Posts Tagged ‘Vermont Yankee’

 

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Greetings Earthlings. Happy Samhain, All Hallows Eve or whatever. In Pagan times this was the beginning of Winter but given that we’ve pretty much vanquished that to climate chaos we’ll take chemical laden candy instead. The Good Green Witch joins us for an extended stay to….enlighten? us about the dark and that very thin veil to the other world, as well as her new book. OK, so do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? How about a creepy orange monster clown with a wig, sticking his chin out and getting all alpha male? No? Enough of that? We’re going to be……away from our desk for Halloween! Bonfires, potions, you know the drill. Anyway, after we light the fire in the studio we’ll take you on a spooky visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, deep into the dark and dank Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Scary Spider bites Australian man on penis……again!

Soooo, there’s no fool like an old fool we’re told and we guess that might explain repugnican Senator John McCain’s recent remarks about continued repugnican blocking of Supreme Court Justice nominations if $hillary wins in November. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill declared.

Time for a visit with the New Boss who very recently wrote an op-ed that “promotes his vision for humans on the Mars surface in the 2030s”. Say what?? What about Earth in the 2030s! We doubt we’ll be here to experience that but the grandkids will. We applaud The Boss for signing into law H.R. 2494, The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 that will “further protect endangered species that have been targeted by poachers” but how about our endangered kids and grandkids? We need an all-out effort to confront the Climate Crisis right here on our favorite planet, never mind that barren ball of rock and dust a gazillion miles away! One can only wonder what the new New Boss will have in store for us. If that is $hillary we know what she really thinks about us enviros. If it’s that creepy clown guy, well…..we guess we can all bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Tune in to our Election Night Enviro Show. It may be scarier than Halloween.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber of Horrors we venture beyond “The Point of No Return”! And if that’s not horrifying enough how about “11 of the last 12 months hit record high temps”? No? Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melting Faster Than Previously Thought? And this: “Throughout the U.S., trees are dying at an astonishing rate.” Here in the Northeast U.S. those of us actively trying to save the trees are usually just ignored, right? Some corporate Dems seem to think we need to “get a life” for trying to confront the Climate Crisis these days but in the Global South such activists actually get to have their lives taken away! That’s enough horror for one day. How about we pray for…. Big Oil? (that’s not some Halloween trick, kids). OK, how about we treat you to one of the bravest climate actions yet to come down the pipeline. That would be this “Act of Love”. You can donate for their legal support here.

How about a Halloween Special Quote of the Week? Ready?

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”    – Stephen King

We have Broken News! It seems Sunoco, a Dakota Access pipeline co-conspirator, has just allowed 55,000 gallons of gasoline to pollute the Susquehanna River. Maybe those prayers for Big Oil aren’t doing so well?

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch we’ll take you trick or treating to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturdays 10am. to 12pm.Weekly Standout for the Green Party. Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171357796292170/

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 10am to 5pm. & 6:00 – 8:00pm. Overview and discussion of potential regulations MassDEP intends to hold two stakeholder meetings on potential new Green House Gas regulations. The Worcester meetings will be held during the day, and will include discussion of different sources and regulations under consideration and will also include an early evening session for stakeholders who may not be able to attend during the day. Governor Baker signed Executive Order 569 which directed MassDEP to promulgate regulations that satisfy the mandate of Section 3(d) of Chapter 21N of the General Laws with the objective that these regulations ensure that the Commonwealth meets the 2020 statewide emissions limit mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and to establish an internet portal through which to receive input. The Department welcomes and encourages input from the citizens of the Commonwealth and all interested parties regarding regulatory approaches to meet the requirements of section 3(d). RSVP for in-person attendance here. Additional meeting information, including a draft agenda, directions, and RSVP instructions, will be provided when they become available. MassDEP Worcester office. More information, along with instructions for submitting comments, is available on MassDEP’s web site at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, which will be regularly updated as additional information becomes available. Please see the following links for directions to the MassDEP office in Worcester. If you have questions about the stakeholder meetings, please contact Jordan Garfinkle at jordan.garfinkle@state.ma.us or 617-292-5904.

