Greetings Earthlings. As you've probably guessed by now, it’s a sick planet. From the nefarious deeds of Darth Cheney, the boy emperor, and Repugnican presidential candidate, John McSame, to all their corporado buddies. Big Oil is acting out! Big Pharma is getting bold. And, the senator (and indicted felon and Big Oil lackey) from way up in Alaska, Ted Stevens is whining about the recent indictment against him. We’ll be taking a look at these usual suspects and their planet trashing and we’ll hearing from Stan Cox, author of "Sick Planet". The website says: "Sick Planet tells nine stories in which the global capitalist economy turns the well-intentioned efforts of humanity inside-out. By the tenth chapter, it will be clear that neither organic chicken soup nor full medical coverage can cure what ails this planet." Of course, we’ll have some news and views and maybe The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! Python attacks pet store owner!
The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:
"In Wildness is the preservation of the World. Every tree sends its fibres forth in search of the Wild. The cities import it at any price. Men plow and sail for it. From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind. Our ancestors were savages. The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every State which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the Northern forests who were." - H.D. Thoreau
Hear that sound, dear listeners? It's the Wicked Witch of the West, spokeswoman for Big Oil and Repugnican candidate for Prez, John McSame (same as it ever was!). And speaking of McSame, you absolutely MUST checkout the video clip we’ve linked to on our Enviro Show blog. Moveon.org has put the...um..sunlight? onto the McSame campaign’s cozy relationship with Big Oil. Why do you think he wants to open up our shorelines to oil drilling? Could it be the $1 million dollar campaign contribution Big Oil laid on McSame just days after he flip-flopped on offshore drilling? Ha! Yes, Big Oil not only wants to wreck our coastlines in their endless pursuit of profits, and wreck your pocketbook as well, they also have no compunction about destroying the biosphere while they’re at it! Say, did we mention BOYCOTT EXXON/MOBIL? ALSO, for our Enviro Show Blog Bonus go to NRDC to Take Action (so to speak) on coastal oil drilling. Don't be fooled by Bush's BS about coastal drilling somehow lowering gas prices. That oil won't come in for years, even if it did makes sense to drill there. Big Oil has unused drilling leases all over the map that it's just sitting on while they take YOU for a ride on the suckermobile!
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber arch enemy of the Earth, Sen. Ted Stevens gets nailed for lying about taking gifts from Big Oil. What? Corrupt politicians in Washington taking bribes from Big Oil?? Surprise! Also, from the Amherst Bulletin we learn that the Gov (in his infinite wisdom) has vetoed a bond that would have funded repairs to the Lake Wyola dam in Shutesbury. You know, the dam that's threatening to fail and send most of the lake into the Sawmill River along whose banks numerous houses sit.....like D.O.'s. ALSO, from Grist some 420,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Mississippi River early Wednesday, after a 600-foot chemical tanker collided with a fuel barge. Nice driving guys!
There’s that chilling sound again! Glen, is there some way out of here? When will Darth, the boy emperor and their lackeys be banished? O, by the way, it seems someone high up in The Empire has been leaning on EPA staffers not to talk to....well, ANYONE! Was it just Stephen Johnson or was it more edicts from the Dark Lord? Only time will tell!! Meanwhile, Four Democratic senators last Tuesday called for Stephen Johnson to resign as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to begin an investigation into whether he lied in testimony to a Senate committee. Mukasey investigate? We don’t think so!
"Heal the Earth", by Girl on Top takes us to our interview with Stan Cox. Then, as always, it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard (looks mighty thin this week):
Wednesday, Aug. 6-- 9:00 AM Walk for a Nuclear Free Future to Bennington from Rte 7 in Williamstown, Ma. Lunch in Bennington and then continue walk north. Call: 802-442-2449
Friday, August 15. Surround the Federal Bulding in Springfield! No war on Iran! For more info call AFSC 413-584-8975 / 413-320-1002 c
August 10 – 25; Solar Rollers back on the trail in Vermont!! Please contact us if you are interested in joining this ride! or would like to organize a potluck and discussion group in a town on the route or near! firstname.lastname@example.org or call David 413-863-9296 or Peg 802-387-4845. Kick off rallyAugust 10, 2 pm. Marlboro Grad Center parking lot, Brattleboro, VT
Yup, that's all we could find. Got any enviro events you want posted? Add them to the comments on our blog. Until next time, remember: listen to yur' Mother!