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Greetings Earthlings. We know the planet is under vicious attack from Corporate America and its enablers in government, but we still have to keep the lights on in order to get up in their face, right? How about you lend a hand by way of a donation in any amount you can afford? You can GO HERE or, better yet, call-in a donation Tuesday evening during the show between 6 to 7pm at 413-585-1033. We will REALLY appreciated your support and we also have all sorts of swag for you if you like. How about that disturbing poetry book d.o. is always going on about? Tune-in for a rundown on all that and more. Walken Schweigert from Children of the Wild returns and Carlos Uriona, Co-Artistic Director of  Double Edge Theater , both joining us to contemplate Shays’ Rebellion and what that means to us here in the Valley in the 21st Century. Children of the Wild is collaborating with Double Edge Theatre on the Town Spectacle, and as part of that Walken is directing a scene which tells the story of Shays’ Rebellion, through a ballad he composed about the Rebellion. As always (speaking of rebellion) we pay a visit to His Malignancy The Mad King and his Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember the Alligator who ate the golfball? No more Mr. Nice Guy folks. How about the Croc who ate the big game hunter?   Sorry Scott, but what goes around comes around!

Let’s see what The Mad King is up to today. How about this for a headline: “World Worries as Trump Set to Dump Paris Climate Deal”? Now he’s got the whole world freaked out. How come the headline isn’t “World Court Indicts Trump for Climate Crimes”? According to the article in Common Dreams (where commoners have no voice) In 2014 His Malignancy tweeted “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop.” We guess he’s right this time, global warming really does have to stop but truth be known he went on to state: “Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.” More Fake News! Why stop there? Recently The Mad King’s viceroy in the EPA, climate criminal Scott Pruitt has said he would consider replacing academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate. This on the heels of firing at least five members of a major scientific review board. Science? Science! I doin’ need no stinkin’ science!!

We have some E-Valley-uation for you. You may recall last week’s show got all up into the face of climate criminals Kinder Morgan/TGP trashing Otis State Forest to make way for yet another fracked gas pipeline? That is happening as we speak UNLESS the powers that be heed the word from the Narragansett Nation who just “filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today, accusing the agency of violating the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)”. Of course, you may also know that “FERC Don’t Work” so a “request” could well be ignored. Meanwhile, the Thoreau Cabin has been moved from blocking Kinder Morgan’s failed NED pathway and raised near the Otis Forest pathway of destruction.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill has returned from being…….what? many a past week’s Fool? Remember when Texas congressional Repugnican climate criminal, Lamar Smith went so far as to suggest that the “the only way to get the unvarnished truth” about the climate might be to get it from President Trump? [insert hysterical laughter here] Well, we have what may actually be some good news from Grist: A “Texan science nerd wants to unseat Congress’ most despised science denier”  Hmmm, Enviro show listeners might want to send a donation that-a-ways but only AFTER they donate to Valley Free Radio, of course.

It’s time for our Enviro Show Quote of the Week and, of course, it’s about your pledge:

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.”                    –  C.S. Lewis (not afraid to end a sentence with a preposition….within)

After our conversation with Walken and Carlos we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. Billionaires Bash! “Celebrate” PRIM Support for Trump’s Agenda! 84 State Street, Boston. To highlight the irresponsible investment practices of the PRIM Board and generate support for H.3281. People dressed in colorful formal garb as at a cocktail party; brass band playing lively New Orleans style party music, opposition chanting “pensioners” vs “oligarchs”. With $2 billion of state workers’ and teachers’ retirement funds invested in oil, gas and coal, the state’s Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM) Board is supporting the Trump agenda in Massachusetts and putting retirees funds at risk.  H.3281 would have the pension fund divest from coal and would set up a commission chaired by the State Treasurer to make binding recommendations concerning oil and gas holdings. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294846774269250/

 

