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Friday, February 18, 2022

The Burning Trees for Energy No Climate Solution Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's one thing to sit around a warm wood stove on a cold New England night say, when the power goes out, but quite another to base an entire energy system around destroying natural carbon capture forests. Xiaopu Sun, co-author of "A Call To Stop Burning Trees in the Name of Climate Mitigation"  joins us to talk about a new article published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. [UPDATE: Interview HERE] As usual, we will also bring you with us to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to The Enviro Showv Echo Chamber, as well as hearing our Quote of the Week, our newest segment Beat It Baker's Countdown Clock and more but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Croc snags drone?   😆

It's another return engagement for our Fool-on-the-Hill in just a matter of weeks. This time, in an interview on radio, Repugnican Senator Ron Johnson said those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s electoral victory: “..were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn’t concerned.” Whoa! If we weren't convinced Ron was lying through his teeth we'd be concerned about his mental health but since we are convinced we think he's a total fool for saying it out loud on radio. 

With this show we are introducing a new, recurring segment of the Enviro Show, the Charlie Baker Good Riddance Countdown Timer,

so that we can all begin to celebrate the eventual end of Baker's reign of environmental terror and climate denial. We've covered how Charlie Biomass Baker has rolled back environmental and public health protections in his promotion of increased biomass burning, cutting down forests, especially on public lands, and accelerating the climate crisis, which we dive into in this show. We have also covered how Baker has slow-walked implementation of climate legislation, refusing to pass regulations required by the GWSA until forced to by the SJC (Kain Decision), and how he is stalling the implementation of the Next Gen Climate Roadmap bill, but pushing increased logging and biomass burning. Baker has been a disaster, and the sooner he and his cronies are gone, back to the polluting industries and lobbying firms that they came from, the better. We give you the "Beat It Baker" Countdown. Dear Charlie, you could always leave early. Please. But just to be clear, we won't miss you, not even a little bit. So Beat It! 

OK, once again it's time to remind anyone who has been off-planet for the past few decades that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" And, speaking of decades, we've been talking to you, dear listeners, for almost that long about the climate dangers of methane emissions, right? Well, published research in January by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed atmospheric concentrations of methane, 80 times more potent than CO2, past 1,900 parts per billion in 2021. "The spike has caused many researchers to worry that global warming is creating a feedback mechanism that will cause ever more methane to be released, making it even harder to rein in rising temperatures," the publication Nature noted. "Potential explanations [for the methane surge] range from the expanding exploitation of oil and natural gas and rising emissions from landfill to growing livestock herds and increasing activity by microbes in wetlands." That last one is disturbing since wetlands are a key part of the critical forms of natural carbon capture we must protect & preserve. O, and since we're on wetlands are you at all ready for a one foot rise in the sea level by 2050?

We are sorry to report this week there's been more Backsidin' with Biden. Last week it was reported the Prez decided to permanently seize $7 billion of currently frozen Afghan assets even as the people of the war-torn, poverty-stricken nation we invaded and occupied suffers a broken economy, a collapsed healthcare system, and widespread starvation. He plans on redistributing the money to 9/11 victims? And this: there was an impressive banner drop from a crane near the White House recently on the fourth anniversary of the Parkland School shooting in Florida. As David Hogg, a survivor and March for Our Lives co-founder put it: "Biden has been a friend but not a leader. He's made small steps but it's not enough. The president hasn't been receptive to our demands...We expected this from [His Malignancy], but we're shocked that it's coming from Biden." Finally, about The Prez's support for Saudi-led war against Yemen where the starvation is reportedly worse than Afghanistan? A year ago he announced his administration would be ending U.S. support for "offensive operations" and was appointing a diplomatic envoy to help resolve the devastating conflict that has caused an estimated 233,000 deaths. Sorry, fail.

 In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we share Sunrise's Texas-style video a year after the Lone Star blackout. You remember, when windmills caused it? 😉  Some of you may be familiar with the The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) as a weekly meditation on matters of culture and philosophy. Often the read touches on Nature. Here's one that gets into Trees.

