Friday, May 18, 2018

The Climate Crisis & the Media


Greetings Earthlings. When was the last time you saw or read a story about climate chaos in the mainstream media? Is it all Trump and trash or bleeding leads? Lisa Hymas director of the climate and energy program at Media Matters joins us to test the waters. Of course, here on The Enviro Show we're all over the Climate Crisis like an invasive species without any natural predators. Speaking of which, we'll also take you to see The Mad King and some of his crazed court of climate criminals, as well as a side trip to have a good laugh about this week's Fool-on-the-Hill. All that and more (as they say), but first it's time for....................Revenge of the Critters! You may not be surprised to learn there's "vermin problem at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave" and not just in the Oval Office!

So much for the little creepy crawlers, on to the bigger specimens like His Malignancy The Mad King and his entourage of vermin like, for instance, Ryan Zinke crazed cowperson of the Department of the Inferior whose long list of scandals and ethical shortfalls was tallied up by none other than our guest's organization, Media Matters. But Lyin' Ryan is a piker compared to The Dark Prince over at the EPA. Politico reports, Scott Pruitt’s EPA and You-Know-Who’s White House teamed up in an attempt to block a report on water contamination by PFAS chemicals after one White House staffer warned that the report would be a “public relations nightmare.” What?? The public relations nightmare has been in progress for over a year. Why the sudden concern?  Meanwhile over at NASA, whose incoming administrator has zero experience with science, the program that tracks greenhouse gas emissions is being cancelled. Surprise! O wait, the same Yahoo News report notes : "Trump has proposed cancelling another Earth science mission, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3)" as well. Maybe he'll use the savings for his fantasy about space cadets? Don't those cadets need a livable planet to return to? Stay tuned.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill may have rocks in his head. Repugnican Rep. Morris Jackson Brooks Jr.  is vice chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology but like sooooo many Repugs on this sorry-ass committee Brooks is clueless on the subject of science. Last Wednesday during a hearing on “Using Technology to Address Climate Change” the congressman came up with a new theory on rising sea levels. Never mind the vast store of peer reviewed climate science identifying man-made CO2 and methane emissions warming the planet, Morris Brooks says: "Every time you have that soil or rock deposited into the seas, that causes the sea level to rise, because now you’ve got less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up.”  It's rocks. Who knew!

On to our Enviro Show Quote of the Week and this one fits our focus for this show:

"The U.S. news media have a critical role to play in educating the public about climate change.
                                                                                              - Amy Goodman

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rerun the New York Times' piece on the disappearing "old ice" up in the Arctic. Just like us senior citizens, pesky old ice seems to stick around forever.....until now. And this: our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity are sounding the alarm about all the pesticides being sprayed on our National Wildlife Refuges? Is there no refuge??

After our conversation with Lisa we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

May 15 to June 13 All Days. Water is Life Walk 2018. Houstonic River Source to Sea. Go to: http://waterislifewalk.org/ 



Monday May 21, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA Go to: climateactionnowma.org 



Memorial Day May 28, 11am to 2pm. at the Sagamore Bridge (Cape Cod end). The annual Sagamore bridge action is on weather permitting. We have signs and banners so come join in this public action and stand together as we demand Pilgrim close now, the spent fuel moved to hardened/secure onsite storage, and decommissioning based on public safety first!  If you are coming from the Cape, leave early and travel down Rte 6A. Contact: 508-776-3132 or email  Diane Turco


Monday, May 28, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Amherst, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/


Thursday, May 31, 6 - 8pm. An Evening With the Conservation Law Foundation. You’re invited to an evening with Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) at the Hitchcock Center on West Street in Amherst, MA.  CLF, a New England-wide environmental advocacy organization, forges lasting solutions for the region’s most critical environmental challenges. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/104328837079712/ 


Saturday June 2, 7:30pm. Screening of the film "Burned", at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA. More info soon. 


JUNE 5, 7:00pm. Climate Action Now and the League of Women Voters have partnered to bring you three candidate forum on Climate & Energy.  JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd, Florence. With Candidates for 1st Hampshire District (Consisting of Hatfield; Northampton; Southampton; Westhampton; Montgomery [Hampden Co.])


Friday June 8, 9:30am. Walk the Talk on Climate. On Thursday June 7, Boston Mayor Walsh will hold an International Mayors Climate Summit. The following day, on June 8th, he will kick off the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting. Join the rally Friday morning to call on Mayor Walsh and all US mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action! They must 'walk the talk' on climate. Call 617-971-8568 with any questions.




That's all folks BUT remember: Listen to your Mother, OK?