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm. Screening of “Talking to the Wall”. It’s been 24 years since Greenfield voters rejected a Wal-Mart. This is the film that tells some of that story (but probably not Mass Earth First!s contribution). Discussion afterwards. Garden Cinema, Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

 

Saturday May 18, All Day. Green-Rainbow Party Convention. Worcester, MA. The theme this year, Building the Party and Expanding the Green-Rainbow Tent, accentuates the need for us to continue building our party in the face of today’s reality of a broken political system in America. Rosa Clemente spoke in 2008 of the Green Party as no longer the alternative, but the imperative, for us to live with social justice, freedom, and democracy. Her words were true in 2008 and still ring true today. Keynote speaker will be Jacqueline Patterson, the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Go to: http://www.gp.org/green_rainbow_convention_2017

 

Monday, May 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! WMass monthly gathering at the Amherst Unitarian Society Meeting House, East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

Monday May 29 (Memorial Day), 11am. to 2pm. No Escape From the Cape Standout by the Cape Cod end of the Sagamore Bridge. Protest the nuke agencies allowing the Pilgrim reactor to continue threatening visitors and residents of the area. Go to: http://www.capedownwinders.info

 

Monday, June 12, 6pm. Place TBD. Mass Clean Energy Future Tour stop in Springfield. 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: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

 

OK, Enviro Show listeners, last call for YOUR pledge to support the show and Valley Free Radio and to 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.

autumn-flora-fallingGreetings Earthlings. All things being equal, we’re pretty sure the Autumnal Equinox is overshadowed by “Leaf Peeping Season” here in New England but guess what makes peeping possible! The Good Green Witch joins us to make colorful remarks about the season and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns to connect the dots between Otis State Forest (our public lands) and Kinder Morgan’s ongoing attempts to turn Southern New England into yet another fracked gas playground for filthy rich oilmen.  As per usual, we’ll take to to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as treat you to our Quote of the week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! Another human no longer left to their own devices.

This time our Fool-on-the-Hill is another one of those whacky far-right over-the-hill operatives, meaning he operates under the Beltway but not directly on The Hill, just over the hill, somewhere, out there. Anyway, he’s one of Donald Trump’s latest economic advisors who, our friends at Grist inform us, “might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself”. It’s Stephen Moore, “a notoriously foolish and dishonest “senior distinguished fellow” at the right-wing Heritage Foundation and a former Wall Street Journal editorialist. That alone says a lot, but Salon’s take down makes one wonder why this guy even got a phone call from someone as shallow as Trump.

Our Quote of the Week concerns the recent gasoline pipeline disaster down in Alabama where some 300,000 gallons leaked into a pond not all that far from the Cahaba River. Incredibly all the reporting on this regional outrage concerns…..rising gas prices! Here’s our telling quote from Cahaba Riverkeeper: “There has been a great deal of speculation that the leak is larger than reported. We are not qualified to make a guess at the volume of the spill, but after listening to a good deal of discussion related to how these estimates are calculated, we have no reason to believe the company isn’t publishing a good faith estimate using the most reliable models available.” WHAT?? Where were you guys during the BP Gulf disaster? Maybe out on the town with the guys from the Colonial Pipeline Co.? We guess the bogus media spin and weak-kneed environmentalism has nothing to do with reports that the pipeline is partially owned by Koch. ………….nah.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we may hear from d.o. concerning efforts by PanAm Railroad to bust him for trespassing when he was investigating whether Bomb Trains are traveling through WMass. Also, Breaking News from MassPlan here’s an “update regarding the citizen appeal of the 401 Water Quality Certification issued by MassDEP for the Connecticut Expansion project: TGP’s response to the appeal was to sue all of the petitoners, and MassDEP, in federal court. A hearing is scheduled for September 29th at the U.S. District Court in Boston. TGP claims that MassDEP lacks jurisdiction to continue with its administrative process, because a section in the Natural Gas Act provides for ultimate review at the federal Circuit Court of Appeals (rather than state court, which is normally where final DEP orders are reviewed after the internal agency appeals process is complete).”

