Posts Tagged ‘ExxonMobil’

Greetings Earthlings. How can we stop thoughtless humans from trashing land all over the map? It all depends on who thinks they “own” the land. On public lands there are competing forces promoting their own concepts regarding what should be “protected”. Who knew it would be so hard?  Randi Spivak from the Center for Biological Diversity joins us to look into the issues and the answers. Naturally, we’ll also take you see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to cast dispersions at His Malignancy The Mad King and his Court of Colluders as well as a bit of E-Valley-uation, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! WARNING FISHERMEN: Don’t try this bait!!

National Geographic is hardly a bastion of tree-hugging hippies but even they are not pleased with The Mad King. They recently published a piece headlined “A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment” and we’re pretty sure they don’t mean for the better! You’d think most folks with a pulse would have figured out by now that His Malignancy is fast at work ruining what’s left of the U.S. government, even many in the mainstream media have figured that out, but sadly they seem to be way behind the curve when it comes to The Mad King’s assault on the planet. We guess they haven’t been listening to this show, huh? Of course, part of that assault is on our public lands like Bear Ears National Monument and, of course Otis State Forest.   Anyone who actually has been listening to the show however, knows we’ve spent plenty of time pointing out how Big Oil in the person of T Rex Tillerson took over the State Department for fun & profit, but don’t think for a minute Big Oil’s slimy influence stops there in His Malignancy’s court. According to Grist there was plenty of bling flowing into The Mad King’s campaign coffers from other enemies of the Earth last year during the so-called presidential campaign and now it’s payback time. Speaking of Grist and His Malignancy, here’s a double whamy for you, one that makes some folks literally sick. And here’s one that’s pretty certain to make folks sick in the future.

BREAKING NEWS: A sinkhole has opened up in front of Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s Winter White House. Draw your own conclusions! You can probably guess ours.

We have a brand new candidate this week for our Fool-on-the-Hill. Florida  congressional Rep. Ted Yoho (Repugnican-FL) who recently said this about the Climate Crisis, “I think it’s a natural occurrence,” the Tea Party-aligned lawmaker said. When asked whether he even believes climate scientists, Yoho was disdainful, calling climate change “an agenda-driven science” that’s “not right.” What are they smoking at THAT Tea Party anyway??

Here’s our Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

– Aldo Leopold

Let’s get into some E-Valley-uation now. Our friends in the Sugar Shack Alliance are not going away as climate criminals from Kinder Morgan/TGP and their enablers from the Massachusetts Department of Cut & Run continue their destruction of Otis State Forest. Climate crime tree felling has been completed, and destructive stump removal and other prep work are underway for installation of the fracked gas storage pipeline.  KM/TGP will be under observation from the Thoreau Cabin moved to the site from its original home, the path of KM’s failed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Sorry climate criminals, we’re not going away! If you’re not in an affinity group and haven’t done the Sugar Shack NV training  to register go HERE.  Also, Please help to educate and fundraise for the Narragansett Tribe’s legal effort to protect the Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Otis State Forest. Please attend the Climate Action Now meeting this Monday, May 22 at the Amherst Unitarian Society at 7 PM for our first planning meeting on this important aspect of the struggle. For more info contact: .

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on this sad and ironic piece from The Guardian: “Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts – No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change”. What can we say?


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




Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 1 – 9pm, parade starts at 7pm. Double Edge Theater’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extends this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance will not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town will be the stage map—and the ensemble will be joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community. The event is free and open to the public, and spectators will be free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle Fair will take place each day from 1-7 with parade down Main Street at 7, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake. See:


Sunday, June 4, 11:45am. “The State of Our Forests” at The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St Northampton, MA. Nationally-recognized tree expert Robert T. Leverett will give his perspective on the forests of Massachusetts – what they were like in pre-settlement times, what we need to protect, and what the future might hold. He will weigh in on carbon sequestration and forest management, and share his favorite places to see impressive trees and old growth. Bob’s many publications include “The Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast.”  He is the co-founder and executive director of the Native Tree Society (ENTS), the co-founder, president, and principal old growth forest ecologist for Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, the Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Reserves Scientific Advisory Committee, and the co-founder of the American Forests National Cadre of Tree Measurers. Locally, Bob serves on the Smith College Campus Tree Advisory Committee.