Thursday, May 03, 2018

A Fracked Gas Attack Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's Springtime and so much comes to back into the light. Take for instance all the machinations by the fracked gas industry and their many enablers! Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns to update us on all things fracked gas including actions you can take. As usual, we take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King (not to mention his court of creepy climate criminals). Also, a special Enviro Show Quote of the Week right on target for this week's theme, all that and more but first it's time for.............Revenge of the Critters! Lone-star ticks coming for you meat eaters.....in pacts!

The week's Fool-on-the-Hill is another twofer and a regional one at that. Sadly, some of our representatives in The Belly of the Beast are not representing our best interests or those of the planet we share with all beings. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the "Community Wood Energy Innovation Act of 2018" last week in an ill-conceived effort to "encourage the deployment of biomass-fueled energy systems and spur markets for low-grade, low-value wood" which is timberspeak for turning our forests into pellet or chip plantations for the lucrative export market while destroying the massive carbon sink that is our New England forests. How's THAT for innovation? We guess the addled Sen. Collins wasn't satisfied with just voting to make far-right Mike Pompeo the U.S. Secretary of State and thus placing us on the path to war with Iran, then she decided to inject new energy into The War on Nature! Wait, aren't women supposed to be nurturing?? Watch this space for future pushback! 

And, speaking of His Malignancy The Mad King, the guy who signed that recent edict trashing the nation's air quality now "signed House Joint Resolution 69 (HJR 69) into law. The legislation rescinds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2016 Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule. The Refuge Rule was enacted to protect native carnivores on Alaska’s refuges from the state’s Board of Game predator management program, which allows practices such as the killing of bears with cubs and wolves with pups, as well as the hunting of animals from aircraft, among other things." Who knows, maybe this week he'll go after cuddly stuffed children's toys? Not satisfied with killing critters, His Malignancy seems to want to keep all that nasty plastic in our National Parks so America can continue to be great, we guess? O, and eliminate the White House bikeshare station in case someone using it gets the mistaken impression His Malignancy might support ANYTHING environmentally smart. And this: We hope his enablers are fooled into believing having The Mad King's arrogant mug carved into a glacier would be some kind of honor, 'cuz it truly is not.  On to The Mad King's Prince of Darkness, Scott Pruitt, the gift that keeps on giving in terms of scandal and....well......ecological disaster. The man who garners this scathing critique from The Paper of Record: "Despite stiff competition, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is by common consensus the worst of the ideologues and mediocrities President Trump chose to populate his cabinet." The worst of the worst; welcome to the era of The Mad King! But hey, why stop there? Last week The Dark Prince may have outdone himself by proclaiming (drumroll please)..."that tree burning was inherently a carbon-neutral way to produce electricity". This was refuted by Bill Moomaw and others soon enough. We guess Scotty is thinking ahead centuries as if there was no CLIMATE CRISIS! But fact-challenged as he is, Pruitt is just inherently criminally evil and deserving of all the truly bad press history will give him and all his relations. Finally yet another scandal, it looks like filthy rich Big Oil will be getting a "financial hardship waiver" from The Dark Prince.

Time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week which, like most of the above, is also from the Land of Stupid. Casting environmentalists and groups like Conservation Law Foundation as anti-technology Luddites, opposed to gas, wind and hydro, corporate attorney Michael Blazer stated:

“What are we left with? Marching backwards to burn whale oil?” 

Given that Blazer was speaking on behalf of the billion dollar fossil fuel energy company, Invenergy that wants to build a fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant nightmare in the middle of the pristine forests of north-west Rhode Island, just who is marching backwards??

On to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber for some potential good news! (isn't THAT refreshing?). A recent piece in the New York Times caught our attention regarding direct-air capture of CO2 in the atmosphere by rock formations. Read all about it HERE. And now a word from your Massachusetts Attorney General: "These commonsense limits on tailpipe pollution have done more than any other measure to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, increase miles per gallon fuel economy and save drivers money on gas,” said Bay State Attorney General Maura Healey. “Scott Pruitt has once again illegally handed EPA decision-making over to fossil-fuel lobbyists, while sticking the American people with dirtier air and higher prices at the pump. Since the public can no longer depend on the EPA to protect their interests, we are fighting to defend the standards."

After our conversation with Rosemary it's off to the Bus Stop Billboard:



May 15 to June 13 All Days. Water is Life Walk 2018. Houstonic River Source to Sea. Go to: http://waterislifewalk.org/ 


May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018. Ralph Nader: Trump, Empire, the Military Budget, the Draining of America, and What You Can Do About It ‑‑ Now!  To Register: www.rowecenter.org, 413-339-4954



Saturda May 19, 9:30 am – 5pm GG’s EcoLiving workshops at Just Roots Spring Farm Fest featuring local food & beer, farm tours, live music, spring starts for sale, square dance and more! 

