Friday, June 28, 2019

The Seeing the Forest for the Trees Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Things are heating up in our neck of the woods and not just with the thermostat. The Massachusetts Department of Cut & Run......er...that is "Conservation" and Recreation is closing in on Wendell State Forest's 80 acres of 100+ year old Red Oak trees and forest protectors are gearing up for it while supporting tree friendly legislation like HR. 897 An Act Relative to Forest Protection. Groups like The Wendell State Forest Alliance continue to spread the message far and wide that Trees, forest soils and, we might add, regenerative farming are the only natural defense we have in our region to confront the Climate Crisis; some understand that, some don't. Susan A. Masino, co-author of "Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation MitigatesClimate Change and Serves the Greatest Good" calls in to explain. As usual, we'll also take you for a visit with this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to witness climate criminals like The Mad King and his enablers do everything in their undeserved power to trash the planet. All that and more but first it's time for.....Revenge of the Critters! Venomous Komodo dragon goes after editor at a Los Angeles Zoo. Is it Fake News??

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is also a fool when he's not on The Hill talking trash. "Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue cited weather patterns and said "it rained yesterday, it's a nice pretty day today" when asked about the cause of the global climate crisis in an interview with CNN. Perdue told CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich in the interview... that "we don't know" the cause of climate change, adding, "and obviously scientists -- many scientists believe that it's human caused, other scientists believe it's not," according to a recent CNN story.

On to His Malignancy The Mad King who has come up with a plan that would leave the
public with no role in more than 90 percent of the decisions made for our national forests. This is a clear violation of the public trust and of major laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, and it's designed to ramp up clearcutting and bulldozing of millions of acres in national forests.

Also His Malignancy has a replacement rule for a clean power plan tailored to please the fossil fuel industry. Inside Climate News reports, "The replacement, called the "Affordable Clean Energy Rule," would take the narrow approach of encouraging efficiency improvements in existing power plants, giving states leeway to implement the requirements based on only a few technologies. States would not be permitted to use the rule to force power plants to switch from coal to natural gas or renewable energy sources or to use carbon capture technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even though these are the only technologies that promise significant cuts in carbon. Nor could they use it to impose emissions trading." Of course, the flip side of giving ol' King Coal a free pass is proposing budget cuts for actual clean energy research. He's got a plan for that!   And this: The Mad King's NAFTA 2.0 (pdf) is a deregulatory gift to the fossil fools and bad news for any Green New Deal even after he's exiled! Wouldn't you love to read the emails and backroom minutes that lead up to that deal? Sorry! New language in the FOIA rule signed by EPA chief Andrew Wheeler  would allow him and his minions to review all materials that fit Freedom of Information request criteria, and decide whether to release or withhold any record, so in other words, no. And, moving on to the theme of this show, "The U.S Forest Service unveiled a new plan to skirt a major environmental law that requires extensive review for new logging, road building, and mining projects on its nearly 200 million acres of public land." That, courtesy of this week's Fool, another of His Malignancy's climate criminals.

OK everyone, did you get the memo? It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!  (not YOU of course). Apparently President Bolsonaro didn't get it, or perhaps used it for target practice 'cuz it's just been reported that 740 square kilometers of rain forest were clearcut in 30 days.  We don't have rainforests here in the northeast U.S. but we sure have a lot of forests that damaged humans like Bolsonaro would love to empty out while filling up their bank accounts. Meanwhile it was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean last month as CO2 hit the highest levels in human history and "Climate change is “eating” the glaciers of the Himalayas, posing a grave threat to hundreds of millions of people who live downstream, a study based on 40 years of satellite data has shown." In case you thought climate chaos was a thing in the distant future maybe you should check this out!  And kudo to presidential candidate Kamala Harris for calling it what it is in the Dem debates: the Climate Crisis. Finally, did you know "Logging is the Lead Driver in Carbon Emissions in U.S. Forests"? Now you do!

