Archive for July, 2016

SAVE_THE_BEES_1016x1524.inddGreetings Earthlings. Let’s talk bees here and now, OK? Angela Roell of Yard Birds Farm in Greenfield, MA joins us for that and we distract you from a long hot, dry summer with a visit to the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as cooling off in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……………Revenge of the Critters! Wild Boar goes to the……. library? (maybe it was the AC?)

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is none other than disgraced establishment Dem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s a fool for helping to defeat Bernie Sanders and his anti-fracking pro-climate policies in the party primaries while supposedly being neutral as head of the DNC. The party leadership threw Deb under the bus on the very eve of the nominating convention when WikiLeaks released those damning emails…….. then they dragged her out and gave her a cushy spot in $hillary’s campaign, a haven for many fools.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us about “11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment”. What? Only 11?? We all know how much the Repugnicans hate the planet, right? And we always wonder why they don’t just leave it. It really would be best for everyone. But no, they just keep hanging around like that lame-ass kid from across the way who keeps following you and your friends around and yammering about the stupidest things! Anyway, look what their CEO wants to do if he ever gets in the Oval Office: Your fired! At least he’s staying in character, yes? Wait, there’s more!  Heir Trump has as an energy advisor we wish he’d also fire.  Of course, the Dems are only marginally better when it comes to protecting the nest and $hillary’s VP pick is a good example, given his support for fracked gas LNG exports, offshore drilling for oil, and the TPP. Here’s one both camps of the duopoly don’t seem to realize: “New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals”. Surprise! The Boston Globe reminds us about the push for wood pellet production (and, of course, FOREST DESTRUCTION!) here in the so-called Commonwealth. OK, repeat after us: “Biomass my ass!”. Got it? Finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link and it’s exactly spot on for this week’s theme: Save the Bees!

Time to Meet the New Boss as he tells the world  “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”  We guess that leaves out an awful lot of other people, many of whom are actually so concerned about life on Earth that they are calling for a ban on fracking and trade deals that threaten the planet. Anyway, at least the new boss will be…..the same as the old boss!

How about some E-Valley-uation? As a constituent of President Rosenberg, would you be willing to call (617-722-1500) or email (Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov) him to urge him to support H.4187? Massachusetts must pass this bill immediately to become the third state in the country to restrict bee-killing pesticides and save bees, OK? Here’s an update on the situation with Kinder Morgan and their proposed assault on the Otis State Forest. And this: Good news from Karl Meyer about the sturgeon in that dead reach of the CT River!

Here comes the Quote of the Week: “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides.” – Patti Smith

 

After our conversation with Angela we take you by the hand over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, August 13, 10am-4pm. Butterfly Festival. Rain Date: August 14, 2016, 10am-4pm. Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun at the 9th Annual Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester, MA. Walks, workshops, art and crafts, children’s activities, face painting, food, and more! Go to: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broad-meadow-brook/news-events/butterfly-festival

 

Monday, August 15, 3:00 to 6:00pm. DCR-Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects. Meet at DCR New Salem Field Office 21 Elm Street, New Salem, MA off Rte. 202- East of Pelham, MA. The tour will run for roughly 3 hours. Please be prepared for walking in rough terrain through the forest. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM, Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting. We have been told by people in Sandisfield that having us show up at the meeting is incredibly helpful in the struggle to push back against kinder Morgan/TGP’s proposed fracked gas pipeline loop. If you go statements need to be related directly to Conservation Commission business. There is no need to speak, though.  It is people showing up that is really needed. We have been welcomed by the Con Com and our presence is noted by Kinder Morgan. Town Hall Annex, Sandisfield, MA. Go to: www.sandisfieldtaxpayers.org/

 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beaver and “Sturgeon Moon” Canoe Trip. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Join us for an evening canoe trip on the night of this full moon. The sturgeon moon, sometimes called the fishing moon as well, was named because more sturgeon were caught at this time of year. We don’t expect to see sturgeon [nonetheless catch any!] , but we will be learning about the natural history of the beaver. After a short introduction, we will head out in the canoes to watch for beaver and the full moon rising to the east. We’ll then explore the Mill River and the Oxbow. Basic canoe experience required. Registration & fee is required. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016 we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day Massachusetts & our 5th Anniversary in Harvard Square (Follow The Honey Square, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.)  ~ please join us for a day into evening of apis melliferous inspired education and celebration with our 7pm keynote DAN CONLAN in from his Warm Colors Apiary in Western MA to talk ‪#‎RUSSIANQUEENS‬ & Hive Management New England Style. Email: mary@followthehoney.com