 

Thursday, November 3, 7pm.  Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.at Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT.  Go to: http://www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

Friday, November 4, 12 to 4pm. The Native American Students Association and Divest UMass, in collaboration with the Student Farmers’ Market, are hosting a #NoDAPL Standing Rock Solidarity Farmers Market at the Goodell Lawn at UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts. There will be a Speak-Out happening at 2 pm- don’t miss this important opportunity to hear native voices from our campus community speak to what’s going on in ND! November is Native American Heritage Month, and this Student Farmers market will be a moment to SHOW UP for the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline! This is a moment for everyone to come together to spread the word and show our support for the incredible front line leadership defending the right of native tribes to their water and way of life, and resisting the violent reign of the FF industry, and the environmental and cultural genocide native tribes have faced in our country for centuries. Contacts for this event: Sarah Jacqz, sjacqz@umass.edu; 978-518-0057. Shawn Provost, stprovost@umass.edu 603-313-5804. Andreus Ridley, dreus81@gmail.com;
nasa@umass.edu; 978-496-7041

 

Saturday, November 5, 7am. Quabbin Reservoir Naturalists Exploration Field Trip. Millers River Environmental Center, 1o0 Main Street, Athol. Carpooling available, pre-registration required. Email: dave@dhsmall.net

 

Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8pm. Screening of Sea Shepherd’s first full-length film, “Why Just One?” on at Café Evolution, 22 Chestnut St, Florence, MA. A 30 min. Q & A session with Vic Guerin of Sea Shepherd will follow. Free Cafe Evolution treats will be provided , but feel free to bring your own vegan finger foods too. This wonderful new documentary exposes the courageous battle Sea Shepherd has taken on to save sea turtles, the world’s last dinosaur. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/cafe-evolution-116705117589/

 

November 12, 9:30am. – 5:30pm. Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. A minimum of 30 folks needed to sign up for this to work and we are especially reaching out to college age folks but everyone is welcome. OTIS STATE FOREST IS AT STAKE! The full-day training has lots of interactive opportunities including a long role play simulation of an actual action. The Sugar Shack Alliance will also help you form or find an Affinity Group which will be necessary to participate in a non-violent direct action where we are intentionally risking arrest, and, to be part of the decision-making process of the Alliance. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to$20 each. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

 

 

Scary enough for you? Just wait ’til our next show on Election Day! :O  Until then remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. We will be your server this evening. We have an exceptional selection of disasters for you tonight on our menu. First, we have a melange of melted Vermont fuel rods, highly radioactive, spewed over a gorgeous landscape of locally sourced organic flora and fauna, blended with a variety of intriguing house dressings. Leslie Sullivan Sachs of Safe & Green will be doing the presentation. Also on the menu this evening, a fabulous selection of tar sands piped into a vibrant bed of earthen textures, lending an irresistible atmosphere of……well…..doom, actually. In addition, we offer some selections that are surprisingly good for you!  As always, for your listening enjoyment, we offer today’s  special family-sized portion of The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The New Boss to aid in your….er…digestion, or maybe not, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters!  “Snowball” the goat gets even.

Back to our disastrous menu in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber.  We rewind Think Progress’ piece on the U.S. State Department serving up a tasteless word salad to go with a heaping pile of steaming Keystone XL.  They also presented us with a side dish chocolate ordure! Of course, it’s up to the Chef whether or not to serve this dish to everyone on the planet and we’ll get to that when we Meet the New Boss. Also on the menu: a seared medley of regionally sourced coastal flavors we call Pilgrim’s Fry! There’s “No Escape from the Cape” with this dish. Finally, we go off-menu to advise everyone that wolf hunts are truly stupid. Did someone say stupid? How about Great Moments in Stupid!

[Last night during the show we broke the news about that ruling in Vermont on a proposed biomass plant. Here’s a news link on that]

We Meet the New Boss, along with other Corporate Dems, hyping disastrous trade deals for their corporate masters. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) always reminds us of toilet paper for some reason. We are not alone in that association: Flush the TPP!  Interestingly, some Dems and even some Repugnicans are saying no deal (or at least no fast tracking the deal). In our E-Valley-uation segment you should find some news on the local stop the TPP action in front of Rep. Richie Neil’s office in Springfield but instead we put it HERE! Now, on to that Keystone XL pipeline entree: it looks like The Boss may be looking for some way to dodge this bullet (the one in the……House Chamber?). You can lean on Secretary of State John Kerry concerning Keystone HERE if you like. Maybe remind him how concerned he once was about the CLIMATE CRISIS!! Will science and common sense prevail? What? In Washington?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha………

