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Greetings Earthlings. Can you define “renewable”? What works for you? Endlessly useful? Something of use now that dwindles with time? Is everything natural on the planet renewable? Is our very existence renewable? How? The Children of the Wild return to us in the studio to ponder this far reaching term and Ben Hellerstein of Environment Massachusetts calls in to talk about his take on the issues of so-called renewable energy. As usual we’ll introduce you to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and once again to 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! Who is the real “snake in the grass“? The one that crawls on its belly or the ones who trash the forest to create climate-trashing plantations?

In keeping with our theme we have brought back that renewable fool Repugnican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for our Fool-on-the-Hill. A few years back the fool said: “Just so you’ll know, global warming is a total fraud and it’s being designed because what you’ve got is you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions. Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives.”  We know your tricks, United Nations!

As previously noted, His Malignancy The Mad King presents us with a never ending, seemingly renewable source of lame-ass ideas. We posted one of the most recent on our Facebook page last week. Of course Grist did a bit of photoshopping on the visuals but in this case that doesn’t make it fake news. Then again, we guess it’s not news that The Mad King is the Climate Criminal-in-Chief, right? Let’s move on to Myron Ebell, the climate criminal who led Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency which cursed the planet with Scott Pruitt. Ebell has said  “he fully expected Trump to keep his promise to withdraw the US from the global agreement to fight global warming”. According to Mother Jones “Ebell, who has returned to his role at the anti-regulation think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said…. “The environmental movement is, in my view, the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world.” We guess if he’s talking about the freedom to destroy the Earth for future generations we’d have to agree! As for prosperity, there seems to be plenty of that among the ruling elite…..for the time being. Also checkout this recent segment from Rachel showing His Malignancy’s lovefest with Dow Chemical. You may never have heard of the endocrine disrupting  pesticide Chlorpyrifos but The Mad King and his lackey at the EPA, Scott Pruitt just gave it new life so it can bring on the death to bees and brain damage to farm workers and children. Think about that as you watch The Mad King and the real Agent Orange grinning at each other in the Oval Office. You can sound off about this HERE.

Time for a little E-Valley-uation! Here’s some pending legislation on Beacon Hill that surely applies to our Valley: Bill S.1872


Let’s open up The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and listen for what comes back to us, OK? How about “Study shows methane from power plants far exceeds EPA estimates” from E&E News via the Berkshire Environmental Action Team? Our Blog Action Link this week sends you right back into the renewed fight against the Keystone XL pipeline fight. Go HERE!  And this: Reuters reports “Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction”. We’re guessing Dow may have a hand in this, no?


Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the Oxford English Dictionary (so it must be correct, yes?):

Renewable is something “that is replaced naturally or controlled carefully and can therefore be used without the risk of finishing it all.”


After we delve into the meaning of “renewable” with our guests it’s off to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Thursday, April 20, 6 pm. The Biomass Monitor hosts a conference call live debate between physicist Hans Ohanion and Evan Dell’Olio, Director of External and Regulatory Affairs for Roberts Energy Renewables, over Middlebury College’s recent claim of achieving carbon neutrality through its biomass facility. RSVP on Facebook and/or respond to this email for call-in info.


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:


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:


Saturday, April 22, 10am. to 4pm. Amherst March for Science. Join us at KENDRICK PARK, at the North end of town on E. Pleasant St., in AMHERST from 9-10 AM on 4/22 in our own official Satellite City MARCH FOR SCIENCE. We will proceed from Kendrick park at 10:00 to the Town Common. Stay for the teach-ins, at the main demonstration tent on the Amherst Common for real-world science talks and demos. We will also have all-day activities and information at our booth. This is what SCIENCE looks like! Go to:


Saturday, April 22, 10am. – 4pm. Amherst Sustainability Fair. FREE educational AND fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of entertainment, local vendors, information on how to live a more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle, exhibits, and more. Go to:


Sunday, April 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Shortnose Sturgeon Revival Celebration. Spring 2017 marks this species’ first free-swimming access from below the 1849 Holyoke Dam to its ancient, upstream Rock Dam spawning site in Turners Falls in 168 years! Join Amherst 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 the only documented natural spawning site for the federally-endangered shortnose in the Connecticut River ecosystem. Kynard covers this ancient creature’s life history and biology. Meyer covers the human and natural history of the spectacular Rock Dam site. Involves a short walk; steep dirt paths. Wear sturdy shoes. . Rain or shine; no pre-registration required. 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.


