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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.

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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” 

That’s all folks! (for now). Until next time remember, Listen to YOUR Mother!

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treehug1Greetings Earthlings. Believe it or not, there are some good things to focus on in the New Year. Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust joins us to talk land preservation in the Age of Destruction. There are several land preservation efforts underway in our region like this and Leigh is the go-to person for info on that subject. We’ll get into that as well as another scary visit with the New Boss and this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and an excursion into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! You may have read recently that the world’s fastest critter, the Cheetah is quickly headed for extinction. And, you might be wondering what bad actors are responsible for this sorry situation, yes? OK, we’re here to say not all bad actors are responsible, some are just there to take the hit!

Last time we had a look at The New Boss he was assembling his Cabinet of Deplorables like some fiendish Dr. Caligari on steroids. This week our friends at Grist help us drill down into one of the Boss’s local New York City projects that speaks volumes about what his administration will mean for issues of climate justice. On the matter of endangered species, referenced above and in the Echo Chamber below, The Endangered Species Coalition has some critical info for the Boss that we’re sure will be filed away in…..um…..the shredder? We don’t know if this Trump Chump qualifies for the Boss’s Cabinet but he sure fits the MO. It’s Climate Crisis denier South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney for head of the Office of Management and Budget who asks ““do we really need government-funded research at all”?  Finally, here’s one we couldn’t resist: Even Trump Voters Oppose Trump’s Climate  Agenda. Enough!

We’ve been holding back on you, dear Enviro Show listeners. It seems the…..um….interesting? state of Tennessee has an entire collection of fools to choose from for the dishonor of being our Fool-on-the-Hill, so in keeping with the coming Fool’s Era (and as a New Year’s treat) we leave it to you which fool to pick from HERE. Our favorite is Rep. Chuck Fleischmann who, when asked his opinion about global warming during a candidate debate said: “I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there.” So much for southern hospitality, but he’d better get busy with it ‘cuz icebergs are becoming……well….endangered!

Here’s our timely Quote of the Week and it’s just a short hop in the old Wayback Machine to reach the source:

“Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.”  – Giffort Pinchot

Just when it’s time to take out the old and bring in the new we noticed things are piling up in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with this mind bending  eye-popping multi-media show from CNN (of all people) on the mass extinction crisis. The folks over at The National Geographic brought this “Pipeline Through Paradise” to our attention. This may be the next Big Oil pipeline fight but if not, how about this one!  The Pilgrim Pipeline on Native land? That didn’t go so well for the fossil fools last time around. And speaking of land preservation, Obama has made another parting shot at the despoilers out west by creating two more National Monuments. Sadly, “The monument designation… does not affect valid existing rights for oil, gas, and mining operations, military training operations, and utility corridors.” Rights?? Finally, our Enviro Show Blog Action calls on the Dems to get some spine and block climate criminal, Scott Pruitt from taking down the EPA. 

 

After our conversation with Leigh we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Ongoing Tuesday noon Greenfield Standing Rock vigil TD Bank, 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield Corner of Main and Federal. Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net.

 

Sunday, January 8, 11:45am. Climate Change and the Developing World.  Join Dr. Elliot Fratkin for the USNF January Hawkins Majumder lecture and discussion at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. 220 Main St. Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/.

 

Sunday January 8, 2:00-4:30pm.  Valley Mothers Out Front House Party in Amherst. An introductory presentation and discussion about MOF, including state, local, and individual climate solutions, and the company of other motivated mothers and others. RSVP Ellen ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

 

 

Monday, January 9, Noon to 1pm. Day Against Denial!  Join 350MA for a rally with music and skits, encouraging our Senators to be bold in opposing Trump’s Cabinet of Climate Deniers, and urging Governor Baker to speak out against those nominees and for the climate! Part of 350’s nationwide Day Against Denial. Park St T Station, Boston Common, Boston. RSVP here, and like/share the FB event.

 

 

Monday, January 9, 1pm. Rally at the Pilgrim Nuke Gate! Stand together, step out on the street and demand the NRC shut Pilgrim NOW. Ring in the New Year right! 600 Rocky Hill Road, Plyouth, MA. A recent alarming email from an NRC seasoned special inspector reveals the unvarnished truth that public safety cannot be assured. “We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won’t fix.” This exposure of the poor safety climate, ongoing mismanagement, lack of maintenance, training, and resources demands bold leadership from Governor Baker, Senator Markey, Senator Warren, AG Healey, and others, including the MA General Court to speak up for public safety now. The NRC needs to hear from us all! #Mobilize4Survival! Sign up to drive or ride:  https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/pxbo4q Go to: http://www.capedownwinders.info/.