We may as well stick with the Trees in our Quote of the Week, yes?

"Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come."

                                                                 ― Karen Joy Fowler 

 After we talk with our guest it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard: 

Tuesday, March 8, 12pm. Cooking with Gas: Health Harms from Cooking with Gas. This training exposes the harmful air pollutants produced by gas stoves, their negative impacts on the human body, the exacerbated impacts on vulnerable populations, and how health professionals can help their patients reduce their risk. Join us Tuesday, March 8! For more information and for information on Continuing Medical Education Accreditation, click here.

Wednesday March 9, 7 to 8pm.  Climate Change Impacts:  How Will We Cope as Individuals and Communities? Join Zoom Meeting   

Saturday March 12,  12:30pm.  Walk to Save Our Bays. Holtec needs to "dispose of" more than a million gallons of Pilgrim's radioactive contaminated water.  On December 1,  the NRC told Congressman Keating that "Holtec has informed the NRC that it plans to discharge liquid effluents sometime in the first quarter of 2022"  Since then, Holtec has backtracked and said it will not discharge any radioactively contaminated during 2022, but what then?  We need to remain alert because Holtec can dispose of the radioactive water without NRC approval AND the NRC reviews and discharge after the fact. Go HERE for details 

Wednesday March 16,  4:30pm.  ISO Action in Boston. TBA. 

Thursday, March 17, 12 – 1pm. Webinar: A Conversation with Sec. Katie Theoharides. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. You'll also have the chance to ask the Secretary your questions. Spaces are limited. Register HERE

Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 to 7:00pm. Restoring Ecosystems in a Time of Ongoing Global Change. David Moreno Mateos, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Affiliate of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard UniversityAdvance Registration Required. 


Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment Community Discussions
Join a conversation on climate impacts – such as extreme heat and flooding - affecting you, your families, and your community.
Choose your preferred date and time(s) when you register.

March 1, 2022 - 11:30 AM
March 3, 2022 - 1:00 PM
March 8, 2022 - 11:30 AM
March 9, 2022 - 6:00 PM

The information you share will inform the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment, which the state is undertaking to identify the most pressing current and future climate challenges and impacts facing MA sectors and regions. These impacts are especially seen and felt by vulnerable communities facing disproportionate environmental, social, economic, and other burdens. Your feedback will be used to inform how the state prioritizes actions to address these challenges as part of the upcoming State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan.

Public Meetings on the Commission on Clean Heat. 
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) invites you to attend public meetings focused on the work of the Commission on Clean Heat and related policies for building decarbonization. The meetings will be virtual and include a short presentation, followed by a period for public comment. We are holding two sessions on each date with the same presentation, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. We encourage people to pre-register for the meetings by clicking on the links for each respective meeting times below. During registration you can also indicate if you wish to provide comments during the meeting, which is helpful for planning purposes.

Commission on Clean Heat public meeting dates:

Public Meeting #1:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Option 1: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Option 2: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Public Meeting #2:
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Option 1: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Option 2: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Public Meeting #3:
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Option 1: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Option 2: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Links to the meetings will also be published on the Commission on Clean Heat website one business day prior to each meeting.
For more information or to request reasonable accommodations and/or language services, please email

That's all for now folks but PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother! 













Friday, February 04, 2022

A Rather Youthful Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Longtime listeners are probably familiar with these two gray beards going on and on about young folks being the future of.....well, everything! We keep on keeping on here on The Enviro Show with young folks and future generations in mind; after all it's their world that is being trashed by today's War on Nature and guess who is doing the damage? Ollie Perrault of Youth Climate Action Now joins us to talk about the group and what they are up to.  As always we will also bring you along to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to see if we are Abidin' with Biden as well as inviting you to consider our Enviro Show Quote of the Week and more but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Aren't River Otters supposed to be playful?

