Greetings Earthlings. We knew it would be bad but this?? It’s one thing to be the laughing stock of the civilized world as we become totally ruled by creepy clowns who have parked their creepy clown car on the People’s Lawn, but it’s quite another to have bonafide climate criminals enthroned in the few places left in the nation’s Capitol that were somewhat able to push back The Machine, albeit ineptly. Now The Machine and U.S. Government are one. Corporate America has overthrown the United States of America…….for the time being. Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now WMass return to examine the remains and ask the inevitable question: Where do we go from here? Legislatively speaking we can start right HERE. Our roving reporter and bard, Tom Neilson calls in from FLA to talk water. As usual we will also drag you over to Meet the New Boss (better bring your hot air sickness bags!) and see the Fool-on-the-Hill (if we can decide which one of soooo many to choose from), as well as visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! My Goddess, isn’t THIS ONE worth a replay?? The nation’s preeminent symbol expresses outrage!
So many fools, so little time. This week we take you to meet repeat offender, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman and climate criminal Repugnican Rob Bishop of Utah. Rob, we guess in his position as guardian of all things natural, is working hard to gut the Endangered Species Act (where’s that angry Bald Eagle when we really need him?). He claimed recently the act “has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used for control of the land”, which the eagle, for one, could easily refute. We guess Rob’s ill-advised effort will sail through congress and land on the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s desk soon enough. We also guess history will remember these criminals and it won’t be pretty.
We have Breaking News! Kinder Morgan/TGP (in their eternal wisdom) “has filed a renewed request for Notice to Proceed with Tree Felling for the entire CT Expansion Project. (Their initial request was filed last March, after receiving the FERC certificate.) KM is anxious to complete tree felling before March 31st, during the “environmentally preferred window” to protect migratory birds. [Yesterday] they filed their Biweekly Status Report, again claiming to have ‘received all federal permits needed for tree felling.’ That’s not quite true. In addition to not having a final section 401 water quality certification from MassDEP (because of our ongoing appeal), there are several issues as yet unresolved that must be completed before FERC can consider allowing tree felling for the project. Please comment on Docket No. CP14-529 ! Obviously this is a time-sensitive request. (How to eComment.) [from MassPlan]. Also go HERE regarding Native stone sites at Otis.
The sketchy New Boss is, not unexpectedly, off to a rocky start in his new position as Climate Criminal-in-Chief, but right off, let’s let our own Rachel Maddow reveal what may be THE most unsettling aspect of the Boss’ reign: how he got there in the first place. OK, putting aside all the lies and lame-ass deception for the moment, it appears a host of federal employees are worried about the Boss, no doubt sensing the same sinking feeling many in Washington are feeling, including the Boss’s staff. On Wednesday the entire senior staff of the U.S. State Department was fired unexpectedly by the New Boss or their new boss, that guy from Big Oil. Some other federal employees find themselves being muzzled by the Boss for disseminating those old-fashioned facts called…..well, facts. Some of them don’t much care for a two-bit Ministry of Truth coming down on them with gag orders so they are launching their own real news. Scientists are not pleased with all this unscientific behavior and have just invented a….. Scientists March on Washington! Look out Secret Service and DCPD, it’s angry geeks wielding bunsen burners & pipettes! Back to fake news, it’s no longer just those creepy never heard of sites that troll onto your Facebook news feed anymore, now it comes straight out of the Oval Office and from down the hall. Adding insult to injury, another climate criminal and familiar troll (and former repeat offender Fool-on-the-Hill winner) thinks the White House is the ONLY PLACE you should get your news! This should be in the news soon enough: The Boss is closing in on his choice to help congressional obstructionists stack the Supreme Court with some far-right ideologue (who, of course, would never dream of being one of those activist judges!). And you’ve probably already heard about the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s executive order on DAPL and Son of Keystone XL, yes? Goddess knows we could go on and on, the Boss is an endless gushing sewer of polluted proclamations and twisted thoughts, but we have a show to put on. More next time!
