This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is rootin' tootin' six gun shooting Repugnican Lauren Boebert, the "cartoonishly absurd Republican representative from Colorado, [who] pranced across the CPAC stage like a country music singer with a head injury, crowing "don't come knocking on my door with your Fauci ouchie," referencing Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert." reports the Chicago Tribune. Of course, it takes a real fool to actively support a deadly pandemic but Boebert goes the extra mile by condemning the effort to overcome it.
We have a point/counter-point edition of Abidin' with Biden vs. Backslidin' with Biden this time around. First, the Prez gets bonus points for "proposing" to restore environmental protections to Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate old growth rainforest. "In a statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would move to restore the Clinton-era Roadless Rule protections to the Tongass, conserving 9.3 million acres of the largest U.S. national forest. The agency also said it would end large-scale old growth timber sales in the Tongass and focus resources on forest restoration, resilience and recreation." Can we move from "proposing" & "would" to just doing it?? On the other hand why isn't Biden actively pushing for restrictions or an end to the filibuster in the Senate? It is the ONLY way to push the seditious Repugs aside and pass legislation that will literally save the Republic. Also, As Biden works to uphold his promises to address climate change and environmental justice, we must urge him to establish strong, ecologically-sound, and environmentally-just protections for our forests, as they are central to fulfilling these pledges. Let him know! Go HERE.
Here's a real eye opener for you from the New York Times showing "How Wildfire Smoke Spreads.." across North America. If you're asking why there are so many wildfires lately may we remind you that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!". Our last show with Chad Hanson got into many of the contributing reasons for these mega-fires but what's dominating the headlines lately? Massive flooding in Europe! If you are thinking End Times you are.......correct! And it's not like we haven't been talking about this on the show since the beginning 16 years ago. Wait, did we just say The Enviro Show is 16 years old?
After you have sung us a few rounds of "Happy Birthday" and sent in your presents it should be time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." --Albert Einstein
And, after our conversations with Susan and Alex we go to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Friday July 30, 5pm. Pull the Plug on Eversource Rally. Join us for a rally demanding Eversource stop profiting at the expense of the people of Massachusetts and beyond! This rally will be part of a decentralized action at multiple locations in New England. We need a plan for a just transition AWAY from fossil fuels and toward a livable future. Instead Eversource is lying about the climate emergency, expanding fossil fuel infrastructure, committing environmental justice crimes, and spreading propaganda in schools. Communities have the right to make decisions about their own energy futures. Energy companies should be placed under control of communities, not executives and investors! All are welcome! We'll gather at Elwell state park and spread out on sidewalks along and near the Coolidge Bridge. We will NOT disrupt traffic. Let us know how we can help make this event accessible for you. Masks are strongly recommended for anyone who is unvaccinated or at higher risk for COVID, or anyone who prefers one. Go HERE.
Saturday July 31, 1 to 4pm. Massachusetts Statewide Rally Honoring the Land. No Clearcutting Forests for Solar! In Person - Two Locations: Wareham, Gibbs Park (Onset VFW) & Greenfield, Energy Park, Miles Street with Yours Truly attending! Learn how to take action now! It will feature speakers, tabling with booths/posters, and networking aimed at encouraging people to get involved in local government and state policy/legislation on forest protection issues, especially deforestation for solar. Go HERE!
Saturday & Sunday August 7 & 8, 10am to 5pm. 8th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival:A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures. Go to: https://nolumbekaproject.org/pocumtuck-homelands-festival /
Tuesday, August 3, 10:00 am. and 5pm. Biomass Alert! Proposed Amendments to MassDEP GHG Emissions Reporting Requirements. The proposed amendments and a background document are available on MassDEP’s website at: https://www.mass.gov/service-
We're off to snag some sweet sixteen B-Day cake now but want to remind you to listen to your Mother!