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Clay Higgins, Repugnican from Louisiana who recently said, “The prosperity of the world depends upon the continued and expansive use of fossil fuels”. We guess Clay missed the memo on climate chaos even though his district faces some of the highest flooding risks in the country?  😏

We talked in the past about The Prez giving the thumbs up for fossil fuel drilling offshore in the Gulf of Mexico which we called him out for as Backslidin' with Biden. Now, a federal judge threw out the Department of Interior’s decision to lease over 80 million acres in the Gulf for oil and gas production (the largest offshore auction in U.S. history). The sale, which came a few days after Biden vowed to “lead by example” in cutting emissions during U.N. climate talks in Scotland, could have resulted in 600 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. There's a good chance the ruling will be appealed in Big Oil's favor but we'll take what victories we can in the Anthropocene.  On the other hand "The Biden administration..... won strong praise from public health defenders following the Environmental Protection Agency's move to restore the legal basis for regulating mercury and other toxic air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants". And this from the NY Times: "Biden Administration Cancels Mining Leases Near Wilderness Area. The leases, reinstated during the Trump years, would have allowed a Chilean mining conglomerate to dig for copper and nickel near the Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota."  So, is that a draw?   

Sen. Joe Manchin and the entirety of Repugs just don't get it when they're told "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" There's a tale from Grist  which makes that all to clear  concerning Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's 280th climate tutorial on the floor of the alleged "World's Greatest Deliberative Body". It's a Must Read and kudos to the senator from Rhode Island for keepin' on! Does this one also from Grist speak to you?  A "Yale Program on Climate Communication and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University shared a new analysis looking at where the American public stands on the issue of civil disobedience — namely, are people willing to show up to some form of nonviolent protest to demand action on global warming? " If that touches a nerve you might want to contact Extinction Rebellion or the closest Sunrise Movement  near you! 

Let's lend an ear to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where the folks at the New York Times have come up with a scathing take on Big Ag.  You might be able to avoid the paywall if you're on Facebook or Google. It's worth the extra effort. And here's a somewhat mind bending piece from the Hightower Lowdown titled "Our ravenous appetite turns humble sand into an endangered natural treasure".  A sand shortage? It all depends on what you need it for.   Finally, another  Enviro Show  blog Action Link : "Quickly move to protect our waters from pollution!" Go HERE.  

OK listeners, strap yourselves in for this Quote of the Week (it's not for the meek!):

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”           – Greta Thunberg

After our conversation with Ollie Perrault we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday February 17, 7:30pm. MA Sierra Club Forest Protection Team Meeting. The purpose of this team is to protect forests from human interference throughout Massachusetts to maximize carbon sequestration, promote biodiversity and optimize human health. Go HERE

Friday February 18, 7pm. Extinction Rebellion Orientation. If you are new to Extinction Rebellion or would just like to learn more about how it works, please join us!To receive Zoom link, go to:  

February 20, at 7:15 p.m. on Zoom. Learn about Smart Solar Shutesbury's latest work to stop the project, find out how you can get involved, and hear about a true community-based solar alternative. The Zoom meeting link is HERE

 Tuesday February 22, 8:30pm. for the latest Heading for Extinction climate annihilation science update with Dr. Peter Carter, and an introduction to the Global Climate Crimes Project. Register here:   

Monday February 28,  7 to 8:30pm.  Everyone is welcome at CAN Monthly Gatherings, held on the 4th Monday of every month but December. Sign up for the newsletter HERE to get the Zoom registration link. 

Tuesday March 1, 7:30pm.  WMass Extinction Rebellion General Meeting. XR will be talking about Earth Day plans - possibly something to celebrate Hadley declaring climate emergency? Maybe a civil DISCObedience action? Buses down to NYC? Lots to discuss! Please plan to join us.  Go to:  

Thursday, March 17, 12 – 1pm. Webinar: A Conversation with Sec. Katie Theoharides. Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. You'll also have the chance to ask the Secretary your questions. Spaces are limited. Register HERE.

OK, that's all for now folks but PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother!