Friday, April 09, 2010

The Down with King Coal Enviro Show, Part II

Greetings Earthlings. Looks like King Coal's in the news once again and as usual it's bad news. James Guin McGuinness from Climate Ground Zero calls in with news from coal country. We'll checkout the situation down south with mountain-top removal and our arch nemesis Don Blankenship. As always we'll visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as devote some time to Meet the New Boss and hear The Enviro Show Quote of the week, but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! Turkey shakes up the cops!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we think you might agree with Rainforest Action Network that coal is sooooo over. While you're at it, Take the Pledge to stop mountain-top removal. Also, checkout some excellent reporting on Darth Blankenship and Massey Coal on Democracy Now!. Between the coal mine explosion at Massey's Montcoal operation in West Virginia and the coal ship run aground on the Great Barrier Reef, Ol' King Coal hasn't been such a merry old soul lately. But finally, some good news from the EPA: are you ready? It's being called a crack down on mountain top removal! (tell us, why do we have our doubts?).

That's the Good Obama....we hope, now on to the Bad Obama in our Meet the New Boss segment. It's old news now, but it's so disturbing we can't help but repeat it: Obama will open large swaths of the Atlantic, Gulf, and Alaskan coasts to offshore oil and natural gas drilling. This move was rather nuanced, some areas in the Alaskan wilderness were taken off the table, and some may never be drilled,baby,drilled but frankly we here at The Enviro Show are not pleased. Sorry, that's about as nuanced as we get, but Defenders of Wildlife is asking you to call the White House and tell them: No you can't!

We never got to The Quote of the Week last time so here it is again (too good to simply delete): "The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not bretheren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth" -- Henry Beston

The Lone Tones' "Canaries" from the album of the same name, takes us to our interview with Peter Vickery. Then it's on guessed it, the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, April 14th, 10am. The Mad HATERS Tea Party comes to the Commonwealth. Yup, the Tea Party Terrorist Express is coming to The Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand near Park & Boylston to subvert the REAL Boston Tea Party. Won't you help "greet" them?

Thursday, April 15, 7pm. League of Women Voters forum on energy in the Pioneer Valley. Amherst Regional High School Library. Mary Booth, MA Environmental Energy Alliance will be speaking among others.

Friday, April 16, 7pm – Earth Day in Greenfield. Family Concert with Sarah Pirtle and Jim Scott at the All Souls UU Church. This concert will appeal to all ages. The evening will begin with a light supper in the All Souls Parish Hall at 5:30 PM, with the concert following at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. (413) 773-5018

Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Field Trip: Geology of Franklin County. Come spend a day seeing and understanding the geology of the northern Valley.
Massachusetts Geologic Survey geologist Joe Kopera will guide us in learning how to "read the rocks" for evidence of events that shaped our
Valley, and how they continue to affect our lives today. Pre-registration is required; please call Hitchcock Center for the Environment at (413) 256-6006

Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Earth Day Festival -- Springfield. Admission charge. Also it's "Honor the Earth" school vacation week at the Springfield Museum.Information: 413-263-6800 or visit

Monday, April 19, 10am. Walk for a Nuclear Free Future walks from Amherst to Northampton along Rt. 9. Meet on the Amherst Town Common at 10am. April 19th, Patriot's Day, is a good day for a walk! All who dream of a world without weapons and war - stopping current wars, abolishing nuclear weapons and preventing future wars - please join us. The Enviro Show is a co-sponsor of this event. Call AFSC: (413)584-8975

April 19-22 the Bolivian government is convening the 'World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Go to:

Saturday, April 24, 10am-4pm – The First Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, held on the Town Common and around town. The festival combines The Renewable Energy Fair, Amherst Grows Green and Arbor Day event. There will be tree pruning and tree climbing demonstrations held at Kendrick Park. Sustainable product suppliers, local artisans, consumer information regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy providers will be on hand on the Town Common. A diverse group of entertainers performing on stage on the Common.

Saturday, April 24, 1-2pm. Earth Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with an Open Mic Day for Children-Poetry with a Wildlife Theme.

May 27 - June 6. Mountain Justice Summer Camp. As the campaign to stop all forms of surface mining gains national awareness, we have more and more opportunities for folks to devote a summer of work to stopping mountaintop removal. Go to:

We'll go out with "Coal Miner's Grave" by Hazel Dickens as a memorial to those who died in West Virginia. Tune in next time and help support community radio. O, and remember: listen to your Mother!

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