We’ve gone plural in the past in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment but this time it’s a virtual feast! Are you ready? Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, maybe even some…um…hot air sickness bags? OK, prepare to cast off with the entire ship of fools! Ahoy, mateys! (sorry about the mixed metaphors….would you like something to drink with that?). If however you want avoid any unpleasantness with hot air sickness might we recommend something less overwhelming? How about just one fool? Say Doc Hastings? He just released a proposal to dismantle key portions of the Endangered Species Act. What’s up with that, Doc!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we first turn to the Stop Keystone XL vigil we co-sponsored with a host of other Valley groups on the Amherst Town Common on February 3rd. During the event it was reported that “Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, a representative of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, asked those in attendance to ‘fight for a habitable planet’ “.  Yes! This is what we’ve been saying: it’s the fight of your life! Fight for life on Earth and future generations! AND, part of that fight involves protecting our community from the frightening number of old decaying radioactive fuel rods improperly stored just up the river at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuke. Leslie will get into that before we ship off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge.  http://www.odysseybks.com

Friday February 14, 7pm. Special Showing of “Students and Goliath”, with local film-maker Alex Leff. It is fitting that this will be the last film shown in the Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation, as the film’s purpose is to educate, empower, and promote action on the most important issue of our time– climate change.  Students & Goliath follows the divestment campaigns of five schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, capturing a burgeoning movement that now engulfs colleges nationwide. Come see this film, engage in discussion with the local film-maker, and pay tribute to the Northampton Committee to Stop War which has sponsored films like this one over the past ten years, in the community room donated by the Media Education Foundation. The Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation is located at 60 Masonic Street, Northampton (behind Woodstar Café).

Sunday, February 16, 7:00-9:30pm. Pete Seeger Celebration. First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst. Free & open to all. Songleaders will include: Karen Brandow & Charlie King, Sarah Pirtle, Paul Kaplan, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Lorre Wyatt, Jay Mankita, Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron, & more.  We will share songs, stories, and memories of Pete.  Please bring a copy of Rise Up Singing if you have one.

Sunday, February 23, 9:30 AM.  Local Pledge of Resistance training, to prepare for protest of the Keystone XL tarsand oil pipeline: We will from 9:30 to a little after noon (focussing on protest preparation), break for lunch, and then continue from 1:30 to 3:30pm (focussing on organization and planning). Pledge of Resistance Brattleboro Community Room, Brattleboro Food CoOp, 7 Canal St. Brattleboro, VT . Email: crumbs@marlboro.edu

Wednesday, Wed. Feb. 26, 6:30 pm. Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”.  A fresh look at the global bee crisis, from multiple angles, and offers proactive life-affirming solutions. Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system. There will be a discussion after the film led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield Massachusetts. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Call:  413-773-5165

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 pm. The Native Bee and Native Plant Connection at Nasami Farm, Whately, MA. With the decline of the European honeybee, pollination crisis awareness is on the rise but the most bio-diverse pollinators in New England are native bees. Learn the basic needs of native bees, their nesting strategies, and native flower resources attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by creating beautiful pesticide-free restored habitat.  Registration & fee required. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Call: (413) 256-6006 or email: info@hitchcockcenter.org

Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent!  On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil.  We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action.  Go to: http://xldissent.org/

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be in Northampton (place TBA). Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

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 info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

And with that we say……….listen to your Mother!

GreeningGfldGreetings Earthlings. Does a name like Greenfield indicate all things green? Nancy Hazard joins us to suss it out here on Election Day where we elect to act locally & globally. Also, we take you on a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! Ducks invade CVS…..complain about service? poor product placement? corporate domination of health care? maybe “where’s the pond that used to be here??”

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start off with one of Naomi Klein’s most important pieces ever: “Why Science is Telling Us All to Revolt“.  Don’t care to read yet another IMPORTANT link? How about we give it to you pictures?  Also, we note that “Entergy’s Nuclear Limbo Threatens Public Safety”. Gosh! Corporate austerity trumps the Public Good? Nah!  There’s been some excellent back channel discussion here in Massachusetts between anti-nuke folks and climate activists regarding the nuclear carbon footprint. Here’s one of the studies that came up in the conversation. Hopefully everyone will realize that nukes are NOT the answer to the Climate Crisis.  And speaking of carbon footprint, our friends at Grist and at Ring of Fire passed on info that “300 oil pipeline spills that occurred in the state in less than two years have gone unreported”. Surprise! Big Oil owns North Dakota. Did someone say Climate Crisis? The media is buzzing with leaks about the draft version of the second installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest review of the global scientific consensus on the global warming and climate change. It’s not good. Now, on to the fun stuff: our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is a Must See by the Sea (it’s like a Revenge of the Critters two-fer!). NEWS FLASH! This just in: The Toxic Monster is coming!!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural again but this time deep into the Repugnican staffers den of iniquity. Some fools are paying taxes to have their far-right climate denying operatives load the “majority page” on The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works with sophomoric posts about “The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn’t All Bad”. Among them: “Fewer bureaucrats at the EPA makes it less likely that they’ll make up science on new regulations”.  We don’t know about you, but we smell young College Repugnican Club types gathered around the desktop in their J. Press giggling over inane groupthink. Hey kids, It’s recess time! Go play outside now.