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Fereral Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”)

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

 

That’s it ’til next time. Remember….what? To LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! (sorry)

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Connecticut-River-French-King-Bridge-9Oct2013-0888-X2Greetings Earthlings. “What would you think about the Massachusetts Division of ‘Manufactured’ Fisheries and Wildlife?” asks our guest, enviro writer and activist Karl Meyer. He’s writing about a possible name change for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the guys who are also responsible for some Climate Crisis blindness on our public lands. We’ll get into that as well as taking you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill, to Meet the New Boss and way more, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! More Raccoon sabotage on the grid. What do they really want from us?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is yet another repeat offender. Texas Repugnican Rep. Lamar Smith, mindless defender of Exxon/Mobil who “tends to go after anything that even hints at confirming climate change with a passion old-school Puritans must have had when defending every word of the Bible” says the HoustonPress. He’ll need all the Puritan cred he can muster ‘cuz this time he’s going after our own Massachusetts AG, Maura Healey who, of course, hails from the home of the Puritans. The Press goes on, “Exxon had been systematically hiding and denying any evidence of climate change for decades, environmental groups in several states responded with outrage. Exxon became the target of investigations by attorneys general in New York, Massachusetts and California.” So now the investigators are to be investigated by that iconic Fool-on-the-Hill “demanding thousands of pages of documents to show whether the attorneys and environmentalists had collaborated to conduct probes into Exxon’s history of conducting — and then burying and denying — climate change research.” To the dunking stools!

We Meet the New Boss under a headline in The Hill reading: “Obama moves to undercut greens in drilling fight”.  Does this surprise you, loyal Obama fans? Here’s the deal: “Greens have tried to disrupt auctions for drilling rights on federal land and in offshore waters. In response, the government is delaying or relocating lease sales and advancing plans to hold them over the internet to skirt the protests. The fight is putting the Interior Department in the difficult position of defending the industry and congressional Republicans who back the lease sales and denouncing demonstrations from groups that have long supported the administration on other issues.”  Jeez! Sorry to be so disruptive as you try selling off the family jewels while trashing the planet!!

In our Broken News segment we hesitate to repeat our friends at Grist’s headline…….but we can’t resist a paradox like “Sanders endorses Clinton to lead the fight against climate change”! Sorry, but has some editor at Grist confused $hillary Clinton with Naomi Klein?? The Clintons are corporados to the bone, OK? $hillary won’t even let a ban on fracking be placed into the Dem’s Platform, a document that’s fairly meaningless anyway. Four years with either major party in the Whitehouse is four more years of fiddling while Earth burns. Over.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we take you to Democracy Now’s interview segment with Noam Chomsky. Put on your crash helmet for this one and try to stay away from brick walls.  OK, here’s some relatively good news from the Center for Biological Diversity: “Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019”  Who knew they had all that spare time to wait for help?? Let’s get back to the bad news, what da’ ya’ say? Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue is the headline in Scientific American’s review of another study on bat mortality. We’re not seeing our resident Small Brown Bat over at our place this summer. Maybe one of the neighbors put up a windmill? Recall last time we got into those fracked oil Bomb Trains? This time let’s look at fracked oil going up in flames ….before it even gets to the trains! Finally, it’s time to go to the Talk. It’s proof that the logging industry doesn’t understand the language of nature and that fungi are there to teach us.

 

After our conversation with Karl we’ll take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, July 21, 8pm. Conference call with Chad Hanson, Director and Principal Ecologist of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, who will discuss the ecological importance of dead trees, or “snags,” and the carbon emission implications of logging for bioenergy. RSVP by responding to this email to receive call-in number and code: thebiomassmonitor@gmail.com

 

Monday, July 25, 7 – 9pm. Climate Action now! Meeting. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Come meet others who share your passion for climate justice and find out where you can plug in. (Location may change each month, so please check calendar for location for that month. Usually alternates at the Unitarian Society in Amherst OR the Unitarian Society in Northampton, MA. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

 

Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Commercial Scale Wood Heat & Air Quality Impacts. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA -First Floor Meeting Room. Sponsored by lead organization of Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership(MTWP), Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) this event features two speakers who will (most likely) speak in favor of commercial pellet burning in schools, hospitals, institutions and commercial entities. Bring your doubts and questions!  A brief meeting will be held by Mass. Forest Rescue afterwards at nearby Hope and Olive Restaurant. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Sunday, July 31, 9:30am to 1:00pm. Solar Wind Tour. Join Mass Energy & the Center for EcoTechnology as we return to Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.We’ll be celebrating local clean energy with a chairlift ride up to Berkshire East’s wind turbine and solar array. The tours are free & open to the public. This is a great opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and how you can act to get more turbines built in Massachusetts. [Don’t forget to ask about how bats & birds are protected from those blades!] RSVP by July 15th: Tickets & more info available at http://berkeast6.eventbrite.com. Info call: 617-524-3950 x152.