Just Roots Farm Fest: 34 Glenbrook Drive, off Leyden Rd, Greenfield, MA.



Saturday May 19, 10am to 4pm. Day of Remembrance Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls,MA . Call: 413-773-9818


Saturday, May 19, 1pm: Rally with speakers at Park Street, 2:30pm: March. 2018 Boston March Against Monsanto - Rally for World Food Justice.  Shut Down Monsanto!  No to GMOs! Ban Genetically Engineered Crops & Foods! Ban Glyphosate/Roundup! Stop Poisoning the People of the World! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1673284626101086/



Climate Action Now and the League of Women Voters have partnered to bring you three candidate forums on Climate & Energy:
MAY 20, 7:00PM
Unitarian Universalist Society
121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst
with Candidates for 3rd Hampshire District
(Consisting of Amherst; Granby: Precinct 1; Pelham)

MAY 23, 7:00PM
Frontier Regional School
113 N. Main St, S. Deefield
with Candidates for 1st Franklin District
(Consisting of Ashfield; Buckland; Conway; Deerfield; Leverett; Montague; Shelburne; Shutesbury; Sunderland; Whately; Chester [Hampden Co.]; Chesterfield [Hampshire Co.]; Cummington (Hampshire Co); Goshen (Hampshire Co); Huntington (Hampshire Co.); Middlefield (Hampshire Co); Plainfield (Hampshire Co.); Williamsburg (Hampshire Co.); Worthington (Hampshire Co.))

JUNE 5, 7:00PM
JFK Middle School
100 Bridge Rd, Florence
with Candidates for 1st Hampshire District
(Consisting of Hatfield; Northampton; Southampton; Westhampton; Montgomery [Hampden Co.])


Monday, May 28, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Amherst, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/



Thursday, May 31, 6 - 8pm. An Evening With the Conservation Law Foundation. You’re invited to an evening with Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) at the Hitchcock Center on West Street in Amherst, MA.  CLF, a New England-wide environmental advocacy organization, forges lasting solutions for the region’s most critical environmental challenges. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/104328837079712/ 


Saturday June 2, 7:30pm. Screening of the film "Burned", at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA. More info soon. 


Friday June 8, 9:30am. Walk the Talk on Climate. On Thursday June 7, Boston Mayor Walsh will hold an International Mayors Climate Summit. The following day, on June 8th, he will kick off the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting.

Join the rally Friday morning to call on Mayor Walsh and all US mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action! They must 'walk the talk' on climate. Call 617-971-8568 with any questions.


OK, that's it for now. Remember to listen to your Mother
 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The 2018 Earth Day Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's been 48 years since the first Earth Day, how is the planet doing since then? Gary Menin Mass rep for Raptors Are the Solution joins us to talk poisons, rats and raptors. We'll get into that and other matters over the years, as well as drag you along to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and The Mad King and his crazed court of climate criminals. Also it's the Valley Free Radio Spring Fund Drive so here's your op to keep the signal flowing, OK?  Be sure to note your much appreciated donation goes to The Enviro Show. After you help to support the show and VFR it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Whales were the token critter during early Earth Days, but sometimes it seems like some whales aren't appreciative!

President Richard Nixon, a Republican who actually signed on to the founding of the EPA, was in office during the first few Earth Days but, as you no doubt know, he was a crook and eventually resigned. The present occupant of the White House is what we now refer to as a Repugnican and potentially a traitor to our country. We also refer to him as The Mad King 'cuz........well.....he just acts like it! More disturbing than his probable conspiracy with Russia and others to undermine our democracy are the efforts he and his court of climate criminals are making to DESTROY THE FUCKING PLANET!! As usual, we report the latest in that ongoing assault. Let's start with this headline from HuffPo: "With little notice, President Donald Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to dramatically overhaul national clean air standards and make it easier for industry to pollute in areas where it’s already dangerous to breathe." Hey, if you loved the 1950s you'll just love The Mad King! The good news is the New York AG got a judge to block the move....for now.  And this from the Washington Post: "The Trump administration made it clear this week that it is sapping the strength of a century-old law to protect birds, issuing guidance that the law would not be used as it has been to hold people or companies accountable for killing the animals." Whoa! Now we're headed back to the turn of the LAST century? Let's get back to His Malignancy's Dark Prince at the EPA. As noted on our last show, little Scotty seems he can't do enough to trash the planet. The Editorial Board at The New York Times agrees with us (they just say it nicer). In fact, so many people hate Scott Pruitt he now seems to think he needs Kevlar seat covers?

Moving on to the other end of the National Mall, our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is another repeat offender, Representative Rob Bishop of Utah, leader of the House Committee on (Extracting All Possible) Natural Resources and the Repugnicans answer to that age-old question: "Can Satan really walk on Earth?" You can click on the link above and immerse your self in his sins or simply take our word for it; the guy is evil, OK?

