This Week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn who wrote, “The $93 trillion Green New Deal pushed by House Democrats would devastate our economy and eliminate millions of family-supporting jobs.” In a statement to Complete Colorado Lamborn said, “The Green New Deal, which should be called a nightmare, will cost families in Colorado over $65,000 per year and offers only negligible benefits. This proposal calls for the elimination of planes, gasoline-powered cars, and affordable electricity....It is nothing more than a socialist scheme,” Lamborn continued. We guess by "family-supporting jobs" he means fracking, coal & uranium mining in Colorado? No mention of the effects of climate chaos on those families?
His Malignancy The Mad King and his climate criminal enablers continue their collective assault on the planet and all things sane. They are another step closer to opening up the "world’s largest intact temperate rainforest to logging and other potential extractive development", the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. HuffPo notes: "Slashing protections for more than half of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest would likely not only negatively impact the ecosystem and the wildlife found there, but further hamper the global fight against climate change. The forest has millions of old-growth trees and sequesters approximately 8 percent of the total carbon stored in forests in the Lower 48 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture." And this: A draft plan, announced by the EPA hatchet man, Andrew Wheeler concerning new regulations on lead and copper in drinking water, cancels out "the immediate replacement of six million lead pipes that connect homes to main water pipes. The proposed new rule would also more than double the amount of time allotted to replace lead pipes in water systems that contain high levels of lead", according to the New York Times. That, on top of a proposal to remove virtually all regulation of methane gas! Also, in keeping with the symbolic Reagan-era dumb-ass act of removing solar panels from the White House, His Malignancy has the bikeshare station removed. In case you object to that, his lackeys in the National Park Service also rescinded the "Water Bottle Ban" that allowed parks to prohibit the sale of disposable plastic water bottles. Is it any wonder a study from New York University determined the United States has reached “a crisis point” in its relationship with science and politics?
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is spot on with regard the single largest threat even though it was said in regard to nuclear holocaust:
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” — Albert Einstein
After our conversation with Dahr we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturday, November 9, 8:30am. to 3:00pm. Protest Destruction of State Forests at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Stewardship Council Meeting. DCR's November meeting with volunteers from across the Commonwealth will spend the day "sharing their successes and challenges as stewards of our beaches, forests". John Augustus Hall, Wachusett Reservoir, 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston, MA 01505
November 12, 1:00pm. Upcoming Public Hearing on multiple pesticide bills. Massachusetts State House, Room A-2, 24 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. Calling all proponents of a more organic Massachusetts! At a time of insect population collapse, declining bird populations and rising rates of pesticide-related chronic illness, we know that we must address the pervasive use of systemic and toxic pesticides in our school yards, our farm fields and our communities. November 12th 2019 could be a big day for the movement to reduce pesticide use in Massachusetts. Will you help make it so? (click the bill numbers to see the full text or click here to see our summaries) Please get in touch if you are interested in testifying: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 18, 1-3pm Public Meetings for Stakeholder Input on Greenhouse Gas Regulations at MassDEP’s Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA. If you would like to be added to the stakeholder list to receive additional information about this topic, including stakeholder meeting announcements and instructions for providing input, please email email@example.com