Thursday, August 09, 2012

Like Water for Dinosaurs Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. First off: where's our birthday cake??  We're are 7 years old. We must have cake! Speaking of old, did you know that endangered sturgeon that live in the Connecticut River are as old as the dinosaurs? Suppose we told you that these ancient fish are being ground up like hamburger in the turbines of Holyoke Gas and Electric, and the smaller turbines in operation on the Holyoke Canal system, what would you do? Karl Meyer returns to these microphones with the story. Also there's big news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and in our E-Valley-uation segment. We visit another Fool-on-the-Hill as well as chckout the Quote of the Week, but first it's time for.....Revenge of the Critters!  Sturgeon fight back in Florida!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber the big news comes from General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt who had a rare moment of clarity recently, admitting that: "It's just hard to justify nuclear [power], really hard." Well, yeah! That's what we've been saying.......for 40 years! And this: U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions! Soooooo, how does this effect the ongoing struggle with Entergy at that creepy old nuke up river? Read this. More big news, and this not-so-good from climate guru James Hansen: "Climate change is here and worse than we thought". Sorry, please don't shot the messenger! And this: Warren vs. Brown on the environment. Yes, it even includes Elizabeth Warren's support for Cape Wind: The Right Project in the WRONG PLACE! Brown is opposed to the Big Wind boondoggle, but as far as the rest of the planet goes he's pretty much a threat to life on Earth. The League of Conservation Voters gives him a whopping 22% voting record on the environment compared to Elizabeth Warren's 66% (which isn't all that great either!). Finally, another Enviro Show Blog Bonus: Big Oil set to kill the highly endangered Right Whale? With the blessings of the Department of Interior?? Not if we can help it! The Department of the Interior is proposing seismic testing along the Middle and South Atlantic. Tens of thousands of dolphins and whales will be affected, including endangered right whales, whose only known calving grounds are at the edge of the testing zone. Tell the Secretary of the Interior that we need to protect dolphins and whales in the Atlantic, not drive them away.

In our E-Valley-uation segment there's a bit of good news about Mount Tom: the rock quarry is history.  Speaking of Mt. Tom we have a Blog Bonus Special for you here. Tell the Gov we've had it with old coal burners! Also, the Shut it Down Affinity group does it again! For there 20th No Nukes action they sort of dropped dead in front of VT Yankee (applause!). And since we're talking VT Yankee, how about we all get onboard the upcoming Flotilla? Following up on a previous show: just who killed the Bottle Bill? They have names here and addresses on Google! Drop them a note saying something like "we're not happy!"

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Senator Sessions, Repugnican from Alabama. A recent session with Sessions found this remark: "I said the data shows it is not warming to the degree that a lot of people predicted, not close to that much".  Jeez! Wonder where THAT data came from?  We have a video special featuring this Fool.....actually, several of them!

Our Quote of the Week calls for a long trip in the Wayback Machine:

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of human beings." --Leonardo Da Vinci

During our interview with Karl we learned about the just released "New WSCS Special Publication on the life history and behaviour of Sturgeons". You can find it by scrolling down at this page at the World Sturgeon Conservation Society. Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday August 15 (Every Wednesday), Noon-1:00pm, JAIL THE BANKSTERS! in front of Bank of America in downtown Amherst. Each week, an ad hoc band of protesters, often with “Fee-Free” lemonade, are saying “Bank of America, Bad for America” and whatever your own clever sign says. If you like public support honking, you’ll hear it here. Info: 413-253-7934 

Thursdays, August 16 & 23, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Junior Refuge Explorers. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls.  Each week, there will be hands-on explorations, games, and activities that will allow children to actively learn about the Connecticut River and the many critters that live in its watershed. There is a maximum of 10 children so pre-register early at (413) 863-3221.

Friday, August 17, 6 to 7pm. Come learn about the natural wonders in the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets who have loved them. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Great Falls Discovery Center. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

 Sunday August 19, 11am.   Marlboro Tech Graduate Center, Brattleboro, VT. SAGE Alliance Spokes Council meeting will include discussion of: a)Flotilla, b) Banner Drop, c) Committee Reports d)Endorsements, e) Other events. There will be Flotilla posters to distribute at the meeting, make sure you get them for your area. Contact: 

Friday, August 31, 7pm. Friday Night Free Films presents Controlling Interest: the World of the Multinational Corporation . A 1978 look at multinational corporations and the effects of the flow of capital and jobs across borders. 34 years later it's business-as-usual! Screening at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible.

Wednesday September 5, 7pm. A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Norwottuck Rail Trail Bicycle and Pedestrian Path project in Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, MA.  Hadley Elementary School Cafeteria, 21 River Drive, Hadley. 

Friday, September 7 at 7pm Bill McKibben on “Jail Notes: The Fight for the Planet Starts to Quicken” at the Johnson Chapel, Amherst college, Amherst, MA. Contact: margaretbj[at]

Saturday, September 8, 11:00am to 5:00pm. Our River Runs Through It: Flotilla & Rally to Stop VT Yankee Pollution on the Connecticut River. More info at:

Thurs. Sept 20 - Sat. Sept.22 Washington DC NUCLEAR FREE CONVERGENCE ON OUR NATION’S CAPITOL  Details:

OK, that is all. Over and out.......err....except remember to.....listen to your Mother!

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