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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Another Enviro Show Birthday Show

Greetings Earthlings. We've been acting out about the Climate Crisis and the War Against Nature for well over a decade now and we realize like many 12 year-olds we can be annoying at times, right? (Checkout our very first show blog HERE). In any case, would you like to come to our B-day party? David Detmold is coming, back from his Bike for Standing Rock trip. We'll have cake and party favors and we'll hold a treasure hunt to find our Fool-on-the-Hill and The Mad King, as well as fun and games in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Your pet may have fleas but you better hope you don't run into "sea fleas" this summer.

Let's play Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Mad-King at our birthday party, OK? The first pin is for the "1,000 lies" His Malignancy told in "200 days". Ouch! Pants on fire!!  Wait, lets stick this pin in his pants: The Mad King Kills Study of Mountain Top Removal. Of course there's always plenty of pins for his ongoing war on science. And this: Just in time for hurricane season His Malignancy revokes an Obama rule on flooding. It will be hard to pin this one on The Mad King 'cuz it's a moving target, but hey, give it a try. OK, are you ready for another moving target? Stick a pin in His malignancy's fascist infrastructure scheme! Maybe we should start a new segment like Headlines We Wish We Wrote? Try this: "Trump Staffer Responsible for Finding Positive News Stories Resigns". Finally this:  "Trump's Council on Environmental Quality has no members at all"  which pretty much says it all.

We have a Quote of the Week from EPA Destroyer, Scott Pruitt:

“Science should not be something that’s just thrown about to try to dictate policy in Washington, D.C.”   (Why bother with science when we have "alternative facts", right? ).

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Repugnican-FLA) who said: "I know there's a lot of money to be made on the bandwagon of global warming, you can make movies, documentaries, get a lot of research money—and that's okay, I love capitalism… My fear is using the bandwagon of global warming to have Congress act on some knee-jerk reaction which will please some editorialists, will hurt our economy, will not do anything to help us in the future."

We have some Breaking News that will be updated as Hurricane Harvey hovers over coastal Texas. On Day 4 the National Weather Service say's Harvey is "beyond anything experienced". Now there's reports of "unbearable chemical smells hanging over parts of Houston". And now the first reported gas spill from none other than Kinder Morgan has come in HERE. Did we mention that "the National Hurricane Center has been without a head since its director left in May", no? How about the fact that Houston has been a sitting duck for years and one did anything to save it? Stay tuned!

We got a B-day present sitting just inside the door of The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! Here it is!  Wait, there's another gift right over there. Two gifts of good news from judges in one show? Thanks, your honors. Remember those activists who shutdown emergency turn-off valves of the five pipelines running from Canadian tar-sands oil fields into Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington last October? Orion Magazine has done a piece on it titled "One Good Turn". Our friend Karl Meyer has a new commentary on the beleaguered dead reach on the Connecticut River at Peskeomskut. Maybe our guest will help us connect some dots regarding that sacred place. Yikes! More good news? "9 Northeastern states agree to further power plant cuts" (given that the present occupants in the White House of Lies are enemies of the planet).

After our conversation with David it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Every Tuesday, Noon to 1pm. Weekly TD Bank Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline. 324 Main St., (near Federal St corner)
Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, August 30, 2 - 5pm. Water Ceremony at Lower Spectacle Pond Dam, Otis State forest, Sandisfield, MA. Water Ceremony led by Jake Singer will take place this Wednesday at 2 PM at Lower Spectacle Pond. #Pleaseshare #AllNationz #WaterisLife #MniWiconi #WaterProtectors #Neciihiinetit

Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 11:00am.-2:00 pm. “No Escape from the Cape” anti-nuke standout at the Sagamore Bridge Cape side. Coming to the Cape is easy.  For those on the Cape, leaving around 9:00 AM is a good time.  Traffic seems to build up around 10:00. We gather earlier with coffee and muffins on the green.  After the rally, we head to the British Beer Co. on 6A in Sandwich for pizza and libations.  Contact Susan at or Diane at 508.776.3132

Wednesday. September 13, 6:30pm, Forbes Library, Northampton. “Here’s to Flint”  a film about what happened in Flint and the importance of public maintenance of water infrastructure by cities and towns to prevent what happened in Flint. Water safety problems have been detected in the Pioneer Valley. Speakers to kick off the post-film discussion include: Mary Ann Babinski, Westfield city councilor who will talk about water safety problems closer to home with activists from Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves (WRAFT); and David Ahlfeld, Prof. of Civil and Environment Engineering, UMass Amherst.

Saturday, September 16 at 11am. - 3pm. A Flotilla of Boats to Occupy Spectacle Pond! Lower Spectacle Pond, Cold Spring Road, Sandisfield, MA. More than a half million gallons of water from Spectacle Pond will soon be siphoned off by Kinder Morgan to test their fracked gas pipeline. Through our presence, we will bear witness to the beauty of Spectacle Pond, protest its despoilment, and resist the fossil fuel industry’s continued degradation of our precious collective resources for private profit. Call Joan Levy at 413 256-0175
• Bring kayaks, canoes, rowboats, rafts, paddle boards.
• Bring your own lunch.
• All participants assume liability for their own safety — bring a PFD.
• This a family-friendly, public action: Protectors unite!
• Heavy rain cancels the event.