Monday June 5, 4:30pm, 100% Renewable Towns – All Workgroups Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St). 6:00pm dinner at Pita Pockets. 7:00pm Climate Action Now Legislative Committee Meeting. [Be sure to remind everyone that biomass incineration is NOT truly renewable, OK?]


Saturday, June 10, 1 to 4:00pm. CET Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change? The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA. This new event will feature three experts from our community, Ezra Markowitz, Nancy Nylen, and Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who will speak on locally relevant environmental issues. The speakers will discuss innovative and practical solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political, and community-based strategies. This event is free and open to the public! Please click here to register. Call: 413-256-6006


Monday, June 12, 6pm. Place TBD. Mass Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators stop in Springfield at Western New England University’s School of Law — J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor, Springfield, MA The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong? Go to:



TUESDAY June 13, (TBD). The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is inviting you to participate in our first big lobby day of the year on  at the Statehouse in Boston. We will meet at the CABA/CXC office at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge Street in Boston.  We will be looking to identify new supporters in the legislature and mobilize our current supporters to take action in advance of our eventual hearing date.  To accomplish both goals, WE NEED YOU THERE!  To train for the lobby day and set our strategic agenda for the rest of this year, we’ll be hosting our GRASSROOTS SUMMIT on SATURDAY, June 10th (location TBD). Fill out this form to sign up for these events! MCAN is proud to be a member of the campaign for a clean energy future and believes that putting a price on carbon is a key tool we have to cutting climate change impacts.  If you have questions please contact Andrew Gordon ( or Amenda Sebert (


 Saturday, June 17th, 9am to 5pm. Direct Action Non-violence Training. The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership will be held at 40 Center St. Northampton. To register go to: These are appropriate for Sugar Shack folks and others wishing to learn the skills and foundations of non-violence in order to consider taking arrest in non-violent actions. Paki Wieland and Jeff Napolitano are the trainers.


That’s all for now folks. Remember, when you’re out there defending the trees (or doing anything for that matter) listen to your Mother!


trumpt-paperGreetings Earthlings. Yes, we said it and we’re glad. There’s no way we’re going to be all nice and civil with a president who is not. Admit it, your new president is a monster, THE worst president ever. Chances are the office was stolen anyway through foreign influence, voter suppression, hacking, and the work of the Devil. We’ll spend most of the show trashing the man who is about to trash the nation, OK? If turning the entire show into one long New Boss segment offends you, just wait a few days until he actually occupies the Oval Office and starts taking down what remains of your government. Anyway,  Paki will be calling in from DC with an update on the action. As usual, we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as a listen to our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! You’ve probably heard that the New Boss’ sons are trophy hunters, yes? This one became a kind of trophy himself! Mother Earth had him mounted on her mantle!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill may well be your next U.S. Attorney General, Yes, Senate Repugnican Jeff Sessions has a long history of climate change denial he will bring with him into the top-cop office, should he be confirmed. Do you think Sessions will be enforcing any of the dwindling environmental laws on the books? Ha,ha,ha,h,ha,ha,ha,ha……

Our Quote of the Week is, of course, about our subject this week: “”Donald Trump is not a leader or a presidential candidate. He is an outcome, a viral manifestation of a serious malignant illness … He is the outcome of the rich being able to buy anything, including our democracy … He is the outcome of an insanely violent culture, increasingly unkind with more bullying, that normalizes cruelty, industrializes punishment and declares endless war on its own citizens.” – Eve Ensler

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on this news from Reuters confirmingmany projections that 2016 will exceed 2015 as the warmest since reliable records began in the 19th century”. Guess what? The Northeast U.S. is THE warmingest! :O  We’re thinking The New Boss might agree that’s one hot “Chinese conspiracy”! Maybe he can explain away why “a chunk of ice bigger than New York’s Long Island is hanging on by a relative thread” in Antarctica?…….Nah!  Meanwhile his ill-advised pick for Secretary of Oil…..O, wait, that’s State, Exxon/Mobil’s Rex Tillerson is taking a great deal of heat as his Senate confirmation hearing proceeds. Meanwhile, the Boss’ pick for head of the EPA, Oklahoma climate criminal  Senator Scott Pruitt’s Senate confirmation hearing starts tomorrow, January 18. As Common Dreams reported recently, “Pruitt has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry and the rightwing billionaires Charles and David Koch.” O wait, did we mention he’s a Climate Crisis denier? Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Action link on that one! Some sort of good news from Metropolis that seems not to involve the Boss at all: the Indian Point nukes situated dangerously close to New York City and about a gazillion people is set to be finally shutdown in April of 2021. What’s the rush, Entergy?? And this: Our own AG Maura Healey kicks Exxon/Mobil’s oily butt.

