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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: susantheberge@icloud.com .

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: https://doubleedgetheatre.org/ashfield-town-spectacle

 

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: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

 

 

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 (andrew@betterfutureproject.org) or Amenda Sebert (asebert@cleanwater.org).

 

 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: www.truthschool.org. 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!

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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. 🙂

 

Greetings Earthlings. We air this time on the anniversary of the Three Mile Island Meltdown in 1979. Also we are up close and personal with fracked gas promoters here in the Commonwealth and down in the Belly of the Beast. We go critical on nukes with Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network and drill deep into fracked gas with our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson. [Correction: I misspoke on the show saying AG Jeff Sessions was from Oklahoma. I meant EPA head Scott Pruitt – d.o. Also, another strolling troubadour of Earth First! fame, Casey Neill calls in about the upcoming Earth2Trump Roadshow coming to Northampton. As always, we’ll take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Iguana steals the show at the Miami Open….and freaks out herpetophobes!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Duncan Hunter, repugnican from California who questioned “Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, the acting deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy at a March 19 hearing. Donegan began to answer a question about the Arctic when he uttered the words, “climate change,” and Hunter cut him off. “So I don’t care about the climate change stuff at all, frankly.”  Wait! There’s more: “Here’s what the EPA has done, they’ve destroyed American business,” Hunter said, to the jeers of many in [a Town Hall] audience and cheers from others [meeting in Ramona, CA on March 11]. Yes, another young repugnican descending the ladder to the dark side, and in California!

Time to visit The Mad King but there’s no need to kneel down in his presence as we have erected a wall between our fans and His Malignancy. Safety First! Grist by way of The New Republic tells us: “In Trump’s ideal world, the agency [EPA] tasked with protecting human health and the environment would be slashed by 31 percent to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years… Nineteen percent of the current workforce, or 3,200 agency employees, would be fired.” Yes, the Climate Criminal-in-Chief continues his campaign to turn Mother Earth into the Death Star. Here’s another peek into The Mad King’s “war on the environment”. On to his unfortunate pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch!  “Throughout his career, Gorsuch has found creative ways of throwing judicial roadblocks in front of environmental litigation”, Mother Jones tells us with help from Grist. Hopefully, by the time you read this all of these guys will be perp walked out of their plush offices and brought before the dock………but probably not.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is short but not at all sweet:

“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine”   –  David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we ask: Is all this talk of climate chaos making you sick? Guess what? It actually is! Extra, extra! Read all about it!! Here’s this week’s Blog Action Link. Some of us are ice hockey fans but terrorizing penguins for the show? We don’t think so!  Here’s one that makes it difficult to tell whose feet to lay it at, The Mad King or his enablers in congress; actually it’s both so we’ll stick it here in The Chamber by echoing Climate Central’s report, “Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits”. It seems the Enemies of the Planet “have introduced at least 11 pieces of legislation that could weaken it or prevent some threatened wildlife from being protected.” BUT, who will protect them when the whole ball of wax comes undone? No one here in the Echo Chamber! Here’s one we can lay at the feet of the Gov and some folks on Beacon Hill: The Boston Globe reports “Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less.” That not only sounds like bad grammar but policy as well! “Enforcement actions for serious violations have dropped by more than half, statistics show, as inspections also declined. Fines collected from violators plummeted during the same period by nearly 75 percent.”, the story notes. From here it looks like you taxpayers aren’t getting your dollar’s worth but you can pretty well bet it will be blamed on The Mad King…..even before he really starts punishing us! It looks like the exact opposite is going down on the other coast where enviros are building a Thin Green Line against greedy corporados.

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On to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Silent Protest at the Bridge of Flowers (on the Buckland Side) with a variety of “No Pipeline” themed signs. MA Secretary of Energy Beacon is coming to talk about preparing for Climate Change. We want to show that the recent permitting of a fracked gas pipeline through our state forest contradicts his message of helping us to prepare for Climate Change. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/119492241932166/

 

Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers. Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve: *A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass
*  Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average) *Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/782542465255923/  for details on sending testimony.

