Friday, January 12, 2018

Another Sustainable Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of "sustainable" is  "to be maintained at a certain rate or level, able to be upheld or defended". Dinnen O'Rourke, who knows a thing or two about defending the planet, joins us to talk about the group SustainUS and her recent exploits at the climate talks in Germany (that would be the one where agents of Old King Coal and the nuclear industry were the only US presence). As always we will also take you to see The Mad King continue his quest to ruin everything and to hear about this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Camels laid siege to town down under! Like in many of these stories man-made climate chaos is suspected.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill offers a double dose of foolishness, though "foolish" is putting it mildly when we are talking about enabling TREASON! (sorry). Let's begin with the usual climate change denial by Repugnican Rep. Devin Nunes of California who stated: "Despite dire predictions and prophetic warnings contained in a host of poorly researched Hollywood productions, there is no proof that our planet is warming because of mankind and there is certainly no proof that any of the radical changes proposed by environmentalists will end recent warming trends." Whoa! Which environmentalist ever said we can "end recent warming trends"?? Anyway, Nunes' position on climate chaos pales in comparison to his slavish enabling of The Mad King's efforts to...well...DESTROY THE NATION!  Frat-boy Devin Nunes is front and center in the Repugnican effort to undermine Special Council Mueller's investigation into the present occupants in the White House of Lies efforts to profit from caving to Russian oligarchs and kleptocrats while simultanously gutting government and the Constitution.

Did someone say Mad King? His Malignancy The Mad King has outdone himself lately with the madness. Where to begin?? We guess his edict to "drill baby, drill" for oil up and down both U.S. coastlines is a bad enough place to start. Of course, he did give a pass to Florida.....where his summer palace is! By the time you read this many governors will have registered their opposition to this harebrained scheme that was abandoned over 30 years ago. O wait, except for that creepy clown governor in Maine. BTW, Where's Charlie??  Here's another outrage from The Hill: "A former National Park Service (NPS) official who improperly helped the owner of the Washington Redskins cut down more than 130 trees near his Potomac, Md., estate in 2004 will assume the deputy director post at the agency." We guess His Malignancy remains on target for gutting agencies in Washington and trashing what's left of useful regulations, we just can't figure where the "Making America great again" comes in. You? Speaking of the oceans, The Mad King also hopes to shrink National Ocean Monuments, maybe to make room for more of his faulty drilling platforms! There has been a bit of a setback for His Malignancy and his courtisans recently, a concept that even the industry shills at FERC couldn't stomach! Energy Secretary? Rick Perry was trying to prop up the dying coal and nuke industries on your tab. "Perry unveiled a proposed solution in which utility companies would pay coal and nuclear power plants “for all their costs and all the power they produce, whether those plants are needed or not”, MSNBC reports. And to think we used to say "FERC don't work".

Our Quote of the Week requires another trip in the ol' Wayback Machine. Are you ready?

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.

-- Walt Whitman

It's getting mighty hot in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! Newsweek tells us that the roads are melting Down Under. "A heatwave sweeping parts of Australia sent temperature soaring to more than 104F, prompting authorities to warn residents to stay inside to protect themselves from the “killer” heat that is fueling fires and melting roads." We have an Enviro Show Blog Action Link here regarding that criminal scheme to drill for oil offshore, but we're not convinced anyone at the Dept. of Interior really cares what we think. We'd probably be better off occupying their offices but, of course, we'd NEVER suggest THAT! 

After our conversation with Dineen we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join. 

January 16, 7 pm. Screening of “Chasing Coral”. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 
 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst. Chasing Coral is a beautiful and informative film about climate change. Coral reefs are an integral part of the ocean's ecosystem, and are dying at an unprecedented rate due to warming oceans. The filming includes gorgeous underwater photography and stories of scientists gathering real data in the ocean. A discussion will follow the film.

Thursday, January 18  VT Public Utility Commission public comment hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar at Brattleboro Union High School’s MultiPurpose Room, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, Vermont. Please use the East side entrance past the gymnasium for entrance. Prior to the public hearing, at 6:00 P.M., the Vermont Department of Public Service will host an information session. The PUC will take comments from the public at 7:00pm.  

Friday, January 19, 7 PM - 9 PM. Neighborhood Response to Climate Change with Kalani Souza. Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St, Montague, MA. Neighborhood Response to Climate Change and other unpredictable challenges of our times: an Indigenous perspective. Visiting elder M. Kalani Souza addresses these issues. Donation $10 Go to:

Saturday January 20, 2018 11am to 1pm. Northampton Women’s March - Year One. We will march to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. The march will once again begin at Sheldon Fields and culminate at Northampton City Hall, where we will rally with a inspiring speakers and performers. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event. Go to:

Monday January 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! Western MA monthly meeting at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St. downtown Amherst. Go to:

Wednesday January 27, 2018, 1:30pm - Workshop, Pollinator Habitat Design for All Seasons, W. Mass Poll. Networks at Hadley Garden Center, Rt. 9, Hadley, MA.

Saturday, January 27, All Day. 350MA  Summit.  Looking to carry the momentum into 2018 by developing new and emerging leaders in the movement. That's why we are hosting a statewide summit in MetroWest. The day will be spent on learning new organizing techniques and building new action plans for 2018. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Andy Gordon.  

Sunday January 28,  2:00 – 3:30pm   Party to meet Bob Masse & hear Frances Crowe. 3:30 – 4:30   Delegate training for interested folks.Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St, Amherst. Call 256-6006

That's all, folks! Remember to listen to your Mother, OK? 

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