How about a bit of E-Valley-uation? Our friend, fellow traveler & roving reporter, Tom Neilson has applied for one of those Trump Ambassador positions! Hear all about it HERE.  Also, our friend and regional hero, Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction” is the headliner at The Jones Library in Amherst these days. The Jones’ On The Same Page program features the book as part of this reading program and YOU can be a part of it. Then, after a series of related events (see here) Elizabeth makes a guest appearance at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium on Tuesday, February 28 starting at 6:30pm. See you there!

We have Broken News! (from the Wall Street Journal of all places) Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau calls for phase out of tar sands oil! That should go over well with the New Boss. And this just in: Karl Meyer tells us NOAA has a once-in-a-lifetime op to help those endangered sturgeon in the CT River deadfall. Your support is needed HERE.


After we’re done insulting The Climate Criminal-in-Chief we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:


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


Sunday, January 29th, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar with guest lecturer, author, scientist Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Bill will cover the following topics:

1) The meaning of “carbon neutral” and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.

2) The Effects of wood fuel production on forest ecology and climate.

3) What do we need to know about what really qualifies as “renewable” energy and what does not? (

4.) What might we do to preserve forests to sequester carbon and toxins out of the atmosphere and prevent these forests from being cut down and used as fuel for large commercial uses?

To participate in the call/receive call-in information register before the 29th at:


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:


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.


Tuesday, January 31, Noon. #Resisttrump #2. Keep Resisting! Senate Repugnicans are trying to jam as many confirmation hearings through their respective committees as possible to confirm Trump’s notorious nominees. It must be stopped. Rally to Resist Trump’s Nominees at Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey’s Springfield District Offices, 1550 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren confirmed Ben Carson to HUD?? We need to keep up the pressure and ensure that she does not confirm anymore! Go  or


Tuesday, January 31, 7 p.m. Climate Change and the Connecticut River: What Unexpected Events We Should Begin to Expect – Dr. Richard Palmer explores what we can expect to occur to with respect stream-flows in the Connecticut River basin as we move into the 21st century. The talk will begin with a brief introduction to why our climate is changing and evidence for that change. The impact of these changes on stream-flows in the Connecticut River and the related impact on hydro-power and the river’s ecosystems will also be discussed. Woodbury Room, Jones Library, Amity Street, Amherst, MA. For more info and other related events go to:


Monday, February 6, Rally & Hearing on Otis State Forest Settlement. 1pm Rally around Park Square, Pittsfield/ 2pm. Hearing in Berkshire Superior Court, Pittsfield. On December 29, 2016 the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that, on behalf of the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), they reached a settlement with Kinder Morgan for the pipeline Right of Way through Otis State Forest in Sandisfield.. A hearing on this settlement will take place on at 2:00 pm at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. 1:00 pm – Stand-Out in Opposition to the OSF Settlement on the Sidewalks around Park Square area
(See maps for acceptable protest locations and parking)


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:, by email to 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, 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 


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:


OK, our work is done here….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother!


frackingGreetings Earthling. We’ll try to keep the gas jokes down to a dull roar…..(O, sorry)…as we sniff out all the gas leaks in existing gas pipelines and hold our noses over plans by Big Gas to build a new fracked gas line all the way across our Commonwealth. We think that idea stinks but the entire show will focus on it. Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass and George from Climate Action Now!MA join us in the studio for the latter and Joel Wool of Clean Water Action calls in about legislation on Beacon Hill regarding all those scary gas leaks to our east. Also, roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson calls in from out West. Lots of people in Massachusetts really are fuming about this so most of the show will be focused on trying to stop passing gas. However we will take a short breather here on the blog for a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Cows take out barn with home made explosives!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill is Blue Dog Dem Sen. Mark Begich who is out with his second ad, touting efforts to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve near Deadhorse, Alaska to oil drilling. If you click on the link you get to see him and his buddies snowmobiling for Big Oil. There’s no sign of the dead horse but we see a real ass out there.

