Greetings Earthlings. We’ve been talking about taking steps to a renewable future for years now, how about we do something! Gabriel Shapiro and And Killian Dobroth join us to talk about actually Taking Steps To a Renewable Future and our intrepid roving reporter Tom Neilson calls in to talk about all the steps he’s taken down in the Southland. As always we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critter! Annoyed bear takes on the whole family.
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill returns to drive us crazy……in a BIG gas-guzzing SUV! Yes, it’s Marco Rubio again, who has turned over his presidential pipedream energy policy formulation (such as it is) to………some guy from Big Oil! O, you might say, who better to know about energy? Whoa! we say, who do you think he’ll be promoting! While we’re on The Hill checkout an actual good thing, the Keep It in the Ground Act!
We have some Broken News here. By the time you read this the wide spread alert about Gov. Baker signing off on permission for Kinder Morgan to survey our public lands for the proposed fracked gas pipeline will have done the rounds. BUT, in case you missed that action link go here. Did someone say fracked gas pipeline? How about FIXING THE LINES THAT EXIST!
Breaking News here! What’s with the massive spike in carbon monoxide on the West Coast?? Some are thinking it’s a precursor to a BIG earthquake. Hang in there Other Coast!
Let’s checkout The Enviro Show Echo Chamber before anyone escapes. First off, remember the Porter Ranch gas blowout fiasco? Apparently those sorts of methane emissions are business as usual in Texas. Looks like the fossil fools know how to mess with Texas! Here’s our Blog Bonus Action link on that very issue. BTW, does anyone know there’s 116 day fossil fools occupation going down at MIT? And this: Grist on the Five Things Bernie would do to crackdown on fracking when he’s in the White House regardless of a dysfunctional congress. Also, the journal Science Advances tells us water availability world wide is worse than we knew. And, Common Dreams has a good think piece on the Supreme Court and the Climate crisis here. Here’s WBUR’s take on the proposed Kinder morgan fracked as pipedream with reference to the Massachusetts DPU tariff hearing we’re going to in Boston, you know, where once was heard: “No taxation without representation!”? Did someone say fracked? Time to go to the movies!
Here’s the Quote of the Week stolen directly from the above link :
“In dying,” science journalist John Upton wrote, “[Antonin] Scalia may have done more to support global climate action than most people will do in their lifetimes.”
Time to Meet the New Boss as he goes all bi-partisan on us so he can see the disastrous TPP trade deal sail through the usually gridlocked congress. Another win for Corporate America! Thanks a lot, Boss.
After our conversation with Gabriel and Tom we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Friday, March 11, Noon. Fifth year anniversary Fukushima Stand-out!. Wake-up NRC! Shutdown the Pilgrim nuke NOW! Park Street Station, Boston, MA, then to MA State House. Go to: www.facebook.com/capedownwinders
Saturday, March 12, Fukushima Anniversary vigil at Pliny Park in Brattleboro to honor the 100,000 Japanese people still unable to return to their homes and share what we have learned about Fukushima five years after the disaster began. Please join us from 10am to Noon. Details will be coming soon. Email: email@example.com Go To: www.safeandgreencampaign.org/
Saturday, March 12 & 19, 9am. Dawndale Farm Wildlife and Cummington Wildlife are holding a seminar on “Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator” sponsored by the Greenfield Community College science department. Our first seminar sold out so register early! Message us or call 413-834-5733 for more info. See: www.facebook.com/events/815139895298017/
Sunday, March 13th, 2016, All Day. Toxic Action Center Conference at Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England gather. We strive to make the conference affordable and open to all. We offer conference volunteers free admission. If you are able to volunteer in exchange for a ticket, please fill out the form on the “volunteer” tab. If you are unable to volunteer and are in need of a scholarship to attend, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-747-4358.
Sunday, March 13, 2pm. Voices From Fukushima – A Strange Play. First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts. Hear the testimony of those who experienced one of the greatest nuclear disasters in history. Read by local activists and actors. Free and accessible to all! Call 413) 584-9392
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: annekwilliamson@
March 17 to 20, 2016. “Taking Steps to a Renewable Future”. A 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. A walk to increase public awareness of the pipeline and the impact of fracked gas everywhere. A walk to highlight the catastrophic consequences of continued fossil fuel use on global climate change. Josh Fox & his latest film at the Ashfield event, March 17, 7pm. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will be at the Shelburne Falls event the evening of March 18, 7pm.! Local speakers & performers at the Greenfield event March 19, 7pm.! Walk info HERE. Facebook page HERE. All evening events info here: sugarshackalliance.org/ Email: email@example.com
Saturday, March 26, 1 to 3:30pm. Poets Against the Pipeline reading & fundraiser. Arts Block, Greenfield, MA The Enviro Show’s d.o. will be there! You? Go to: www.facebook.com/groups/PoetsAgainstThePipeline/
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]
Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.
To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/
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 is all….for now. Remember to…what?….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!