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Thursday & Friday April 27, 9am – April 28. Elders Climate Action Day. American University Washington College of Law & Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 4300 NW Nebraska Ave., Washington, DC Go to: http://www.eldersclimateactionday.org/

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/   MA bus sign-up HERE.

 

Friday, May 5th 5:30pm, Saturday, May 6th 5:30pm, & SundayMay 7th 3:30pm. The Wastelands Opera At the Holyoke Creative Art Center, 384 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA. A FREE performance of The Wastelands where the opera first debuted in 2016. The Wastelands is an original experimental folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and first in Children of the Wild’s “Rewilding Cycle.” Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. More Info: https://www.childrenofthewild.org/calendar?mc_cid=afe8b5ca1e&mc_eid=e30cdb63e1

 

We go out with our roving reporting troubadour, Tom Neilson and one of our favorites, “That Pipeline Ain’t Gonna Pass” 

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

WildChildsGreetings Earthlings. “What are the wastelands and how do they transform into the wild?” Walken Shweigert, Artistic Director of Children of the Wild asks that and Gus Ganley, one of those Wild Children, returns to the show to talk about their Wastelands Project, an experimental folk opera investigating the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. It’s not all gloom and doom, like this show. On this, the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl, the worst nuclear power disaster to date the concept of the wastelands is all the more sobering. But wait! we have somewhat humorous moments awaiting you in our Enviro Show Echo Chamber or when we take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, right? And how about this: Revenge of the Critters! Deer for dinner (No, it’s not what you think).

We have Broken News! In case you were still hibernating in some den recently you’ve probably already heard that Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas pipedream targeting WMass has been suspended. If you read their cleverly worded…..make that corporatespeak press release [pdf] you’ll see they left the door open to plague us with their bullshit in the future, but for now it’s time to pat our collective selves on the back for all our efforts and…..PARTY! This Broken News is a two-fer: We also just learned that “In an amazing victory for our forests, waterways and communities, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has formally denied the water quality certification as required by the Clean Water Act for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.” However, all these fossil fools have taken a page from Freddie Krueger and could easily be baaaaack! To which we say: bring it on fools!

It saddens us to say Our Fools-on-the-Hill  this week are also our favorite Massachusetts senators, Markey & Warren who foolishly voted for the laughably titled “Energy Policy ‘Modernization Act’ ”. This sorry planet-trashing act (which may contain a few good things) brings us all that much closer to a….dare we say, green flag? for exports of fracked LNG, the promotion of biomass clearcutting and reportedly “limits state and local controls that can impede pipeline development, and applies eminent domain for ‘economic development’ ” as well as ““It is the sense of Congress that all Federal authorizations required for a project or facility should be issued by not later than the date that is 90 days after the date on which an application is considered to be complete by the Commission.”  (among other things not so modern). We ask Enviro Show listeners to go HERE and have a word with our senators gone astray. Soooo, as over 150 nations sign-off on the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day the U.S. Senate agrees to trash the planet the day before. USA! USA?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we can’t seem to get away from the….umm…blowback? surrounding that Methane blowout at Porter Ranch on the Other Coast. Now we learn that a looming methane threat exists in the Great Lakes region (where the Children are headed!). Michigan has a total natural gas storage capacity of 1,079 billion cubic feet, the most of any state!  James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, said the safety of underground natural gas storage is just starting to become an issue. “We have a lot of storage and we have a lot of clay pipes we are distributing natural gas through. The other question is, are we contributing more methane to the climate change issue than we should be?”  Ya’ think? We have a Blog Action Bonus for you. Time to rein in the U.S. Market for Endangered Wildlife.

