Friday, July 13, 2012

The Big Wind Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We've changed our broadcast time on VFR back to 6pm and it's high time to do the rounds on Big Wind once again. We'll checkout their latest spin with Audra Parker,  President/CEO of Save our Sound.  Speaking of spin, we'll look into the latest from those flat-Earth climate crisis deniers we'd love to ship off-planet. Also joining us to have a look at the previously  proposed Shelburne wind operation is our friend, Janet Sinclair. As usual we visit the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, do the Quote of the Week and do some E-Valley-uation, but first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! You want to build windmills in Nantucket Sound? Watch out for angry seagulls!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rewind Tim Egan's excellent op-ed in the New York Times, "The Fire This Time". It's climate change in biblical proportions folks (wonder why all those far-right bible bangers aren't listening?). The word from NOAA is that "The past 12 months have been the warmest on record for the mainland United States." That from State of the Climate - National Overview report. Of course, that's just science. Our Fool-on-the-Hill knows that's a lot of hooey.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is a perennial favorite. Yes, Senator James Inhofe, Repugnican of Oklahoma and arch foe of science and all us alarmist enviros has stood once again in the air conditioned gallery of the Senate and spoke the gospel (such as it is) of denial. [Warning: the link takes you to far-right La-La Land. Be prepaired for half-truths and obfuscations!]

Our Quote of the Week comes directly from Michael Cyrus, of SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners (great name, huh?) who have an interest in a proposed Hawaiian wind project actually named Big Wind!  “You have to go through this process of noise, where you let people feel that they had a platform to speak,” Cyrus said. “But you can’t let the noise distract you because time is a nemesis." Thanks for the feeling Big Wind!

Time to Meet the New Boss. Looks like Obama's Department of Justice has its priorities screwed up. The DOJ has been widely criticized for failing to bring to fruition investigations of Wall Street traders' crimes. However, in one instance, its investigators have been relentless: in January, indicting marine biologist Nancy Black, who faces 20 years in prison for allegedly lying to investigators about whether her crew might have illegally fed whales to attract their attention for a boatload of whale-watchers. What would the boss say??

Our E-Valley-uation segment gets pretty much taken up by one of our guests: Janet Sinclair joins us in the studio to talk about Big Wind in WMass, but first, here's an Enviro Show Blog Bonus on that scary nuke up river: Danger Zone: Aging nuclear reactors!

After a call-in from Audra Parker of Save our Sound we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, July 18, Noon to 1pm. Progressive Heat Wave at Rep. Richie Neal's Office. Tax Carbon to Stop Climate Change! Brown Bag Lunch Vigil. 300 State Street, Springfield. Email: field@pdamerica.or

July 20 - 22. Occupy Nuclear Power. Annual Clamshell Alliance Reunion & Anti-Entergy strategy session. World Fellowship Camp and Conference Center, Conway, NH. A day-long Anti-Entergy strategy session will be held on Saturday, half-day on Sunday, to develop a unified opposition campaign targeting Entergy,  Please spread the word, check out the website, and make reservations.;

Beginning on July 25, Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (RAMPS) will be convening the Mountain Mobilization to shut down a strip mine and build momentum that will finish off mountaintop removal once and for all. Join the West Virginia Mountain Mobilization. Go to: 

Saturday, July 28. The first national fracking action. Stop the Frack Attack is a coalition of more than 80 groups, including Public Citizen, that are coming together for four days of action, trainings, networking and lobbying, all culminating with a rally and march at the Capitol.  Go to:

Saturday, July 28, 1-2 p.m. Tracks Along The River is a hands-on nature program for families about wildlife native to our rivers and wetlands. Join along with naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward for this nature exploration which will include stories, puppets and hands-on activities designed for children with an adult companion. Northfield Public Library. For further info, call Northfield Public Library 498-2455

This July 29th-31 the political and economic elite of the Northeast are meeting in Burlington, VT for the 36th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. In closed door meetings at the golf course and dinner table, greenwashed resolutions for trade, energy, climate change, transportation and infrastructure policies for the region will be developed.  The People are organizing too! JULY 29,12pm Welcoming March and Rally, City Hall Park. Go to:

Sunday, August 5 Cecile Pineda will be on a New England book tour August 5th -13th. She will talk about and autograph her new book "Devil’s Tango (how I learned the Fukushima step by step)"

First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton • Potluck at 5:30pm talk and book signing • 7:00 pm
Paradise Pond at Smith College for Hiroshima Day Ceremony and candle float • 8:00 pm

Monday, August 6. Meet with Cecile Pineda • 1:30 pm. for refreshments and book signing
Hosted by Dade Singapuri, 142 High Street, Amherst. 

August 9-12, Climate Justice Direct Action Camp. Wheelock Mountain Farm. Northeast Kingdom, Vermont. Go here: or call: 802-338-1613.

That's all folks!......except don't forget........listen to your Mother. 

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