 

Monday, January 9, 4 to 5pm. “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”! The environmental group 350.org is encouraging scores of actions decrying Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in a nationally organized day of protest called “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”. As part of that coordinated effort, Climate Action NOW Western Mass will hold a standout on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton from 4 to 5 pm demanding that climate deniers be rejected in Senate confirmation hearings. SPONSORS: 350.org, Climate Action Now, Western, MA, Represent.Us Western Mass. Contact: Climate Action Now

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 7pm. Contradance to protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Pipeline. at the West Cummington Parish House, W. Main Street, W. Cummington, MA. Proceeds to support the legal work of Pipe Line Awareness Network for the North East (PLAN-NE). Music by Steve Howland and other great local musicians, Contradance Calling by Sadie Stull, Soup and Refreshments from Alice’s Kitchen! Suggested Donation $25 – All amounts accepted. For more information call 413-634-8043.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm. AG Maura Healey’s Post-election Town Hall Meeting. Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave, Springfield, MA. [Be sure to ask why on Earth the state is NOT defending Article 97 of our Constitution at Otis State Forest!]

 

Thursday, January 19. 8am. FERC’s Commission Meeting Action! For over two years, Beyond Extreme Energy has joined friends and allies in disrupting this meeting. It’s held once per month, is open to the public, and involves little to no risk of arrest. Please join us as we seek to pack the FERC Commission Meeting room and show the commissioners that we have the power to stop their rubber stamp machine! 8am: Meet in the Union Station, Washington, DC food court to go over the plan. 9:30am: Walk down to FERC (nearby). Info: Lee Stewart, BeyondExtremeEnergy.org 703-999-2634

 

Friday, January 20, All Day. Protest the Trump Inauguration. Thousands of protesters who have mobilized nationally since the election of Climate Criminal, Donald Trump are planning a massive convergence in Washington against the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. ANSWER, which organized a number of major anti-war protests since its founding 15 years ago, is one of many groups mobilizing against the inauguration. Other groups planning inauguration protests range from anarchist collectives to networks of immigrants and women. Online organizers, including some associated with Occupy Wall Street, have also floated proposals for a nationwide general strike. See: https://popularresistance.org/trump-era-protests-escalate-with-inauguration/

 

Friday January 20, 6 to 8pm. Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Boston! Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Go to: http://masspeaceaction.org/event/resist-trump-occupy-inauguration-boston/

 

Saturday, January 21, All Day. The Million Women’s March on Washington Stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families [and our planet!] — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Starts 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Location: Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. Greenfield, MA bus info HERE.

 

Saturday, January 21 at 11 AM – 3 PM. Boston Women’s March for America. Boston Common,
Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. ALL ARE WELCOME. On the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation and the world will march together in sister marches. Be part of history! We have LOTS of information about the March at our website—from transportation to schedule to volunteering. We also have official March t shirts and a hat—and you can chip in to help us pay for the March.
PLEASE register at our website http://www.bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org/
Or at Eventbrite bit.ly/boswmfa
PLEASE join the Boston Women’s March for America Community Page as well: Security Check Required

 

Saturday, January 21, 12:30pm. In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, women and their allies will gather on the Greenfield Town Common (Court Square) for a rally. Echoing the message of the Washington March, local speakers, songs, signs, and personal testimony will focus on standing together for women’s and human rights. Intended as a call to action, the rally will provide information about the concrete actions participants can take to protect their rights, safety, health, and families. To volunteer to help with organizing or for more information, visit the rally’s Facebook event page at: bit.ly/2hs06Ce or call 877-925-2999.

 

Saturday, January 21, 1:00pm. Listening to a Continent Sing – Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Join birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma as he presents his ten-week, ten-state bicycle journey that he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, lingering and listening to our continent sing as no one has before. On remote country roads, over terrain vast and spectacular, from dawn to dusk and sometimes through the night, you will gain a deep appreciation for the natural symphony of birdsong many of us take for granted. More information: 413-863-3221 or greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

 

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

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6 – 8pm. “Refinery Town – Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City”. Book talk with author Steve Early. Greenfield Public Library Meeting Room, Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Steve Early, the author of this soon to be published book, recounts the struggles of the people of Richmond California against the Chevron oil company. The people of this small city put together a coalition that despite millions of dollars spent by Chevron, elected a progressive City Council. Bernie Sanders wrote the forward to this interesting book. Join us for pizza at 6:00; talk starts at 6:30. Go to: http://fccpr.us/

 

Wednesday, January 25, 10am. – 2:30pm. Mass Power Forward Lobby Day. Meet with your representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. We’ll push for at least 50% clean power by 2040, expanded investments in solar (especially community and low-income solar), and further action on gas leaks. And we’ll call on our legislators to say no once and for all to pipelines and nuclear power. Join us! Massachusetts State House (exact location within State House TBD!), 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA. Please register with » this Google Form so that we can help you arrange meetings with your rep or senator.

 

Saturday, January 28, 3pm. “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come. Contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net

 

Monday, January 30, 6:30pm. DOE is coming to western Massachusetts to do two trainings for people who are interested in this “Solar in your Community” grant solicitation. Co-op Power will host one training in Northampton likely at the MLK Middle School. Call: 413-552-6446. Go to: https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-prize-solar-your-community-challenge

 

Tuesday, January 31, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity. UMass Amherst Campus Center. Northeast Organic Farming Association presents: in-depth, inspiring conversation on carbon sequestration. Come and learn about practical steps you can take to make a positive impact in your interactions with the landscape. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate. read more here

 

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 climate.strategies@state.ma.us 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.