Monday, April 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to:


Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Carbon Smart gardening/landscaping. Webinar Series Part 1. Gain ideas and inspiration for transforming marginal or vacant land into vibrant gardens for healthy food. Use low-cost, local resources and simple tools to improve or create low-maintenance gardens on urban lots, lawns, or small farms. No-till, carbon smart methods treat the soil as sacred, conserve water, help restore the climate, and promote food access.  Webinar presenters Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc  Seed of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange MA, Go to:


Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.


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:


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:   BUS INFO from AMHERST/NORTHAMPTON/HOLYOKE: Check GoTo: for updates
Climate Action Now is organizing buses for DC. Some subsidies available. Leaving from a variety of location including Holyoke and Northampton.
Please visit GoTo: to sign up and get the mailing address for payment. Tickets for the Northampton buses will be $65 dollars, plus merchant fees. Northampton buses will depart Sheldon Field around 12:00 AM and the Round House lot around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. They will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. Buses will stop at a rest area every two hours.
We may have seats. Will update here.
The Sierra Club has two buses leaving from Amherst. Tickets are $65 each, plus PayPal fees
Buses will leave UMass Amherst and Hampshire College around 9:30-10 PM on Friday, April 28, arriving in Washington DC Saturday morning, April 29. The buses will then depart Washington, DC around 7-8 PM, returning to their departure point early morning Sunday, April 30.
#climatemarch #peoplesclimate #peoplesclimatemarch


Saturday April 29 10:30 am to Noon. Rally for Climate Jobs, and Justice. Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield, MA. On April 29th there will be a massive demonstration in Washington DC for “Climate, Jobs & Justice”. The Trump administration is rapidly doing away with any progress that has been made in saving our planet. For those who aren’t going to DC. there will be a sister March in Greenfield, that is being organized by the “Pint Huddle for Climate Change Rally” and is co-sponsored by FCCPR.


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:


Saturday May 6, 1:00- 3:00pm. “Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste:The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas.” A New England tour of speakers who will connect the dots between ‘our’ nuclear waste and impacts on Texas communities. First Congregational  Church, Greenfield, MA. Email:


That’s all folks! Remember…..what? TO LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!




tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. All these years we’ve been talking with you about the Climate Crisis and what we can do to address this greatest of all threats to life as we know it, right? Remember the part about the trees? About how trees and the soil that sustains them sequester CO2?  So how is it that people keep cutting them down! We ask that question and way more to our friend Dr. Mary Booth, Senior Scientist at The Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance. Also, we get a call from Chris at Mass Forest Watch about cutting in the Quabbin watershed and right here in Northampton! Air time is Tuesday, March 11 which also happens to be the anniversary of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster. You probably remember that. The corporate media? Not so much. We’ll tear into that in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber along with other news. As always, we’ll also take you to Meet the New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a side trip for some E-Valley-uation but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Moose protest! A listeners sends us this video of science gone wrong.

Beware the Ides of March (or thereabouts), especially if you’re a nuclear reactor. Last time we gave you Arnie Gunderson’s grim news on the damaged radioactive fuel storage pools at Fukushima-Daiichi Units #3 and #4. This time around, on the 3rd anniversary of those frightening ongoing multiple meltdowns we check in with long-time anti-nuke crusader, Karl Grossman here.  March 28 is also the anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania. Enformable Nuclear News ties the two events together here. We don’t have to do that live on the show ‘cuz we’ve got our own stories! Tune in for that. We return to tales of tar sands where this think piece on “piecemeal pipelines” points out: “It’s not just a matter of one pipeline — there are a number of different pipelines that are all trying to do the same thing and that’s allow the tar sands development to increase in Canada by getting increasing amounts to the market,” Doug Hayes, a staff attorney for the Sierra Club said, “I think that while the public has been largely focused on Keystone XL, the Corps and other agencies are quietly approving these projects without allowing the public to become involved in any way.”  Of course climate chaos deniers and most corporados are gung-ho for exploiting the tar sands and every conceivable energy source, but wait, some corporados are not marching in step!  On to our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: here’s what YOU can do to protect the wolves!

We Meet the New Boss dropping the ball on addressing both the Climate Crisis and protecting wildlife off our coastline. The Obama administration released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on oil and gas exploration off the east coast recently.  Not surprisingly, the Boss has caved to the forces of drill-baby-drill. Read it and weep…..then take action!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. (you know, the Tar Heel State?) who proves he’s a heel by sponsoring the The Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act, or ALERRT. Let us alert you to this, our friends at Grist point out that the House Repugs last week celebrated what they called “Stop Government Abuse Week” by passing five dumb bills that abuse the government. Rep. Holding’s contribution to the abuse “would institute a bunch of time-wasting reporting requirements on agencies as they promulgate rules. For example: Prohibits a rule from taking effect until the information required by this Act is posted on the Internet for not less than six months.” Six months? Do they still get their news by stage coach down there? We know nothing much gets done in the U.S. House of Reprehensibles, but out here in the real world?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we’ll do a reportback on the Valley-wide organizing meeting to Stop the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Extension. You can keep up with this latest planned assault on the Commonwealth here. We will be devoting our entire April 8 Enviro Show in this effort to remind everyone: Do Not to Pass Gas in Mass! (sorry). So, act locally, think globally, yes? In its infinite wisdom, the Editorial Board at “The Paper of Record” seems to think we should be shipping a whole lot of that fracked gas to Europe just to get in Putin’s face. We responded to that gasinine idea on their pages and we hope you will as well.

