Fool-on-the-Hill anyone? The Nation of Change reports: "At a House Science Committee hearing on Tuesday, several Republicans sided with Monsanto in their questioning of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen." Can you guess which fool led the pack? Yes, that would be he with a lifetime Fool-on-the-Hill standing, Rep. Lamar Smith, Repugnican of Texas claiming (with his deep understanding of science) the IARC’s findings are “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data”, a claim disputed by independent scientists.
On to His Malignancy The Mad King and his court of climate criminals. Last time you may recall we pointed out EPA chief saboteur Scott Pruitt's brilliant idea that global warming is good for you? This week it seems he wants you to believe that wood energy is carbon neutral. Wait! Haven't we put that myth on the rack multiple times?? Pruitt also seems to think taxpayers have to pay for him to travel first class because he gets called out for his actions by folks back in coach? If he's in charge of Environmental Protection maybe he should walk anyway. Since were picking mercilessly on Pruitt here's a list of his sins. On to His Malignancy's hot air about an infrastructure program he tried selling during State of the Union Advertisement. Common Dreams noted: "Climate campaigners say the plan will serve as a giveaway to corporations looking to bypass environmental reviews to quickly complete projects—including those that involve fossil-fuel carrying pipelines." Surprise! Here's one to keep the Bundy cowpoke desperadoes happy: lower the already too low rates for meat-on-the-hoof to dine on the commons. Finally, The New York Times tells us: "George David Banks was the senior White House adviser on international energy issues before he resigned last week after being told he would not be granted a full security clearance. He was known as one of the few people in the White House looking for ways to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement." We guess His Malignancy's security clearance comedy show paid off in this case.
The Enviro Show Quote of the Week from Van Jones probably refers to the origins of fossil fuels: dead critters from long ago.
“If we keep pulling death from the ground, we will reap death from the skies.”
It's time for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber 's very first Public Health Warning: Japan Ships First Seaweed, Farmed 6 Miles from Fukushima Meltdowns. Wonder what the contents label will say? And this from our friends at Partnership for Policy Integrity: "New Study Dispels Assumption that Burning Forest Residues for Energy is Carbon Neutral". Also, Yale discovers the Forest Stewardship Council is, well just about useless in protecting forests. That took awhile! Finally, there's always space for potential good news: "Paleontologists discovered a huge ancient fossils trove in Bears Ears National Monument. The Triassic-period fossils were found on land that is no longer federally protected, thanks to President Trump" BUT the lawyers have already been sent in!
Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
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Saturday March 3, 9am. Local Environmental Action 2018. Massachusetts Climate Action Network and Toxics Action Center work together to bring you this conference every year to discuss new ideas, build skills, and strengthen our movement. Join community leaders, environmental justice and climate advocates and activists from across the region on March 3rd, and let the connections you make inspire you for the work ahead. Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org
Friday March 16 to April 16. March for a New Spring begins at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Go to: https://newenglandpeacepagoda.org/walk-for-a-new-spring/
So much for now. We'll be back next time with The Ides of March. Until then remember: Listen to your Mother!