 

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/

 

Let’s ditch the New Year fear and take it from here, OK? Until next time, remember: Listen to your Mother.

sunGreetings Earthlings. The Summer Solstice is upon us and we are most inclined toward the star we obit. The Good Green Witch returns to remind us what this is all about and then some. Also Michael Kellett of Restore returns for an update on the recent hearing on Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standards (APS) that would promote the burning of wood pellets and lead to a run on our forests even worse than what we are experiencing now. We will, as well, take you deep into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and off to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for…..

Revenge of the Critters! The lion is considered a powerful Summer Solstice symbol.  The awesome radiating mane of the male lion even looks like the sun. Combined with its copper color the lion is like a bronzed icon of summer symbolism. The lion represents vitality, energy, confidence and supremacy. So why are folks shocked when a lion named Ken takes a piece out of Joe the trainer at the prestigious Golden Lion Awards in Berlin? See it here (sorry for the hokey TV staging). Ken was just showing Joe who’s really boss, OK?

This weeks Fool-on-the Hill is Repugnican Senator John Barrasso who, according to our friends at Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE): “demanded during an energy bill hearing that the greenwash group Environmental Defense Fund condemn BXE [for protesting outside FERC chairman Norman C Bay’s home].  Barasso accused the totally nonviolent Beyond Extreme Energy of being a threat to the physical safety of FERC officials and their families. POLITICO Magazine in covering Barasso’s outburst called BXE “‪#‎extremists‬,” in these times a clear reference to ‪#‎ISIS‬ / ‪#‎Daesh‬. In this way, Sen Barasso is seeking to exploit the Orlando terror attack and other recent attacks by Daesh to trash talk peaceful opposition to the oil and gas lobbyists he works for…….The ugly remarks in the Senate and in politico are a reminder that the real priority of the US government, the GOP, and the FBI never were to protect the people and remain in as always the protection of the rich and powerful FROM the people.” All we can add to that is: “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”

Time to Meet the New Boss. Extra, Extra! Read all about it!  OBAMA SIGNS ‘MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT’ WRITTEN BY MONSANTO-SPONSORED SENATOR! Reportedly, with the president’s signature, agriculture corporados who deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are now given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers. His legacy, on the other hand, lives on!

How about a Quote of the Week. Can you guess who said this recently? “Secretary Clinton in one way or another wants to quote unquote ‘regulate’ fracking. I think it is too late for regulating. I think fracking has got to be banned in America.” Like we’ve always said: Hillary Clinton wants to be president of Corporate America. Bernie Sanders wants to be president of the United States of America. Got it?

Breaking News! Germany is about to become the first major country to set an official deadline for a ban on gas-powered cars. India, Norway and the Netherlands may be soon to follow. Washington? Are you listening?……Huh? No, we thought so.

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is partly occupied by The Partnership for Policy Integrity who informed us that “Senate Legislation Cedes the US Forest Carbon Sink to the Biomass Industry – Even as Forests Are Already Declining”.  Said legislation isn’t the laughingly titled Energy Policy “Modernization” Act of 2016 that is reportedly now on its way to Obama’s desk, but rather part of the Appropriations bill. Regardless, this at a time when CO2 levels pass the dreaded 400ppm mark! Time to watch TV! This episode of The Bomb Train should keep you…..um…entertained?  Hey, checkout the Keep Hives Alive Tour headed to DC on the 22nd. The Center for Food Safety national tour  “will finish in Washington, DC for a demonstration outside of the EPA, where [they] will echo the demands of concerned consumers, farmers, and beekeepers for all the government agencies to hear; demanding that EPA, USDA, and Congress take action on toxic pesticides and support a more sustainable food future.” But, is our dysfunctional congress listening? Maybe they should….release some bees to get their attention for this, National Pollinators Week! 😉

We have some E-Valley-uation here. The Place Where Legislation Goes to Die (to our east) actually passed a bill banning fracking in the Commonwealth. Of course, there’s little geology available for fracking in Massachusetts (except for our Valley!) but hey, with extreme energy these days who knows what the fossil fools will come up with.  And this: WAMC reports on that recent DPU hearing on the proposed pipeline tax held in Pittsfield. Check out Rosemary’s quote at the end about….(gulp)..Son of NED. Finally, and in keeping with our focus on the recent stirrings within the Valley anti-biomess/pro-forest movement, we have this report on efforts to get the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to wake-up to the realities of biomass incineration.

 

After our conversation with the guests we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard for this:

 

Saturday, July 2, 1pm. A Celebration of Interdependence! Marches from the Four Directions meet at First Churches on Main Street. Contact:( 413) 268-3588 or Email: bethbirth@crocker.com Go to Facebook page HERE.

