Thursday, February 12, 2009

The King Coal's Getting Old Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Now that we're in the Obama Era will Old King Coal still have his way with Washington? Both Obama and Biden support so-called clean coal. Secretary Chu? Not so much. There's been a lot of debate about whether clean coal is possible, or if today's limited funding wouldn't be better directed toward solar, wind, wave and biofuel technology. Alissa Ayden from the Amherst College Responsible Endowment Coalition joins us in the studio. She took part in a student protest at Bank of America in Amherst last November over BOA's support of King Coal. And, another Enviro Show EXCLUSIVE: we air for the first time EVER,on any station anywhere, Tom Neilson's latest tune, "Babies In These Mountains". Tom will call-in from coal country and we may get a call from Peter Vickery as well, concerning a demo at Mt. Tom on March 1st. We'll find more dirt on coal (not too hard, that!) in our Enviro Show Echo Chamber and the E-Valley-uation segments. Also, the Enviro Show Quote of the Week gets us all kinds of weighty in the heart & soul department, and we get a road call from Tom himself, but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! It's deja vu all over again! Birds demand airspace and the return of abducted chicks! (this one got pre-empted last time).

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the prez:

"The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we're contributing to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe." - Barack Obama

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start off with a blog bonus here. And, it's goodnews/bad news on Obama's stimulus package. Also, those tar-sands in Canada we spoke about awhile back are dead ducks, literally! And this: Two more coal burning power plants down the tubes! Wait, did i say two? Make that three!.

The premier radio broadcast of "Babies in These Mountains" with Tom Neilson & Sue Kranz, and Derrik Jordan on fiddle takes us to the newly revived E-Valley-uation Segment of the show where we turn to Alissa Ayden for a students take on Old King Cole and responsible investment.

Finally it's time to scope out the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. Preliminary planning/brainstorming meeting for this year's Bike Commute Week at the Town of Amherst Department of Public Works Offices at 586 South Pleasant Street (Route 116 just south of Amherst College – same side)
Call ahead at: 413-549-6200

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL (film viewing & discussion). Hitchcock Center for the Environment, West Street, Amherst. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

Friday, February 27 - Monday, March 02. Washington, DC. Power Shift 2009 is the second national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. Young people from across the country will take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Washington. Go to:

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TRACKING PREDATORS AND PREY: COYOTES AND TURKEYS. Hitchcock Center, Amherst. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

March 1, 2009 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Citizens vs. Coal. Mt. Tom Power Plant. Rally to end the deadly use of coal and start building the secure green future!
For more information, visit or contact Peter Vickery at 413-549-9933 or

Monday March 2. Take part in a civil act of civil disobedience outside a coal-fired power plant near Capitol Hill. 1,000 or more people will come to Washington, D.C. to encircle the coal plant that provides power to the U.S. Capitol buildings. There will be many hundreds of young people participating following the conclusion of the PowerShift 09 national conference and lobby action. Also participating will be authors and activists Bill McKibben and Wendell Berry. Go to:

That about does it for us and Old King Coal (we wish). Jean's in the Amazon listening to her Mother. She'll be back next time with tales to tell. Stay tuned!

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