How about a Quote of the Week? “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

We have a lot of E-Valley-uation to get through this week. Let’s start with our Valley free Radio Spring Fun Drive, OK? This is where YOU show your support for the show and the folks who bring it to you.  We’re counting on you to do your part. Then we have a follow-up from our last show about the mishandling of our state lands, especially here in WMass. One of our guests last time, Michael Kellett, released this item recently: Plans to Cut State Forests Could Worsen Climate Change and the State Budget. We signed on to that one (surprise!) and the Greenfield Recorder reported on it. Also, remember the show we did on the plight of the Shortnose Sturgeon in the CT River? Now there’s an activist Facebook page on that. Check it out HERE.  And this: We received a disturbing email from Sara Moffett at Clean Water Action the other day with this headline: “Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says – Five of Six Cans From Hadley Walmart Tested Positive for BPA” The message directed us to this page. Canned food is pretty much 20th century but hey, do we really need BPA? Finally, about that proposed fracked gas pipeline the Son of Enron’s trying to ram through WMass? The MA State Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change is holding a hearing on May 3 on Beacon Hill, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428 to FINALLY connect the dots from fracked gas to our Global Warming Solutions Act and the Commonwealth’s energy future. All we can say is….ALL OUT! 

It’s time to Meet the New Boss once again and once again it’s his Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell who comes into question (isn’t there a place for this person somewhere in the exterior??). As we come upon the 6th anniversary of the infamous BP oil platform catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, an f’ing disaster that should never have happened and the results of which are worse than previously thought, it seems the Obama Administration’s  oversight is…well….kind of out of sight? “The [new] rule says that they have three more years to set up real-time monitoring [of oil-well safety by onshore personnel],” Liz Birnbaum, former director of the Minerals Management Service told Grist. “Which is just insane.” Insane like still pumping oil out of the planet in the midst of the Climate Crisis? What’s that saying about what to do when you find yourself in a hole?

 

After our conversation with Gus we drag you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, May 7, 11am – 11pm. (Rain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016) Climate Action and Sustainability Fair, Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield. LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, and environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who work to address the planetary challenge of climate change. For more information, contact livingthechangeberkshires@gmail.com or call 413-329-3514

 

Saturday, May 7, 3-7pm. Cleaner, Greener, More Just Earth Care Fair at Mt. Toby Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA. Drawing upon the multitude of Middle Connecticut River Valley talent, of grassroots, non-profit and commercial entities dedicated to co-creating a more just and thus greener, cleaner, and healthier future for all beings, the Earth Care Fair is a “celebration of creative, persistent moral imagination to mitigate climate change in the Middle Connecticut River Valley and beyond”. It is a family-friendly event and all are welcome!  d.o. will be reading from his book “Bad Atmosphere“! Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron will be performing! Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., P.E. is doing an important talk there called, Forests: Our Best Allies in Fixing the Climate Problem”. Contact: Beth Adams <eadams333@gmail.com>; (413) 522-7505 
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 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 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/

 

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

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

That pretty much does it for us…..for now. There’s just one more thing: Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

moretreesGreetings Earthlings. Are you ready for a Berkshire National Pellet Plantation Forest right here in Western Massachusetts? There’ll be plenty of wood pellets for everyone! That will be important given that there’s a scheme afloat to put pellet burners into any public school or public building near you. Sorry there won’t be as many trees or critters as we’re used to but hey, it’s renewable energy, right? Actually, not so much, not in this age of climate chaos! Janet Sinclair of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership joins us to talk trees & sleaze.  In addition we hear from Michael Kellett from Restore on this and other sorry ideas from the Massachusetts DCR. Also a call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson as well as visits to the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters. When cows attack!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill once again rewinds to those days of yesteryear when Hil was on the Hill (sorry, we can’t resist). Now, sadly, $hillary Clinton is running for president of Corporate America and folks like Bill McKibben are attempting to get her to green up.  How’s that working out for you? This woman does more pivots than a 42nd Street subway turnstile, except when she’s outright lying about her record. Old-school Liberals would do well to focus less on a Woman-in-the-Whitehouse at this critical moment (Liz Warren will be there soon enough) and more on ridding us of the very real threat of the rise of fascism here in the “Land of the Free”. O, while we’re at it guess who has come out and Unequivocally called for shutting down the leaky old Indian Point nukes just outside of New York City? That would be Hillary’s challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, OK? And her position on nukes? Well…….let’s say sketchy.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we return to Porter Ranch and the horrendous methane blowout that seemed to go on forever. The fossil fools at Southern California Gas Company had said they would somehow offset the environmental damage (nice trick, SoCal!) but are now trying to walk that back. This in the wake of SoCal’s parent corp, Sempra’s board cutting CEO Debra Reed’s pay by $130,000 — while at the same time awarding her a bonus of $3.17 million! “It brings her total compensation for 2015 to $16.1 million, meaning that her executive penalty for presiding over an elemental corporate fiasco comes to about eight tenths of 1% of her pay”, according to reports. Now, perhaps to distract understandably angry Californians, state officials are warning of possible blackouts this summer due to the loss of gas reserves at Porter Ranch! Say what? Why are we thinking Enron here?? The U.S. is awash with f’ing fracked gas. Get some at bargain prices if you need it CA! Stop trying to distract your people from all the mismanagement and climate crimes!  Time to go to the movies again! We were psyched at the FERC Doesn’t Work rally in Albany. Finally this: Possums take out dangerous ticks!  Save the possums!!