 

Wednesday, July 6, 4-5:30pm Bomb Train Vigil at the Greenfield Common to bring attention to the fact that volatile oil trains pass through Greenfield and to honor the people who lost their lives. In line with explosive fossil fuel infrastructure near us, oil trains (aka bomb trains) currently pass through Greenfield, MA. (map here). July 6 will mark the anniversary of the bomb train explosion that killed 47 people and leveled the downtown of Lac Mégantic, Québec. This year the third annual Stop Oil Trains week of action (July 6-12) will call attention to the threat of oil trains across North America, the people who are stopping them, and the need for 100% clean and safe energy. Contact: jablyth@gmail.com

 

July 11 is World Population Day. Fact is, the majority of environmental catastrophes are caused or worsened by our runaway human population growth and overconsumption — 7.4 billion of us are really putting a hurt on the planet. We need to get more people talking, and making changes, fast. Go to: www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

 

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines.  Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/   Register HERE.

 

 

Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington where a rally will take place at the gazebe behind Town Hall noon to 1pm. then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. for the main rally at the beach and boat launch on delightful Lower Spectacle Pond from 2pm to 3pm for more music and speakers, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York. The event will conclude at 4pm. Spectators/participants can enjoy either one or both events. MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

That does it for this week’s show. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

fercprotestfiGreetings Earthlings. We keep running away to the FERCus because we just can’t get enough of those clowns. But wait, it seems the ring master doesn’t want the public to come to the show??  Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) organizer of The Rubber Stamp Rebellion, Lee Stewart calls in to help us find out why and maybe we’ll talk about any sideshows that might come up in the studio with Ron Coler, Ashfield Selectman and  pipeline activist. As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber among other things, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Gators luncheon disrupted by cops?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is the marvel that is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It seems Fred is all about jobs, jobs, jobs in the Destroy the Biosphere Industry and his herding the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act to the pass has him making bullshit statements like “This bill is about jobs. It’s about keeping energy affordable. It’s about boosting our energy security here and across the globe”. Au contrair Fred, “This is the legislative equivalent of the middle finger,” says Radha Adhar, a federal policy representative for the Sierra Club. According to Think progress the “bill puts barriers to energy efficiency standards for buildings, locks in fossil fuel generation and consumption well into the future, and creates new subsidies for coal and nuclear power. It also carries dangerous provisions that would allow clear-cutting of up to eight square miles in certain forests without an environmental assessment, and it would hamper the ability of citizens to protest resource management decisions through the courts. It ‘basically expedites logging across the entire forest system.’ ” Did we mention it expedites export of fracked LNG gas?

Time to Meet the New Boss as his administration signs off on continued fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel. Yes, the same place that was trshed back in the day by conventional oil drilling. Daily Kos reports “The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), ended a court-ordered settlement placing a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing for oil in the fish and wildlife-rich federal waters off California.” Fish, wildlife, meh! Thanks Boss!

Now our Quote of the Week from Bernie Sanders on the above: “Make no mistake about it: This was a very, very bad decision by the federal government that will not be allowed to stand if I have anything to say about it,” said Sanders. “And as president, I would have a lot to say about it.”

In our E-Valley-uation segment we have another Must See from Karl Meyer on those beleaguered Sturgeon in the dead reach of the CT River. Outdoor sporting types beware: The biosphere is NOT your personal plaything!  Also this: we pull another quote right off one of our recent Facebook page posts: “OK, so you don’t want any fracked gas pipelines or compressor stations in your state, right? How about some high level nuclear waste??” Can you believe fracking booster Moniz’s Department of Energy is even proposing to “test public sentiment for the “consent-based siting” of deep geological burial of high-level nuclear waste from the nation’s nuclear power stations. More immediately, the federal energy agency is looking for volunteers to be the indefinite and potentially permanent willing host to thousands of radioactive waste casks on fenced parking lots for the questionable future for licensing and building nuclear dumps and designate the hazardous transport routes from nuclear stations by road, rail and barge… which would launch Mobile Chernobyls onto the roads [presumably Valley roads!], rails,[ditto] and waterways of most states, including into the Port of Boston itself.” Also unbelievable, the DOE in their own recently released report “makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources.”!  Secretary Ernest Moniz, please step into our office for a word.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber let’s begin with an Enviro Show Blog Action link to help save the Monarch Butterflies, OK? How about another 11.5 extra million tons of CO2 per year for our atmosphere? No? Actually when downstream emissions are figured into the numbers from a proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility in BC it would be even more AND it “poses serious risks” to the Canada’s climate change commitments—particularly those made at last year’s Paris accord. Bad deal, eh? Getting back to Massachusetts, here’s some food for thought from a well known anti-fracked gas pipeline opponent: “The so-called omnibus energy bill is expected out of  [the MA] House Ways & Means early next week.  Representative Kulik led the way in keeping an electric ratepayer subsidy for gas pipelines out of the version that came out of the energy committee. This was a major achievement, as we have heard that earlier drafts had  included this “pipeline tax” on electric ratepayers.  Representative Kulik and Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading, House Minority Leader) got 97 members of the House to sign on to a letter that served as a line in the sand. But we can go farther with this bill.  Please contact your own representative, thank him or her for standing with us on the pipeline issue, and ask for an amendment to the energy bill that would clearly prohibit electric ratepayer financing of gas pipelines.  The current bill is simply silent on the question, and the DPU is going forward with the presumption that it is is legal; the question is being litigated, but the legislature could resolve the matter for us so that we don’t have to count on a court ruling our way.”  Got it?

