Greetings Earthlings. The Summer Solstice is upon us and we are most inclined toward the star we obit. The Good Green Witch returns to remind us what this is all about and then some. Also Michael Kellett of Restore returns for an update on the recent hearing on Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standards (APS) that would promote the burning of wood pellets and lead to a run on our forests even worse than what we are experiencing now. We will, as well, take you deep into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and off to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for…..
Revenge of the Critters! The lion is considered a powerful Summer Solstice symbol. The awesome radiating mane of the male lion even looks like the sun. Combined with its copper color the lion is like a bronzed icon of summer symbolism. The lion represents vitality, energy, confidence and supremacy. So why are folks shocked when a lion named Ken takes a piece out of Joe the trainer at the prestigious Golden Lion Awards in Berlin? See it here (sorry for the hokey TV staging). Ken was just showing Joe who’s really boss, OK?
This weeks Fool-on-the Hill is Repugnican Senator John Barrasso who, according to our friends at Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE): “demanded during an energy bill hearing that the greenwash group Environmental Defense Fund condemn BXE [for protesting outside FERC chairman Norman C Bay’s home]. Barasso accused the totally nonviolent Beyond Extreme Energy of being a threat to the physical safety of FERC officials and their families. POLITICO Magazine in covering Barasso’s outburst called BXE “#extremists,” in these times a clear reference to #ISIS / #Daesh. In this way, Sen Barasso is seeking to exploit the Orlando terror attack and other recent attacks by Daesh to trash talk peaceful opposition to the oil and gas lobbyists he works for…….The ugly remarks in the Senate and in politico are a reminder that the real priority of the US government, the GOP, and the FBI never were to protect the people and remain in as always the protection of the rich and powerful FROM the people.” All we can add to that is: “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”
Time to Meet the New Boss. Extra, Extra! Read all about it! OBAMA SIGNS ‘MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT’ WRITTEN BY MONSANTO-SPONSORED SENATOR! Reportedly, with the president’s signature, agriculture corporados who deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are now given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers. His legacy, on the other hand, lives on!
How about a Quote of the Week. Can you guess who said this recently? “Secretary Clinton in one way or another wants to quote unquote ‘regulate’ fracking. I think it is too late for regulating. I think fracking has got to be banned in America.” Like we’ve always said: Hillary Clinton wants to be president of Corporate America. Bernie Sanders wants to be president of the United States of America. Got it?
Breaking News! Germany is about to become the first major country to set an official deadline for a ban on gas-powered cars. India, Norway and the Netherlands may be soon to follow. Washington? Are you listening?……Huh? No, we thought so.
The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is partly occupied by The Partnership for Policy Integrity who informed us that “Senate Legislation Cedes the US Forest Carbon Sink to the Biomass Industry – Even as Forests Are Already Declining”. Said legislation isn’t the laughingly titled Energy Policy “Modernization” Act of 2016 that is reportedly now on its way to Obama’s desk, but rather part of the Appropriations bill. Regardless, this at a time when CO2 levels pass the dreaded 400ppm mark! Time to watch TV! This episode of The Bomb Train should keep you…..um…entertained? Hey, checkout the Keep Hives Alive Tour headed to DC on the 22nd. The Center for Food Safety national tour “will finish in Washington, DC for a demonstration outside of the EPA, where [they] will echo the demands of concerned consumers, farmers, and beekeepers for all the government agencies to hear; demanding that EPA, USDA, and Congress take action on toxic pesticides and support a more sustainable food future.” But, is our dysfunctional congress listening? Maybe they should….release some bees to get their attention for this, National Pollinators Week! 😉
We have some E-Valley-uation here. The Place Where Legislation Goes to Die (to our east) actually passed a bill banning fracking in the Commonwealth. Of course, there’s little geology available for fracking in Massachusetts (except for our Valley!) but hey, with extreme energy these days who knows what the fossil fools will come up with. And this: WAMC reports on that recent DPU hearing on the proposed pipeline tax held in Pittsfield. Check out Rosemary’s quote at the end about….(gulp)..Son of NED. Finally, and in keeping with our focus on the recent stirrings within the Valley anti-biomess/pro-forest movement, we have this report on efforts to get the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to wake-up to the realities of biomass incineration.
After our conversation with the guests we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard for this:
Saturday, July 2, 1pm. A Celebration of Interdependence! Marches from the Four Directions meet at First Churches on Main Street. Contact:( 413) 268-3588 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to Facebook page HERE.
Wednesday, July 6, 4-5:30pm Bomb Train Vigil at the Greenfield Common to bring attention to the fact that volatile oil trains pass through Greenfield and to honor the people who lost their lives. In line with explosive fossil fuel infrastructure near us, oil trains (aka bomb trains) currently pass through Greenfield, MA. (map here). July 6 will mark the anniversary of the bomb train explosion that killed 47 people and leveled the downtown of Lac Mégantic, Québec. This year the third annual Stop Oil Trains week of action (July 6-12) will call attention to the threat of oil trains across North America, the people who are stopping them, and the need for 100% clean and safe energy. Contact: email@example.com
July 11 is World Population Day. Fact is, the majority of environmental catastrophes are caused or worsened by our runaway human population growth and overconsumption — 7.4 billion of us are really putting a hurt on the planet. We need to get more people talking, and making changes, fast. Go to: www.un.org/en/events/populationday/
Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines. Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/ Register HERE.
Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington where a rally will take place at the gazebe behind Town Hall noon to 1pm. then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. for the main rally at the beach and boat launch on delightful Lower Spectacle Pond from 2pm to 3pm for more music and speakers, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York. The event will conclude at 4pm. Spectators/participants can enjoy either one or both events. MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/
That does it for this week’s show. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?