Be that as it may, The Greenfield Recorder reports “The filing also said TGP will comply with all national and state regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, including the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and noted that increased use of natural gas would offset dirtier fuel sources like oil and coal. It said the project would be closely monitored for leaks and other problems throughout the year.” Wait, we thought FERC “doesn’t do warming”! Anyway, there may be more leaks in that statement than in all their leaky pipelines. You can bet we’ll get into that with Rosemary Wessel on the show.

 

After our interview with Rosemary we take you over to the Bust Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, January 16, 11am. “Grow Solar in MA – Pass a Better Bill” vigil at 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, near the parking lot entrance to Congregation B’nai Israel.  The reason is that 5 legislators will be there for the legislative luncheon – Stan Rosenberg, Ellen Story, Ben Downing, Peter Kokut, and Steve Kulik.  We want these 5 legislators to encourage development of solar power in Massachusetts which a current bill does NOT do.

 

 

January 16 to 18, All Day. MLK Walk to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Contact Hattie at hattieshalom@verizon.net or cal 978- 790-3074. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/872059092913565/permalink/872059382913536/

 

Sunday, January 17,12 pm and 4 pm. “Destination Tar Sands.” DeAnne and Chris Riddle will talk about their fact-finding trip to the Tar Sands of Alberta, including an aerial movie. Learn about the devastation they witnessed and their conversations with workers and residents. Grace Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Spring Street, Amherst. Call 549-7526.

 

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30pm. PUBLIC HEARING ON THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF PALMER RENEWABLE ENERGY’S PROPOSED BIOMASS PLANT. Central High School, Springfield, Ma. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/194194707598339/
Contact: Michaelann Bewsee, Arise for Social Justice, 734-4948

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. Taking Steps to a Renewable Future. 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Email: bobbady@gmail.com

 

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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. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

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, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. 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 the opening days of 2016. Remember to make a real New Years resolution to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

wsolsticeGreetings Earthlings. It’s that time of year once more when we reclaim our Pagan roots. The Good Green Witch returns to speak of The Return of the Light and we entertain you with some sounds to light up your imagination. Plus, as always, we take you to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to hear our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Our nation’s symbol goes after The Don!  Somebody has to!

We Meet the New Boss in the immediate wake of all that COP21 happy talk signing off on lifting the decades old ban on crude oil exports. Thanks Boss! You just kicked your legacy to the curb. So much for “energy independence” and all that talk about leaving some of it in the ground. Now Big Oil can sell off all the family jewels! Here’s how some of our enviro friends responded. And here’s something you can do to try and stop it! [it’s new & improved!]

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill allows us to use the same Bloomberg news piece above twice (how’s that for energy conservation!). In the article we find [Repugnican] Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri [saying] the proposal to lift the crude oil export ban “is huge” and would have a “much bigger” effect than building the Keystone XL pipeline. Asked whether she planned to vote for the [disastrous] fiscal legislation, she said, “You bet I am.”  We bet you’re one big fool too, Ann!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find 2016 is set to be….guess what? Yes, you are correct! The hottest ever!  Are you listening Ann Wagner? President Obama? Anyone?? Why stop there: November was the hottest ever too! (According to NASA’s Land-Ocean Temperature Index). We were thinking of filing this one under Fool-on-the-Hill but none of these clowns have been elected to congress….yet. In the town of Woodland, North Carolina Bobby Mann  claimed that proposed solar panels would … “suck up all the energy from the sun.”……..um……ok……Save the Sun!!  Speaking of crazy, how about the massive long-term methane leak at Porter Ranch in California? Erin Brockovich reports “Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Catastrophe Not Seen Since the BP Oil Spill”. Finally, remember our celebrations on the closing of Vermont Yankee? Now, the town fathers in Vernon are looking to go with Kinder Morgan. What’s wrong with Vernon??