 

After we go to the FERCus we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, June 11, 10am. – 5pm. Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence. First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute! Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. Register here: https://regionalconvergence.eventbrite.com/

 

Monday, June 13, 6pm. MA Attorney General’s Listening Session on Energy & Environment. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest and set a precedent on ARTICLE 97 for all other future pipelines. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal  TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to: agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us.

 

Tuesday, June 14, 4pm. DPU Hearing on Pipeline Tax & Stand Out Rally! The Department of Public Utilities will conduct a third public hearing on Docket #16-05 National Grid precedent agreement to contract for 20 years gas capacity on Spectra Access Northeast. If approved, it would allow National Grid to charge and extra tariff on your electric bill to cover these gas capacity contracts – helping pipelines get enough business to get approved! #NoPipelineTax  Hearing – 5:00 PM. Berkshire Athenaeum, One Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA

 

Tuesday, June 14, 7pm.  Resist the Pipeline meeting. Please come to this meeting if you are planning to come to the action in West Roxbury on June 28th (or thinking about coming) to learn about the day of action and the legal details involved in the non-violent civil disobedience. To get ready for this day of action, Marla Marcum, lead organizer in West Roxbury, will be coming out to give a presentation in Northampton about the pipeline and the movement that’s been fighting it for the past few years. If you are planning on coming to this presentation at the UU Meetinghouse in Northampton, please RSVP to sugarshackalliance@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 to 3:00pm. Massachusetts APS Renewable Thermal (biomass) Hearing. A Department of Energy Resources (DOER) public hearing will be conducted to receive verbal and written comments on the recently filed Alternative Portfolio Standard Regulations (225 CMR 16.00. New regulations for thermal bioenergy (biomass) will be the focus. Again we see them making promises they can’t possibly keep concerning the types of biomass that “qualify”. This is the place to speak out on Massachusetts’ deplorable management of our public lands that are “managed” without any regard to the Climate Crisis. Room 221, Integrated Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Go to: www.pfpi.net/biomass-basics-2

 

Wednesday, June 15, 6pm. Springfield Public Health Council meeting June where they will vote on whether or not to hold a biomass plant Site Assignment Hearing. Come prepared to tell them to DO THEIR JOB! The location is to be determined. Please contact ARISE at 413-734-4948 for the location – we will update you when we have it.

 

Thursday, June 16, 6pm. MA Attorney General Listening Session on Energy & Environment. UMass Center at Springfield 1500 Main St, Ste 260, Springfield, MA. This is a crucial time to attend and ask the AG’s office to APPEAL THE CT EXPANSION EMINENT DOMAIN CASE, where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest. More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal. TICKETS REQUIRED – Free. Register at EventBrite or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us.

 

Sunday, June 19, 7pm. Escalation Summer! Beginning June 19th pipeline fighters and climate warriors from all across Massachusetts and New England will join together in a true show of power: multiple, all-day, mass actions that will completely shut this monstrosity of a company down.
For more information please visit our event page. To take part in an action, visit www.resistthepipeline.org and click PLEDGE TO RESIST on the homepage.

 

Saturday, June 25, 9am. Sugar Shack Alliance NVDA Training. Training is free but we do ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers’ time and gas. Usual donation is $5 – $20 per person. If you have been in an affinity group and participated in a large action that could have involved arrest in the past 5 years, or if you completed part 1 but not part 2 of the training, you can come to just part 2 in the afternoon. First Churches, Main St., Northampton, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1380608235288382/

 

Monday, June 27, 7 – 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Handicap accessible and on a bus line. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

Thursday, July 14 – Monday, July 18. 350MA Stop the Pipelines – Special Summer Mobilization. A March and Action against new gas pipelines.  Marchers will spend two days walking the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline. People will march to West Roxbury to shut down construction on the Spectra pipeline there, alongside our partners from Resist the Pipeline. Finally, people will walk together to the State House, and act together to show Governor Baker and legislators, that we’re ready to do what it takes to stop new fossil fuel pipelines. Go to: www.peopleoverpipelines.org/   Register HERE.

 

Saturday, July 16, 12 noon-1pm. Rally for Otis State Forest with music and outreach to folks in the center of Great Barrington , then to Sandisfield’s Spectacle Pond at 2 p.m. where there will be music, kayaks, canoes, dessert of local fruit and more, as we celebrate the resistance to further pipelines by our neighbors in the Berkshires, Connecticut and New York . MORE INFO SOON at: www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

 

That’s all, folks! Until next time remember: Listen to your mother!