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

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to:

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30 pm, The Western Mass. Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night event takes place on as part of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton located at 1 Atwood Drive in Northampton, just off Route 5 south of the Exit 18 ramps to I-91.  For more information about Green Night and the Western Mass. Green Consortium, visit the WMGC web site or Facebook page at

Wednesday, March 12, 6:30pm. Climate Action Now! will join Smith College environmental student groups and faculty to host the first in a weekly film series, “Earth’s Turn”, which focuses on the effects of climate change on our global environment. Contact: Marty Nathan  413-531-9915 or  email:

Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: or 413-585-0791.

Wednesday, March 15, 3pm. 2nd Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County and all across northern Massachusetts. Co-op Power, 15 A West Street (Rt.5-10), W. Hatfield, MA. Go to:

Monday, March 24, 6 to 7:30pm. Air Pollution in Your neighborhood. Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Refreshments. Call Arise at 413-734-4948

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed “Retreat” is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what’s left of the woods? Let’s not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email and leave us your contact information.

That’s all for now. Remember……..listen to your Mother.

Discarded plastic water bottles on route of London MarathonGreetings Earthlings. If the show title reminds you of Dr. Seuss and the Lorax it should because the Once-lers are still at it, promoting their no-return, throw-away ways on Beacon Hill and in the media. Their hopes may soon be dashed however, as an updated bottle bill may soon be on the ballot in Massachusetts. Phillip Sego, coordinator of the Sierra Club’s bottle bill update campaign calls in with the details. By the by, if you’re interested in collecting signatures for the Bottle Bill referendum go here.  As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill (so many choices!), The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, Our E-Valley-uation segment and more, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! The next installment of Squirrel Resistance: Peacenik Ground Squirrels undermining nuclear missiles!

Of course the big news in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber is the release of yet another climate report from the IPCC (not that further scientific confirmation of the Climate Crisis makes any difference to the DC Taliban or the sorry collection of flat-Earth deniers). Disturbingly however, the report doesn’t even consider what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: like the melting of frozen Arctic tundra and the subsequent release of vast amounts of methane (worse than CO2). Getting back to those dangerously stupid climate change deniers, we present (drum roll please) The 5 Stages of Climate Denial!  Be sure to share that with your Faux “News” addicted, low-info afflicted Uncle Phil when he comes over for dinner. O, and in the Worse-than-predicted Department we also have this: Fukushima’s event horizon. Did we mention that story rates #3 in Project Censored 25 Most Censored Stories? There’s more on Fukushima here if you dare. And, speaking of dare, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture”!  How dare they! Finally, it was revealed recently that the cost of electricity from Cape Wind would be far more than from land-based wind projects. Just sayin’!

We’ve gone wide on this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill by putting the entire teabagger caucus in the U.S. House up for the nomination……make that up for arrest for the crime of sedition. Here on the Enviro Show we name names and kick butt. These extremist freaks are putting untold numbers of their countrymen & women at risk by shutting down the government. Officer! Roundup the usual suspects!!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from on high:

“Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.”  – Pope John Paul II

In our E-Valley-uation segment we follow-up on the last show and the sad situation with our friends at the Connecticut River Watershed Council and their allowing climate criminals like TransCanada (think Alberta tar sands, think KeystoneXL pipeline) to sponsor the Source-to-Sea river clean-up. We created a Facebook event page in the event that you might want to….um…call them on it?  Some in the Valley’s greater environmental community seem inclined to look the other way on this, to go along to get along (you know who you are!). Sorry, we don’t do complicity on this show.