We have a Broken News Flash! Elizabeth Kolbert does it again with this Must See. “In the Miami area, the daily high-water mark has been rising almost an inch a year”. Read how life imitates cli-fi in “The Siege of Miami”

You’ll have to jump into our Wayback Machine for this week’s quote but it shouldn’t be too much of a carbon footprint since we only have to travel back to 1953:  “At its present rate of increase, the CO2 in the atmosphere will raise the earth’s average temperature 1.5° Fahrenheit every 100 years. … for centuries to come, if man’s industrial growth continues, the earth’s climate will continue to grow warmer.”  – Dr. Gilbert Plass/Time Magazine. OK, we can beat that easy but…..thanks for the early warning!

 

Time to move over and checkout the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Friday, January 1, 1pm. – New Year’s Day. MassParks First Day Hikes. Meet in the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Go to: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

 

Saturday, Jan 2, 11:00 am. FERC Intervene Workshop at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield (115 Main St, Northfield, MA 01360). We’ll be in the downstairs meeting room. There will be a short (15 minute) presentation on why and how to intervene with FERC, followed by a workshop where we can all go through the process on our own. Those of us who have already filed will be available to answer questions. Please bring a laptop if you can. ANYONE can intervene. The project could impact your electric rates, if nothing else.  We encourage everyone to intervene – getting thousands of people to intervene will send a message to FERC,Kinder Morgan’s investors, etc. Contact: Julia Blyth <jablyth@gmail.com>

 

Sunday, January 3, 7 to 9pm.  FERC Intervene Workshop in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

 

Tuesday, January 6, 7 pm. Please come to the Roche Family Community Center – 1716 Centre Street (bet. Belgrade and the Holy Name rotary), West Roxbury, MA (617) 635-5066 for an Action Planning Meeting to discuss our plans on how we can stop Spectra’s pipeline and how you can help. We need everyone to attend this important meeting and we need you to invite your friends and family. For more info, contact: http://SWRL.info/
In addition, for more information about the West Roxbury Lateral Extension project of the Spectra/Algonquin Incremental Market Expansion project and/or contacting our local elected officials and regulatory agencies contact: wrlateralpipeline@gmail and visit westroxburysavesenergy.org

 

Friday, January 8, 7pm.Anti-Pipeline Concert Fundraiser to recognize activists. Music with: Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, Kim Wachtel & Josh Wachtel (of Radio Free Earth), Sean Kimball, Heather Cupo, Jame Kitchen, Olivia Arthen, Sarah Pirtle, and more. Proceeds to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass. Village Church, 32 Main St., Cummington, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1037466569658688/

 

Wednesday, January. 13, 11am. State of the Climate March in Albany. Climate activists will rally and March on the west side of the Capitol in Albany NY to demand action. Support 100% Renewables Now, Climate Justice, Energy Democracy, A Justice Transition, Speakers, music. In conjunction with Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address. Contact: dunleamark@aol.com, 518 860-3725. Go to: https://facebook.com/events/192037414474491/.

 

January 16 to 18, All Day. MLK Walk to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Contact Hattie at hattieshalom@verizon.net or cal 978- 790-3074. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/872059092913565/permalink/872059382913536/

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

 

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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, 3 to 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. 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.

 

 

That’s it. We are over & out. Talk with you next year maybe? Until then PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

plastic-bag1Greetings Earthlings. Still dealing with crappy waste like polystyrene or plastic shopping bags? Would you like your community to ban them? Brad Verter of Mass Green Network joins us to talk trash. We don’ need no stinkin’ bags! OK? You can bet the subject of Greenfield is gonna come up, given that Valley town’s backsliding on the subject. As always, we’ll also take you to see The New Boss, the Fool-on-the-Hill and for a peek into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another poacher taken out in South Africa.

 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill hails from South Carolina where the state motto says it all: Dum Spiro Spero” – While I breathe, I hope. Their dumb hope that climate science is wrong may well curtail some breathing in the future, especially along the coastline. On to the big fool: Rep. Jeff Duncan, (Repugnican-S.C.), said in the House of Reprehensibles (during a vote to pass two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama’s power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative) that he wished Obama took the threat posed by “radical jihadists” such as the Islamic State as seriously as he takes what Duncan called a “pseudoscientific threat” posed by climate change. Got that? Now this: DO NOT sail over the horizon, OK? You will fall off the edge.