RevBillyGreetings Earthlings. Rev. Billy is on a roll, as usual, and will be with us to praise the planet and all her inhabitants (with some reservations on your hosts’ part). He’ll be joining us prior to his appearance in Brattleboro on May 19th. Some rabble rousers may be joining us to talk about the upcoming Rubber Stamp Rebellion at FERC in DC as well.  As always, we’re still inclined to take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, the New Boss and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! This one goes out to those beleaguered Shortnose Sturgeon suffering in the dead reach of the CT River below the Turners dam: Wildlife officials in Florida report a man riding a personal watercraft [better known as one of those stupid jetskis] was knocked out by a sturgeon. Blake Fessenden was left unconscious when the four-foot-fish jumped out of the water and hit him. His girlfriend was riding another [stupid jetski] behind him and managed to hold Fessenden’s head above water. The 23-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital with what officials say were non-life-threatening injuries. The accident happened on the Suwannee River, where the experts say there are similar incidents once or twice a year. The fish can weigh as much as 200 pounds and can leap up to eight feet out of the water. Yet another reason to abandon stupid jetskis!

 

Let’s stick with our submerged neighbors for this Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill as we welcome the return of presidential campaign dropout Sen. Ted Cruz who drags out that old saw about eating endangered critters (ha,ha,ha…..sorry). Recently Cruz, in his eternal wisdom…(ha,ha,ha,ha) blamed California’s drought on tiny little smelt.  Who knew such little fish needed so much water! [insert more laughs here]

 

Breaking News! The long awaited judgement on allowing TGP access to Otis State Forest in Sandisfield was just announced. Judge Agostini sided with Tennessee Gas writing that federal legislation allows natural gas companies right-of-way authority to land for projects to ensure an adequate supply of gas. He stated FERC approval is evidence that the federal regulatory agency has determined the project “advances the public interest” !  Obviously the judge knows absolutely nothing about the Climate Crisis and his action puts him squarely on our Climate Criminals list. The only good news out of this is Agostini also ruling a stay until July 29 giving defenders of the Commonwealth and the planet plenty of time to prepare.

 

In our E-Valley-uation segment we share a piece from Karl Meyer about the plight of the Sturgeon at that dead reach on CT River. Yes, we’re talking about those endangered Shortnose Sturgeon again. You know, the fish that have been here since the….dinosaurs! Of course, there’s other critical issues being addressed here in the Mid-CT River Valley and one of them concerns that “suspended” fracked gas pipeline you may have heard about? Breakout the popcorn ‘cuz we’re gonna watch TV!  Tax rebellion, anyone? Yup, Stop the Pipeline Tax to be specific and we got all into it last Tuesday with a busload of other WMass folks at the State House hearing on Global Warming and Climate Change focused on fracked gas. Of course, the Baker Administration, such as it is,  represented by ace used car….um…overused fossil fuel salesman, Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Matthew Beaton was all about Massachusetts being “in desperate need of more gas”. But given all the other voices in the room (take the Attorney General for example!) were of a different view, the desperation was surely all his. That officious Chairperson from the DPU, Angela M. O’Connor was in attendance as well but spoke not a word, perhaps due to her need to appear non-partisan….hah!…ha, ha…..ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha….(sorry, again). After Beaton and the DPU flew from the room, their ears must have been burning like a faucet full of fracked gas as the quote bombs dropped in their absence. Katlin Sloan of the Conservation Law Foundation pointed out, “The DPU never met a contract for gas they didn’t like.” (Does that remind you of some other agency?). But our favorite quote of the day should probably qualify as The Enviro Show Quote of the Week. It came from Northeast Energy Solutions, Vincent DeVito, “Kinder Morgan/TGP was trying to build a [fracked gas] highway without an exit ramp.” In other words, the pipeline was headed offshore, no real exit ramp for the Commonwealth. Sorry little people! Finally this: Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Targets Amherst College.

 

Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us that a fracking industry “report put a number on the quantity of methane (a greenhouse gas that’s by some estimates 86 times more potent than carbon over a 20-year timeframe) that new fracking wells released into the atmosphere in 2014 [at]  5.3 billion pounds.” And that’s the industry’s report. Who knows what the real numbers are! We have more candidates for a Blog Action Link than Pennsylvania’s got fracking wells but we thought it a good idea to try and get the entire state of Massachusetts to ban plastic bags instead of waiting for Greenfield to do it! Having said that, we still need to bring this Action Link to YOUR attention. Clair Miller of Toxics Action tells us: “the MA energy bill will come out next week and that as of right now it has bad language supporting a pipeline tax.”  We’re going to echo Democracy Now! here with a story they broke on March 11 in which assassinated enviro activist Berta Cáceres singled out $hillary Clinton for basically “endorsing the coup” that resulted in Cáceres’ murder. Speaking of action, isn’t it time for a Rubber Stamp Rebellion? Ya’ think??

 

It’s time to Meet the New Boss as he continues pumping air into leaky trade deals like the TPP. Reportedly “Obama has his own potential incentives to push for the TPP: His presidential foundation has been relying on support from industries that could profit from the agreement……The same financial industry that could benefit from the TPP has forged deep ties to Obama’s foundation. The organization’s current president is J. Kevin Poorman, the CEO of investment firm PSP Capital Partners. PSP was founded by billionaire Penny Pritzker, daughter to a co-founder of Hyatt hotels, a longtime Obama ally and the current head of the U.S. Commerce Department. Other members of the foundation’s leadership team include John Doerr of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers; Martin Nesbitt, co-founder of the private equity firm Vistria Group; John Rogers of the financial firm Ariel Investments; and Michael Sacks, chairman and CEO of the investment management firm GCM Grosvener. Doerr also serves on the board of directors for Google.”

