Greetings Earthlings. We air this time on the anniversary of the Three Mile Island Meltdown in 1979. Also we are up close and personal with fracked gas promoters here in the Commonwealth and down in the Belly of the Beast. We go critical on nukes with Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network and drill deep into fracked gas with our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson. [Correction: I misspoke on the show saying AG Jeff Sessions was from Oklahoma. I meant EPA head Scott Pruitt – d.o. ] Also, another strolling troubadour of Earth First! fame, Casey Neill calls in about the upcoming Earth2Trump Roadshow coming to Northampton. As always, we’ll take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Iguana steals the show at the Miami Open….and freaks out herpetophobes!
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Duncan Hunter, repugnican from California who questioned “Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, the acting deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy at a March 19 hearing. Donegan began to answer a question about the Arctic when he uttered the words, “climate change,” and Hunter cut him off. “So I don’t care about the climate change stuff at all, frankly.” Wait! There’s more: “Here’s what the EPA has done, they’ve destroyed American business,” Hunter said, to the jeers of many in [a Town Hall] audience and cheers from others [meeting in Ramona, CA on March 11]. Yes, another young repugnican descending the ladder to the dark side, and in California!
Time to visit The Mad King but there’s no need to kneel down in his presence as we have erected a wall between our fans and His Malignancy. Safety First! Grist by way of The New Republic tells us: “In Trump’s ideal world, the agency [EPA] tasked with protecting human health and the environment would be slashed by 31 percent to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years… Nineteen percent of the current workforce, or 3,200 agency employees, would be fired.” Yes, the Climate Criminal-in-Chief continues his campaign to turn Mother Earth into the Death Star. Here’s another peek into The Mad King’s “war on the environment”. On to his unfortunate pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch! “Throughout his career, Gorsuch has found creative ways of throwing judicial roadblocks in front of environmental litigation”, Mother Jones tells us with help from Grist. Hopefully, by the time you read this all of these guys will be perp walked out of their plush offices and brought before the dock………but probably not.
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is short but not at all sweet:
“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine” – David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we ask: Is all this talk of climate chaos making you sick? Guess what? It actually is! Extra, extra! Read all about it!! Here’s this week’s Blog Action Link. Some of us are ice hockey fans but terrorizing penguins for the show? We don’t think so! Here’s one that makes it difficult to tell whose feet to lay it at, The Mad King or his enablers in congress; actually it’s both so we’ll stick it here in The Chamber by echoing Climate Central’s report, “Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits”. It seems the Enemies of the Planet “have introduced at least 11 pieces of legislation that could weaken it or prevent some threatened wildlife from being protected.” BUT, who will protect them when the whole ball of wax comes undone? No one here in the Echo Chamber! Here’s one we can lay at the feet of the Gov and some folks on Beacon Hill: The Boston Globe reports “Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less.” That not only sounds like bad grammar but policy as well! “Enforcement actions for serious violations have dropped by more than half, statistics show, as inspections also declined. Fines collected from violators plummeted during the same period by nearly 75 percent.”, the story notes. From here it looks like you taxpayers aren’t getting your dollar’s worth but you can pretty well bet it will be blamed on The Mad King…..even before he really starts punishing us! It looks like the exact opposite is going down on the other coast where enviros are building a Thin Green Line against greedy corporados.
On to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Silent Protest at the Bridge of Flowers (on the Buckland Side) with a variety of “No Pipeline” themed signs. MA Secretary of Energy Beacon is coming to talk about preparing for Climate Change. We want to show that the recent permitting of a fracked gas pipeline through our state forest contradicts his message of helping us to prepare for Climate Change. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/119492241932166/
Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers. Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve: *A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass
* Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average) *Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/782542465255923/ for details on sending testimony.
Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/
Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science. The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com
Thursday & Friday April 27, 9am – April 28. Elders Climate Action Day. American University Washington College of Law & Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 4300 NW Nebraska Ave., Washington, DC Go to: http://www.eldersclimateactionday.org/
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/ MA bus sign-up HERE.
Friday, May 5th 5:30pm, Saturday, May 6th 5:30pm, & SundayMay 7th 3:30pm. The Wastelands Opera At the Holyoke Creative Art Center, 384 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA. A FREE performance of The Wastelands where the opera first debuted in 2016. The Wastelands is an original experimental folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and first in Children of the Wild’s “Rewilding Cycle.” Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. More Info: https://www.childrenofthewild.org/calendar?mc_cid=afe8b5ca1e&mc_eid=e30cdb63e1
We go out with our roving reporting troubadour, Tom Neilson and one of our favorites, “That Pipeline Ain’t Gonna Pass”