Sooooo, the Valley Free Radio Spring Fund Drive will pretty much preempt the rest of the segments but we still want to inform you of a few issues and upcoming events here on The Enviro Show blog. Let's start with this sobering news we can only blame The Mad King partially for: "The warming of the Earth over the past several decades is throwing Mother Nature's food chain out of whack and leaving many species struggling to survive, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." Of course, His Malignancy and the enablers will make matters worse by trying to rollback every regulation in sight, right?  On the bright side, Patagonia is suing The Mad King for stealing your land (public lands that is). 


OK, time to  move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:  



Tuesday May 8, 4pm. DCR Post and Pre-Harvest Tour. Wendell State Forest.  Meet at the Wendell State Forest Headquarters, 392 Wendell Road, Millers Falls. The tour will be conducted “rain or shine”.  Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.  For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.


Tuesday May 8, 2018, 5:30– 7:30pm.  “Deep Green Your Meetings & Events” Location: Nueva Esperanza, 401 Main Street, Conference Room, Holyoke, MA Trainers: Deb Habib, Ed.D. 
Free, more information and registration required here

Tuesday May 8, 6:00-8:00pm. Carbon Pricing in MA – A Key To Solving A Warming Climate. Dever Auditorium, Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield. WSU’s Dept. of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Dept. of Environmental Science will co-host this public educational forum which will: provide a brief overview of the current science on climate change; describe bills by State Rep. Benson & State Sen. Barrett proposing state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation, and an omnibus bill by State Sen. Pacheco that would also institute carbon pricing; and lay out the ethical and moral dimensions for addressing a warming climate. Attendees will learn how each of these MA carbon pricing bills is economically designed to create jobs, improve the health of MA residents and fairly protect vulnerable populations and businesses while lowering state-wide carbon emissions. Click here for more information  



Wednesday, May 9, 9:30am. Join members of the Animal Cruelty Task Force, legislators, and animal protection organizations, and together let's put an end to animal cruelty in Massachusetts!
Registration closes at 5pm on Thursday, May 3. However, space is limited and registration may close early. Massachusetts State House, Room 428, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

                          

Thursday May 10, Noon to 4pm,  March for Science Lobby Day. Massachusetts State House. With the help of our allies in Mass Power Forward, we will continue to push our leaders to respond to our demands concerning clean energy and environmental justice.  We are still working out the precise details for the event, so exact times are subject to change. RSVP now so that we can ensure that a meeting with your legislators and/or their staff is scheduled in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Gordon,  350 Mass Legislative Manager (andrew@betterfutureproject.org



May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018. Ralph Nader: Trump, Empire, the Military Budget, the Draining of America, and What You Can Do About It ‑‑ Now!  To Register: www.rowecenter.org, 413-339-4954


Monday, May 28, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Amherst, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/


Happy Earth Day everyone and remember to listen to your Mother Earth!


Friday, April 06, 2018

Another Bee Here Now Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Surely by now you know we can't get along very well without our friends the pollinators, yes? Peggy MacLeod of Western Mass Pollinators Networks joins us in the studio to talk about their work and later in the show Jonathan Mirin of the Piti Thearter Company calls in about their kids play "To Bee or Not to Bee"  [UPDATE: HERE'S THE LINK FOR "SMALL CELL" EMF EXPOSURE JON SPOKE ABOUT]  We'll also bee directing you toward The Mad King and this week's Fool-on-the-Hill where we can unload some venom, as well as trip to The Enviro Show Echo Camber but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Bees take action against militarism?

Speaking of militarism it's time to take on His Malignancy The Mad King but let's start with his Dark Prince of the Environment, Repugnican Scott Pruitt, climate criminal from Oklahoma, "The Sooner State" and we hope they take him back sooner rather than later.  Actually, that may happen given Pruitt's issues with misusing EPA funds and abusing the public trust. By the time you read this the Dark Prince may have announced plans to gut Obama-era fuel efficiency standards which were intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Can we expect anything less from someone in bed with Big Oil?   And CREDO informs us "Donald Trump's contempt for the environment is on full display with his recent nomination at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Peter Wright, a lawyer for Dow Chemical and a former Monsanto employee, is Trump's pick to head up the EPA office that oversees chemical spills at Superfund sites".  Surprise! Over at His Malignancy's U.S. Fish and Wildlife "Service" the Center for Biological Diversity and allies took legal action against the Trump administration over its shady new policy of approving elephant and lion trophy imports. The Center challenges U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to shut down input from scientists and the public on the process for evaluating the threats of trophy hunting to elephants, lions and other African animals. And, this past January, USFWS initiated proceedings to take the Canadian lynx off the threatened list altogether and downgrade a number of other species from endangered to threatened. Maybe that's because creepy Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke thinks species extinction is a hoax made up by China? O wait, sorry, wrong creep. According to Earth Talk: "the legislative branch isn’t helping wildlife or its advocates much either. Congress’ 2018 budget bill is chock full of “riders” aimed to cut endangered species protections for wolves in Wyoming and the Midwest, the greater sage grouse of the Southwest and other iconic American wildlife species, not to mention cuts to funding to bolster states’ endangered species protection programs."