We have more Breaking News! Over 200 groups blasted the EPA on Monday for that agency’s flawed study on fracking. They say the EPA has “done the public a disservice” by helping to promote toxic drilling. Ya’ think?? Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find The Worst Congress Ever returning to confer on the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act. Given the political climate these days in DC (not much better than the climate climate) we can probably expect a LOT of watering down, a severe shortage of useful ideas, and EVEN MORE hot air. You can send a message to your senator about the dirty energy bill HERE.  And this: Democracy Now! tells us “a federal appeals court has officially halted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access [Bakun oil] pipeline within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe along the Missouri River. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals says this ruling will give the court more time to rule on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction against construction over concerns it could destroy sacred sites and burial grounds.”  Also, in case this one got by you here in the Colonies, here’s a PDF entitled “European Power From U.S. Forests”. We guess some things never change! In other news, it looks like China might be pulling the rug out from under all those Repugnicans (and certain candidates for president) who bad mouth international climate agreements because that big nation won’t hold up their end. Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link for the week: This Bill Saves Wildlife in Peril!  Finally, the Zika freakout down south has cost the lives of countless bees and other pollinators. Ok, the score is 43 not dead vs. millions upon millions dead as doornails. Who won?

We thought we might have to ditch our Meet the New Boss segment (until a better candidate comes on the scene) ‘cuz Obama keeps doing good things to try and save the planet! Checkout our friend Elizabeth Kolbert’s latest in the New Yorker titled “Obama the Conservationist”. BUT, then we saw this from DeSmog Blog: “On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline’s owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe….another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico.” Thanks, Boss!

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch and Rosemary we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Friday, October 7, 2016. 6pm – 10pm. Rock Against the TPP Concert @ Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA. The TPP is basically terrible for everything you care about. It would export the worst parts of U.S. copyright law and Internet policy on the rest of the world, undermining free speech and opening the floodgates for SOPA-style online censorship. [1] Beyond that, it would grant monopolistic corporations extraordinary powers to circumvent our basic democratic process, affecting everything from the environment to food safety to access to medicine to basic workers’ rights. All ages. Wheelchair accessible. FREE! RSVP required. Email: team@fightforthefuture.org

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 5pm-8pm. The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event – Creatures that Build. Come to the Enchanted Forest at our new site for a magical treat along our pumpkin lit trail. Since we’ve just built this new building we’ve invited out animals friends to join us and share how they build; from a bird’s nest to Caddis Fly’s case to the engineering of a Beaver dam. Fun for all ages. Fee. Advanced online registration required to sign up for a walk time, space is limitedCall (413) 256-6006 or Go to: http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

 

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, All day. 350VT is hosting a Climate Organizer Leadership Training at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., First Floor Brattleboro, VT. “Explore climate justice and racial justice, theory of change and campaign building, and we will learn about core organizing skills.” Register HERE. More info: brittany@350VT.org

 

Sunday, October 16, 3:00-5:00pm. Clean Water Action Celebration. Mi Tierra Restaurant, 48 Russell St, Hadley, MA. Tickets – $30 /Student/tight budget – $15 /Sponsor – $75 (includes 2 tickets). Purchase tickets and sponsorships online. Questions? Contact Sara Moffett , smoffett@cleanwater.org 413-584-9830 x4

 

Thursday, October 20, 7pm. Film screening and discussion of “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” directed by Josh Fox. Floor 26, Du Bois Library, UMass, Amherst. A funny, tragic, inspiring documentary that introduces a host of climate change “warriors” while examining the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of our planet. Go to: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, October 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00pm. Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues. Join naturalist Nancy Goodman and take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders we encounter at Northfield Mountain. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues.  Bring binoculars, water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes. Meet in the Riverview parking area at 10 or at the Northfield Mountain Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m. for a short walk to Riverview. For ages 16 and older. FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960

 

Sunday, October 23, 2pm. Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Academy of Music, Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