We Meet the New Boss on his recent visit to the Commonwealth where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. Climate activists were in the crowd reminding him that going forward with the KeystoneXL pipeline is “game over” for the climate. Many blinkered Obama fans booed the activists but the Prez called them off before telling the activists that they were at the wrong event…….like health and climate have no relation?

Our E-Valley-uation segment is our focus for this show: greening Greenfield with Nancy. But first, are you a bus rider? If so, a word from public transit activists: “In order to help the public transit authority (PVTA) in our area to hear from a variety of voices, we have created a survey and ask that you complete it.  It is our hope to help the public transit authority to complete an evaluation of its bus and public transit service that represents all its users. This is an important moment to let our voices be heard and speak out on our needs and priorities when it comes to public transit access. Let your voice be heard; please take a few moments to fill this out. You may complete the survey online and email it to mcarroll@stavros.org using the button at the top [of the survey] or you may print it and return it to our Springfield office at 262 Cottage Street, Springfield MA 01104  by November 27.”    Now it’s off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30pm. Air Pollution: What is pollution? Can it hurt you? What will you do?  ARISE for Social Justice, 467 State Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 Friday, November 8th from 7-8:30pm. Attend the free kick-off of Valley Zero Waste (VZW) in Amherst at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst.  The meeting is in the Glass Room on the lower level. There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information contact Jessica at valleyzerowaste@yahoo.com, or 413-727-3295. The second launch event will be held in Springfield for the convenience of people in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley. It is scheduled for Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Community Room at the Central Library on State St.  The Community Room is located to the right as you enter the building.  There is aboveground parking across the street.

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2pm:  5th monthly protest at TD Banks (major investor in Tar Sands oil pipelines) in  Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield branches. TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield, and  protests on same day and time at TD Banks in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533  Email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10. Green Economy & Solidarity Conference. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St, Worcester, MA. Do you believe there are alternatives to corporate greed? That we can live with harmony with our community and our planet? That we can create new economic and social relations that challenge oppression and create justice? Email: bwshear@yahoo.com

Thursday,  November 14, 6pm-8pm. Parenting and Climate Change Discussion with Colleen Kelley, Ruthie Ireland, and Casey Beebe, environmental educators and parents. How do we help our children navigate climate change? How do we do that without terrifying them or making them feel helpless even if that is how we feel? Hitchcock center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. Call: (413) 256-6006

Friday, November 15, 7:00 PM. Decommissioning Forum, First Congregational Church of Amherst, at 165 Main St., Amherst, MA. Envisioning a Responsible and Safe Cleanup Of Vermont Yankee. In order to learn more about the situation with the shut down and the storage of the nuclear waste, the Old Reliables affinity group has invited Deb Katz, the director of the Citizen’s Action Network (CAN) to speak in Amherst at the First Church.