Our Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) whose bill, the "Electricity Reliability and Fuel Security Act", seeks to stem the tide of hundreds of recent coal plant closures -- an issue driven by economic concerns and environmental regulations. Maybe they've hit a big vein of "clean coal" in Indiana? Sorry, there's the buzzer! There is no "clean coal". And yet, the industry claims "Based on current production rates, Indiana's 17 billion tons of available coal could last more than 500 years." Sadly, we won't.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber anti-fracked gas pipeline protesters in West Roxbury scored a get-out-of-jail card on the fabled necessity defense recently. You may have read this on Facebook or some local news but we doubt the corporate media wants to give much ink or air time to that defense! In case the present chaos in DC isn't enough to freak you out how about that Coronial Mass Ejection scenario d.o. wrote about on our old blog?  Breakout the popcorn Enviro Show fans 'cuz now there's a video!  Speaking of d.o.'s writing it looks like the warning in his old poem "Dream of the One-horned Rhino" has been realized with the passing of the last White RhinoAnd this from The Guardian on Walden Pond: Scientists warn "Pee and pesticides"are a problem. Like Thoreau said: "
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."...O wait....um....er...(sorry).

After our conversation with Peggy and Jon we go over to the Bus Stop Billboard


Friday, April 20 9-11am. The Roundtable Panel Live: Climate Science Discussion at Page Hall Auditorium on the University at Albany downtown campus. It will be broadcast live on WAMC (90.3 FM) and available later that day via podcast. The panel discussion will include former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Rolling Stone Contributing Editor and best-selling author Jeff Goodell, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert, and acclaimed naturalist and writer Terry Tempest Williams.


 The Berkshire Earth Expo on SATURDAY, APRIL 21 :: 10AM – 5pm. Come to learn from experts, talk to your neighbors about what they’re doing, enjoy performances, shop, and get inspired. Click here for all the info.  d.o. will be reading from his book.



Sunday, April 22, 10AM -2PM. Earth Day Open House. All ages are welcome to join us for activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Go to: http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/ 



Sunday April 22, 1 - 3pm. All About Gardening for Pollinators. This talk will inspire your to transform your garden to better serve the food and habitat needs of pollinators. What are host plants? which plants are the best for butterflies? What are native bees and why are they so important? Also, hear about the growing movement in western MA to expand habitat for pollinators. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/413511002409584/



Tuesday April 24, 6:00 p.m. Drama Club members at Greenfield High School will present Earth Day Dreams: Close Encounters with Climate Change at GHS. The students have been exploring climate change issues and solutions with the help of their director Robert Moore and Enchanted Circle Theater’s teaching artist-in-residence Ezzell Floraniña. Go to: https://www.greeninggreenfieldma.org/events/706-earth-day-dreams-theater-prod



Tuesday April 24, 7pm. Screening of "Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees" at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. Call(413) 253-2547




Wednesday, April 25, 6:30pm. “Landfill Harmonics”.The evening will include a film about a youth orchestra that was born out of a landfill. The hope and promise found in this story prove that children who are given an opportunity for growth can exceed all expectations, even their own. This promises to be a dynamic evening. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield. It is handicap accessible. Please park behind the church and come in the back door. Call 773-5165 




Monday April 29, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! monthly gathering at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org 



Enough! We'll see you next time. For now, remember: Listen to your Mother!   

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Functional Extirpation Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Would you believe there's a clunky old inefficient mega-power plant operating right here in the ecologically correct 5 College Area of Western Mass?  Karl Meyer joins us once again to dive into the dead reach of the Connecticut River to look for dead or threatened critters and an energy system from the 1970s (remember the '70s, the Me Decade?). As usual we will also take you to see The Mad King at work destroying your nation, as well as The Fool-on-the-Hill. Also we have Breaking News and will give you an Enviro Show Quote of the Week and a trip to the Echo Chamber but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! It's Springtime and people are getting all mushy about baby bunnies, chicks and ducklings but sometimes ducks attack! 

