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Greetings Earthlings. Isn’t this the right moment for us to take down the emperor one word at a time? Isn’t it us who really have the best words!  An untold number of poets, wordsmiths and strolling troubadours call in with all that (we trust). As usual we’ll also treat you to visits with His Malignancy himself and our Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for………….Revenge of the Critters! King Alexander of Greece ruled from June 1917 until his untimely death at 27 in 1920. He was bit by a domestic Barbary macaque and died of an infection (et tu pet!).

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill may have sponsored the shortest legislation in the history of the U.S. House of Reprehensibles. Florida Repugnican, Matt Gaetz introduced H.R. 861. This beyond sketchy bill reads: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” Full stop. We’re thinking, given the state of education in the state of Florida, Matt may have decided not to go too much into detail.

We may have stumbled on the reason His Malignancy’s senior aide, Stephen Miller always seems to come across a bit off. First we thought he might actually be Pee Wee Herman’s evil twin BUT then this came along! Yes, Miller may well be one of those mind-controlled robots reported about recently on NPR. Now, just guess whose mind controls him! Hint: The KGB was always interested in psychics! On to His Malignancy’s troll in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who has just stuck his oily foot in his mouth again. You can hear Scott Pruitt state: “carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming” HERE.  Let’s move on to another of the emperor’s appointees, T Rex the man from Exxon/Mobil…..or is it “Wayne Tracker”? Whatever you call him it seems like obstruction of justice is the name of the crime! This one may qualify as Great Moments in Wasted Efforts: MIT profs are trying to lobby His Malignancy about one of his chief climate deniers. Good luck with that, professor! It seems the emperor’s Forest Service has changed its priorities……but actually they’ve just gotten worse than ever. Read all about it here. Getting back to the subject at hand, we would mostly like to see the emperor taken down by the peaceful machination of the state. If you’ve been following the Valley’s own Rachel Maddow these past few weeks you’re fully aware that the evidence for running His Malignancy out of town on a rail is building. Watch this space.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our friends at Grist recently reported that the new and removed EPA has given Big Oil & Gas a pass on methane (so to speak). OK, that stinks, right? How about this: Antarctica sea ice has just hit its lowest level ever. No word on whether such levels are as low as the ones reached by the repugnicans in Washington. Here’s our Enviro Show blog Action Link for this week. Please do it for the bees! A few more repugnican assaults on life here on planet Earth to cover: Endangered species? Endangered species! We doin’ need no endangered species!!

We have an E-Vally-uation segment coming soon that should be of great interest. Sooooo, don’t just watch Rachel’s space as noted above, watch THIS SPACE as well, OK? And this: Our friend Karl Meyer has written a piece regarding the Connecticut River and pumped storage that puts new meaning to the term carrying water for the corporados. It’s a must read for anyone who loves the river that our valley embraces.

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Albert Hoffman via Glen:

In field and forest, and in the animal world sheltered therein, indeed in every garden, a reality is perceptible that is infinitely more real, older, deeper, and more wondrous than everything made by people, and that will yet endure, when the inanimate, mechanical, and concrete world again vanishes, becomes rusted and fallen into ruin.


After we take down the emperor it’s time for the Bus Stop Billboard:



Wednesday, March 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm eastern. “Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas”. Are you concerned about fracking and natural gas pipelines? Concerned about climate change? If you are—and you should be—you should join PSR for a webinar. Go to:


Wednesday, March 22, 6pm. Native American Ceremonial Landscapes – Otis State Forest. First Church, 27 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. 73 Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSLs) have been identified along the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan Ct. Expansion pipeline through a survey conducted by several Tribes in the second half of 2016. According to Mr. Harris, a full one-third of these CSLs will be disturbed or destroyed during the construction of this pipeline. To learn more go here.


Wednesday, March 22, 7:00pm. People’s Climate March Planning Meeting for Greenfield, 12 Federal St. Greenfield, MA 01301. Join our kick off planning meeting to be involved in all aspects of planning and organizing our community for the People’s Climate March! This is one of hundreds of planning meetings happening around the county dedicated to organizing, planning, and recruiting for the April 29th People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. Go HERE. Call: 413-320-7222.


Thursday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Poetry reading and creative writing workshop featuring Don Ogden, author of Bad Atmosphere. A free copy of d.o.’s book will be given to the first 20 participants to arrive. Part of the Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis series. Room 2601, UMass Library , Amherst, MA. Contact: Madeleine Charney


Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 9:00pm. VT Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meting. Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres, Brattleboro, VT. Representatives from the Vermont Public Service Department, Agency of Natural Resources and Attorney General’s Office will provide the state’s overview of the Certificate of Public Good petition that Entergy and NorthStar have filed with the Vermont Public Service Board. Remote Access (via GoToWebinar) will be available for the March 23, 2017 meeting.  Please email Tony Leshinskie, Vermont State Nuclear Engineer at or via to request a remote access connection.  Remote access requests should be made no later than 12 noon on March 23, 2017.


Monday, March 27, 7:00 to 9:00pm. Climate Action Now! Monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. (Handicap accessible and on a bus line. Everyone is welcome!). Climate Action Now is a people powered, grassroots Western Massachusetts based organization dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, and mobilize for climate action. Newcomers are welcome! Let’s work together to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice!  VISIT OUR WEBSITE!