 

After our conversion…um…that’s conversation with the good Reverend we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Saturday, May 14, All Day. Break Free From Fossil Fuels! We will gather in Albany knowing that, whether we are planning on taking direct action or rallying around the world in support, to “Keep it in the Ground” and protect our communities we are going to have to step out of our comfort zones to take on a fossil fuel industry that does not have our interests in mind. On May 14th our action will be centered on taking direct action to stop the bomb trains, imbued with hope and in solidarity with frontline communities from extraction to refinery. By acting together we will be safe, respectful and powerful. There will be ample room for those to participate without risking arrest, so all are truly welcome. Go to: www.albany2016.org/

 

Saturday May 14, 7:30pm. Montague Plains for Nightjars. Dave Small will lead this trip to one of Massachusetts premier Sandplain habitats for a chance to hear Whip-poor-wills and other evening birds. Flashlight, headlamp, and insect repellant recommended. Meet us about 7:30 at the intersection of E. Mineral Rd and Millers Falls Road (just east of the Turners Falls airport) info c all Dave@ 978-413-1772

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 7 to 9pm. Community Energy and Local Innovation around the Globe. An informative presentation about leading-edge community energy practices in Australia, Japan, the UK, Germany, Denmark, and the U.S. The event will be at the Northampton Unitarian Church. The presenter, Heather Smith, is investigating the dynamic between community energy and the traditional energy systems. For more information and to sign up for the event, click on https://www.facebook.com/events/267698413563969/

 

Thursday, May 19 at 5 – 8pm. The Pittsfield Rubber Stamp Rebellion! BEAT and 350Mass Berkshires have historically tabled together on pipeline issues during Pittsfield’s Third Thursday events. This month, along with No Fracked Gas in Mass, we’re turning it into a standout action for Beyond Extreme Energy’s Rubberstamp Rebellion! This is an awesome opportunity reach lots of people in one 3-hour session. North Street,
Pittsfield, MA. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1087831031260825/ 

 

Thursday, May 19, 8am. The Rubber Stamp Rebellion! We’ll be gathering at 8 am to greet FERC employees as they enter the building and to hear from Jane Kleeb, Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Mike Tidwell, as well as stirring songs from Luci Murphy and Bethany Yarrow. We will continue our presence outside until 9:30. At that point those who wish to do so are encouraged to go into FERC to attend the public meeting. This action on the 19th is part of Beyond Extreme Energy’s week-long Rubber Stamp Rebellion, beginning on May 15th after the D.C. Break Free from Fossil Fuels action, which begins at 1 pm at the White House. More information on the week can be found at http://beyondextremeenergy.org.

 

Saturday, May 21, 9 AM – 5pm. Non-violence Training. Friends Meeting House Leverett MA. This training is necessary for anyone considering participating in a Sugar Shack Alliance action that could involve arrest. To register, please contact Carole Horowitz, horowitz.carole@gmail.com

 

Saturday,. May 21, 9:00am. to 5:00pm. Green-Rainbow Party Convention 2016 Green-Rainbow Party Rising. Go Green in 2016. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester. Details on Workshops at THIS LINK. For info go to: http://www.green-rainbow.org/

 

May 21st and 28th, and June 18th and 25th. The World We Love Puppet Workshops! The Festival is intergenerational, and the highlight will be a play created by and performed by children. Puppets for the play and street processions will be created in workshops on May 21st and 28th, and June 18th and 25th. A week-long camp for children 10 and up will take place from June 27th through July 2nd, when the play will be created. To sign up for the workshops and for more information click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/The-World-We-Love-A-celebration-of-Inter-dependence-July-2nd-2016-254059111599659/ or email Beth at bethbirth@crocker.com To participate in planning the event, contact Tim Holcomb at timholcomb5@gmail.com

 

Monday, May 23, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now General Meeting in AMHERST. Everyone is welcome! To change everything, we need everyone! Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, United States (map). Whether you’re a seasoned activist or 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

 

Thursday, May 26, 5:30pm. Biomass Opponents Rally and Press Conference. Corner of Cadwell Drive and Page Boulevard, Springfield, MA. Opponents of the proposed biomass incinerator will hold a press conference and demonstration near the site of the proposed incinerator . The event is being sponsored by Arise for Social Justice.
Opponents will present information on the following topics related to the Springfield incinerator. For more info contact Arise for Social Justice @ (413) 734 – 4948, or frankcinco413@gmail.com

 

Thursday, June 2, 5:30pm. Springfield; 7:30pm Northampton. Stop the Methane Gas Leaks Campaign  in Springfield and Northampton! Sites for both events will be posted on the Climate Action Now! WMass website and in our newsletter. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

June 4, 1 to 5pm. AND June 5, 1 to 4:30pm. Sugar Shack Non-violence Training. If you want to participate in a Sugar Shack sponsored large action that could involve arrests, you need to take the complete training. You must commit to both dates unless you only need to attend part two, which will be on the 5th. Notchview, Windsor MA. To register e-mail Janet Bradley, janet.bradley2@gmail.com

 

 

That’s all folks! Remember to……ready? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

StopFercusGreetings Earthlings. Remember when we asked you if you wanted to runaway to the FERCus awhile back? Jimmy Betts of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) returns to the show to help you make that dream become a reality! As always we also take you for a visit with  the Fool-on-the-Hill, The New Boss and to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! It’s as clear as black & white: wild critters are NOT pets!