 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week calls for a trip in the Wayback Machine:

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”   ~John Muir 

 

Time to Meet the New Boss and his out-of-control Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz who will be in Boston April 15 for a public meeting on the Quadrennial Energy Review. As we’ve reported in the past, this guy is the A #1 Obama Administration stooge for fracking and LNG exports. Anyway, like the notice says: “The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will hold a public stakeholder meeting April 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marriott Long Wharf, Salons DEFL. The Marriott Long Wharf is located at 296 State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.” so you’ll probably want to get there early to…um….greet him, yes?

 

We have Breaking News! Remember our coverage of that lawsuit by kids about their future being trashed by climate chaos? They just had a victory! Read all about it! HERE. And this: More than 90 Massachusetts lawmakers sign letter opposing ratepayer financing of proposed fracked gas pipelines!

 

In our E-Valley-uation Chamber we find scores of students at UMass occupying the Administration Building in response to a certain lack of divestment in fossil fuels. See them HERE! Send them kudos, too (maybe some coffee too?).

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community.” Film screening and discussion examines the challenges climate change poses and highlights meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. Floor 26.\, UMass Library. Contact: Madeleine Charney.

 

Apr 22 at 6pm. to Apr 24 at 5pm. Ringling Protest. Ringling Circus is heading back to the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA and we will be more than ready! Please join our peaceful, educational protests against circus cruelty. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/449657425229550/  Email: info@circusprotest.com

 

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Troubled Waters Picnic: A Shortnose Sturgeon Walk, Talk and Lunch at the Rock Dam. Join shortnose sturgeon expert and author Dr. Boyd Kynard and environmental journalist Karl Meyer for a visit to the Rock Dam in Turners Falls.  The Rock Dam is a geological gem–as well as the only documented natural spawning site for the endangered shortnose sturgeon in the Connecticut River ecosystem. Kynard will cover shortnose sturgeon life history and biology; Meyer covers the natural and human history of this spectacular site. No pre-registration required. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch if you wish. Directions: Cross the 11th St. Bridge in Turners Falls; at first stop sign turn left down G Street.  Meet at public lot at end of G Street, just before the entrance sign for the US Conte Fish Lab.

 

April 23rd and April 24th at 2pm. “Unless” / The Lorax at the Hampshire College Farm Center. The show is an ensemble-based theatrical exploration of Seuss’s original story. It’s a traveling show that takes place on the Hampshire Farm. It’s family-friendly and very politically charged, of course. Entry fee is free.It’s an opportunity to be immersed in art for a traveling performance about the emotional impacts of climate change and our interconnection. Go to: theloraxhampshire.wordpress.com/ People can contact the ensemble at theloraxspring16@gmail.com with any questions/concerns/comments.

