Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Amherst Chainsaw Massacre Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Are we sick & tired yet of 19th century internal combustion vehicles dictating our infrastructure needs? How about the destruction of scores of trees to make way for roundabouts? It's like a merry-go-round ride made in a little corner of hell and it's round about time we reconsidered our priorities given the oncoming climate crisis. Amherst Tree Warden, Alan Snow and Shade Tree Committee member Hope Crolius join us to talk trees. We checkout some other valley news in our E-Valley-uation segment as well as news from the outside world in our Echo Chamber. How about we see who this week's Fool-on-the-Hill might be? All that and more, but first it's time for... Revenge of the Critters! Golfers beware: trees can ruin your game.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we revisit the chainsaw massacre in the Quabbin just in case you forgot, but Mother Nature delivered her own massacre last week in the form of tornadoes here in Western Mass. See the pics here and here and video here and here. Then ask yourself about so-called weather anomalies and the climate crisis (see Bill McKibben below). We applaud Massachusetts AG, Martha Coakley for backing Vermont's lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). We wish the nuke-boosters at the NRC would wean themselves of the industry kool-aide and REALLY listen to Arnie Gundersen for once.

This Week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican congressman Dana Rohrabacher who says since 80 percent of carbon emissions come from decaying plant matter, we should clear-cut rainforests in order to reduce carbon! Whoa! Why didn't WE think of that??

In our Enviro Show Eco Chamber, we replay Germany's Biggest Anti-nuke action EVER!. And this: McKibben, with tongue uncharacteristically embedded in cheek, nails corporate media and climate crisis deniers on mega-storms. Did someone say tornado? Speaking of massacres, check this out! And for good measure this!

We try once again to air "Earth" by The Green Rockers leading to our interview. Then it's on to the good ol' Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday June 8, 10am, Room A-1 at the State House in Boston. The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy holds a public hearing on the Muni bill H869. Bill H869 amends a century-old, obsolete State law which gives NStar, Unitil, National
Grid and WMECO a permanent monopoly. We need your help! Go to:

June 8, 2011. An informational meeting on a new National Wolf Strategy will be held from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM followed by the public hearings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. Contact: Martin Miller, Chief, Div. of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, 413-253-8615.

Wednesday June 8, 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Jazz benefit to raise money for the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO's charitable organization, the Union Community Fund, to help ease the financial burden on those unfortunate families that suffered life-changing setbacks as a result of the tornados that devastated our region. Montenia's restaurant located at 137 State Street in Springfield. Contact:

Thursday, June 9, 8pm? War criminal Karl Rove will be Keynote speaker for the 2011 Annual Landmen (Big Oil businessmen) Meeting at the The Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza At Arlington Street, Boston). Rove is scheduled to speak at 9 AM. Bring handcuffs! Email:

Saturday, June 11, 9am to Noon. Geo Plus River Walk. Steve Winters, now working as Holyoke Community College’s first full-time Earth Science instructor, will again make the geologic rounds in Turners. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Call: (413)863-3221

Satruday June 11. 10am to 4pm. Riverfest, celebrating the Deerfield RIver. Shelburne Falls. Call (413) 625-2526

Saturday, June 11, 3:00 p.m.: 250th Shutesbury Anniversary Parade, hopefully featuring our friends the trees. Parade from elementary school to town common along Leverett Road., after the parade: Festivities at Shutesbury Athletic Club! 5:30 p.m. barbecue; 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., performance by Briefcase Full of Blues. See:

Monday, June 13, 7 to 9pm. Edible Forest Garden Workshop. Wendell Town Hall. Go to: or Call (360)797-4034

June 23-24, 9am. US District Court Hearing - Entergy vs Peter Shumlin et al. US District Court, Brattleboro, VT. Contact CAN: (413) 339-5781 Email:

Saturday, June 25, 1 to 8pm. No Nukes Party! (And discuss non-violent action plans 3-5:30pm) Sponsored by: Wendell Conservation Commission. Co-sponsors: Clamshell Legacy and Antinuclear Mobilization; Citizens Awareness Network ; Safe & Green Campaign; Green Mtn. Post Films; W. MA AFSC; Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and the Solar Rollers. More information, call Sharon (978) 544-8822 or Tom (978) 544-3911

Monday, July 18 to August 6. Walk for a Nuclear Free World. Starting at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, the walk goes to both Vermont Yankee and the Pilgrim nuke in Plymouth, MA ending at the Grafton, NY pagoda. Call: (413)485-8469.

Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24. Clamshell Alliance reunion & resurgence:For rooms, tenting and dining, the World Fellowship can accommodate up to 150 overnight, so reserve soon ( if you plan to stay over. For information, connection and conversation, join, visit the website and Facebook at

We go out with "The Memory of Trees" by Enya; this in memory of all the trees recently killed to make way for yet more humans and their mistaken priorities. Next time it's our Summer Solstice show. Until then remember to listen to your Mother.

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