You probably won’t be surprised to find our Enviro Show Quote of the Week referencing the New Boss but how about us quoting……ourselves? It’s true, d.o. can’t resist a little bit of poetry regarding the Boss and his proposed cabinet, something that has our in-house poet reflecting on Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet. Check it out HERE.
Over here in The Echo Chamber we find the Humane Society here in the Commonwealth working to bypass this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill with some state sponsored endangered and threatened species legislation. You can add your voice to that effort, OK? Did you know that two commonly used pesticides are likely to harm 97% of Endangered Species in the U.S.? We shudder to think what a Pruitt led EPA would do……rather, NOT do about this information. After you’ve voiced your concern and/or outrage we have a gift for you! Stop by our table at this Saturday’s “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton for some of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species condoms! (yes, it’s the exploding human population that endangers the other lifeforms on planet Earth). If you miss us there just drop us an email and we’ll get some to you.
After our conversation with Susan and Irvine we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.
Wednesday, February 8, 4pm. #HoDAPLLastStand! TD Bank, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. On February 7th the US Army Corps of Engineers gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the Environmental Impact Statment ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. The Water Protectors still on the ground have made a call for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EMERGENCY ACTIONS on WEDNESDAY FEB. 8. In Western Massachusetts we are answering that call. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799108267008398/
Thursday, February 9, 4:00pm. The Changing Landscape: Environmental Journalism in the Age of Trump . Ziff Gallery, S414 Integrative Learning Center, 4th Fl. (located in the center of the UMASS campus, between the campus pond and Campus Center, map). Editors for global conservation news service Mongabay.com will share how they developed careers covering this beat, how they see the media landscape changing during this pivotal period, and the role of nonprofit and entrepreneurial journalism in 2017 and beyond. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, email@example.com or 413-429-5296
Thursday Feb 9, 7:00pm. Changes to the Land: Discussion & Live Podcast Taping w/ Harvard Forest & Mongabay. Holdsworth Hall #308 (UMASS campus, third building north of campus parking garage). Harvard Forest scientists will discuss with Mongabay.com editors their landmark report “Changes to the Land,” about forest fragmentation, climate change, and more in the Bay State and the wider region. [Be sure to ask them why increased logging in this age of Climate Crisis??] Come hear this discussion and query the panel about climate change and other changes to the land, regionally to globally. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-429-5296
Thursday, February, 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Finding Work with Meaning in the Anthropocene: Panel Discussion, Room 2601, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Part of Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series. Gain insights into your personal journey toward forward-thinking work in sustainable living and community building within the fields of education, entrepreneurialism, and green building, with Ofer Sharone, assistant professor, Sociology, UMass Amherst, Sara Schley, co-founder of the sustainable consulting firm Seed Systems; Ezra Small , UMass Amherst Sustainability Manager; Sarah Hebert G’13, Trinity Solar employee; and John Fabel, building and construction technology adjunct faculty member, UMass Amherst. More information on our blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/
And Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/
Saturday, February 11, 9:30am. to 5:30pm. Multi-generational NVDA Training, First Churches, Main Street, Northampton, MA. This workshop will introduce you to the spirit of nonviolence and to the continuum of Non Violent Direct Actions (NVDA) and will prepare you to be part of Sugar Shack Alliance actions. The day includes time for personal reflections on Civil Disobedience, an introduction to the basic tenets of consensus decision making and horizontal leadership, exploring the purpose of affinity groups and learning about the structure of Sugar Shack Alliance. An important part of the day is to raise awareness of dynamics related to power and privilege. Please register HERE. You will receive a confirmation email with details. Contact email@example.com
Sunday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm. Frankin County Continuing the Political Revolution Climate Crisis Task Force. Green Fields Market, 144 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/
February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848
Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm. Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/
Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/
That’s all folks! For now. Remember, when you’re out there, listen to your Mother.