Saturday, April 1, 9am. to 5pm. Sugar Shack Alliance Non-violent Direct Action Training. Mt. Toby Friends Meeting House, Rt. 63, Leverett, MA. Go to:


Thursday, April 6 — doors open at 6:15 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, an evening of music and activism. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton, MA . The Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow is coming to Northampton on April 6.Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump’s disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline. Go here:


 Thursday April 6, 7pm. Vermont regulators want to hear what we think about Entergy selling VT Yankee to a new decommissioning company. An informational presentation by the Dept. of Public Service will be held at 6:00pm. The Public Service Board will begin hearing the people speak at 7:00pm. The hearing will be at Vernon Elementary School, on Governor Hunt Road (across the street from Vermont Yankee) in Vernon, VT. For details go to our Decommissioning Resources page and our news post here.


Wednesday, April 12, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Springfield City Hall, School Committee Meeting Room 220, 36 Court St., Springfied, MA. Eversource is proposing a bill increase to you that would increase their revenue by about $100 million dollars. Eversource is asking the Department of Public Utilities to give them a guaranteed return on equity of 10.5%, which would be among the highest rate of any utility in the country. There are many parts of this proposal that are bad for solar, including imposing “demand charges” on residential customers and higher “fixed customer charges”; which will both have the effect of lowering net metering credits. The proposal is also bad for low income households (western MA families could end up with an annual bill of $500 before they even turn on the lights!), and for energy conservation. Go to:


Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. (see above).


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:


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:


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:


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:   MA bus sign-up HERE.


We are very much out of here now. Remember: Listen to your Mother, right?


SAVE_THE_BEES_1016x1524.inddGreetings Earthlings. Let’s talk bees here and now, OK? Angela Roell of Yard Birds Farm in Greenfield, MA joins us for that and we distract you from a long hot, dry summer with a visit to the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as cooling off in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……………Revenge of the Critters! Wild Boar goes to the……. library? (maybe it was the AC?)

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is none other than disgraced establishment Dem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s a fool for helping to defeat Bernie Sanders and his anti-fracking pro-climate policies in the party primaries while supposedly being neutral as head of the DNC. The party leadership threw Deb under the bus on the very eve of the nominating convention when WikiLeaks released those damning emails…….. then they dragged her out and gave her a cushy spot in $hillary’s campaign, a haven for many fools.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us about “11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment”. What? Only 11?? We all know how much the Repugnicans hate the planet, right? And we always wonder why they don’t just leave it. It really would be best for everyone. But no, they just keep hanging around like that lame-ass kid from across the way who keeps following you and your friends around and yammering about the stupidest things! Anyway, look what their CEO wants to do if he ever gets in the Oval Office: Your fired! At least he’s staying in character, yes? Wait, there’s more!  Heir Trump has as an energy advisor we wish he’d also fire.  Of course, the Dems are only marginally better when it comes to protecting the nest and $hillary’s VP pick is a good example, given his support for fracked gas LNG exports, offshore drilling for oil, and the TPP. Here’s one both camps of the duopoly don’t seem to realize: “New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals”. Surprise! The Boston Globe reminds us about the push for wood pellet production (and, of course, FOREST DESTRUCTION!) here in the so-called Commonwealth. OK, repeat after us: “Biomass my ass!”. Got it? Finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link and it’s exactly spot on for this week’s theme: Save the Bees!

Time to Meet the New Boss as he tells the world  “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”  We guess that leaves out an awful lot of other people, many of whom are actually so concerned about life on Earth that they are calling for a ban on fracking and trade deals that threaten the planet. Anyway, at least the new boss will be…..the same as the old boss!

How about some E-Valley-uation? As a constituent of President Rosenberg, would you be willing to call (617-722-1500) or email ( him to urge him to support H.4187? Massachusetts must pass this bill immediately to become the third state in the country to restrict bee-killing pesticides and save bees, OK? Here’s an update on the situation with Kinder Morgan and their proposed assault on the Otis State Forest. And this: Good news from Karl Meyer about the sturgeon in that dead reach of the CT River!

Here comes the Quote of the Week: “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides.” – Patti Smith


After our conversation with Angela we take you by the hand over to the Bus stop Billboard:


Saturday, August 13, 10am-4pm. Butterfly Festival. Rain Date: August 14, 2016, 10am-4pm. Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun at the 9th Annual Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester, MA. Walks, workshops, art and crafts, children’s activities, face painting, food, and more! Go to:


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:


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:


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.


Saturday, August 20, 2016 we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day Massachusetts & our 5th Anniversary in Harvard Square (Follow The Honey Square, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.)  ~ please join us for a day into evening of apis melliferous inspired education and celebration with our 7pm keynote DAN CONLAN in from his Warm Colors Apiary in Western MA to talk ‪#‎RUSSIANQUEENS‬ & Hive Management New England Style. Email:


Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Fereral 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:     (enter docket number “16-103”)


Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: 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. or call: 413-665-4513. Go to:


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:



That’s it ’til next time. Remember….what? To LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! (sorry)