We Meet the New Boss doing a sales pitch for gas exports to Europe. “Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licences for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier, something that is obviously relevant in today’s geopolitical environment,” Obama told a news conference after meeting EU leader. No one asked The Boss what ever happened to America’s “energy independence” schtick, not to mention all that much voiced concern about climate chaos. But in any case, it seems not only does the UN disagree with The Boss but so does …..industry?

A quick trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber finds Bill McKibben locked down on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline getting pepper sprayed. That right of passage should stir the pot! Onward!!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from an unlikely source:  “Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.”      – George W. Bush  (not if we can help it, George).

After our conversation in a very crowded studio with the phone ringing constantly we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – noon the Northampton Reuse Committee will be hosting the spring recycling rally at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton.  Items being collected include: 1. Pellet bags 2. White Styrofoam (clean large pieces, no packing peanuts or colored or food Styrofoam please). There will be document shredding services available (limit of 2 curbside recycling boxes of shreddables per person) For more information, please go to or call 413-587-1059.

Sunday, April 13, 3 – 5pm. There will be a public meeting of Western Mass Climate Action NOW!/350 MA at the Hartsbrook School Great Room, 193 Bay Road Hadley. There will be a presentation on the threat presented to the environment by the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline followed by discussion and planning concerning fossil fuel divestment, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline extension and much more. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm. “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” A lecture and book signing about her latest book of the same name with Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker, and award winning author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change”. In The Sixth Extinction, Kolbert introduces a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, and through these stories, provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us.  Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm at the Athol Town Hall, Athol, MA. Bruce Winn will be giving presentations about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed to run  through the hilltowns, and out to a hub in Dracut, MA.  Bruce will explain what we know about the proposed pipeline and why the pipeline is not clean, cheap, reliable, or needed. Learn about the pipeline, your rights if you own land along the route, and what people are doing to stop this pipeline from ever being built. Contact:

Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to:

April 11-13, 2014, Science for the People:: The 1970s and Today. UMass Amherst. All events are free and open to the public, so you can just show up. Check out the amazing program we’ve put together:

April 22-27. Reject & Protect Action. An alliance of pipeline fighters (that’s YOU)— ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL. On that day, we will set up camp nearby the White House, lighting our fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, we will bear proud witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL, reminding him of the threat this tarsands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights. Go to:

CALL TO ACTION: Global Climate Convergence‘s Earth Day to May Day. 10 days to change course.  A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe. People are rising up against the crisis of economy, ecology, and democracy. The growing climate disaster intensifies all our struggles, creating new urgency for unified action. Learn more at & follow @EarthDay2MayDay on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM. Earth Week Panel. Implications of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IGCC) on the Social Impacts of Climate Change. Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall. Free and Open to the Public. For info phone: 413-559-5563.


Wasn’t that a gas? (sorry). Next time it’s our Earth Day show…..but, of course, every day is Earth Day down here on the ranch, right? Remember: listen to your Mother.

climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. [Here’s that link we promised on MA House bill No.788 outlawing fracking in the Commonwealth] Notice that it’s getting hot out there? And it’s not just the Climate Crisis heating things up, it’s climate action too!  Alison Goyer of Climate Summer MA joins us to talk about biking around Western Mass to spread the word. Speaking of word, we’ll also send The Enviro Show Quote of the Week your way, as well as take you on a visit to The-Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Zoo chimp aims to make himself perfectly clear.