 

Saturday, April 23, 7 -10pm. Pipeline Boogie! Dance-dance-dance to the sax-fueled rock-&-roll of Trailer Park, a Valley favorite band! Chow down on pizza, salad, and vegan chili from Hillside Organic Catering. $20 (or more!) requested donation benefits the Town of Montague’s Intervention at the Mass. DPU, challenging a Berkshire Gas contract to buy into the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. Montague Retreat Center: North Leverett Road & West Chestnut Hill Road, Montague, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1714746215475520/

 

Monday, April  25, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Working together to build an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Main Street, Northampton. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

 

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 – 8pm. Springfield’s Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. Arise for Social Justice is proud to host our first live panel with perspectives from community, city, and state leaders to discuss the development of Springfield’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan and the future of the environmental justice movement! Focus Springfield Community TV, 1200 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts. LIVE on local Springfield Channel 12 and online anywhere @ livestream.com/FocusSpringfield

 

Friday,April 29th 5pm, Saturday, April 30th 5pm & Sunday, May 1st 1pm.  The Wastelands takes audiences and performers on a journey guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry through places that have been abused and abandoned by industry. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands hopes to expose the many faces of our cultural grief: misogyny, white supremacy, queer-phobia, settler-privilege, etc. The performance runs 75min with a reception and dialogue to follow. All performances are free and open to the public (though we always pass the hat after the show), and meet ADA standards of accessibility. We recommend wearing good walking shoes and other protective gear for rain and sun, as necessary. Meet at 384 Dwight St., Holyoke, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org/

 

May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m./Rally at 11:30am! MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change plans to hold an oversight hearing on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project and the state’s clean energy future.at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428. For bus or carpool info email: susantheberge@icloud.com

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

OK, our work is done here…for the moment. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. Tired of winter….even though there hasn’t been much? You could go south on us like the climate. Elizabeth Kolbert returns with the lowdown from the Sunshine state and way more. In addition, our roving reporter and troubadour extraordinaire, Tom Neilson checks in on the scene. We also take you on a magical mystery tour to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to meet the Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as treat you to the Quote of the Week and more but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! “Pet” puts the squeeze on Pet store owner.

Here’s what our Fools-on-the-Hill (Cruz & Rubio) said about the Climate Crisis at the last of the Repugnican presidential campaign debates: “……………………”. Nada. Nothing. Surprise! Now, a whole gaggle of bipartisan Fools are trying to pile amendments onto the The Energy Policy and “Modernization” Act of 2015. We added those quotes because modernization hardly includes “streamlining the process for exporting our abundant natural gas resources to the world market”, or a vehicle to attempt to bring KXL back to life, or “development of renewables and traditional/fossil resources alike”.

We have broken news! Reports are coming in from all over about the Bundy stand-off bust. Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, whose been closely following the takeover of public land by far-right cowboys had this to say: ““I’m saddened to see this standoff culminating in violence, but the Bundys and their followers showed up armed to the teeth and took over lands that belong to all American people.” He also pointed out, “These scofflaws lack any respect for the natural and cultural heritage of sacred spaces like the Malheur [Refuge]. They’ve been pawing through artifacts belonging to the Burns Paiute Tribe and bulldozing a road through a fenced-off archaeological site. Ryan Bundy claimed a few days ago that American Indians had “lost their claim” to the land and that “the current culture is the most important.” As we write the standoff continues with other Bundyites.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the Dark Side: “If you pay attention to some of this ludicrous stuff Obama is saying as part of this ridiculous climate change summit in Paris. He is attacking people who he says are contributing to the destruction of the climate, he’s talking to people who drive SUVs, he’s talking about power plant owners, coal company executives and so forth. With as many deranged people as are in this country, and most of them are leftists, Ted Cruz has pointed out. I hope to heck that there aren’t a whole bunch of incidentswaiting to happen out there because they are being promoted by Obama.”  Guess who said that? The answer is found on The Enviro Show. Tune in!

In our Echo Chamber we are told by our friends at Grist that “The United States ranks a measly No. 26 among the world’s nations when it comes to environmental performance.” OK, everyone let’s chant: “We are Number…….26!”  Maybe Obama’s EPA would like to change that by “recommending” to FERC they take the Climate Crisis into account? Ya’ think?? Meanwhile, just over the border in Vermont the town fathers in Vernon are still entertaining dreams of turning that scary old nuke into a fracked gas plant. On Wednesday, February 3rd, there will be a Gas Plant Informational Meeting  6:30 pm., probably at the Vernon elementary school. Here in the Commonwealth there’s plenty to do to resist the corporados bent on destroying the nest. And speaking of bad ideas, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action link! Friends of the Earth has this action link for all you worker bees. And, our friends at NoFrackedGasInMass.org have more actions YOU can take to pull the plug on proposed fracked gas pipelines HERE. Finally, need another reason to dislike Donald Trump? This one involves trophy hunting by his offspring (sorry, yes this lower than lifeform multiplied).