 Sunday, October. 30, 2-5p.m. Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Justice Meeting, First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow Street (Hwy 5), Longmeadow. Leaders, activists, and concerned individuals from Springfield area congregations of all faiths will explore ways of working together to address concerns of global warming and climate change. For more information, contact Joelle Million, (413) 754-3550 jmillion46@gmail.com

 

 

That’s it. We are soooo out of here, but remember this: Listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

 

shhhh-feature-featureGreetings Earthlings. Suppose we told you 32% of Eversource’s and 17% of Natural Grid’s reported gas leaks simply “disappeared” last year. We’d just love to tell you all those leaks were repaired but it seems they were just removed from the database without explanation. Albert Carter, MIT Data Wrangler joins us to talk LostLeaks, Big Grid’s cooked books? Also joining us in the studio is Andra Rose from Mothers Out Front on some Valley specific gas leak info. As always we’ll take on a trip to meet out Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss as well as a visit to the Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember how the cowpeople nearly wiped out the Buffalo back in the day? Looks like the Buffalo remember!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill spends most of his time passing out checks on the Hill (to fellow Republicans we assume) and pretending he’s all kinds of concerned about the Climate Crisis (he doesn’t call it that). Grist tells us Jay Faison, “the wealthy businessman announced last year that he would be spending $175 million to promote climate action to Republicans and promote Republicans to climate-minded voters”. But wait, there’s more! “Faison has not endorsed or proposed any policies specifically designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether from the electricity system, transportation, agriculture, or any other sector.” Huh? You mean he’s just full of shit??

Time to Meet the New Boss !  This time we find Obama going soft on Arctic oil drilling. “It may be the case that the [new] rules require safer drilling practices, but the simple fact is that there’s no safe way to drill for oil in the Arctic with the climate crisis deepening all around us,” says David Turnbull of Oil Change International. Also, it appears The Boss’ EPA has gone and approved “nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity.” Toss in his Arctic oil drilling green light, his undying support for TPP and we’d say it’s time to head out to Martha’s Vineyard for some First Family vacation summertime standouts!

We usually don’t begin our Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Action link BUT this one is truly an exception: Tell FERC to reject all pending fracked gas pipeline permits! It looks like Obama has something to tell FERC as well (maybe he’s not like the old boss!), in this case to take the climate into consideration when they’re doing environmental reviews of large projects. Wait, didn’t former FERC Commissioner, LaFleur say “We don’t do warming”?  OK, so it’s a hot humid summer, right? We guess most of you don’t live in a naturally cooled Earth sheltered house like some of us gloating owner-builders so allow us to rub it in with this from Grist. We did this one last time but to our way of thinking it warrants an Enviro Show Rerun.

How about a Quote of the Week to go with our theme of collusion? “I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.” – Queen Elizabeth I

A little E-Valley-uation here: We showed up for the Destroy the Quabbin Forestry Tour the other day and we didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt! However, Glen got entertained with DCR (MA Department of Cut & Run) and QUAC’s (Quabbin “Advisory” Committee) utter lack of understanding about forests and old growth in this age of Climate Chaos! Too bad the Recorder reporter left before Glen set their hair on fire 😉

After our conversation about cooked books and leaking gas we turn to The Enviro Show’s Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. Stand Out Against DPU’s Pro-fracking Actions – 6:30pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”).

 

September 10, All Day. The Sugar Shack Alliance is sponsoring a full day non-violence direct action training in Pittsfield MA, at the UU Church on Wendell Ave. People do NOT need to be already in an affinity group to participate nor do they need to already know whether they are prepared to risk arrest. The trainings will support you to consider all your options. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to $20 each. To register, contact Cheryl Rose at crose002@gmail.com no later than Sept 1.

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

That is all….for now. We go out with another Enviro Show Premier Performance by Tom Neilson! It’s “1200 Leaks” and yes, it’s a gas!  BTW, Please remember as you’re out there recreating to listen to your Mother, OK?

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!!