There’s a lot going on in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with the latest industrial disaster (so many choices, so little time). How about the runaway train carrying tankers of fracked crude oil from North Dakota derailing and exploding into an enormous fireball in the middle of a Canadian town?  Upwards of 50 people (and untold numbers of critters) may have died at the hands of Big Oil on that day. This was the same rail line that folks from Maine Earth First! and 350 Maine tried blocking a few weeks ago. Face it, the corporados can’t be trusted with this planet! We need to rewrite the book on energy, now!  Meanwhile the Exxon tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas last month has resulted in a slew of sickness in that suburban neighborhood. Had enough? No? How about: “Britain’s offshore rigs and platforms have leaked oil or other chemicals into the North Sea on 55 occasions over the past month alone.”  And that’s just the Brits!* Need we mention the BP disaster in the Gulf?  Big Oil corporados are not only actively destroying the place, they’re also actively working against fixing it! (we’re talking Koch brothers here).  Hey, maybe China has the answer to stopping corporados from destroying the planet. [*Back to the Brits: 6 Greenpeace women climbing the highest building in the UK (The Shard) to protest Shell & Gazprom’s drilling in the Arctic? That works!]

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill comes from The House of Fools: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) says cuts in clean energy “gets back to the basics.” The GOP-crafted $30.4 billion fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill nearly halves clean-energy spending from last year’s enacted levels. Basics…..basically suicidal…….basically sociopathic…um…basically Repugnant? Speaking of which, Google’s DC office is hosting a fundraiser (and has already thrown some funds) for former Fool,   Sen. James Inhofe. Why? Search me! (sorry). Actually, how about telling Google you’ll search somewhere else if they don’t stop supporting climate criminals!

We Meet the New Boss as his Environmental “Protection” Agency (EPA) sucks-up to the fracking corporados and caves to far-right enemies of the planet like Sen. James Inhofe.  First the EPA says:  Sure! Critters can drink all the fracking waste they want! Then they abandon studying just how contaminated the waste water is!  Thanks for the “protection” EPA!  “The EPA has just put a ‘kick me’ sign on it,” John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania and the former secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, wrote on his blog  in response to the EPA news. “Its critics from all quarters will now oblige.”

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from one of our favorite fellow broadcasters:

“Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer.”   ― Chris Hayes

Our E-Valley-uation segment looks at another Get-on-the-Bus moment, this time to the BIGGEST coal-burner north of Maryland right here in the Commonwealth. Protest the Brayton Coal Plant on the Cape!  Get on the Bus! Then it’s Alison Goyer, and talk about Climate Summer MA and potential fracking right here in this beloved Valley. Then it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 11, 7-8 pm. Come to a community meeting to discuss how to take action against fracking in Massachusetts. We will specifically be discussing how to form a town resolution. Folks from all towns in Western MA-please join us!  First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton

July 14, 2-5 pm. Anti-Fracking Rally. Lampron Park (in front of Bridge St. School), Northampton.  Come out to our rally to celebrate H.788, a bill to ban Hydraulic Fracturing, co-sponsored by Peter Kocot from Northampton!. Climate Summer MA bikers will be on-hand.

Friday, Jul 19, 7pm. Screening of  Genetic Roulette  a roundup of the ways in which GMO food is thought to be harmful to human health and the ecology. Friday night free Film series at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible.

Saturday July 20th, 10am-5pm, and Sunday July 21, 9am-4pm.  350MA Climate Leader Workshop.  Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut St, Springfield. Advanced registration required for this workshop. Email:

July 27-28th,  Come together for a mobilization at the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the largest fossil fuel plant between Maryland and Maine. We will call for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others to immediately close the Brayton Point coal plant on Cape Cod and ensure a just transition for workers and host communities from the West Virginian mines to Somerset. Bus info from WMass:

Monday July 29 at Amherst branch of TD Bank. Add your presence and voice to call on TD to stop investing in Canada’s Tar Sands oil and the pipelines to transport it. We will urge TD customers to boycott the bank and move their money to smaller local banks. We will have signs, chants, and a letter to deliver to the branch president. If you would like to participate or contribute to this event or the broader campaign, call: 413-325-4533 or email:

Sunday 7/21  FREE CT riverfront festivities as we “Celebrate Rowing on a Cleaner River.”

* 11am-2pm: A rowing or paddling trip on the Connecticut River from Holyoke to Springfield, MA.

* 12:30pm-2pm: Kayaking, biking, and learn-to-row field trips departing from the Riverfront Club in Springfield, MA.

* 2:30-4:30pm: A celebration along the river featuring light refreshments and music, river success stories and the presentation of the Bud Foster award for outstanding devotion, service and commitment to the river.