We’ve got some E-Valley-uation here: The Springfield Public Health Council has extended the comment period for the meeting to determine if they should hold a site assignment hearingon the proposed biomess plant.  So, if you haven’t submitted testimony, and would still like to do so, you can email it to hcaulton@springfieldcityhall.com. Time to go to the movies! Pop some organic non-GMO corn and watch Glen read the riot act to the Greenfield Town Council concerning the crap that goes on there! Finally a Valley Must See! We will talk briefly about Sen. Warren’s appearance in Springfield yesterday (Monday, Feb. 1) and her comment “I think it is our responsibility as Senators to talk to FERC, we can’t make them listen, but you don’t get what you don’t fight for.” Zzzzzzzzz, O sorry, we just dozed off [yawn]. How about this: A Mohawk National Forest? That’s one way to hold off the DCR from trashing our woodlands. There’s another: check the link for some serious wood pellet revelations.

 

After we talk with Elizabeth and Tom we takes you over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

 

Friday, February 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (doors open 6:30) David Fersh & friends performance at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Performers’ share of the ‘gate’ and most of the CD sales will go to NoFrackedGasInMass.org. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12. Contact: Laurel Carpenter (413) 863-3221

 

Monday, February 15, 9:30am. Walk to Stop the Kinder-Morgan NED Pipeline on President’s Day,. It will begin at Greenfield Community College (East Building at 9:30) and walk 5.3 miles to the First Congregational Church on Silver Street, with a stop at 40 Mill Street in Greenfield to picket Berkshire Gas, 10AM to Noon for their part in creating a false need for a new pipeline. Email: hattieshalom@verizon.net

 

Thursday, February 18, 7 pm. “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer – to be presented at Arms Libary, Shelburne Falls, MA. Contact: Ellen Kaufmann 625-9708

 

Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

 

Monday, February 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence , 220 Main Street, Northampton (on a bus line and handicap accessible).  Come and help us to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/ Email: ClimateActionNowMass@gmail.com

 

 

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. MassWildlife invites the public to an informational meeting about our plan to establish a small population of endangered rattlesnakes at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Timber Rattlesnake is listed as an Endangered Species in Massachusetts and has experienced the greatest modern decline of any native reptile. As part of an overall conservation strategy, MassWildlife is planning to establish a small number of rattlesnakes on Mount Zion, a large island closed to the public at the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Mahar Regional High School, 507 South Main Street (Rte 122), Orange, MA.

 

Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/

 

Sunday, March 6, 2016. Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training, Part I & Part II to stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and keep fossil fuels in the ground. 9:30 AM to 6 PM (including lunch, AM & PM breaks). 3:30 to 6 PM for Part II only. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, Brattleboro, Vermont 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. TO REGISTER: write to Tim Stevenson, bereal@vermontel.net

 

Sunday, March 13th, 2016, All Day. Toxic Action Center Conference at Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England gather. We strive to make the conference affordable and open to all. We offer conference volunteers free admission. If you are able to volunteer in exchange for a ticket, please fill out the form on the “volunteer” tab. If you are unable to volunteer and are in need of a scholarship to attend, please contact Michelle at michelle@toxicsaction.org or 617-747-4358.

 

Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. “Taking Steps to a Renewable Future”. A 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will be at the Shelburne Falls event the evening of March 18! More info HERE. Facebook page HERE.  Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf

 

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

We are out of here. Until next time remember: Listen to Your mother, OK?