Tuesday, September 19, 1 - 3:30pm. Committee Hearing - RPS Bills (Renewable Portfolio Standard). Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Room A-2 (# may change), Boston, MA. Testify in support of increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to achieve at least a 50% renewable electricity by 2030 WITHOUT biomass incineration. See: 

September 23, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War. Hadley Farms Meeting House. 41 Russell Street, Rt 9, Hadley, MA  01035 Map
A symposium on the issues of climate change and nuclear war. Featured: Bill McKibben—; Nitin Damle—American College of Physicians; Michael Klare—Peace and World Security Studies Program, Five Colleges; Jennifer Leaning—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Zia Mian--Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University; Ira Helfand—Physicians for Social Responsibility; Marty Nathan—Climate Action; John Loretz—International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.  Get tickets here: 

 That is all....for now. Thanks for all the B-day wishes. Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Another Climate Crisis Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. With all the Mad King's sabre rattling and old fears of nuclear war invading our dreams you could be forgiven for letting the Climate Crisis slip your mind these days. However, that slow motion dooms day scenario is still alive and well here on The Enviro Show! Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of the Climate System Research Center, at UMass, Amherst joins us in the studio for the latest science on climate chaos. [UPDATE: Here's the link to that leaked climate report we were discussing] Also, another call from David Detmold on his Bike for Standing Rock tour. David is now onsite. As always, we will take you to meet our latest Fool-on-the-Hill and to mock The Mad King and his Corrupt Court of Crass Cronies, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Another listener suggested winner: This Texan outdoes most others in the Department of Truly Stupid. Read all about it!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Evan Jenkins (Repugnican-W.Va.) who is concerned the Mad King's anti-enviro edicts won't go far enough to destroy the planet recently said: "We need to put the legislative stamp of approval on what the Trump administration is doing." You can read more about what the Enemies of the Earth are planning when congress returns to "work" HERE.

And, speaking of His Malignancy, it's time for another issue of The Mad King! This time we find His Malignancy, when not threatening nuclear annihilation, shilling for Old King Coal and schemes to bring back dirty coal-powered coal plants in West Virginia so they can make America great again. The Washington Examiner tells us: "The governor of West Virginia is pitching the idea of federal coal subsidies to Trump, in which the federal government pays power plants to buy Appalachian coal. It's an idea that Trump is "really interested" in, said Gov. Jim Justice, who made headlines last week for switching political parties from Democrat to Republican as Trump visited the state." And speaking of interesting ideas how about this? "Trump Forest Created to Offset His Monumental Stupidity on Climate Change"

We have Breaking News! Given the lack of interest in protecting and reserving our forests in the struggle to fight climate chaos(even among climate activists!) it's not surprising that this news didn't cause much of a ripple here in the Commonwealth. It seems the Gov is all in for wood biomass, aping the industry and it's enablers misnomer that incinerating our forests is "renewable energy". Read all about it here and here. Enviro Show listeners know where we stand on this critical issue and we are, as the saying goes "like dogs on a bone". Stay tuned!

On to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! Our friends fighting fracking might like this one: "Pipeline Payday: How Builders Win Big Whether More Gas is Needed or Not".  While we're at it with these pipeline perverts, Greenpeace has been doing its homework on Kinder Morgan and its fellow despoilers; that would be right HERE. And this: Grist informs us that a big glacier in Greenland may be breaking apart. Remember Tom Neilson's song?

After our conversations with David and Michael we're off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, August15, Noon to 1pm. Weekly TD Bank Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline. 324 Main St., (near Federal St corner)
Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, August 15, 5 – 6:30 PM. Raptor Identification. Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA.
Join the Northfield Bird Club and Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center for a free program on raptor identification. This video-based program by David Brown will acquaint you with field marks and other ways for identifying these raptors as they pass overhead. This program is suitable for adults and teens. David Brown is an interpretive naturalist and wildlife videographer who has devoted many hours to studying and taping raptors on their territories and on migration. Visit his website:

Friday, August 18, 9:30PM to 12AM. Bob Massie, candidate for MA governor and internationally-known climate activist and sustainability expert, is hosting a climate and sustainability panel discussion at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA following the 7:00 show of An Inconvenient Sequel; Truth to Power at the Kendall Square Cinema in Boston. This is a great opportunity to meet Bob, ask questions, and find out about the campaign. Admission is FREE! Go to:

Saturday, August 19, All Day & All Out
--> on the Boston Common to Resist Fascism! Respect Existence or Expect Resistance!  Go to:

August 19, 10:30  – 11:30 AM. Poison Ivy Walk. Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Are you uncertain if you’d know poison ivy if you see it? Join a DCR park interpreter for a walk along the Canalside Rail Trail and Discovery Center grounds for tips on how to recognize poison ivy and to learn about the ecology of the plant. Reduce your chances of an itchy summer and fall! Bring water for the walk and meet at the main entrance. Free. Call: 413-863-3221

August 24, 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Bureau of Forestry Pre-Harvest Forest Tour
Savoy Mountain State Forest – Savoy, MA. Department of Cut & Run (DCR) Forester will be leading a tour of the Tannery Road Timber Sale where he will discuss forest management techniques in a predominantly northern hardwood forest and a Norway spruce plantation! A detailed silviculture prescription for the harvesting operation will be provided to attendees. Meet at the parking area on New State Road above Burnett Pond in Savoy Mountain State Forest. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes.  For additional information about the tours and DCR forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.

August 27, 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Soil’s Alive!  Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Join a DCR park interpreter for a talk and demonstrations investigating the microbiology of healthy soils. Get the dirt on soil glue and how it can help contribute to healthier plants, better nutrition, bigger flowers, less erosion and cleaner water. Meet in the Great Hall. After the demonstrations, join in an optional Discovery Center grounds site walk to visit soil sample locations and consider how you can make a difference in soil health. Free. Call: 413-863-3221

That all folks. Remember to......what? Listen to your Mother, of course!