More information and event registration available online at or call 413-772-2020.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (rain date Sunday August 11, 2013) at 11AM. Shutdown VT Yankee Flotilla! Along the shore and on the Connecticut River. Boat launch: Prospect Street, Hinsdale, NH. For more information go to:

There it is. Will you remember, until next time, to listen to your Mother?

oilnstateGreetings Earthlings. No it’s not a typo on the header, it’s what’s the matter with our energy choices that’s dark. Looks like we are really stuck on the issues of bad choices in energy. Last week: fracking & coal. This week: tar sands oil, biomass, nukes…..jeez! aren’t there any GOOD choices out there?? Sarai Zelada, student organizer in Natural Resource Studies at UMass Amherst calls in with the campus perspective. We report back from the big tar sands pipeline action in Portland, Maine in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and do some E-Valley-uation with Sarai. Also, a visit to the week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and yet another meet with the New Boss. All that and more (as they say), but first it’s time for….Revenge of the Critters! Warning: vultures circling above……..your car!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill isn’t a person, it’s a dysfunctional tactic: the disabled filibuster.  As Dave Roberts points out in his recent piece on Grist: “..unlike every other democratic institution in the damn world, including state legislatures, juries, and the judge’s panel on American Idol, the U.S. Senate now requires a supermajority. And that’s in an institution that is already corrupt, in which rural and fossil interests are already overrepresented, in which money is ubiquitous. It’s just an impossible bar to clear.” As we speak, progressive forces are hard at work trying to reestablish the filibuster as we know it. You can join the fray here and here.

We Meet the New Boss as he once again takes the oath of office and devotes three sentences in his Inaugural Speech to THE biggest crisis on Earth. The Boss didn’t just mention the CLIMATE CRISIS!!….(sorry)….he also wrote about it for a time capsule.  “Fifty years from now, I hope we have managed the balance between our energy needs and our need to preserve the planet”.  50 years. Right. Maybe YOU can convince him to ACT NOW!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we’ve got lots of dirty energy (no, not that….well, maybe some but we don’t call THAT dirty) and this from Big Wind: Proposed Wind Farm gets OK to kill Bald Eagles! Back to the dirty stuff, remember fracking for oil in North Dakota?.  NPR (of all people) brought this to our attention: “There are now so many gas wells burning fires in the North Dakota night, the fracking fields can be seen from deep space.”   The piece goes on to say: “When oil comes to the surface, it often brings natural gas with it, and according to North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, 29 percent of the natural gas now extracted in North Dakota is flared off”.  Let’s see now, frack for gas in the east and trash the water. Frack for oil in the Upper Mid-west and…….burn it off??  OK, time to go to the movies! Have you seen this one?  After our replay of the tar sands action in Portland we’ll move on to….

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week we turn to climate scientist James Hansen: “If we were to fully exploit this new oil source [tar sands], and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now. That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk.”
On that gruesome note we turn to our E-Valley-uation segment with Sarai Zelada and have a look at some local student organizing around these dirty energy issues.  Also some coverage of local tar sands actions. Then, maybe we’ll make a surprise call to an old acquaintance. Then it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, January 30, noon to 1pm. In Celebration of the Peoples’ Payment to Shut Down Vermont Yankee outside Court House, Brattleboro, VT A Rally with singing, parade, theater, peoples’ podium.
Wednesday, January 30, 6:45 pm. “Atomic States of America” will be shown by Greening Greenfield in Greenfield, MA on at the Greenfield Gardens Cinemas, with a discussion following the film.. Co-sponsored by Safe & Green and Citizens Awareness Network. Questions? Contact Dorothy McIver 413-772-3747.

Weds., Jan. 30th, and Thurs., Jan. 31st, at 9 a.m. PUBLIC hearings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take place at the Great Falls Discovery Center in downtown Turners.  Please ATTEND!  The federal and state bureaucrats testifying at these hearings need to know that the public cares about the miserable conditions in the CT River below Turners Falls, and the federally endangered Shortnose sturgeon and American shad in the desolate section of Connecticut River below Turners Falls Dam. We want the RIVER fixed—not a power canal substituted for a river! For background info on what’s at stake:  Call 413-773-0006, for info.

