Greetings Earthlings. Are you ready for a Berkshire National Pellet Plantation Forest right here in Western Massachusetts? There’ll be plenty of wood pellets for everyone! That will be important given that there’s a scheme afloat to put pellet burners into any public school or public building near you. Sorry there won’t be as many trees or critters as we’re used to but hey, it’s renewable energy, right? Actually, not so much, not in this age of climate chaos! Janet Sinclair of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership joins us to talk trees & sleaze. In addition we hear from Michael Kellett from Restore on this and other sorry ideas from the Massachusetts DCR. Also a call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson as well as visits to the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters. When cows attack!
Our Fool-on-the-Hill once again rewinds to those days of yesteryear when Hil was on the Hill (sorry, we can’t resist). Now, sadly, $hillary Clinton is running for president of Corporate America and folks like Bill McKibben are attempting to get her to green up. How’s that working out for you? This woman does more pivots than a 42nd Street subway turnstile, except when she’s outright lying about her record. Old-school Liberals would do well to focus less on a Woman-in-the-Whitehouse at this critical moment (Liz Warren will be there soon enough) and more on ridding us of the very real threat of the rise of fascism here in the “Land of the Free”. O, while we’re at it guess who has come out and Unequivocally called for shutting down the leaky old Indian Point nukes just outside of New York City? That would be Hillary’s challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, OK? And her position on nukes? Well…….let’s say sketchy.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we return to Porter Ranch and the horrendous methane blowout that seemed to go on forever. The fossil fools at Southern California Gas Company had said they would somehow offset the environmental damage (nice trick, SoCal!) but are now trying to walk that back. This in the wake of SoCal’s parent corp, Sempra’s board cutting CEO Debra Reed’s pay by $130,000 — while at the same time awarding her a bonus of $3.17 million! “It brings her total compensation for 2015 to $16.1 million, meaning that her executive penalty for presiding over an elemental corporate fiasco comes to about eight tenths of 1% of her pay”, according to reports. Now, perhaps to distract understandably angry Californians, state officials are warning of possible blackouts this summer due to the loss of gas reserves at Porter Ranch! Say what? Why are we thinking Enron here?? The U.S. is awash with f’ing fracked gas. Get some at bargain prices if you need it CA! Stop trying to distract your people from all the mismanagement and climate crimes! Time to go to the movies again! We were psyched at the FERC Doesn’t Work rally in Albany. Finally this: Possums take out dangerous ticks! Save the possums!!
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week calls for a trip in the Wayback Machine:
“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” ~John Muir
Time to Meet the New Boss and his out-of-control Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz who will be in Boston April 15 for a public meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review. As we’ve reported in the past, this guy is the A #1 Obama Administration stooge for fracking and LNG exports. Anyway, like the notice says: “The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will hold a public stakeholder meeting April 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marriott Long Wharf, Salons DEFL. The Marriott Long Wharf is located at 296 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.” so you’ll probably want to get there early to…um….greet him, yes?
We have Breaking News! Remember our coverage of that lawsuit by kids about their future being trashed by climate chaos? They just had a victory! Read all about it! HERE. And this: More than 90 Massachusetts lawmakers sign letter opposing ratepayer financing of proposed fracked gas pipelines!
In our E-Valley-uation Chamber we find scores of students at UMass occupying the Administration Building in response to a certain lack of divestment in fossil fuels. See them HERE! Send them kudos, too (maybe some coffee too?).
After our conversation with our guests we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community.” Film screening and discussion examines the challenges climate change poses and highlights meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. Floor 26.\, UMass Library. Contact: Madeleine Charney.
Apr 22 at 6pm. to Apr 24 at 5pm. Ringling Protest. Ringling Circus is heading back to the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA and we will be more than ready! Please join our peaceful, educational protests against circus cruelty. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/449657425229550/ Email: email@example.com
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Troubled Waters Picnic: A Shortnose Sturgeon Walk, Talk and Lunch at the Rock Dam. Join shortnose sturgeon expert and author Dr. Boyd Kynard and environmental journalist Karl Meyer for a visit to the Rock Dam in Turners Falls. The Rock Dam is a geological gem–as well as the only documented natural spawning site for the endangered shortnose sturgeon in the Connecticut River ecosystem. Kynard will cover shortnose sturgeon life history and biology; Meyer covers the natural and human history of this spectacular site. No pre-registration required. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch if you wish. Directions: Cross the 11th St. Bridge in Turners Falls; at first stop sign turn left down G Street. Meet at public lot at end of G Street, just before the entrance sign for the US Conte Fish Lab.
April 23rd and April 24th at 2pm. “Unless” / The Lorax at the Hampshire College Farm Center. The show is an ensemble-based theatrical exploration of Seuss’s original story. It’s a traveling show that takes place on the Hampshire Farm. It’s family-friendly and very politically charged, of course. Entry fee is free.It’s an opportunity to be immersed in art for a traveling performance about the emotional impacts of climate change and our interconnection. Go to: theloraxhampshire.wordpress.com/ People can contact the ensemble at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/concerns/comments.
Saturday, April 23, 7 -10pm. Pipeline Boogie! Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band! Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering. $20 (or more!) requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass. DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Montague Retreat Center: North Leverett Road & West Chestnut Hill Road, Montague, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1714746215475520/
Monday, April 25, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Working together to build an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Main Street, Northampton. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 – 8pm. Springfield’s Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. Arise for Social Justice is proud to host our first live panel with perspectives from community, city, and state leaders to discuss the development of Springfield’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and the future of the environmental justice movement! Focus Springfield Community TV, 1200 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts. LIVE on local Springfield Channel 12 and online anywhere @ livestream.com/FocusSpringfield.
May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m./Rally at 11:30am! MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change plans to hold an oversight hearing on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project and the state’s clean energy future.at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428. For bus or carpool info email: email@example.com
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, our work is done here…for the moment. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?