Greetings Earthlings. We may sound like a broken record to some, but given the critical issues involved we’re not about to let go of reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Water Protectors by the Standing Rock rez in North Dakota. Paki calls in once again from Standing Rock while Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now! and Adin Buchanan and Natalie Strohm of Hampshire College Climate Justice join us in the studio to bring you the latest. As always we’ll be sure to introduce you to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and, of course, the real New Boss (groan), along with a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………….Revenge of the Critters! Shutterbugs and Selfieites Beware: Buffalo are decidedly NOT another form of entertainment.
We have Breaking News! The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that other routes for the DAPL project are now being considered. It’s a temporary victory for Water Protectors at Standing Rock but just another day in the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. There are many oil pipeline projects already in progress as well as fracked gas pipelines. It’s time to celebrate today and reactivate tomorrow.
It’s time once again to dive headlong into the New Boss’s cesspool of climate catastrophe! His much touted media interview at The New York Times found members of the Fourth Estate grasping for footholds in their rotting floors. Try as they might to find some hope for the planet in the Boss’s….um…thinking?…the fact remains we seem stuck with a Climate Criminal-in-Chief. Now for a word from our friends at Grist: What will the Boss’ EPA look like? (if you dare look!). Meanwhile to Old Boss scrambles to do what he feels he can do to make the world safe for his kids?
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill hasn’t been among the portraits in our Hall of Fools since January of 2014, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy fooling around with the viability of life on Earth for future generations. Rep. Mike Pompeo (Repugnican-Kan.) is one of the New Boss’ nominees for Director of the CIA. This fool “has been an outspoken critic of factoring climate change into national security issues during his tenure in the House of Representatives. In a December 2015 statement, Pompeo said, “For President Obama to suggest that climate change is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism is ignorant, dangerous, and absolutely unbelievable.” Wait! isn’t climate crime the definition of terrorism??
We have an Enviro Show Quote of the Week to get your mind off bad news. OK, everyone pile into the Wayback Machine! Ready?
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau
It’s time to take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber to see some 24/7 climate crimes committed by so-called law enforcement. We have a whole host of things you can do here to support the Water Protectors. The list doesn’t include boycotts of the banksters behind DAPL, that would be here. And then there’s Sunoco, of course. Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity just noted that in “a new paper just published in the journal Science…researchers’ [made] urgent recommendations for protecting pollinators come on the heels of last week’s release of the largest and most comprehensive global assessment ever of pollinators, which found that 40 percent of pollinating insects are threatened with extinction.” More on that here. Speaking of our flying friends as well as Standing Rock it looks like there’s a little known connection in the air! Finally this: Evil Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State?? Why the pretense? Just appoint fucking Satan!!
After our conversation with our guests we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Tuesday, December 13, 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Mass Power Forward Local Clean Energy Webinar. Want to do more locally on clean energy? Join this webinar to learn how to use the Clean Energy Checklist to assess your town or city’s actions so far, and to learn about our toolkit to get local clean energy projects and policies going in your community! SIGN UP HERE. Detailed webinar information will be sent upon sign-up.
Wednesday, December 21, Sundown. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary annual winter solstice celebration and bonfire. Celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown for music and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. We make every attempt not to cancel this event due to inclement weather, but call Arcadia or check our Facebook page if a blizzard is brewing. This is a free event thanks to sponsorship from River Valley Co-op, Peoples Bank and Northeast Solar. Registration is not required for this program. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. Arcadia can be reached at (413) 584-3009. www.massaudubon.org/
Thursday, December 15, 5 pm. Join The Biomass Monitor on a Conference Call: Cellulosic Biofuels, Food Security, and Land Rights where Kelly Stone, Policy Analyst for ActionAid USA, discusses a new cellulosic biofuels paper along with concerns related to food security and land rights. RSVP on Facebook and email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive call-in number and code.
Friday, Deceber 16, Noon to 1:00pm. Weekly TD BANK Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, 215 Main St., Brattleboro, VT. #NoDAPL #bankexit
Tuesday, December 20, Noon to 1pm. Weekly TD BANK Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, 324 Main St., (near Federal St corner). Greenfield, MA. #NoDAPL #bankexit
Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 – 10pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Find out about upcoming actions on the national and local level. Join a break-out session: Welcome for Newcomers, Legislative Action, Soil and Forests as Carbon Sinks, and Movement Building in a Time of Climate Emergency. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org
That’s it for us until our Winter Solstice show on December 20th. Until then remember what? Listen to your Mother!