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., The next steps in the Beat Back Fracking campaign will be high up on the agenda at the next meeting of the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party in Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St.  Come along if you would like to hear news from the American Ground Water Trust conference at UMass and from the student-led counter-conference.

February 17th and make Presidents Day the biggest climate demonstration yet. Our goal for Presidents Day is to form a massive human pipeline through Washington, and then transform it into a giant symbol of the renewable energy future we need – and are ready to build, starting right away. Go to: . We are told Andrew and Meredith Kurowski in Heath are local bus organizers. Email:  Greenfield bus will leave from Greenfield on Saturday, Feb 16th in the morning, make a stop in Northampton, and arrive in D.C. in the evening around 5 pm.  If full, the seats will be ~$75. There are about 14 seats left (out of 54). Contact George at Other possible bus options contact Mary at:

Saturday, February 23, 7 – 11pm. Power Shift II: party for a nuke free future.  Stone Church, Brattleboro. Three Bands Plus Food, Speakers and More, to celebrate the shaky state of affairs for Entergy, and pump us up for more action.  This is a work in progress – to get involved, email Court

SOLAR PANEL RAFFLE III – Citizens Awareness Network’s (CAN) most popular, and most success­ful fundraiser raffle of four 240+ watt solar panels with inverters will conclude on March 23, 2013. Only 350 tickets will be sold at $20 per chance! Buy your tickets from a CAN representative or call 413-625-6177 or buy online

That’s all folks!…..until next time. Remember to listen to your Mother. She REALLY is talking to you.

frackingGreetings Earthlings. We’re back to not letting the corporados frack around in this valley (or elsewhere, for that matter). Peter Vickery of Mass Greens drills down on the details with us. Also, we delve into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber for more on this bad case of gas. We have a visit with the latest Fool-on-the-Hill and Meet the New Boss, as well as hear the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Soooo, you think Kudzu is taking revenge on the Confederacy? How about Kudzu Bugs!

OK, if that didn’t creep you out, how about this: In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find massive methane leaks on Beacon Hill. We already knew a lot of what goes on up there stinks to high heaven, but we didn’t know they were busy destroying the planet in those parts!  (You may recall the climate change effects of methane in our atmosphere is 20 to 100 times stronger than carbon dioxide, right?).  Some folks in Boston however, are fighting the good fight. Checkout Students for a Just & Stable Future , working with a coalition of other groups, including, the Boston Tar Sands Patriots and Deep Green Resistance, to protest the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Their recent action where they locked & glued down in the corporado TransCanada’s Massachusetts office should be an inspiration to everyone in the Commonwealth. You want to be part of that you say? You can! On January 26. See the Bust Stop Billboard below for details.  And this: we find our old friends down in Nicaragua have come up with a very ambitious goal of 94% renewable energy by 2017. So, socialism doesn’t work?  We don’t see Nicaraguans going for planet trashing Tar Sands, right?

Speaking of trashing the planet, we agree with Bill McKibben that “the enemies of the planet are the oil companies (Exxon-Mobil, BP, Chevron, etc.) and coal companies (Severstal, BHP Billiton, etc.), but guess who carries their water?  That would be the U.S. Congress and this week’s Enviro Show Fool-on-the-Hill, Rep. David McKinley (Repugnican of West Virginia and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee) is right onboard with his nearly $400,000 in brib…err…contributions from the coal mining industry over the course of his questionable career.  Recently McKinley equated the departing EPA chief Lisa Jackson with the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It seems he’s worried the next EPA head will be even more….um…uncooperative? McKinley sponsored bills that would curb EPA’s power to block mountaintop-removal mining projects and scuttle carbon emissions standards for new power plants. And that alone earns him a place among…. The Enemies of the Planet! (Maybe he doesn’t know 2012 was the hottest year on record? Nah.  UPDATE: A just released draft here from the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, an inter-agency climate group. Read & weep….then ACT UP!

In our Meet the New Boss segment we find Professor Cornell West calling the Prez a “black mascot of Wall Street“. If you find that disturbing you best take it up with the Professor. What we find even more disturbing is the New Boss’s lack of attention to the fate of the planet. We are not alone in that sentiment. Checkout the hardly radical League of Women Voters’ ad directed at Obama here.