December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

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

poserpirates2Greetings Earthlings. We are all over the nukes again given the SAGE Alliance’s Flotilla action across from the scary Vermont Yankee plant on Saturday, August 10, but also because of the out-of-controll multiple meltdowns STILL GOING ON! in Fukushima, Japan and in the Pacific Ocean. Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network returns with the latest. Also, we look for radioactive leaks in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe even some leaks from The New Boss or our Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as a call-in from our roving reporter, Tom Neilson but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Last time the paper boy was attacked. This week:  Dragon attacks editor!! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican Rep. Martha Blackburn of Tennessee who has gotten her drawers all up in knot over what she believes is an attempt by the Obama Administration to……um…..confiscate her ceiling fan??  According to The Paper of Record, “The House adopted, largely along party lines, an energy appropriations bill that among other things forbids the government from enforcing energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans, light bulbs, refrigerators and freezers. Sponsors of these measures said they had enough of President Obama’s nanny-state policies.”  But vaginal probes? That’s OK with the Repugs!  Maybe Rep. Blackburn should go for a reset?  Ya’ think?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber it appears we’ve gone wall-to-wall with planetary catastrophe. Keeping with this show’s theme let’s start in  Fukushima, Japan as mentioned above. Surely you recall the multiple ongoing meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco) nuclear facility that began two years ago? It seems “Tepco admitted for the first time last month that radioactive groundwater had breached an underground barrier and been leaking into the sea, but said it was taking steps to prevent it.” That’s not working out so well. This why we call it a MELTDOWN!  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America.“Scientists and fire experts… say the nation is moving into an era when massive and destructive wildfires of the kind that occurred only sporadically over the last century will now be a regular occurrence.” Holy climate change, Batman! How’d that happen?? Speaking of flames, Big Oil, in it’s eternal wisdom, is still burning off gas in it’s massive North Dakota oil fracking operation……$100 million dollars worth! But up in Canada they’re just…..well, wondering how to stop the tar sands oil from oozing up everywhere? Maybe they should just stuff it….into what we call The End Run Pipeline. Just when you thought we’d never come up with anything hopefull, grab some non-GMO popcorn, settle back and watch this.

This week we Meet the New Boss with a reminder about that climate speech back in June. Also, the Prez is attempting to put Larry Summers in charge of…….the world economy! Yup, the guy who helped crash our economy last time around, the guy who green lighted Enron is on The New Boss’s short list for head of the Fed. Somebody STOP HIM!

For our Quote of the Week we jump back in the Wayback Machine for a short hop to 1974 when then President Gerald Ford said, “H.R. 11510 also creates a new Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will assume the licensing and regulatory responsibilities previously carried out under the Director of Regulation within the Atomic Energy Commission. The highly technical nature of our nuclear facilities and the special potential hazards which are involved in the use of nuclear fuels fully warrant the creation of an independent and technically competent regulatory agency to assure adequate protection of public health and safety.”  Riiiiiiight.

After our conversations with Deb and Tom we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s happening:


Thursday, August 15th, 7-9pm. Hearing on Northampton Divestment Resolution. Council chambers (behind city hall), 212 Main St, Northampton

Fiday. August 16, 7:00 p.m. “American Meltdown” Free Films at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. The screenings are free unless otherwise noted. Discussion follows.

Monday, August 19, 6:30pm. Next meeting of Climate Action Now Wmass at Arise, 467 State St, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-575-7345

Monday, August 19, 7:00-8:30pm. Fossil Fuel Divest Meeting. Community Room, 26 Greenleaves Dr., Amherst

Thursday, August 22,6:30pm “Reclaiming Democracy”, an inspiring documentary film with Thomas Linzey and Shannon Biggs. This film talks about the groundwork being laid by communities that are adopting a ‘Community Bill of Rights.’ These ‘Bill of Rights’ will help bring about constitutional change, and create a new legal framework that will strip corporations of their “rights”, and recognize the rights of nature and of communities.  All Souls Unitarian Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield, MA. For more info call Sandra Boston at 413-774-5952.

Saturday, August 24, 10am. Join Us for CAN’s Annual Meeting. A great breakfast will be served to all who come. We have a great chef creating this splendid breakfast. This is our gift to the community for all the years you’ve supported us and our work. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield, MA. Email: CAN@nukebusters.org

Saturday, August 24, 10-2pm. Summer Wildflower Field Walk Series with Nancy Goodman, Naturalist – Podick Swamp, Amherst. Come and explore the wonders and beauties of our native wildflowers as we spend the day learning how to identify them in the field.  Nancy will help us learn how to key out plants using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Registration & Fee required. Space is limited. Call: (413) 256-6006

Sunday, August 25th, Noon-5pm. Global Warming Activist Rally. Greenfield Commons, Greenfield MA. Contact: info@betterfutureproject.org

Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm. Non-violent civil disobedience to shut Vermont Yankee. This non-violent civil disobedience event will only happen if we get at least five people by 9/1. Now we have three people who will do it and one person who probably will. Please contact Eesha Williams at ewilliams@ValleyPost.org or 802-254-2531. We will notify the media and the police in advance. People are welcome to come and support us without getting arrested.

Monday, September 9, 12 to 1pmThis will be the 3rd rally of the Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for bankrolling climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil development and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Bank at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. More info: John Berkowitz, Northampton 413-325-4533 johnpberk@gmail.com

That is all. We go out with Tom and Kat’s “Tritium” Sooooo, until next time remember this: Listen to your Mother!