We have another multiple! It’s our latest FOOLS-on-the-Hill offering, one that seems to have passed under our radar, interestingly  around Earth Day. Anyway, here it is: 59 members of that august body, the United States Senate voted to deny that humans are causing the Climate Crisis. If it’s any comfort, they did state that global warming exists……but it’s perfectly natural! Feel better? No?

You don’t have to travel far this time for our Quote of the Week (unless you want to hear it in person): “Surely by now there can be few here who still believe the purpose of government is to protect us from the destructive activities of corporations. At last most of us must understand that the opposite is true: that the primary purpose of government is to protect those who run the economy from the outrage of injured citizens.”  ― Derrick Jensen

Breaking News! Would you find it hard to believe the “good corporate citizens” at Kinder Morgan would pay for pro-pipeline shills in your community? Yes? Tune in for updates on the latest astroturf alert! And this: FERC is trying to run BUT they can’t hide (by changing the date of their next “hearing” on the latest fracked gas schemes). Would you like to go to the FERCus on May 14 and see the early show? It’s a 3fer! Finally this: Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls for a second public hearing on the Berk Gas/KM deal (see below for May 26 DPU hearing).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on various notifications of THE worst oil pipeline to date and guess who’s behind it? Did someone say TransCanada? DING! You win! It’s called Energy East and like some proposed fracked gas pipelines we know it’s all about EXPORTS. Here’s a for-what-it’s-worth petition if you want. Time to go to the movies! We have a free double feature in store for you HERE and HERE. Maybe now that you’ve had an earful of bad ideas from a dysfunctional government you’d like a breather? Sorry, there’s more! Enemies of the Planet in Congress want to make it harder for critters to survive, especially on the shoreline where their motorhead friends like to race their ORVs. Tell the National Park Service what you think of that HERE.

This week we find The New Boss dragging his foot on fossil fuel infrastructure safety. He REALLY needs to appoint a new boss for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (you know, the person who oversees all those exploding trains and pipelines?). Actually some of his potential choices aren’t half bad. Just do it, Boss!

After our conversation with Jimmy we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

May 28-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you are coming from Massachusetts  please contact bobbywego@gmail.com who is coordinating transportation statewide. Also checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

Tuesday, May 26, 2pm – 4pm. Standout at DPU Hearing for Berkshire Gas. Department of Public Utilities, Hearing Room A, One South Station, Boston. Comment Deadline, May 22. You do NOT need to mail paper copies of your comments.  Email to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and to the DPU Hearing Officer, Laurie Weisman (laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.us) will be adequate to get your comments filed.

May 26 thru June 7. Bee Weeks! Greenfield & Northampton. Go to: www.beeweek.org  or email: jonathan@ptco.org

Saturday, May 30, 8am-12 noon. “Northfield Pipeline Awareness” will have a yard sale booth at the Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA raising funds for MassPlan.

Sunday, May 31, Noon. CT Climate March. It’s time to march in CT at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT. For more info go to: 350CT.org/ or contact Toka at 860-680-7247

Saturday, May 30, 9am to 5pm. Green Rainbow Party Convention. Be a part of the yearly meeting of all Green-Rainbow Party members. Hear guest speakers and engage in discussion groups about a green and just future that we can make happen. Vote to elect officers to help guide us into the 2016 election in which we plan to run many candidates. First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA. Go to: www.green-rainbow.org/

Saturday, June 6, 9AM to 3PM. Keep Fracked Gas out of Mass! Learn the skills you need to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, and help us show Governor Baker that we don’t want new fracked gas pipelines in Massachusetts! On June 6, join 350 Mass and other groups for a workshop on direct action featuring trainers from FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas). We’ll also have a workshop on media skills led by journalist Maura Stephens! After the workshop, we’ll march to Governor Baker’s home in Swampscott and call on him to support clean energy, not new gas pipelines. Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave, Swampscott, Massachusetts. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/837581519689905/
Saturday, June 6, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Not-in-anyones-backyard Sale – Stop the Pipeline! Red Barn – Barnard & Shelburne Center Road – Shelburne, MA. Questions or to Arrange Pick Up:  JoAnn 610-762-3365 or Debbie 413-625-8218

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm. A special hearing on Berkshire Gas’ application with the DPU to buy gas from Kinder Morgan on NED. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield. We need to get Berk Gas customers – commercial and residential – who are opposed to NED out in numbers!

 

That’s it. We are out of here except to remind you to….what? Right! Listen to your Mother!