Saturday, July 15, 2017

The MA Dept. of Cut & Run Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Are you ready for a Summer activity in the forest? How about Bureau of Forestry Pre-Harvest Forest Tours in Townsend State Forest and October Mountain State Forest? The Massachusetts Department of Cut and Run (DCR) would be more than happy to show you their plans to trash our public forests AND increase CO2 emissions to add to the worsening Climate Crisis. That's right citizen, it's your tax dollars at work making the Commonwealth less livable for future generations! Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods returns to shed more light on what the DCR is doing in the woods. Also, David Detmold calls in from the Bike for Standing Rock. It's "From Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock" without all that Puritan baggage.  As usual we'll also take you by the hand and guide you to this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to the presence of His Malignancy The Mad King, maybe to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well, but first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! Wasps bothering you? Don't try this at home!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill actually dwells on another hill way out in Utah where the State Capitol sits, but given his recent comments we can't resist the trip west. Our friends at Grist note "Republican State Rep. Mike Noel said... that “tree huggers” were to blame for a major blaze that broke out in southern Utah on June 17 and continues to burn 11 days later." This fool is laboring under the delusion that the USFS is actually peopled with tree huggers! "When we turn the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree huggers and the rock lickers, we’ve turned our history over".  OK Mike, but we think you may have just turned reality over.

Speaking of messing with reality, it's time to visit His Malignancy The Mad King. Let's start with a "Jaw-Dropping List of All the Terrible Things Trump Has done to Mother Earth" as told by Mother Jones. One of those terrible things is the resuscitation of last year's failed dirty energy bill. Of course, His Malignancy supports all things dirty so he's going for it. You? Probably not. Speak out HERE! Here's one of The Mad King's things that didn't make the list but one that will also trash the planet: selling off some of our national monuments! We actually have some good news here. The LA Times headline screams:  "Federal appeals court orders the EPA to move ahead with Obama-era methane rule" (our headline would have been more like "Court Gets in Mad King's Face on Methane"). Celebrate where you can!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber the big news last week should have been the massive collapse of another part of Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf but even as most of the major news outlets reported it the tsunami of bullshit emanating from The Big White House of Lies stole the show. Too bad we can't pin collapsing ice shelves on the present occupants in that place (they're busy collapsing on other fronts). In any case, some UN climate folks say we have 3 years left before we are doomed, got it? Finally, Glen's come up with a WBUR report on ticks that could be a second Revenge of the Critters piece this week. In short, it's an epidemic. 


Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is for His Malignancy The Mad King. We don't know if Mark Twain was a prophet but this one seems to fit....


"You take the lies out of him, and he'll shrink to the size of your hat; you take the malice out of him, and he'll disappear."

After hanging out with Michael and David we'll take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, July 20, 8 AM - 4 PM. Tweet Storm the Senate on FERC! This Thursday, July 20th, representatives from several pipeline battles and environmental organizations will head to Washington to lobby Senators to reject Trump's FERC nominees and investigate #fercabuses of power instead. Some will lobby; others will march the halls of the Senate office buildings carrying signs and singing quietly. You're invited to join us! Learn more at Parading the Senate Agst FERC & Pipelines.
But if you can't be in Washington, you can take part by participating in a Twitter storm targeting all 100 Senators. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/303386330125409/ 

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Saturday, July 22, 9:30am - 5 pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Considering participating an an action that could involve risking arrest? Interested in finding out about Sugar Shack Alliance and possibly joining an Affinity Group so that you could participate with us in an action that could involve arrest? Interested in deepening your understanding of what non-violence is and what makes an effective action? Interested in examining how privilege intersects with the decision to offer oneself for arrest? Interested in learning about consensus decision making and quick decision making? Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScY_fH4_e6ZqNl1rT9UvTlEkANOzmrngpUYh1icsYSiLLDynw/viewform?c=0&w=1
NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 18 AND IS LIMITED TO 35 PEOPLE.

Monday, July 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! WMass meeting. Amherst gatherings take place at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St (downtown). Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org 

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Tuesday July 25, 7 to 8pm.  The New Nuclear Ban Treaty. Northampton Friends Meeting
43 Center St, Ste 202, Northampton, MA.  A talk with Timmon Wallis: Tim is the Peace and Disarmament Programme Manager for Quakers in Britain. He is a native of Northampton (MA), and was in attendance at the treaty negotiations at the United Nations. He will speak about those negotiations, and his new book, "Disarming the Nuclear Argument: The Truth about Nuclear Weapons."

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Saturday, July 29, 10 AM - 2 PM. Join The Sugar Shack Alliance, for a public rally and picnic to raise collective concerns and awareness on the continued resistance to the Kinder Morgan/TCG CT Expansion Pipeline in the Otis State Forest! Meet at Lower Spectacle Pond  in Otis State Forest for musical guests and speakers from across the movement and from all corners of the northeast! That's from 10am to noon! Then, at 12:30pm, a potluck picnic lunch at 12:30pm, followed by an informal gathering of musicians improvising together at our staging area at just north of the pond at Sue Baxter's Barn, 250 Cold Spring Rd., Sandisfield, MA. Go to: http://sugarshackalliance.org/  

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Friday, August 4 at 7 - 9:30 PM. Screening of "An Inconvenient Sequel", Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.
Join Climate Action Now at the Amhert Cinema opening for "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power"
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Monday August 7, 10am. to 12pm. Public Hearing. Your comments badly needed. Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01404
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is proposing changes in the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standards (APS). The APS would encourage and subsidize large-scale industrial cutting and burning of trees for heat. This would increase the immediate release of carbon, which would worsen climate change. It would also increase toxic air pollution, which would harm public health. Finally, it would promote intensified logging, which would degrade New England forest ecosystems and undermine their capacity to store carbon.  
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DOER requests that written comments be submitted as attached pdf files to emails addressed to , with the word APS COMMENTS in the subject line. Alternatively, comments can be submitted at the hearing or via mail to Samantha Meserve at the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.  


That's all for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK? 

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