Greetings 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: email@example.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, 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.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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?