 

Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park in Turners Falls will offer programming and activities that are of interest to all ages, including children. Hands on experiences with primitive archery with Walt “Two Horses” Otter will be available throughout the day as well as flint knapping demonstrations by Richard Kern, who also makes bows and many other traditional crafts. Barbara Giammarino, a Penobscot hoop dancer, will be performing at 2 p.m. At the end of the performance she will give children an opportunity to try hoop dancing for them selves. Medicine Mammals are bringing their tipi and traditional children’s games, plus a couple of story telling sessions at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. This year children will also have the opportunity to make deer antler whistles ($2 fee) at 1 p.m. There will be music throughout the day provided by five diverse performance groups. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

 

Monday, August 15, 3:00 to 6:00pm. DCR-Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects. Meet at DCR New Salem Field Office 21 Elm Street, New Salem, MA off Rte. 202- East of Pelham, MA. The tour will run for roughly 3 hours. Please be prepared for walking in rough terrain through the forest. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM, Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting. We have been told by people in Sandisfield that having us show up at the meeting is incredibly helpful in the struggle to push back against kinder Morgan/TGP’s proposed fracked gas pipeline loop. If you go statements need to be related directly to Conservation Commission business. There is no need to speak, though.  It is people showing up that is really needed. We have been welcomed by the Con Com and our presence is noted by Kinder Morgan. Town Hall Annex, Sandisfield, MA. Go to: www.sandisfieldtaxpayers.org/

 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beaver and “Sturgeon Moon” Canoe Trip. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Join us for an evening canoe trip on the night of this full moon. The sturgeon moon, sometimes called the fishing moon as well, was named because more sturgeon were caught at this time of year. We don’t expect to see sturgeon [nonetheless catch any!] , but we will be learning about the natural history of the beaver. After a short introduction, we will head out in the canoes to watch for beaver and the full moon rising to the east. We’ll then explore the Mill River and the Oxbow. Basic canoe experience required. Registration & fee is required. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

That’s all folks! Tune in next time for more but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Otis+ResGreetings Earthlings. The struggle against Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas problem ain’t over ’til it’s over. You may have heard about KM/TGP’s efforts  to clearcut almost 4 miles of land in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield for its Connecticut Expansion Project, a 13-mile storage loop to hold fracked gas for distribution to Connecticut customers. “The project requires cutting trees near an old growth forest to widen an existing pipeline corridor that is now owned by the state and protected by its Constitution under Article 97.“, notes the Berkshire Edge. Furthermore, TGP wants to take 1 million gallons of water from Spectacle Pond to test their pipes, if installed, and then flush the tainted water back into the pond. We don’t think so! Kathy Daly and Susan Triolo of the Sugar Shack Alliance join us to talk about……well…resistance. We’ll talk about the Saturday, July 16,  celebration of solidarity with our Berkshire friends & neighbors fighting the Connecticut Expansion pipeline. [UPDATE: H3690 is the State House bill we talked about on the show. Go HEREWait, there’s more! As always we’ll take you for a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Macho man defies gators but only for a few seconds. 

Our Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural once again. This week it’s Repugnican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake (great name, Jeff) who are opposed to protecting……..the GRAND CANYON! Read all about it on Grist here. Here’s an interesting fact: Over the last three years, Republicans have filed more than 40 bills or amendments to remove or greatly diminish protections for parks and public lands. If they hate this planet so much why don’t they just leave?? We have some other fools who, while not on the Hill, certainly orbit around it and, in this case, happen to be Dems. Yes, it’s $hillary Clinton’s handpicked operatives on the Dem’s National Platform Committee who just voted against a call for an end to fracking (among other good ideas). We can hardly wait for the Clinton 2.0 era! Which bring us to……

Meet the New Boss and the fracking revolving door he once pledged to close. Guess what? It’s still going round & round. We think DOE Secretary Ernst Moniz might be standing close by spinning it. And this: It looks like the Obama Administration was lobbying Dem Party Platform members to reject any position against the disastrous TPP trade deal.

