Greetings Earthlings. Will politicians save the planet? Masses of everyday people rising up? The Pope? The Batman?? Guy McPherson, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona returns to the show after a four year hiatus for a grim update. Do not be afraid. We have nothing to fear but fear itself! As always, we’ll take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you some breaking news and a brief call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Boy Scout leader unprepared for Bear!
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is starting to get……what? tedious? Yes, it’s none other than another return to the Hill by Senator Ted Cruz, Repugnican from…..where else? Texas! As chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Cruz opened the gates of Hell in December and released a horde of climate change deniers to testify (if we may use the term loosely) at a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. Open Inquiry was a term used truly loosely as well, given that all the speakers seemed to believe the Earth is actually flat.
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a bevy of fossil fools updates. Let’s start with the Porter Ranch methane disaster, OK? The corporate media seems to be looking elsewhere given there’s no sensationalist photos of exploding oil platforms and a giant pipe spewing vast amounts of oil into the Gulf, but guess what Editors-in-Chief, Porter Ranch is even worse for the planet you happen to live on! We’ll bring up the online methane blowout monitor during the show. Meanwhile, the BC provincial government pulling the plug on Kinder Morgan officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. Sorry KM, you’re on the wrong page! Keeping with the theme, checkout this piece from a New Hampshire labor activist who says, “Opposing The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Does Not Make Me Anti-Union”. We hope our fellow workers at LIUNA are listening. Meanwhile, across the border in New York Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast Project (Algonquin pipeline expansion) took a hit in Albany during Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address. There’s an excellent interview with activists on WAMC here. Finally, our own Michel Klare has a piece in Salon about the Big Oil…um…tanking?
We have Broken News! Reports on historic hurricanes in January forming in both the mid-Atlantic and the Pacific. Yes, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee the weather is terrific.
And we have Breaking News! Is the Texas Fed angling to have YOU bail out the fracking corporados? Too big to fail……again??
In our E-Vally-uation segment we take a walk, figuratively speaking, with our friends at the Leverett Peace Pagoda for MLK Walk to Stop the Proposed Kinder Morgan NED Fracked Gas Pipeline. We’ll have updates on the show for you.
After our conversation with Guy we stagger over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, January 28, 6:00-9:00pm. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres Drive, Brattleboro, VT. Stand up for stringent and thorough monitoring of ground water contamination. We know from Entergy’s history that it may be not comp;ete;y honest when it comes to what’s in the ground. In 2010, it denied there were underground pipes leaking tritium, covering up the truth. Email: email@example.com
Saturday, January 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Presentation on Health Effects of Compressor Stations & Natural Gas Infrastructure. Frontier Regional High School, 113 N Main St., South Deerfield, MA. This presentation is especially intended for local health and safety officials, town leaders and local activist leaders from communities that could be affected by pipelines, compressor stations and natural gas electric generation plants, though the general public is also welcome. Contact: Tim Stevenson,
Post Oil Solutions. www.postoilsolutions.org. Call: 802.869.2141
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 1, 6-8 pm. Springfield Climate Justice Committee Meeting, Baystate Brightwood Health Center Community Room, 380 Plainfield St., Springfield. Springfield, as both the largest city and the greatest urban carbon emitter in Western Mass, has a huge impact on our region. We are determined to see Springfield become a model for reducing greenhouse gasses and toxic emissions with a climate action plan firmly grounded in principles of climate justice. Contact: email@example.com or call us at (413) 734 – 4948.
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm. “Renewables Are Ready” Slide Presentation. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Slide presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times: climate change. The program finishes with inspiring examples of action and activism that serve as a springboard for brainstorming about individual and community actions to make renewables our energy future. Fee. Registration is required. call 413-584-3009 to register by phone. Register by mail: program registration form For more information, contact: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA.firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. “Bear With Us!” slide presentation and two half-day field workshops. As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this program will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears. Slide Show: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Field Workshops will be held at 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA (on property owned by Judy and Dudley Williams). For more information about the slide show and field workshops, contact Patti Steinman of Massachusetts Audubon at email@example.com.
Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: email@example.com
Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/
Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf
Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]
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.
That’s all folks….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?