After our conversation with Susan we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

4PM – 5PM Every Thursday. Weekly climate action protest inspired by Greta Thunberg. Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we’re pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal. THE ASK: A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133
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 Monday, July 8, 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm.  350 Central Mass Action Planning.  First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/2277136405688917/


Thursday July 18, 7pm.  Extinction Rebellion (XR) meets at Herter Hall, UMass. The meetings are first Monday and third Thursday, at Herter Hall, for now. Go in the front door and look for people or signs.  Go to: https://xrmass.org/west/ 


Saturdays July 13,  20, and 27, 9am to Noon. Help stop pipelines in Hampden County by circulating this petition bit.ly/HGEpetition  to people who live in Holyoke & Southampton.  Read more from PLAN Northeast   


 Monday July 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now WMass Monthly Meeting. Unitarian Meetinghouse on N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org 


Sunday, July 28, 1 – 5pm.  WMass Extinction Rebellion  Potluck Picnic. Join us for an afternoon of regeneration and relationship building! All are welcome, even if you're new to the movement.  If you're able to bring picnic food to contribute, leave a comment below with what you're thinking of (fruit? side? dessert? chips?) so we can all plan. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/2312450552407006/  





That's all, folks! Remember to wear white when your out at night on your bike AND to listen to your Mother, OK?


Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Cool Summer Solstice Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Another Summer Solstice draws near, are you ready? The Good Green Witch calls in to find out. Also, we guess you are cool with finding ways to combat the Climate crisis, yes? Kurt Shickman, Executive Director of Global Cool Cities gets in touch with us about other ways to cool it besides protecting and preserving forests. Got it?As always we'll also take you for a visit with this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to witness His Malignancy The Mad King and his enablers tear this nation apart, as well as to remind you.....wait, not YOU but those who have been focused on racking up selfies and shopping for the latest that....It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid! But first it's time for..............Revenge of the Critters! This Deer turned the tables on a French hunting party.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican congressman Doug LaMalfa of Redding, CA ranking member of the House Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee who cosponsored the euphemistically titled "Emergency Forest Restoration Act" to loosen environmental regulations on our national forests. LaMalfa also sits on the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he does what he can to trash the planet. "I think there's a lot of bad science behind what people are calling global warming," LaMalfa said at a public meeting in 2017. What can we say?



Another national action calling for His Malignancy's impeachment is upon us so we may as well add this one to the growing list of reasons why: "Trump's War on Science Is Grounds to Impeach". The article in Common Dreams notes: "Trump and his administration are slashing common-sense regulations and censoring science to enrich their fossil fuel industry backers, exposing the country and the whole world to potentially catastrophic consequences. They are literally willing to endanger human lives and the very future of humanity for corporate profit." And,as part of The Mad King's War on Science his enablers barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony to the House Intelligence Committee stating that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” Wait, it doesn't take much intelligence to know that! Meanwhile, if you're planning any pipeline protests anytime soon you should know His Malignancy is proposing pipeline protesters to face up to 20 years in prison for disrupting the construction of fossil fool infrastructure. And this: The Mad King's court also proposed earlier this month to "exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules". Finally, remember on the last show we passed some "Freedom Gas" your way? It seems some naysayers are claiming all that fracked fuel is actually "Failure Gas"! 


We guess no one needs to tell Massachusetts Senator Liz Warren that It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid! Her campaign for Prez "released its most comprehensive climate plan yet, a $2 trillion package that commits the federal government to spend $150 billion a year over the next decade on low-carbon technology, increases energy research funding tenfold, and funds a $100 billion Green Marshall Plan to aid the poorer countries projected to suffer the worst as global temperatures rise". So, the heat is on and the folks at Grist tell us: "One of the deadliest threats posed by the climate crisis is extreme heat. It kills more Americans every year than any other weather-related event. When your body can no longer regulate its core temperature, the result can be heat exhaustion, stroke, heart attack, or a range of other health problems that have the potential to bring about an untimely end." The piece points toward a new study that points out "a clear need to strengthen mitigation ambition to stabilize the climate at the Paris Agreement goal of warming of less than 2°C."  Of course, the opposite of possible solutions to climate chaos is contributions to it and that's what Brazil's Mad King is doing. It seems President Bolsonaro is intent on decriminalizing Amazon deforestation, ending fines for illegal logging, straitjacketing law enforcement, and gutting environmental agencies with mass firings. Sound familiar?

Time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:   "There's really good research showing that allergy seasons are getting more severe, and more people are developing allergies, because of climate change," said Dr. John Costa, Medical director of the Allergy Clinic at Brigham and Women's  Hospital.  


 


  
 


That's it for now. Please remember to listen to you Mother!
 



Saturday, June 01, 2019

The Extinction Rebellion Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Have you heard about the Extinction Rebellion?  They've been storming the UK & the EU for awhile and now that storm is crossing the Atlantic. Tagged as XR it is taking root right here in the Commonwealth and closer to home right in the WMass. Our man At XR, Peter joins us in the studio for the conversation and John Burkhardt calls in from Boston about XR in MA & the USA. As usual we will also take you to poke fun of this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and, naturally, His Malignancy The Mad King and his creepy enablers. And, if time allows, we'll remind anyone not paying attention that it's the Climate Crisis, Stupid! (we hope Faux "News" fans are listening!). All that and more, but first it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Last summer in New Hampshire a Black Bear stopped by this woman's house for a snack.

