Greetings Earthlings. Did you think we got the lead out of the U.S. in the ’70s? It wasn’t just about the gasoline and the paint. Earth to humans: You still have a problem! Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts joins us to talk about this rather unknown issue these days in the 21st century. Also, joining us in the studio is Dr. David A. Reckhow, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst who headed a recent study of lead in our water. We still have lead in our air and water and it’s a BIG problem for our kids. As always, we’ll also take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Wait, do critters hate motor vehicles or just ones rich people drive?
It’s time for another two-fer in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment and this time they are Dems. Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp recently bailed on their party and voted to approve climate criminal Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No surprise that both come from the fossil fuel producing states of West Virginia and North Dakota, the latter being the site of the much disputed DAPL pipeline. Meanwhile Pruitt is now in the building (we had advised the employees to change the locks but they didn’t listen to us) and recently released emails shows he is considered dangerous. Someone call 911!
Time to checkout the present resident in the White House, His Malignancy, the King of Nothing. Let’s start with Rep. Maxine Waters as she drills into Big Oil and their enablers in the Administration calling them what they really are! One of those players is, of course, “T” Rex Tillerson, Big Oil’s man at the head of the U.S. State Department who is no doubt gleefully awaiting the eviction of Water Protectors at Standing Rock so the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue its course of climate destruction. His Malignancy, who has green-lighted the DAPL project he is personally invested in, has a portrait of Indian butcher, Andrew Jackson on the wall in the Oval Office, a fitting symbol of the sort of person the fake president emulates as he carries on the U.S. tradition of treaty trashing. If this were the B-grade bad TV it comes across as on a daily basis we could simply change the channel, but it’s actually happening here in what passes for the real world. We’ll rerun that piece we didn’t get to last week about how the fake president needs help. Michael Moore seems to think his 10-point plan will “make toast” of the present resident in the White House but we don’t see forced eviction on the list?
Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber you don’t want to stand HERE for more than a few minutes or you actually will be toast! The Independent in the UK gives us the latest on the hell hole called Fukushima. And this from Grist: Standing Rock camp torched in traditional Native ceremony but the struggle continues. This weeks science class has some important homework for you. Yes, there will be a test and it will be about deforestation, OK? . Finally, this report comes from Faux “News” so you might want some fact checking time. Be that as it may, we just love reports of flying reptiles as big as airliners (and their remains reportedly found in Transylvania no less)!
After our conversation with Dr. Reckhow and Ben we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturday, March 11, Noon: Safe & Green is hosting a vigil at Noon in Pliny Park, Main St & High St., Brattleboro to once again call attention to the on-going nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Please stand in solidarity with the evacuees of a region once as productive, beautiful and productive as our own. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 11, 12 to 1:30pm. Standing WITH Standing Rock on the Greenfield Town Common, Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Stand together in community prayer, song, and peaceful action in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors and Indigenous people. Standing Rock and Native Nations have called for solidarity actions to support their March 10th Washington DC march in prayer and action. The Standing Rock and Native Nations who are organizing the DC March say: “We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.” The Native Nations’ demands for the peaceful DC March include respect for tribal rights and the protection of the environment and future generations. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466248530054599/
Tuesday, March 14, 6pm.: The Public Service Board has scheduled a public hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee. Entergy and NorthStar are asking for a Certificate of Public Good for the sale. An informational presentation will be held at 6pm. The hearing will begin at 7pm. Most likely it will be at Vernon Elementary School, but we will confirm the location at a later date. Email: email@example.com
Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 7pm. Beware the Ides of March Enviro Show. Taking down the emperor one word at a time. Actually, we have the best words……O, and real facts! Call-in with your brief poems, songs or prose, but let us know first, OK? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Poetry reading and creative writing workshop featuring Don Ogden, author of Bad Atmosphere. A free copy of d.o.’s book will be given to the first 20 participants to arrive. Part of the Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis series. Room 2601, UMass Library , Amherst, MA. Contact: Madeleine Charney
Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/
Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science. The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com
Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/ MA bus sign-up HERE.
That’s about it for now Earthlings. We go out with Eliot Bronson’s “Head of the River”.
Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother!