Let's start with some actual good news concerning His Malignancy The Mad King. It seems his offshore oil drilling scheme is a bit of a belly flop. Only 1% of the leases have been sold so it's kind of "successful" as say Trump Airlines? Trump Steaks? Whatever. On to the dark side: turns out His Malignancy's pick for that stolen seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh has a sorry record on wildlife. "The Center for Biological Diversity's Bill Snape analyzed Kavanaugh's 12 years on the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and found he ruled against wildlife and endangered species 96 percent of the time." That probably didn't come up in the recent hearings but it did here, OK? The Mad King's new Dark Prince at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist will decide soon to press ahead with a proposed rule that could block EPA's use of some scientific studies, including research on health and pollution. Science? Science! We don't need no stinking science! And this, speaking of "science": The Mad King is trying to sneak a Dow Chemical executive in as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You can oppose Scott Hutchins nomination HERE. Finally, it's reported that His Malignancy wants to frack the Petrified Forest: "The Bureau of Land Management plans to auction off 4,200 acres of public land for oil and gas leases in northern Arizona near Petrified Forest National Park and two rivers. Parcels that do not receive bids will be available for noncompetitive leasing for two years."
Another return trip for this week's Fool-on-the-Hill. From the Courier Journal herrrrrrre's Mitch! "In remarks on the Senate floor [late last month] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., applauded the end of regulations around which former President Barack Obama’s “war on coal” was centered. “The Obama Administration’s so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ offered a typical story from that era,” McConnell said. “An innocent-seeming name. A pleasant-sounding objective. But underneath, an intrusive regulatory regime — built not on effective policy, but on far-left ideology. That’s why I am so grateful that, today, the Trump administration is unveiling its plan to pare back this unfair, unworkable, and likely illegal policy.” Far-left ideology??
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber the group Environment Massachusetts informed us on August 28 "the state Assembly approved a plan to require 100 percent clean electricity in California by 2045. This bill will make California the second state in the country, after Hawaii, to commit to getting all of its electricity from clean sources. Now, the bill is awaiting approval by the California Senate, which passed similar legislation in 2017, before heading to the Governor's desk for his signature. This is a big deal. California is the world's fifth largest economy. And history has shown that when California leads the way, other states tend to follow." We trust by specifying "clean energy" they've excluded dirty biomass?
After our conversations with Tom and Michael we take over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturdays, 11am to Noon. Stand Out Against Logging the Wendell State Forest! This logging project cannot be justified for ecological or forest health purposes, and has minimal if any financial benefits for the public. Freight House Antiques, 11 East Main St./Route 2, Erving, MA. Go to: savemassforests.com
Thursday September 20, 7pm. CAN (Citizens Awareness Network) is organizing a High-level Nuclear Waste (HLNW) Tour in New England to address the abdication by the federal government and the nuclear industry to deal with HLNW stranded at nuclear sites throughout the country. We have a ‘mock’ high-level nuclear waste cask and are taking it on the road to show people what an estimated 1,000 shipments through New England could look like. The tour will bring speakers from across the country to discuss the issues of nuclear waste, federal policy, environmental justice and direct action. Hawks and Reed, 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, NUCLEAR BLUES withThe Wildcat O’Halloran Band, “Downtown” Bob Stannard & Court Dorsey as “Will Nukem”, and other speakers. More info: http://nukebusters.org/
Sunday September 23, 10am to 1pm. (And on Sunday October 14) Hike the Mohawk Trail State Forest with Old-growth Guru Bob Leverett. Must register in advance. Email:
Sunday, September 23, 3 - 5pm. Love For The Trees: A Gathering in Brook Rd. Forest in Wendell State Forest. We invite you to join us to honor the trees of Brook Rd. with our love, gratitude and respect, for the abundant gifts they have provided to the Life of Our Planet for these 110 years.
Directions: enter Wendell State Forest at Marshes Rd., at the intersection of Montague Rd, and Marshes Rd. (GPS 42.541229,-72.450594), 0.6 miles East of the Wendell State Forest Headquarters*
Drive on Marshes Rd. until you come to the intersection of Brook Rd. and Carlton Rd. with the forest (Marshes Rd. becomes Brook Rd.) Our Gathering will be held at the intersection of Brook Rd. and Carlton Rd. (GPS 42.543791,-72.445158)
Monday September 24, 4:30 and 7pm. Two Films with Expert Panel Discussion: "Lost Forests of New England" and "Burned - Are Trees the New Coal", Garden Cinema, 361 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Cost: Kids & Seniors (65) $5.50 each, Adults - $6.50 each; $10 for both films, at the door only. Go to: massforestrescue.org
Monday September 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 502, Amherst, MA. Go to: http://Climateactionnowma.org
Tuesday, September 25, 7 – 8:30pm. Stop Local Pipeline Expansion: An Organizing Forum. First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts, 129 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 . Go To: http://climateactionnowma.org
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30pm. Solar Access: Affordable Home Heating and Cooling
Come to Leverett Town Hall to hear a presentation by Morgan O’Conner from the Center for EcoTechnology, Pittsfield on solar access. They have a new 2 year program to allow moderate income families to have access to solar arrays and more efficient forms of heating for their homes. CET helps people and businesses in Massachusetts and the region save energy and reduce waste. See you there! Go to: https://www.cetonline.org/
Wednesday September 26, 6 to 8pm. "Forests and Me" Poetry, Song (or instrumental music) Stories and/or Art about Trees and Forests. FOR ALL AGES! at GCTV, 393 Main St., Greenfield, MA – Register/sign up at GCTV, 393 Main St, by 6 PM, 9-25. (If 18 or under, a parent or guardian must complete a Personal Release Form & attend with them.) Schools, Parents and teachers, please spread the word! Program will be recorded; Will be shown during GCTV weekly schedule (available by live stream) MFRC www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth and at:www.massforestrecue.org/
Thursday September 27, 7pm. - A fall speakers’ series “Massachusetts Forests: A 21st Century Vision” ‘presents Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system. Mohawk Trail Regional High School auditorium, Route 112 Buckland, MA.
Saturday & Sunday September 29 and Sept. 30, 10am to 5 PM. The Word Stage at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, Massachusetts. On Sunday at 1:30pm d.o. will be reading from his book "Bad Atmosphere". Also, don't forget to visit the Climate Action Now tent!
Thursday, October 18, 6 to 8pm. "Saving Massachusetts Forests for Climate, Nature, and People"
Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Rt. 112, Buckland, MA. Massachusetts forests are vital in storing carbon to fight climate change, providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife, preserving historic and sacred sites, and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to resource extraction, which is undermining these values. We need to take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late. Speaker Michael Kellett is cofounder and executive director of RESTORE: The North Woods, a Massachusetts-based conservation organization. Free and open to the public. Email: email@example.com
Monday, October 27, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Please join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed! Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history. Accessible/on bus line, First Churches,Main St, Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org
That's it for now but remember to listen to your Mother, yes?