Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Drop Dead Green Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Will your grand finale be Earth-friendly? We stare mortality in the face with Carol Coan, trustee of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts and environmental journalist Mark Harris, who authored the book “Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial.” We'll try once again to run that E-Valley-uation segment on the local biomess controversy (another victim of the clock) and we venture into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber for more news on the planet. Did I mention the Quote of the Week? But first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! Bees attack White House. BEEware Obamaistas! And especially YOU, Major Garrett!!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we learn that the Waxman energy bill eases biomass limits (groan). O, and speaking of making things easy for the corporados, checkout what the folks on Beacon Hill have in mind for privatizing public space for Big Wind. Of course the good news big story was Obama’s new mileage rules! That's the big news, now here's the bad news. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus comes from Grist: Cash from climate criminals shaping Waxman-Markey clean-energy bill.

We go straight into that E-Valley-uation segment that got blown off last time. Let's visit the local controversy about proposed biomass plants for Brattleboro, Greenfield, Springfield, Russell and Palmer (did i miss any?) with dueling screeds from some of the major players. Interesting that Mass Sierra Club's Elisa Campbell is boosting incinerators while her club isn't!. And this: Western Mass Electric supports mountain top removal. Have we got a great proposal for them!

"Empty me" by Congress of Starlings from the "Albedo" album takes us to our interview with Carol, who will be in the studio with us, with Mark calling in on the tele. That will be about The End, but not the end of the show (which, as you know, must go on) because next is the.......

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Tuesday, May 26, 7pm. GREENFIELD ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS on the BIOMESS! Greenfield Middle School Cafeteria, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield. Pioneer Renewable Energy, LLC – Request for a special permit to allow a 47 MW Biomass Power Plant within the Planned Industry Zoning District.

Thursday, May 28, 7pm. The Franklin Regional Planning Board will meet in the Franklin Regional Council of Governments conference room, 278 Main St. Greenfield. The agenda includes a presentation about Biomass availability in western Massachusetts & Renewable Biomass from state forests with Gordon Boyce of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. There will also be a presentation on the proposed Pioneer Renewable Energy Biomass facility in Greenfield by Matthew Wolfe of Mader Energy.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. OLD GROWTH FOREST EXCURSIONS with Bob Leverett, eastern old growth forest expert, as he takes you through some of the most extraordinary old growth forest in the state. The
trip will include elevation climb, bigger trees and a view. Bring lunch and water. Carpooling from Amherst can be arranged. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

Wednesday, June 3, & Friday, June 5, 7:30 - 9:30am. Morning Nature Walks. Participants will meet at the bird bath outside the main entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. Morning Nature Walk topics may include “Wing and Water,” informal birding and observation of water foul activity in Unity Park/Barton Cove; “Riverwatch,” an early-morning exploration of the Connecticut River, Barton Cove, and the power canal; “Fern-tastic,” fern identification and photography along the bike path; or “Byways and Backways,” an exploration of nature found along Turners Falls side streets and alleys. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit

Wednesday, June 3, 6:45pm Biomess strategy meeting. 2nd Congregational Church. Call 774-5952

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pondering Ponds with Micky McKinley, Hitchcock Center for the Environment Educator. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

June 10-19, 2009. 10-Day Wild Earth Intensive. Contact:

OK, now it really is the end. Next time it's land conservation with Carol Gray. Stay tuned and remember: listen to your Mother!

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