 

We have some Breaking News and it’s not pretty. On December 1  the Science Daily ran a piece on a study by the University of Leicester’s Department of Mathematics concluding that “an increase in the water temperature of the world’s oceans of around six degrees Celsius — which some scientists predict could occur as soon as 2100 — could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton”. Are you listening, Rep. Jeff Duncan? Also we have already Broken News from Rhode Island: Two safety inspectors who worked on Spectra Energy’s proposed methane gas pipeline that will cut through Burrillville, RI, say the company cut corners when it came to project, worker and environmental safety. Surprise!

 

In our E-Valley-uation segment it’s HEADS UP! for a trip to Boston on Saturday, December 12 for the BIG Jobs, Justice, Climate – Defending New England’s Future rally on the Common. Buses from WMass or Brattleboro are awaiting your reservation!  AND, following the rally at 3:30pm on the 12th you can take part in Draw the Line – Boston Climate Defense actions throughout the city. These are creative non-violent education & outreach actions that both inform and entertain, such as Poets Against the Pipeline‘s “Have a Word w/the Worst” speak-in. Look for their sign on the Common! Time to go to the movies: Anonymous goes after Kinder Morgan? 😉

 

We Meet the New Boss this important week in climate negotiations trying to put lipstick on a ……no, not a pig…more like a rig! “The US has been clear from the outset (notes The Guardian) that it will not sign on to a full-fledged climate change treaty because it would have virtually no chance of passage through a Republican-controlled Congress.” Talk about poor reasoning. Is the Boss afraid of a good fight?? Anyway, the lipstick involves his call in Paris for “one major component of the deal – the periodic review of emissions reductions targets – to be legally binding.” [insert yawn here]  Time to turn on the Bat Signal!  Climate criminals running amok!

 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have good news for the region and bad news for Kinder Morgan! Bloomberg biz news tells us: “Billionaire Rich Kinder owned about 11 percent of Kinder Morgan Inc. valued at more than $10 billion in June when he stepped down as chief executive of the company he co-founded. Now his stake is worth about $5 billion less, and the company that has his name on the door has become the worst-performing pipeline stock in the S&P 500.” [insert applause here] More bad news for KM here! On to COP21 Climate talks in Paris! Would you be surprised to learn from The Guardian that corporate sponsors are busy greenwashing everyone’s shorts? We didn’t think so. Finally, and in keeping with the theme of this show, how about a little action! Never mind finally, how about signing this petition calling on Sen. Warren and Sanders to investigate FERC!

 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week finds Pope Francis commenting on the COP21 Climate talks: “I can say to you ‘now or never’,” he said. “Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.” Wait, isn’t suicide a cardinal sin?? The list for excommunication may be……um…unwieldy? He could start with A for Antonin!

 

After our conversation with Brad we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Monday Dec. 14, 6 :30 pm. Screening of the film: “In the Path of Resistance: Justice Beyond the Keystone XL Pipline,” Forbes Library community room, Northampton. Alex Leff, Hampshire College student filmmaker will discuss his film, considered “an essential film for teaching climate justice” that follows two students following the proposed route of the pipeline meeting those living on the front lines. Sponsored by the Northampton Committee Against War Monday night film series.

 

Friday, December 18, 7pm. FERC Intervenor Workshop, 1st floor of the Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield, MA. If you have a laptop and wish to file online then please bring it with you. Filing for intervenor status allows you to submit documents supporting your position against the proposed NED pipeline. To help you be better prepared please visit http://www.PLAN-NE.org and click on the guidance link. No matter who you are or where you live you WILL be impacted if this pipeline is built. Intervening is also both an argument and a public statement against the pipeline. For info call: 413 625 2097

 

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

 

Tuesday, December 22, 5:30pm. Arcadia Winter Solstice. Join us for our popular annual celebration of the winter solstice. At 5:30pm, there will be a short family-friendly performance. The bonfire will be lit around 5:45-6:00pm. This event is free. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the The Food Bank of Western MA. There will be music, kids activities, and the Center for EcoTechnology will have information on reducing your home’s ecological footprint. Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. 

 

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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, we’re done here. We go out with “If I Don’t Take Care of the Land” by Sarah Barchas. There’s just one more thing: who should you listen to? Yes, your Mother.