Our Quote of the Week concerns fracking, but also overthrowing the corporate mindset:

“It’s time to use our municipal governments to demand an end to all activities and policies that are harmful to our communities and the natural communities upon which our lives depend. It’s time to undo a structure of law that authorizes corporate minorities to run roughshod over community majorities.” – Paul Cienfuegos

Tom Neilson‘s “There’s a hole in the ground” takes us our interview with Peter. Then we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

On Sunday January 20, from 3 to 5 pm, and on Wednesday January 23, from 12:30 to 1:30pm, rallies to protest the proposed Tar Sands Oil pipeline between Montreal and Portland Maine will be held on the sidewalk near the ExxonMobil gas station at 399 Northampton St., on Rt. 9 in Hadley, 1 mile west of Amherst. More info:  John Berkowitz   413-325-4533 or

Tuesday, January 22, 7pm. Eyewitness Report from Fukushima by Chiho Kaneko. Centre Congregational Church’s Parlor, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro. The event is free and donations to defray costs will be gladly accepted.

Wednesday, January 23 at Noon. GreenWork Roundtable, “Everything You Wanted to Know About the Western Massachusetts Climate Action Plan”.   Guest Speaker: David Elvin, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Bring a brown bag lunch and join the discussion. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield. For more information call Mary Vogel at 413-237-5507 or Jon Weissman at 413-827-0301.

Wednesday, January 23, 3 to 6pm.  350 New England No Pipelines Solidarity Action at the Amherst Mobil Sation in the center of town, 161 N. Pleasant Street. Part of regional actions in New England. Email:

Saturday, January 26th, All day. Massive March and Rally in Portland, Maine to oppose the proposed Northeast Tar Sands pipeline. ExxonMobil is gearing up to move dirty tar sands oil east through Ontario and Quebec into New England to reach a shipping port in Portland, Maine. But the people of eastern Canada and New England have their own plan and are are forming a wall of opposition to keep the east tar sands free. Portland Maine is where the pipeline that would carry tar sands ends and from where Canadian tar sands would be exported to global markets.  How ’bout we put a stop to that, OK?  Go to: or Email

Wednesday, January 30, noon to 1pm. In Celebration of the Peoples’ Payment to Shut Down Vermont Yankee outside Court House, Brattleboro, VT A Rally with singing, parade, theater, peoples’ podium.
Wednesday, January 30, 6:45 pm. “Atomic States of America” will be shown by Greening Greenfield in Greenfield, MA on at the Greenfield Gardens Cinemas, with a discussion following the film.. Co-sponsored by Safe & Green and Citizens Awareness Network. Questions? Contact Dorothy McIver 413-772-3747.

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., The next steps in the Beat Back Fracking campaign will be high up on the agenda at the next meeting of the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party in Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St.  Come along if you would like to hear news from the American Ground Water Trust conference at UMass and from the student-led counter-conference.

Weds., Jan. 30th, and Thurs., Jan. 31st, at 9 a.m. PUBLIC hearings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take place at the Great Falls Discovery Center in downtown Turners.  Please ATTEND!  The federal and state bureaucrats testifying at these hearings need to know that the public cares about the miserable conditions in the CT River below Turners Falls, and the federally endangered Shortnose sturgeon and American shad in the desolate section of Connecticut River below Turners Falls Dam. We want the RIVER fixed—not a power canal substituted for a river! For background info on what’s at stake:  Call 413-773-0006, for info.

February 17th and make Presidents Day the biggest climate demonstration yet. Our goal for Presidents Day is to form a massive human pipeline through Washington, and then transform it into a giant symbol of the renewable energy future we need – and are ready to build, starting right away. Go to:

SOLAR PANEL RAFFLE III – Citizens Awareness Network’s (CAN) most popular, and most success­ful fundraiser raffle of four 240+ watt solar panels with inverters will conclude on March 23, 2013. Only 350 tickets will be sold at $20 per chance! Buy your tickets from a CAN representative or call 413-625-6177 or buy online

That’s it. You have your assignments. Now get out there and save the world…..literally! And, while you’re at it: listen to your Mother!