Friday, June 06, 2008

Another Fuelish Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Jean's back! Hopefully she'll have a report from the front lines. We return to the scene of the crime with another look at fossil fuels and what’s out there to replace them. Professor George Huber, researcher at UMass Amherst’s Chemical Engineering Department joins us in the studio for a look at biofuels that don’t eat up the crops. As always, we’ll checkout the Enviro Show Echo Chamber for the latest news on the environment, and we’ll see what Darth Cheney and the boy emperor are up to, as well as give you the quote of the week, but first it’s time for......Revenge of the Critters! Sheep attacks car! OK fans, talk about a Dodge Ram. How about a VW Ram? This is a see-it-to-believe-it video version of Revenge of the Critters. An Enviro Show blog exclusive!

Here's the Enviro Show Quote of the Week: "There is nothing more important in the culture of man [and we'd add: woman]than to resist the dangers of commerce" -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we celebrate the end of the road for the Hummer. Toooo bad! Instead, according to the Washington Post, Travelers are turning to public transportation. Meanwhile, the International Herald Tribune tells us bike sales are up. AND this from Reuters: Pact needed to save biofuels (what? Crops for food, not for fuel? How last year is that??) AND finally, though we’re not big Thomas Friedman fans, we can’t help but echo some of the sentiments concerning oil prices and supplies he expressed in this piece in his New York Times column. However(and not surprisingly),Friedman left out speculators as a prime reason for the spike in oil prices. We guess millionaires may be too busy accruing to see the whole picture?

There it is again! That god-awful theme music. Glen, tell us when it’s FINALLY over! This just in: In a report long delayed by partisan squabbling, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused President Bush and Vice President Cheney of taking the country to war in Iraq by exaggerating evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. SURPRIZE! Also, Bush regime crony says goal for rich countries to curb greenhouse gases are ”frankly not do-able for us". No? Did you check that with Darth?

Speaking of Darth and the boy emperor,“Petroleum Bonapart” by Jim Page, longtime enviro troubadour, takes us to our interview with George Huber. Word has it that his daughter will be sitting in with us so we'll try to behave like adults......maybe.

Then we'll browse the Bus Stop Billboard for the latest:

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 from 7 - 8 PM. CITIZENS UNITED FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE GENERAL MEETING. Toxics Action will be giving a presentation on Zero Waste in the Social Room of the Unitarian Society, 220 Main Street, Northampton (please walk down the driveway and use right side door, the meeting is downstairs). The proposed Northampton Regional Landfill expansion over the Barnes aquifer threatens the public drinking water supply in our area. If it goes forward, it would exempt a landfill in a Water Supply Protection District for the first time in Massachusetts.

Thursday, June 12, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ZONING ENFORCEMENT APPEAL City Council Chambers & Planning Director’s Office, Puchalski Building and Northampton City Hall Room 10, 212 and 210 Main Street Northampton MA.
5:30 p.m. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS meets in the Council Chambers to hear an appeal of the Building Commissioner’s decision on alleged zoning violations of the Northampton Regional Landfill and seeking discontinuance of use as regional sanitary landfill. Citizens United for a Healthy Future. Stop the Northampton landfill expansion.

Saturday, June 13, 7:30pm. MAGPIE performing enviro tunes at the Echo Lake coffee house. Leverett Town Hall, Leverett Center. Call 413-548-9394/

Wednesday,June 18, 7 pm. NUCLEAR POWER: AT WHAT COST? Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA (behind the Unitarian Meetinghouse, Kellogg and N. Pleasant Sts.). The Enviro Show is a proud co-sponsor, btw. Call 256-1760

June 20-21, TAKING CHARGE OF OUR ENERGY FUTURE. UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst, MA. The Summit will be a hotbed of activity helping to create a network of thriving local communities - urban and rural - working together across race and class -building a way of life and an energy future that is sustainable and just.

Saturday, June 21, 7pm. Tom Neilson performing at Wildcat Sanctuary for Peace, Suggested donation $10 Rain or shine. Lawn seating or BYOC (bring your own chairs) Getting there: Wildcat Sanctuary for Peace is 1.5 miles west of Williamburg center, 300 yards west of Hyde Hill Road. Event info: 413 626 3800 or email:

Wednesday June 25. 5:30-7:30pm, ARE "GREEN JOBS" UNION JOBS? Pioneer Valley CLC, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield. Green Jobs are all the rage now - for good reason, especially in Western Mass, where retrofitting buildings could provide a lot of jobs and we have the expertise. But not everyone is talking Green Jobs as Union Jobs and the possibility of Scabby Green Jobs looms large here. A Working Group on the Green Economy will discuss the issue. Info: Jon Weissman, 827-0301,

So much for this week. Next time it's Chris Cuomo with some climate crisis observations from way up north. Until then remember: listen to your Mother!

1 comment:

Red|Red|Wine said...

seems like we will just join europe, pay higher prices, everyone will downsize their car, and drive slower.