Archive for August, 2016

 

BombTrainGreetings Earthlings. Recall our past rant about those explosive fracked oil trains? We call them Bomb Trains for a reason. Alex Ramel from Stand. Earth calls in with some background and we get into some interesting local aspects of this….um….volatile issue? Get out your binocs kids and remember this hazmat number: #1267. If you see that on the side of a long line of tanker cars on the tracks here in the Valley guess what? The Bomb Train has come to town! As always, we’ll also take you to to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit the New Boss as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Tired of all those people left to their own devices in public? Some critters are too! 

Let’s start off a little different this time with a Quote of the Week that sets the tone for this show, OK?

“If we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.”   – President Obama

We can only wonder at what the New Boss must be thinking as he continues having fracking Ernest Moniz as his Energy Czar when the guy keeps fronting for the fossil fools. Moniz’s latest delivery of extremely hot air was at a DOE field hearing in Seattle last week convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Remember our rant about endless Bomb Trains passing through the middle of Seattle? Albany? Maybe Greenfield? (We say maybe ‘cuz we have no confirmation but hey! Give Pan Am Railway a call and ask: Customer service – 800-955-9212). Those ticking time bombs don’t seem to bother the senator either. Cantwell said the oil and gas boom has achieved “energy independence” in making the nation less dependent on foreign oil. Sooooo, that’s why they’re shipping it offshore?? OK……….reality check!

Time to visit that classic Fool-on-the-Hill again! Guess who said this? “Our kids are being brainwashed. My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming? I did some checking, and.. the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.” Name the Fool & win the prize!

Time for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! We guess by now you heard about this: “President Barack Obama signed into law the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday”.  This is excellent news to our friends here in New England who struggled for years to make this happen but Obama didn’t stop there. For the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service the Prez also designated new National Monuments to Cesar Chavez in California, the Pullman porters in Chicago, and the folks who stood up for equality at Stonewall in New York City, and quadruple the Papahānaumokuākea Hawaii Monument—creating the world’s largest protected marine area! Also this, more good news (if you can stand it!): Evilsource and National Grid bail on Spectra’s Access Northeast fracked gas pipeline! Will the corporados actually spend their own money to build it now that they can’t tax us to pay for it? Stay tuned! Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link. It’s about that lame Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline they want to ram through Lakota territory. Finally this: If there’s any climate change deniers left out there maybe they should read this piece about a Manatee hanging out in the warm water off the Cape? When was the last time a live Manatee was up north here, huh?
After our conversation with Alex we move on to the Bus Stop billboard:

 

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, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm. Teaching at the Edge of Time – A Talk by Joanna Macy. Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro. Marlboro College is pleased to present world-renowned eco-philosopher  and author Joanna Macy in a talk titled “Teaching at the Edge of Time.” Educators and students are particularly encouraged to attend, and Joanna’s talk will be preceded by a community gathering and cheese plate hour starting at 6:30. Call: (802) 254-4730.

 

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

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30-2:00pm. A Conversation about Climate Change. Floor 26, Du Bois Library. Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. Includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, Fall 2016 SERIES. All events are free and open to the UMass community and the public. Limited seating – please arrive early. Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, September 24, 12 Noon. A legal and peaceful People Over Pipeline Walk along the segment of Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion that passes through our state. The walk will begin at the soon to be expanded compressor station in Agawam, MA, half a mile north of the CT border, and will continue along the pipeline route in Suffield and East Granby. A walk initiated by The CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 CT to call attention to this interstate project that is unnecessary and will profit Eversource and Iberdrola at the expense of our clean and safe environment. Call: 860-236-4405

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25,10:00 AM – 5:00pm. Rain or Shine. The North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA. Be sure to checkout The Portal to the Future as well as our own d.o. reading from his book, “Bad Atmosphere” at The Spoken Word Stage on Saturday at 3pm. Go to: https://garlicandarts.org/

 

Monday, September 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now gathering in Amherst. Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, USA (map). 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. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

 

Saturday October 1, Noon to 11pm. Harvest of Hope Festival/Cosecha de Esperanza 2016 at The Common Park, Pittsfield MA. Building solidarity at the intersection of Cultural, Social, Economic, and Ecological Justice here in Berkshire County! The Harvest of Hope vision of weaving unity in our community will be showcased in an array of creative outpourings: storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. The event culminates in a multi-cultural Harvest Feast, and if you can stay up late enough: World Groove Dance-In! You don’t want to miss it! If you are on Facebook the event page is: www.facebook.com/events/303648303335170/.