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is up for a return trip to our dart board. It's Senator Lisa Murkowski, renegade Dem from Alaska and enemy of old-growth forests. Outside On-line tells us: "Her draft bill to fund the Forest Service would, among other things, nix an Obama-era plan to phase out old-growth logging there and would exempt Alaska from the so-called roadless rule, which could open 9.3 million acres of the largest temperate rainforest in the world to the lumber industry." Any high profile progressive Dems up there looking for a job in the U.S. Senate?

Where to start with His Malignancy the Mad King? Never has any resident in the White House given us so much to work with! Let's start with his signing a resolution on Feb. 16 reversing an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking coal-mining operations from dumping waste into nearby waterways. This of course is mountain top removal coal mining at its worst but the Mad King now wants YOU to pay for the mess! BTW, His Malignancy's new pick for Secretary of State to replace the Man From Big Oil is Mike Pompeo The Man From Hell. Besides looking exactly like the quintessential arch bad guy from Central Casting, checkout this climate criminal's rap sheet: Pompeo has stated that "Federal policy should be about the American family, not worshipping a radical environmental agenda." He has referred to the Obama Administration's environment and climate change plans as "damaging" and "radical." He opposes the regulation of Greenhouse gas emissions by the United States, and supports eliminating the United States federal register of greenhouse gas emissions. Pompeo signed the No Climate Tax pledge of Americans for Prosperity. He has called for the elimination of wind power production tax credits. In December 2015 Pompeo voted for two resolutions disapproving of the Clean Power Plan implemented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. On May 9, 2013, Pompeo introduced the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. The bill would have required the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or reject any proposal for a natural gas pipeline within 12 months. Jeez! Why so long? Also this, Common Dreams reminds us: "It has been exactly six months since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, but thousands of residents of the American territory still lack electricity or are unable to return home, illustrating how the Trump administration and Congress have failed to adequately address the crisis that followed the devastating storm in September." And how about The Mad King's crazed climate criminal "cowboy" Lyin' Zinke from Interior? The WaPo headline says it all: "Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies"! Finally, and in keeping with the title of this show, part of The Mad King's b.s. budget includes eliminating the Marine Mammal Commission thereby further endangering highly endangered species like the North Atlantic Right Whale.  

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week might give you shivers:

“Donald Trump is worse than any horror story I've written.”   ― Stephen King

We have Breaking News from Grist: "On Tuesday, a case in California could do for climate change what the Scopes trial did for evolution. Last September, San Francisco and Oakland filed major lawsuits against five of the world’s largest oil companies — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell. All of those companies are constantly being sued for making large and sometimes permanent environmental messes. But the people of California aren’t suing BP and co. for spills, explosions, or other easily traceable disasters. Rather, they’re suing because those companies: knew about climate change decades ago; continued doing business as usual, and engaged in a world-wide public relations campaign to sow confusion over climate science." See you in court Big Oil! And speaking of San Francisco we also have Breaking News the City by the Bay also is the first to ban the sale of fur from wild critters! Wake up New York and Boston! 

In The Enviro Show Echco Chamber the UK's Independent notes the EU has a truly shabby record when it comes to ivory sales. Maybe they should have a talk with San Francisco?  The New York Times informs us the soil in our backyard may sequester more CO2 than "soils found in native grasslands or urban forests like arboretums". That's the good news, now we get bad news from Think Progress telling us Kelcy Warren, chief executive officer of Energy Transfer Partners, thinks enviro activists "should be removed from the gene pool". Here on The Enviro Show the feeling is mutual, btw. 

After our conversation with Karl it's over to the Bus Stop Billboard:



April 5, 6-8pm. Mass Ave Listening Session. University of Massachusetts Center,1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA The Mass Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) has scheduled a series of listening sessions, offering the public a chance to comment on the Mass Save program. This is a great time for the public to give input on ideas as well as concerns they have with the program such as long wait times for energy assessments, inconsistencies in implementation of weatherization measures and commercial utilities being administrators of the program, and so on. Email: matt.rusteika@state.ma.us



Starting Saturday April 7 leading up to The Berkshire Earth Expo on SATURDAY, APRIL 21 :: 10AM – 5pm. A MONTH OF EARTH EVENTS! Come to learn from experts, talk to your neighbors about what they’re doing, enjoy performances, shop, and get inspired. Click here for all the info.



Tuesday April 10, 6pm. FC-CPR Climate Crisis April climate meeting. We are going to be trained in a phone banking project started by the Sierra Club. FCCPR Office, 345 Main St., aka Three Bank Row, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Bob Armstrong, bob@armstr.com


Saturday, April 7, 10am to 4pm. Valley Vegfest 2018, featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products and services, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and environmental advocacy.  Admission is free! Details at http://www.valleyveg.org/vegfest.