 

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. Will politicians save the planet? Masses of everyday people rising up? The Pope? The Batman?? Guy McPherson, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona returns to the show after a four year hiatus for a grim update. Do not be afraid. We have nothing to fear but fear itself! As always, we’ll take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you some breaking news and a brief call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Boy Scout leader unprepared for Bear!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is starting to get……what? tedious? Yes, it’s none other than another return to the Hill by Senator Ted Cruz, Repugnican from…..where else? Texas! As chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Cruz opened the gates of Hell in December and released a horde of climate change deniers to testify (if we may use the term loosely) at a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. Open Inquiry was a term used truly loosely as well, given that all the speakers seemed to believe the Earth is actually flat.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a bevy of fossil fools updates. Let’s start with the Porter Ranch methane disaster, OK? The corporate media seems to be looking elsewhere given there’s no sensationalist photos of exploding oil platforms and a giant pipe spewing vast amounts of oil into the Gulf, but guess what Editors-in-Chief, Porter Ranch is even worse for the planet you happen to live on!  We’ll bring up the online methane blowout monitor during the show. Meanwhile, the BC provincial government pulling the plug on Kinder Morgan officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. Sorry KM, you’re on the wrong page! Keeping with the theme, checkout this piece from a New Hampshire labor activist who says, “Opposing The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Does Not Make Me Anti-Union”. We hope our fellow workers at LIUNA are listening. Meanwhile, across the border in New York Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast Project (Algonquin pipeline expansion) took a hit in Albany during Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address.  There’s an excellent interview with activists on WAMC here. Finally, our own Michel Klare has a piece in Salon about the Big Oil…um…tanking?

We have Broken News! Reports on historic hurricanes in January forming in both the mid-Atlantic and the Pacific. Yes, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee the weather is terrific.

 

And we have Breaking News!  Is the Texas Fed angling to have YOU bail out the fracking corporados? Too big to fail……again??

 

In our E-Vally-uation segment we take a walk, figuratively speaking, with our friends at the Leverett Peace Pagoda for MLK Walk to Stop the Proposed Kinder Morgan NED Fracked Gas Pipeline. We’ll have updates on the show for you.

 

After our conversation with Guy we stagger over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, January 28, 6:00-9:00pm. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres Drive, Brattleboro, VT.   Stand up for stringent and thorough monitoring of ground water contamination. We know from Entergy’s history that it may be not comp;ete;y honest when it comes to what’s in the ground. In 2010, it denied there were underground pipes leaking tritium, covering up the truth. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Presentation on Health Effects of Compressor Stations & Natural Gas Infrastructure. Frontier Regional High School, 113 N Main St., South Deerfield, MA. This presentation is especially intended for local health and safety officials, town leaders and local activist leaders from communities that could be affected by pipelines, compressor stations and natural gas electric generation plants, though the general public is also welcome. Contact: Tim Stevenson,
Post Oil Solutions. www.postoilsolutions.org.  Call: 802.869.2141

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

Monday, February 1, 6-8 pm. Springfield Climate Justice Committee Meeting, Baystate Brightwood Health Center Community Room, 380 Plainfield St., Springfield. Springfield, as both the largest city and the greatest urban carbon emitter in Western Mass, has a huge impact on our region. We are determined to see Springfield become a model for reducing greenhouse gasses and toxic emissions with a climate action plan firmly grounded in principles of climate justice. Contact: webteam@arisespringfield.org or call us at (413) 734 – 4948.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm. “Renewables Are Ready” Slide Presentation. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Slide presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times: climate change. The program finishes with inspiring examples of action and activism that serve as a springboard for brainstorming about individual and community actions to make renewables our energy future. Fee. Registration is required.  call 413-584-3009 to register by phone. Register by mail: program registration form For more information, contact: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA.arcadia@massaudubon.org

 

Friday, February 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. “Bear With Us!” slide presentation and two half-day field workshops. As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this program will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears. Slide Show: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Field Workshops will be held at 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA (on property owned by Judy and Dudley Williams). For more information about the slide show and field workshops, contact Patti Steinman of Massachusetts Audubon at psteinman@massaudubon.org.

 

Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/

 

Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. Taking Steps to a Renewable Future. 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf

 

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

That’s all folks….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?