 

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

That’s it for now, but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

shhhh-feature-featureGreetings Earthlings. Suppose we told you 32% of Eversource’s and 17% of Natural Grid’s reported gas leaks simply “disappeared” last year. We’d just love to tell you all those leaks were repaired but it seems they were just removed from the database without explanation. Albert Carter, MIT Data Wrangler joins us to talk LostLeaks, Big Grid’s cooked books? Also joining us in the studio is Andra Rose from Mothers Out Front on some Valley specific gas leak info. As always we’ll take on a trip to meet out Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss as well as a visit to the Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember how the cowpeople nearly wiped out the Buffalo back in the day? Looks like the Buffalo remember!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill spends most of his time passing out checks on the Hill (to fellow Republicans we assume) and pretending he’s all kinds of concerned about the Climate Crisis (he doesn’t call it that). Grist tells us Jay Faison, “the wealthy businessman announced last year that he would be spending $175 million to promote climate action to Republicans and promote Republicans to climate-minded voters”. But wait, there’s more! “Faison has not endorsed or proposed any policies specifically designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether from the electricity system, transportation, agriculture, or any other sector.” Huh? You mean he’s just full of shit??

Time to Meet the New Boss !  This time we find Obama going soft on Arctic oil drilling. “It may be the case that the [new] rules require safer drilling practices, but the simple fact is that there’s no safe way to drill for oil in the Arctic with the climate crisis deepening all around us,” says David Turnbull of Oil Change International. Also, it appears The Boss’ EPA has gone and approved “nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity.” Toss in his Arctic oil drilling green light, his undying support for TPP and we’d say it’s time to head out to Martha’s Vineyard for some First Family vacation summertime standouts!

We usually don’t begin our Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Action link BUT this one is truly an exception: Tell FERC to reject all pending fracked gas pipeline permits! It looks like Obama has something to tell FERC as well (maybe he’s not like the old boss!), in this case to take the climate into consideration when they’re doing environmental reviews of large projects. Wait, didn’t former FERC Commissioner, LaFleur say “We don’t do warming”?  OK, so it’s a hot humid summer, right? We guess most of you don’t live in a naturally cooled Earth sheltered house like some of us gloating owner-builders so allow us to rub it in with this from Grist. We did this one last time but to our way of thinking it warrants an Enviro Show Rerun.

How about a Quote of the Week to go with our theme of collusion? “I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.” – Queen Elizabeth I

A little E-Valley-uation here: We showed up for the Destroy the Quabbin Forestry Tour the other day and we didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt! However, Glen got entertained with DCR (MA Department of Cut & Run) and QUAC’s (Quabbin “Advisory” Committee) utter lack of understanding about forests and old growth in this age of Climate Chaos! Too bad the Recorder reporter left before Glen set their hair on fire 😉

After our conversation about cooked books and leaking gas we turn to The Enviro Show’s Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. Stand Out Against DPU’s Pro-fracking Actions – 6:30pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Federal 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”).

 

September 10, All Day. The Sugar Shack Alliance is sponsoring a full day non-violence direct action training in Pittsfield MA, at the UU Church on Wendell Ave. People do NOT need to be already in an affinity group to participate nor do they need to already know whether they are prepared to risk arrest. The trainings will support you to consider all your options. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to $20 each. To register, contact Cheryl Rose at crose002@gmail.com no later than Sept 1.

 

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, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

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

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

That is all….for now. We go out with another Enviro Show Premier Performance by Tom Neilson! It’s “1200 Leaks” and yes, it’s a gas!  BTW, Please remember as you’re out there recreating to listen to your Mother, OK?