After our interview with Phillip Sego we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday Oct. 9, 6:30 to 8:30.  Northampton’s 2nd Clean Energy Forum. Mayor Narkewicz invites the community to join with their friends and neighbors at the second Clean Energy Forum at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. Participants will review and prioritize ideas generated by community members during the first Clean Energy Forum. Northampton and state partners – the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division – will have experts on hand to discuss pros, cons, and options for potential local project development and participants will review technical assessments of Northampton by our state partners.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm in the Umass, Amherst Student Union Ballroom there is going to be a talk with Colin Beavan (author of No Impact Man) with a book signing to follow. No tickets required) and it’s free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 10, 8:15AM to 9:15AM. Vigil on behalf of planet earth at the Japanese Consulate, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston .We are standing in solidarity with the people of Japan, who have asked people worldwide to join them in vigils and who protest at the Prime Minister’s house every week to beg, beseech, implore demand that an international team of experts – scientists and engineers – be allowed to work on the Fukushima tragedy, which is an international emergency of the highest order. Please RSVP to Sheila Parks at or call with questions/comments at 617 744 6020

Saturday, October 12, Noon. March Against Monsanto! What better way to honor World Food Day than to bring awareness to the dangers of GMOs while continuing the push toward mandatory food labeling. The world is ready to March once again — who’s in? There will be an event prior to the march from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ’s Community Church Hall, Chicopee, MA. Attendees will get to visit with LOCAL organic farmers, businesses, and health care professionals support the movement and provide only 100% non-GMO products (and FREE samples of course!). At 2:00 p.m. we will congregate in the parking lot and begin our march to City Hall. We will have speakers at City Hall, where we will congregate with our posters in an effort to educate consumers. Go to: or email at

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2pm (please arrive by 1:45). Hartford March Against Monsanto:  Bushnell Park, 463 Asylum Street, Hartford Complete information available at (you have to scroll down a bit to get to the post about the march and there is a “read more” prompt for more information)

Tuesday, October 15, 7pm. Screening of “More than Honey”. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Screening followed by a panel discussion with CISA  members Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms.  CISA’s Executive Director, Phil Korman, will moderate. Go to

Thursday, October 17th, 7-9pm. 350MA and Climate Action Now Meeting.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield

Saturday, October 19 to 25, 2013. Walk for Climate & Environmental Justice. The walk will start with a rally in Westfield on October 19 at 9:00 a.m., continue across the state to Brockton and end on October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Connecting for Change Conference in New Bedford. See:

Saturday, October 19, 9am to Noon. October Reuse Rally, Smith Vocational High school, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. Costume swap – Scary Stuff for Halloween!- – Art & Craft Swap – Bulky Rigid Plastic Swap – Foam Collection. More info at: or call: 413-587-1059

Saturday, October 19, 10am. “First Child in the Woods”. One hour nature program for families with babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Also Nov. 16 & Dec.14. Go to: or call: 413-584-3009 [This is what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: get the kids out in the woods!]

Wednesday, October 23, 4 to 5:30pm. GreenWork Roundtable – Solarizing Western Mass. 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA. Come join us the 4th Wednesday of every month at 640 Page Boulevard for our community round-table discussions on issues pertaining to the green economy. Call (413) 887-9574 or email: Also go to:

Saturday, October 26, 7pm. Tom Neilson & LynnWaldron in concert kicking off this coming winter’s  “Truth Tour” at Roundabout Books, 26 Kenwood Street, Greenfield. Tickets at door. Call 413-773-0820 for info or go to:

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30-4pm. 350MA Statewide Campaign Summit. Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main St., Worcester. Bonus session from 4-5:45pm. Info at:


We’re sure there’s more going on but how will we know if you don’t talk to us? In any case, while you’re out there remember to listen to your Mother!

climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. Had enough of the Climate Crisis yet?  Sorry, it’s not going away. Even if you’re silly enough to think covering your eyes and humming loudly will work, climate chaos will still be there when you come out. Sooooo, how about we DO SOMETHING! George Aguiar and Jimmy Pereira of Climate Action NOW! MA  talk about recent and upcoming events to confront the Crisis and Michaelann of Arise for Social Justice calls in to join the conversation.  As usual we will also visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill, Meet with The New Boss, head over to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and hear the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Feral cats in France attack a woman and her poodle! Bouleversant!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is expecting us to still believe that old saw about “energy independence” here in the USA.  Sen. John Hoeven (Repugnican-N.D.) claimed (with a straight face) recently that:  “Right now, we’re determining how to respond in the Middle East, specifically Syria, and it shows, with the volatile situation there, how important it is that we can produce our own energy in North America and not have to get it from the Middle East.”  Whoa, Calendar check! We thought it was 2013? Keystone XL is all about exporting oil, John. We thought you knew!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from another fool, a really BIG fool, Rush Limbaugh who recently stated: “So the left asserts there’s global warming, and they assert that there’s manmade global warming, and they assert that it’s caused by CO2, and they assert that they’ve got models for it.  I can dispel all of that with my religious beliefs.  I can dispel all of that with common sense.”  Common sense? Limbaugh?? As for religion, is Rush referring to his Golden Calf, or what??

