Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Coming Biomess Enviro Show, Part III

Greetings Earthlings. It's back to the Biomess again! Hang onto your...umm...biosphere! Jana Chicone returns to the studio to update us on the proposed Russell biomass incinerator and Chris Matera calls in from his undisclosed location deep in the forests of New England where he'll speak for the trees. As always we check-in to our E-Valley-uation segment and The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as hear The Quote of The Week, but first it's time for..... Revenge of the Critters! Attack of the trees!

The big news in our E-Valley-uation segment is, of course, the.....ahem...decision? by the Greenfield old boys network....umm...we mean Zoning Board of Appeals, giving the go-ahead for Madera Energy to build their biomass forest incinerator. Bring in the lawyers! Be sure to read Mary Serreze's piece in The Valley Advocate. While you're at it, checkout the new Mass Forest Watch Power Point. And, we MAY have a winner of the Chris Collins Climate Challenge! Only time will tell. Stay tuned!

"The Land of Fake Fires" by Joules Graves from "Plunge" segways us nicely into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber: Who says old news is no news?? We read from the Madera, California Tribune that Madera Power's (Yes, THAT Madera) biomass plant BLEW UP! two years ago. Also, Jeffrey St. Clair answers the disturbing questions: Who is Sam Hamilton? Who is Tom Tidwell? And why is Obama in bed with enemies of the Earth? And this: More corporate privatization of the Commons! This time for solar and geothermal energy! And this hold-over that went unread on the last show, Is it Bush Redux in the Obama White House?. Say it ain't so, O! Finally some GOOD NEWS: A federal judge just struck down the Bush administration's rules limiting protection and citizen oversight of the entire 193-million acre National Forest System.

The Quote of the week comes by way of loyal listener, Lynn from right here in the Valley. At the Greenfield ZBA hearing The Man from Epsilon Associates, Environmental Engineers and Consultants, regarding the proposed Greenfield forest incinerator said:

"There will be no change in air quality because we will be able to purchase offsets".

WHOA! It's like magic. Who needs atmospheric science!

Did you get enough thunderstorms last week? We'll raise one right here in the studio as an introduction to Jana & Chris, both of whom are raising a storm of protest over the oncoming biomess!

Then we scope out the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Greenfield ZBA Re-vote will be at the Greenfield High School cafeteria. It's a circus! Bring funny hats & noise-makers!

Thursday, July 9, 4-7:00 p.m. Powerhouse Tour. See a house that makes more power than it consumes. Corner of Sherman and Clark Ave, Turners Falls.
Call Tina at 413-863-5253

July 10-12, SolarFest - New England Renewable Energy Festival. Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth, VT. SolarFest '09 is three days of world-class musicians, dancers and performance artists, a stellar line-up of speakers, and over 70 workshops on renewable energy and sustainability topics. For 15 years, demonstrating the power of
positive energy!

Wednesdays, July 8th & 15th, Fridays, July 10th & 17th, 7:30 - 9:30am. Morning Nature Walks. Participants will meet at the bird bath outside the main entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls at 7:30 A.M. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit

Saturday, July 11, 2009, 10 a.m. to noon. MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS: THE GEOLOGY OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. Discover the stories in the stones around us! The Holyoke Range can tell us much about how the Earth’s crust is shaped. It is a geologically unique area, where we can find evidence of shifting tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion, all in one day’s field trip. This Hitchcock Center trip is based at Skinner State Park and involves some light hiking. Adults and families with children ages 8 and up are welcome. Bring a picnic lunch and stay to picnic on top after the program. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

Friday July 17, 7pm, “Women from Planet Diversity”: Documentary on 2008 grassroots international conference in Germany on the future of agriculture, examing the hunger crisis, climate change, and the loss of cultural and biological diversity. 45 min. Jean Grossholtz, professor emeritus at Mt. Holyoke College, will be the guest speaker. Northampton Media Education Foundation, Masonic Street behind the Woodstar Cafe.

Friday, July 17, 2009. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Watersheds: The Trickle Down Effect-It's not just a river! This event will happen four Fridays in July. Children gredes K-6 welcome. No charge but registration requested. Call Great Falls Discovery Center at 413.863.3221.

July 17-19, The 2009 Clamshell Alliance Reunion. World Fellowship Center, near Conway, NH 603-447-2280

Sundays, July 19 & July 26, 2009, 1 to 3:30 p.m. LOST AND FOUND: NAVIGATION, MAPS, AND COMPASS. Gain confidence while increasing your enjoyment of being in the woods by learning the basics of navigation and map and compass. Pre-registration is required; please call Hitchcock Center for the Environment at (413) 256-6006.

Wednesday, July 22, 6pm. Springfield Biomess meeting at the Arise office, 467 State St., Spfld. Call for info: 734-4948

"Meltdown; Voices From Chernobyl" Part of August "Nuclear Free Future Month".
July 25, 7:30 PM GCC, Greenfield, MA
July 26, 7:30 PM Mocha Maya House, 47 Bridge St. Shelburne Falls, MA
July 27, 7 PM 1794 Meetinghouse Main St., New Salem, MA
August 25, 7 PM Edwards Church 299 Main St. Northampton, MA
for more info. contact Shantigar: 413 339 2747 (for July dates) Jeff Napolitano at AFSC-413-584-8975

That does it for us....more or less. We'll be back next time looking at a Nuclear Free Furure. Until then, remember; listen to your Mother!

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