Greetings Earthlings. We "Listened to our Mother" and she said: "Fa' get about it!" Another winter storm warning, another Enviro Show down the tubes EXCEPT here in cyberspace. We we're going to talk Shad with Karl Meyer from "Shad for a Brighter Future". Of course, we'll still entertain you with hair-raising tales (some are recycled...very green!) from The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, our Quote of the Week and the E-Valley-uation segments, as well as our Fool-on-the-Hill offering, but only here on the blog. Anyway, first it's time for....
Revenge of the Critters! In case you missed it: Fox shoots hunter!
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we toss in Green Is the New Red's take on all the hate speech coming out of Faux "News" and mean-spirited and the way phony former Gov of Alaska: If Sarah Palin were an animal rights activist, she'd already have been convicted of 'terrorism'. Hate speech? Time for an Enviro Show Rewind! Remember this: Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters? Don't tell us you think there's just as much hostility coming from Left as from teabaggers and their enablers on Faux "News". In case you drank some of that Kool-aide check this out! Speaking of checking things out, someone passed on this website that gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. It's as easy as 1,2,3 to clue in your climate crisis denying neighbors. Maybe even Glen Beck?......well, maybe not. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus concerns that awful White-nose syndrome taking out bats. Despite the overwhelming threat to bats from people entering caves, federal land managers across much of the West have failed to enact closures of caves and abandoned mines. Please Take Action to help save the bats. And this: Nantucket man busted for dealing in endangered whale parts We saved the best for last: Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis is issuing a recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars,all flavors. Sorry kids.
Finally it's time to air our "Don't Move Politicians More than 50 Miles" PSA! That will take us to our E-Valley-uation segment where we recycle an Enviro Show Blog Bonus: go to Environment Massachusetts and click on "Take Action" to help protect the Quabbin watershed from clearcutting! Also this: WMECO plans a solar farm for Springfield and YOU are paying for it!
Our Quote of the Week comes from Obama's State of the Union address: "I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s". OK, Congress, how about it??
In our Meet the New Boss segment we find in one of the WikiLeaks that Obama's EPA was well-aware that the pesticide Clothianidin, marketed as "Poncho" by Bayer, posed some serious risks to honey bees. Remember on the Toxic 100 Enviro Show we found the Bayer Group (doesn't that sound nicer than corporation?) sitting on top of the list of worse air polluters ever? According to Change.org: "Bayer wants to keep expanding the pesticide's use. And the company's original registration was based on some seriously flawed science: they evaluated the wrong crop, with the wrong controls to assess the impact on bees. This all adds up to some serious questions about the government contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder as [the EPA] knowingly allowed Bayer to poison bees. And this is about a lot more than honey production ... native habitats, and as much as one-third of America's food supply, rely on the pollination provided by bees." And this: Obama's FDA intentionally withheld a damning report from the public that provided conclusive evidence that GMO salmon pose a serious threat to endangered Atlantic salmon if accidentally released into the wild. Never mind salmon in fresh water or in saltwater, what about when they're smoked! (that's another State of the Nation reference for all you wonks).
This week's Fool-on-the-Hill award goes out to incoming House Energy chair Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) who flipped from moderate on climate crisis issues to a hard-right teabagger after getting 20 grand from Koch Industries.
After our fish story we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, Feb 3, 7:00 pm. The Committee for a Leverett Peace Commission presents: Michael Klare "Resource Conflict and Resource Innovation in the Search for Peace". Leverett Town Hall. Please stay for tea after talk. For more information call: Jim Perkins 367 9520 or Barbara Tiner 548 7919 or go to: leverettpeace.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 pm. GRASSROOTS SOLUTIONS TO "CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION" with John Bonifaz, Co-founder of http://freespeechforpeople.org/ Free Speech for People* and Legal Director of http://www.voteraction.org/ Voter Action*
First Congregational Church, http://maps.google.com/maps?q=906+Main+Street+Williamstown+MA+ 906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Barry Sanders, author of “The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism” and professor emeritus of history at Pitzer College, will give a talk in Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton. . The event is free and open to the public. Sanders will also give a public talk on Thursday, Feb. 10, at Greenfield Community College. Call: (413) 585-2190
Thursday, February 10 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Getting Biomass Right: Should We Be Generating Electricity From Trees? Williams College, Paresky Student Center Auditorium
Tuesday, February 15,7:00pm-9:00pm. Burning Vermont's Forests for Electricity? Marlboro College, Appletree Building. 2582 South Road. Marlboro , VT Call: (802)223- 5844
Thursday, February 17, 7 - 9pm. Climate change and water resources: expectations and uncertainties in natural systems. Join Timothy Randhir, Associate Professor of Watershed Management and Water Quality at the University of Massachusetts, to learn about the relationships between climate change and the hydrologic cycle. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A., Turners Falls, MA 01376, Ph 413.863.3221
Saturday, February 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Snow date: Saturday, March 12). WINTER TRACKING EXPEDITION . Alan Emond, Little Cree Spy Excursions. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, Pre-registration required; please call 413-256-6006.
That is all. How about some more show? No? In any case, don't forget to listen to your Mother!