Greetings Earthlings. We keep running away to the FERCus because we just can’t get enough of those clowns. But wait, it seems the ring master doesn’t want the public to come to the show?? Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) organizer of The Rubber Stamp Rebellion, Lee Stewart calls in to help us find out why and maybe we’ll talk about any sideshows that might come up in the studio with Ron Coler, Ashfield Selectman and pipeline activist. As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber among other things, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Gators luncheon disrupted by cops?
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is the marvel that is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It seems Fred is all about jobs, jobs, jobs in the Destroy the Biosphere Industry and his herding the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act to the pass has him making bullshit statements like “This bill is about jobs. It’s about keeping energy affordable. It’s about boosting our energy security here and across the globe”. Au contrair Fred, “This is the legislative equivalent of the middle finger,” says Radha Adhar, a federal policy representative for the Sierra Club. According to Think progress the “bill puts barriers to energy efficiency standards for buildings, locks in fossil fuel generation and consumption well into the future, and creates new subsidies for coal and nuclear power. It also carries dangerous provisions that would allow clear-cutting of up to eight square miles in certain forests without an environmental assessment, and it would hamper the ability of citizens to protest resource management decisions through the courts. It ‘basically expedites logging across the entire forest system.’ ” Did we mention it expedites export of fracked LNG gas?
Time to Meet the New Boss as his administration signs off on continued fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel. Yes, the same place that was trshed back in the day by conventional oil drilling. Daily Kos reports “The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ended a court-ordered settlement placing a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing for oil in the fish and wildlife-rich federal waters off California.” Fish, wildlife, meh! Thanks Boss!
Now our Quote of the Week from Bernie Sanders on the above: “Make no mistake about it: This was a very, very bad decision by the federal government that will not be allowed to stand if I have anything to say about it,” said Sanders. “And as president, I would have a lot to say about it.”
In our E-Valley-uation segment we have another Must See from Karl Meyer on those beleaguered Sturgeon in the dead reach of the CT River. Outdoor sporting types beware: The biosphere is NOT your personal plaything! Also this: we pull another quote right off one of our recent Facebook page posts: “OK, so you don’t want any fracked gas pipelines or compressor stations in your state, right? How about some high level nuclear waste??” Can you believe fracking booster Moniz’s Department of Energy is even proposing to “test public sentiment for the “consent-based siting” of deep geological burial of high-level nuclear waste from the nation’s nuclear power stations. More immediately, the federal energy agency is looking for volunteers to be the indefinite and potentially permanent willing host to thousands of radioactive waste casks on fenced parking lots for the questionable future for licensing and building nuclear dumps and designate the hazardous transport routes from nuclear stations by road, rail and barge… which would launch Mobile Chernobyls onto the roads [presumably Valley roads!], rails,[ditto] and waterways of most states, including into the Port of Boston itself.” Also unbelievable, the DOE in their own recently released report “makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources.”! Secretary Ernest Moniz, please step into our office for a word.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber let’s begin with an Enviro Show Blog Action link to help save the Monarch Butterflies, OK? How about another 11.5 extra million tons of CO2 per year for our atmosphere? No? Actually when downstream emissions are figured into the numbers from a proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility in BC it would be even more AND it “poses serious risks” to the Canada’s climate change commitments—particularly those made at last year’s Paris accord. Bad deal, eh? Getting back to Massachusetts, here’s some food for thought from a well known anti-fracked gas pipeline opponent: “The so-called omnibus energy bill is expected out of [the MA] House Ways & Means early next week. Representative Kulik led the way in keeping an electric ratepayer subsidy for gas pipelines out of the version that came out of the energy committee. This was a major achievement, as we have heard that earlier drafts had included this “pipeline tax” on electric ratepayers. Representative Kulik and Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading, House Minority Leader) got 97 members of the House to sign on to a letter that served as a line in the sand. But we can go farther with this bill. Please contact your own representative, thank him or her for standing with us on the pipeline issue, and ask for an amendment to the energy bill that would clearly prohibit electric ratepayer financing of gas pipelines. The current bill is simply silent on the question, and the DPU is going forward with the presumption that it is is legal; the question is being litigated, but the legislature could resolve the matter for us so that we don’t have to count on a court ruling our way.” Got it?
After we go to the FERCus we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturday, June 11, 10am. – 5pm. Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence. First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute! Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. Register here: https://regionalconvergence.eventbrite.com/
Monday, June 13, 6pm. MA Attorney General’s Listening Session on Energy & Environment. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest and set a precedent on ARTICLE 97 for all other future pipelines. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 14, 4pm. DPU Hearing on Pipeline Tax & Stand Out Rally! The Department of Public Utilities will conduct a third public hearing on Docket #16-05 National Grid precedent agreement to contract for 20 years gas capacity on Spectra Access Northeast. If approved, it would allow National Grid to charge and extra tariff on your electric bill to cover these gas capacity contracts – helping pipelines get enough business to get approved! #NoPipelineTax Hearing – 5:00 PM. Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA
Tuesday, June 14, 7pm. Resist the Pipeline meeting. Please come to this meeting if you are planning to come to the action in West Roxbury on June 28th (or thinking about coming) to learn about the day of action and the legal details involved in the non-violent civil disobedience. To get ready for this day of action, Marla Marcum, lead organizer in West Roxbury, will be coming out to give a presentation in Northampton about the pipeline and the movement that’s been fighting it for the past few years. If you are planning on coming to this presentation at the UU Meetinghouse in Northampton, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 to 3:00pm. Massachusetts APS Renewable Thermal (biomass) Hearing. A Department of Energy Resources (DOER) public hearing will be conducted to receive verbal and written comments on the recently filed Alternative Portfolio Standard Regulations (225 CMR 16.00. New regulations for thermal bioenergy (biomass) will be the focus. Again we see them making promises they can’t possibly keep concerning the types of biomass that “qualify”. This is the place to speak out on Massachusetts’ deplorable management of our public lands that are “managed” without any regard to the Climate Crisis. Room 221, Integrated Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Go to: www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2
Wednesday, June 15, 6pm. Springfield Public Health Council meeting June where they will vote on whether or not to hold a biomass plant Site Assignment Hearing. Come prepared to tell them to DO THEIR JOB! The location is to be determined. Please contact ARISE at 413-734-4948 for the location – we will update you when we have it.
Thursday, June 16, 6pm. MA Attorney General Listening Session on Energy & Environment. UMass Center at Springfield 1500 Main St, Ste 260, Springfield, MA. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal. TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 19, 7pm. Escalation Summer! Beginning June 19th pipeline fighters and climate warriors from all across Massachusetts and New England will join together in a true show of power: multiple, all-day, mass actions that will completely shut this monstrosity of a company down.
For more information please visit our event page. To take part in an action, visit www.resistthepipeline.org and click PLEDGE TO RESIST on the homepage.
Saturday, June 25, 9am. Sugar Shack Alliance NVDA Training. Training is free but we do ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers’ time and gas. Usual donation is $5 – $20 per person. If you have been in an affinity group and participated in a large action that could have involved arrest in the past 5 years, or if you completed part 1 but not part 2 of the training, you can come to just part 2 in the afternoon. First Churches, Main St., Northampton, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1380608235288382/
Monday, June 27, 7 – 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Handicap accessible and on a bus line. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/
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 , then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. where there will be music, 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 . MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/
That’s all, folks! Until next time remember: Listen to your mother!