Wednesday, April 11, 5- 7pm. Green Jobs & Internships Career Fair will showcase businesses and colleges that are developing green careers. This event is taking place in the Northampton Union Station Ballroom, just outside Platform Sports Bar. Please contact Andrew Baker at abaker@fhreb.org



Thursday April 12, 7 - 8:30pm. Screening of “This Polluter Does Not Pay: The Crime of U.S. Military Pollution on Foreign Bases”. Mt. Toby Meeting House, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA  


Friday April 13, 12:15 p.m. Michael E. Mann of Penn State University will be speaking on "The Madhouse Effect: A Post-Election Climate Change Update"  in room H402 of Hawthorne Hall on the campus of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit:



Saturday, April 14, 1pm to 3pm (time subject to change). 2018 March for Science Boston: Science Strikes Back! Last year, some 50,000 people came together in Boston to defend science. This year, we're not just marching—we're striking back! We’ve got a three-part plan to champion evidence-based climate and energy policy. We'll rally in Christopher Columbus Park (by the Aquarium T stop). RSVP for the rally here and nominate speakers for the event!


Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm. “Massachusetts Forests in The Era of Climate Change” With Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods. The protection of Massachusetts forests is vital in: storing carbon to help mitigate and reverse climate change; providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife; saving historic and sacred sites; and offering opportunities for nature-based tourism. Yet, almost all our forests are currently open to resource extraction, thereby undermining these values. With more than 30 years of experience working to protect forests, wildlife, and parks and wilderness, Mr. Kellett will retrace steps leading to our current dilemma and suggest possible remedies. Q&A will follow. Suggested Donation: $10 – Register at: www.hitchcockcenter.org   





Had enough? There will be more in April along with April showers, until then remember to listen to your Mother!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Another Ides of March Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. "Beware the Ides of March" warned some sage to Caesar as he sauntered into Rome back in the day and sure enough, things did not go well for the emperor thereafter. We're not exactly wishing a similar fate for His Malignancy The Mad King but we'll take what we can get; any sort of downfall is acceptable given it happens really soon. Our poet-in-residence will recite a few original pieces for this auspicious occasion and our traveling bard, Tom Neilson will call in concerning one or more of His Malignancy's many hangers-on. Also, The Good Green Witch joins us with an Spring Equinox reminder! As usual, we'll also take you to The Mad King's segment where you will be appraised of his latest sins and those of his court of climate criminals. Also, trips to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and to The Enviro show Echo Chamber will be in order but first it's time for........ Revenge of the Critters! More critter attacks on cars, an angry coyote this time. Wonder if they're partial to all electric ones?

We have blanket coverage for this week's Fool-on-the-Hill: Try the entire Repugnican leadership in congress, all of whom are flat-Earth climate science deniers! Grist and Mother jones tell us: "This year, the Republican-controlled Congress had plenty of opportunities to show where they stand. [The League of Conservation Voters] counted a total of 35 House votes and 19 Senate votes to overturn climate regulations, open up drilling on public lands, undermine the Endangered Species Act, and confirm a slew of Trump-appointed judicial and cabinet nominations." We're sorry but is that the U.S. Congress or some comic book invention like The Brotherhood of Evil??

And speaking of the Mad King's climate criminals guess who wins the Worst of the Worst Award from Gail Collins of the New York Times? Ecological saboteur Scott Pruitt! (see the last show for gruesome details). The runner-up was fellow sab, Ryan Zinke whose time is spent raising his flag at the Dept. of Interior every morning and spending the rest of the day trashing most everything inside the building and out in our....well, Interior. And speaking of the Interior, you probably won't be surprised to learn that oil was the deciding factor in shrinking the Bear Ears National Monument, right? Getting back to The Mad King's oily offshore drilling scheme it seems not all Repugnicans are marching along in goose...um...lock step. Also, it appears Zinke and the Mad King have just reversed the decision to ban import of elephant trophies: read all about it! OK, on to the Ides of March. You will find some of our poet's poetic screeds on His Malignancy on his Facebook page, Devolution Days but you'll have to wade through all The Mad King's sins to find those nuggets of.......wisdom? 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week calls for a jaunt in the ol' Wayback Machine. Ready?

"If thou fillest thy brain with Boston & New York, with fashion & covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine & French coffee thou shalt find no radiance of Wisdom in the lonely waste by the pinewoods." 
                                                                               - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we want to help you with any questions you may have regarding the natural world but hey! why ask us, why not Ask Nature! We actually had a question ourselves for Nature about trees and forests capturing CO2 and we learned that wetlands are big time carbon capturers. Sadly though, Ask Nature programmers need to get busy with those trees and forests facts. The publication Inhabitat informed us recently that "Coca-Cola and Nestle are pushing to take ownership of the Guarani Aquifer in Brazil." O, did we mention that's the 2nd LARGEST aquifer on Earth??  Not to worry though, they will sell it back to you in one-way toxic plastic bottles! And this: "Emissions from Fracking 5 Times Higher than Reported" Here's The Enviro Show Blog Action link: Save Tongass National Forest Old-growth Trees! 