Some disturbing news in our E-Valley-uation segment: we are breaking news of our friends over at the Connecticut River Watershed Council having allowed Keystone XL’s TransCanada to be a lead sponsor of next month’s River Clean-up event. We’re thinking the river doesn’t really need a good greenwashing! Maybe CRWC should consider some other sponsors?  Ya’ think?  You can contact them here.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we repeat ourselves, this time with the help of Global Justice Ecology Project. Remember we spoke about the Utah tar sands awhile back? The ones that are even worse than the Alberta tar sands? Guess what? They are still out there and only a handful of folks seem to be paying any attention to them., are you listening? On to what ABC News calls “A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima“.  It seems “US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts” on this ongoing multiple nuclear meltdown. Ya’ think?  In a related matter, our own Sen. Ed Markey has gotten up in the face of the NRC over its biased study of the radiological risks of high-level radioactive waste storage pool fires in GE’s Fukushima-style reactors. You know, like the ones at VT Yankee and Pilgrim! Finally some good news: “Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757 imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protection… for Nevada’s Mount Charleston blue butterfly. The butterfly occurs in just a few locations at very small numbers and is threatened by fire suppression, fuel reduction activities and recreational development.”  So much for the good news, now it seems the once ubiquitous Monarch Butterfly numbers are crashing. There is something YOU can do about this. Remember those Milkweed & Joe Pye seed bombs we talked about? Please make a note to rearm for next Spring, OK?

We Meet the New Boss doing something the old boss never would have done: oppossing destructive forestry!  The Administration is going thumb down on the Repugs newspeak House bill with the Orwellian title, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. “ ‘We’re glad President Obama is finally taking a strong stand against legislation that would open the door to clearcutting our forests and weaken vital protections for water and wildlife,’ said Randi Spivak, public lands director for the Center for Biological Diversity”. And here in Western Mass we hope the New Boss’ friend the Gov is paying attention! More good news from The Boss: strict emission standards for new coal plants…….wait!…new coal plants??

After our conversation with Michaelann, George & Jimmy it’s on the the Bus Stop Billboard:

October 1st, 8pm. “Students & Goliath: How the Youth Took on the Fossil Fuel Industry”, A documentary by Alex Leff.Featuring Five College students, Bill McKibben, Jill Stein, and Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash, this will be a big event to celebrate all the Pioneer Valley has done last year, educate, inspire, and promote further action for this new school year! Screening at Hampshire College, Main Lecture Hall in Franklin Patterson Hall. Email: Alex Leff  at
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30pm. Public Transit in Springfield – A Riders Summit. 20 Maple Street, (1199 SEIU). Join members of the local community & labor groups to let PVTA know what you think of their service! Call: 413-543-2334
Friday & Saturday, October 4 & 5. “Source to Sea” River Clean-up. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean! [WARNING: This event sponsored by TransCanada of Keystone XL pipeline infamy]

Sunday, October 6, 11am. 23rd Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda. Special guest, Dennis Banks, Co-founder of The American Indian Movement. Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Call: 413-367-2202

Tuesday,  Oct. 8, noon to 1pm. Protest rallies of the Campaign to Boycott TD Banks for bankrolling and worsening climate change by investing in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Banks in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. TD Bank, 1441 Main St. in downtown  Springfield, TD Bank branches in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533

Saturday, October 12, Noon. March Against Monsanto! What better way to honor World Food Day than to bring awareness to the dangers of GMOs while continuing the push toward mandatory food labeling. The world is ready to March once again — who’s in? There will be an event prior to the march from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ’s Community Church Hall. Attendees will get to visit with LOCAL organic farmers, businesses, and health care professionals support the movement and provide only 100% non-GMO products (and FREE samples of course!). At 2:00 p.m. we will congregate in the parking lot and begin our march to City Hall. We will have speakers at City Hall, where we will congregate with our posters in an effort to educate consumers.

Thursday, October 17th, 7-9pm. 350MA and Climate Action Now Meeting.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield

Saturday, October 19 to 25, 2013. Walk for Climate & Environmental Justice. The walk will start with a rally in Westfield on October 19 at 9:00 a.m., continue across the state to Brockton and end on October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Connecting for Change Conference in New Bedford. See:

Saturday, October 19, 10am. “First Child in the Woods”. One hour nature program for families with babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Also Nov. 16 & Dec.14. Go to: or call: 413-584-3009 [This is what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: get the kids out in the woods!]


That’s it for the moment. In the mean time, will you remember to listen to your Mother?