We have another twofer for the week's Fool-on-the-Hill. They are bi-partisan fools who, like many here on Beacon Hill, think they can pass off wood biomass as "clean renewable" energy. Here's the drill from the TV machine: "Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday they said would allow the use of biomass from certain federal lands needing ecological restoration in the making of renewable fuels to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, cleaner transportation fuels and strong protections for old-growth forests." [insert hysterical laughter here]

On to His Malignancy The Mad King who apparently is on to something we thought went out with Darth Cheney and that tired old "Tea Party". Remember Freedom Fries in the Congressional dinning hall? Now we have "Freedom Gas". It seems His Malignancy's Secretary of Energy, the slow-on-the-uptake Rick Perry, the next critical export from the U.S. is made from “molecules of U.S. Freedom.” We guess they're referring to their freedom to destroy the climate and the lives of future generations? O right, and their perceived freedom to "Harden [their] Attack on Climate Science"? According to the New York Times: "..parts of the federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet and presenting a picture of what the earth could look like by the end of the century if the global economy continues to emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution from burning fossil fuels."  Sadly, it's not just the present occupants in the White House muzzling scientists, it's also the policy here in the Commonwealth at the Governor's Mansion! Here's a headline that says it all, we'll even use The Mad King's chosen surname: "Impeachment Will Succeed If It Demonstrates Very PubliclyThat Trump Is a Tyrant Unfit for Office and GOP Lawmakers Are His Enablers".  
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Did we mention It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!? Even if we did we are happy to report "As Millions March to Demand Climate Action, Research Reveals Protests Make People More Optimistic About Effecting Change".  Experts agree dear listeners, let's get out in the streets, say with the Extinction Rebellion! Did you get the recent memo yet on the Climate Crisis? We hit CO2 levels at 415ppm. Grist tells us: "leaked internal documents from Exxon Mobil reveal that the oil and gas giant has seen this emissions landmark coming since 1982".  Funny, we don't recall those corporados saying anything about THAT?  

Time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

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“Change or be changed, right? And what we mean by that is that climate change, if we don't change course, if we don't change our political and economic system, is going to change everything about our physical world.”

                                                                                                            - Naomi Klein

After our talk with Peter and John we take you to our Bus Stop Billboard:


Friday June 14, 4 to 8pm. Personal Change Through Climate Change. An evening of presentations and discussion on personal impacts of climate change and motivations for environmental activism, with host and moderator Kathy Campbell of the Amherst League of Women Voters. Tabling by local environmental groups, green energy providers and agencies. Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St Ste 1, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/427015168091979/ 


Saturday June 15, 2pm. Impeachment Day of Action! Donald The Mad King's abuses of our communities and country demand action from Congress, which has the responsibility and authority to hold Trump accountable. It's time for the House to begin impeachment so we can have the full, public inquiry that we deserve. Go to: https://act.moveon.org/event/impeachment-day-of-action-events/124925/attend/

Saturday, June 15, 7pm. Screening & Panel for "Power Struggle". 118 Elliot,118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT. Power Struggle is a feature-length documentary chronicling a successful grassroots citizens’ effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor in Vermont, directed by long-time Pioneer Valley filmmaker Robbie Leppzer.  A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future. 


Saturday, June 15, 7:30 – 8:30pm. Passion for the Planet performance.  “A Passion for the Planet,” is a major work for chorus, children's chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra by noted local composer Geoffrey Hudson. This powerful and moving composition draws its texts from religion, poetry, science and philosophy to express the emotions inspired by climate change. Under the baton of Tony Thornton, Illuminati Vocal Arts will be joined by singers from other local choirs and the Young People’s Chorus, and even by the audience, which will be invited to join in singing the final chorale. These collaborations are intended to mirror our common love for the earth and our concern for preserving the life it supports.  Smith Sage HallSmith College, Music Department, Sage Hall 144 Green Street Northampton, MA.  Go to: http://illuminatiensemble.org/


 Thursday June 20, 5 to 9pm. Greening Greenfield and Friends of Reusable Bags (formerly Rights of Nature) are having a benefit at the People's Pint on Federal St. in Greenfield, MA




Monday June 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate action Now! MA monthly meeting. First Churches, 129 Main St.  (enter side door), Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/  


We are heading out now. Please remember to listen to your Mother, OK?