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


Thursday, March 22, 6pm. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel meeting at Brattleboro Union High School's Multi Purpose Room. There will be presentations on the new deal to sell Yankee to NorthStar Group Services, and a presentation by Waste Control Services on a plan for all the radioactive waste that isn't hot enough to sit in a cask. There is time on the Agenda for Q&A from the public. Here's the link to the full agenda on the NDCAP home page. You can read more about the agreement with links to the documents and news articles on our website post last week. The Public Utility Commission will hold a public hearing on the sale April 12 at a location to be announced. 


Saturday, March 24, Join millions of people around the world—along with businesses, cities, and landmarks such as the Empire State Building—to turn off my lights from 8:30 to 9:30 local time in celebration of Earth Hour. Can we count on you to stand with us? 


Sunday March 25, 2 to 4pm. “Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees”. In this spectacular film by Jeff McKay,. visionary Scientist and acclaimed author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger opens our eyes to the rich, verdant and intricately woven world of the global forest community. Meeting our giant, carbon-rich relatives for the first time, we are awakened to the necessity to protect and increase their number. Soil biologist Glen Ayers will lead a discussion about possible responses at the close of the film. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA.


Monday, March 26, Noon. "LET MY PEOPLE GO! Exodus from Fossil Fuels: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action." People from all faith traditions will gather at the State House in downtown Boston to witness to climate injustice in our state and to speak truth to Governor Baker.  After an interfaith ceremony at the State House, we will then move in procession to the Back Bay, where a new pipeline project is slated to power luxury high rises with fracked gas.  Supported by prayer, a smaller group will carry out an act of peaceful civil disobedience to keep fossil fuels in the ground. RSVP at the link on the Facebook page.


Wednesday March 28, 7pm. Old Growth Guru Bob Leverett presentation addresses the role of larger, older trees, and late successional forests in effectively sequestering carbon. Hitchcock Center for the Environment 845 West St, Amherst, MA. Call: 413) 256-6006


Wednesday, March 28, 7pm. Join co-editors Sigrid Schmalzer and Dan Chard at the book launch of their new volume, "Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists." Broadside Books, (247 Main St.Northampton) and will include a talk by Dan Chard and Sigrid Schmalzer, followed by a book signing.



April 5, 6-8pm. Mass Ave Listening Session. University of Massachusetts Center,1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA The Mass Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) has scheduled a series of listening sessions, offering the public a chance to comment on the Mass Save program. This is a great time for the public to give input on ideas as well as concerns they have with the program such as long wait times for energy assessments, inconsistencies in implementation of weatherization measures and commercial utilities being administrators of the program, and so on. Email: matt.rusteika@state.ma.us



Starting Saturday April 7 leading up to The Berkshire Earth Expo on SATURDAY, APRIL 21 :: 10AM – 5pm. A MONTH OF EARTH EVENTS! Come to learn from experts, talk to your neighbors about what they’re doing, enjoy performances, shop, and get inspired. Click here for all the info.


Saturday, April 7, 10am to 4pm. Valley Vegfest 2018, featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products and services, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and environmental advocacy.  Admission is free! Details at http://www.valleyveg.org/vegfest.


Friday April 13, 12:15 p.m. Michael E. Mann of Penn State University will be speaking on "The Madhouse Effect: A Post-Election Climate Change Update"  in room H402 of Hawthorne Hall on the campus of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, visit:



Saturday, April 14, 1pm to 3pm (time subject to change). 2018 March for Science Boston: Science Strikes Back! Last year, some 50,000 people came together in Boston to defend science. This year, we're not just marching—we're striking back! We’ve got a three-part plan to champion evidence-based climate and energy policy. We'll rally in Christopher Columbus Park (by the Aquarium T stop). RSVP for the rally here and nominate speakers for the event!


Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm. “Massachusetts Forests in The Era of Climate Change” With Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE: The North Woods. The protection of Massachusetts forests is vital in: storing carbon to help mitigate and reverse climate change; providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife; saving historic and sacred sites; and offering opportunities for nature-based tourism. Yet, almost all our forests are currently open to resource extraction, thereby undermining these values. With more than 30 years of experience working to protect forests, wildlife, and parks and wilderness, Mr. Kellett will retrace steps leading to our current dilemma and suggest possible remedies. Q&A will follow. Suggested Donation: $10 – Register at: www.hitchcockcenter.org   


OK now, remember: Beware the Ides of March......AND Listen to Your Mother!