We have Broken News! The Massachusetts State Senate voted 39 to 0 against fracked gas pipeline tax. We call that a big victory BUT, as we all know, it ain’t over ’til it’s over on Beacon Hill. “The amendment, along with the rest of the Senate energy bill, will now go to a conference committee with the House charged with resolving differences between the two branches. The differences are many, so it’s unclear whether [this] provision will survive.” reports CommonWealth magazine. O, and this: the Massachusetts Department of Easy Permits (DEP) Grants Federal Clean Water Act Permit for Kinder Morgan for Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Otis State Forest.

We actually open The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with some good news! We think you’ll love this story, especially if you love cats. Grist recently did a piece on a part of fracking that doesn’t get enough notice: radioactive waste. And speaking of things that don’t get near enough consideration how about this: Climate change migration corridors for the critters, OK? And this, we just absolutely love it when elected officials actually act on behalf of their constituents’ best interests. The recent vote in the MA State Senate against the pipeline tax being one example. Here’s another from the Other Coast: Oakland Says No to Coal Exports.  Here’s this week’s Enviro Show Blog Action link: Save the Monarchs!

Our Quote of the Week concerns those Bomb Trains traveling through the middle of so many communities here in the Valley and around the nation :

“No good reason exists for allowing oil companies and railroads to ship millions of barrels of explosive oil through our communities in unsafe tank cars…. We want unsafe tank cars made off-limits to extreme oil immediately.” – Michael Brune, Director of The Sierra Club

 

After our conversation with Susan and Kathy we stroll over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Saturday, July 9, 9AM – 3PM. People Over Pipelines March – Acushnet Segment! This short, one-day march & rally will focus on the massive new liquified natural gas storage facility that’s proposed in Acushnet, MA, as part of Spectra’s Access Northeast project. Meet at Casimir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road, New Bedford, MA. 9:40-10 am: Rally, then embark on march.10:45 am: Arrive at site of proposed LNG facility.12:00-3:00 am: Picnic/activities/carpool people back to their cars as requested. More details: Contact Wendy Graca, wendygraca@aol.com

 

Sunday, July 10, 7:30-9:00pm. Thoreau’s Vision: New National Parks “For Inspiration and Our Own True Recreation”. As we celebrate the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, a growing coalition of grassroots groups across America is seeking to create new national parks to protect natural landscapes and historic sites threatened by the kind of shortsighted exploitation decried by Thoreau. Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, has visited 250 National Park System units across America & Jym St. Pierre, Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, has visited dozens of National Parks on four continents. Masonic Temple, Concord, Mass. For directions, click hereFor more information, click here

 

 

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/

 

Wednesday, July 13. National telebriefing: Dangerous Drinking Water, with presentations by leading experts and activists:

  • Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
  • Daniel Hirsch, Director, Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Emily Wurth, Water Program Director, Food and Water Watch
  • Moderated by NIRS Executive Director, Tim Judson

The open and free event will be on the phone, starting at 8 pm eastern, 7 pm central, 6 pm mountain and 5 pm pacific. We will reserve the second half of the program for questions and discussion.

Register to attend the July 13 telebriefing.

The program will focus on EPA Guidance that massively increases the permitted levels of radioactivity in drinking water for years after any nuclear incident that requires consideration of “protective action,” ranging from a spill, leak or transport accident to a dirty bomb or nuclear meltdown—a nuclear  accident of any kind, big or small. Allowable concentrations of radioactive elements allowed to come out of your tap would rise hundreds or even thousands of times above the current Maximum Concentration Levels allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Click here to review EPA’s proposal.

 

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/

 

Sunday, July 24, noon. March for Clean Energy! Philadelphia City Hall on the eave the Democratic National Convention. Go to: www.cleanenergymarch.org/about/march-details/

 

Sunday, July 31, 9:30am to 1:00pm. Solar Wind Tour. Join Mass Energy & the Center for EcoTechnology as we return to Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.We’ll be celebrating local clean energy with a chairlift ride up to Berkshire East’s wind turbine and solar array. The tours are free & open to the public. This is a great opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and how you can act to get more turbines built in Massachusetts. RSVP by July 15th: Tickets & more info available at http://berkeast6.eventbrite.com. Info call: 617-524-3950 x152.

 

Happy Interdependence Day! Until next time remember: Listen to Your Mother, OK?