The Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes in the KRFP studio Henry Willard and core WIRT activist Jeanne McHale, of the Moscow blues-based rock and roll band Henry C and the Willards, and Eric Molina of the Pullman seven-piece, reggae/ska band Landrace, composed of Washington State University jazz students. Both bands and nationally acclaimed folk musician Ivy Ross Ricci are playing a benefit concert for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide this Saturday, April 2, between 7 pm and 12 midnight in the 1912 Center Great Room in Moscow. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
April 2 anniversary concert benefits climate activist collective
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is celebrating its March 31 fifth anniversary as a dedicated, regional, climate activist collective that confronts the root causes and perpetrators of climate change through direct actions and locally organized solutions. We invite and welcome everyone to share this milestone at the Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide, a benefit concert provided by three bands along with WIRT-hosted potluck dinner and desert, beer and wine for purchase, dozens of silent auction items donated by community members and businesses, and a background slide show of WIRT demonstrations and initiatives. This yearly fundraising party offers some radical revelry for participants supporting relentless, volunteer WIRT activism among and in solidarity with frontline communities of fossil fuel resistance and an international, grassroots network of activists.
WIRT’s amazing members, friends, and allies eagerly anticipate a lively musical and social gathering between 7 pm and 12 midnight on Saturday, April 2, in the 1912 Center Great Room at 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho. For $5 or greater voluntary admission donations, with no one turned away, please join dirty energy resisters for a well-deserved, reinvigorating, wild evening full of shared camaraderie, spirited conversation, exuberant dancing, good food and drink, and live music played by these remarkable visiting and resident songwriters and performers: Continue reading
In spite of years-long efforts to persuade transportation officials not to realign U.S. Highway 95 from Moscow to Thorncreek Road over Paradise Ridge and through an untouched area of the Palouse Prairie, the federal Record of Decision was signed this week verifying the choice to do just that.
“It’s a great day for the public,” said Ken Helm, project manager for the Idaho Transportation Department.
“It’s kind of what we expected,” Steve Flint, one of the board members of the Palouse Ridge Defense Coalition, said about what the group considers a disappointing choice.
In 2003, the coalition and other groups successfully argued the ITD failed to adequately examine the environmental effects of its plans for U.S. Highway 95, and a judge ordered a full environmental impact statement process be completed.
Last year, the group announced it was willing to take legal action based on the latest project documents, specifically the FEIS, if they appeared inadequate.
Several grassroots, northern Idaho groups are co-hosting screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, March 29, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, and at 7 pm on the following evening, Wednesday, March 30, in the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint [1, 2]. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s fourth, September 2014, internationally bestselling, non-fiction book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate, this independent, environmental documentary directed by Avi Lewis asks, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”
The provocative, compelling, 2015 film aims to empower, not scare, moviegoers into answering its call to action. Accessible to even the most climate change-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything refreshes and inspires, as it reflects on the kinds of relationships and lives we have and envision, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all.
Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents during four years, This Changes Everything explores and re-imagines the epic, vast challenge of climate change. It presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the frontlines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of south India to Beijing and beyond. Naomi Klein’s narration interweaves these stories of struggle: “I’ve spent six years wandering through the wreckage caused by the carbon in the air, and the economic system that put it there.” Continue reading
The Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features an interview with Matthew Fuller, who occupied the anchor chain of a Shell Arctic drilling support ship with Chiara D’Angelo during Memorial Day weekend 2015. Matthew talks about his blockade experience and associated Coast Guard hearings using the climate change necessity defense. The show also discusses and airs footage of Democrat presidential candidate positions on dirty energy and Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and its public resistance. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Calvin Tillman in Boise
On Monday, March 7, at 6:30 pm, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA) is hosting a talk/presentation by the former mayor of Dish, Texas, Calvin Tillman, entitled How Will Oil and Gas Activity Change Your Community?, at the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol, 700 West Jefferson Street in Boise, Idaho [1, 2]. Currently an Aubrey, Texas, city council member, Mr. Tillman will share his years of direct experience with oil and gas development, as an elected official and impacted father and homeowner. Please see the attached flyer for further information about this event that Idaho Public Television will livestream at this link, for Idahoans and friends to watch it on their computers .
Stop S1339 in the Idaho House
The full Idaho House of Representatives has delayed voting on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339), the industry-promoted law that would expedite oil and gas development permits, reduce opportunities for public input and appeals, further advance forced pooling and leasing of unwilling mineral interests owners, and thus compromise private property rights, not to mention more essential human rights to healthful air, water, and soil . Please comment to your legislators and all House members before their probable full chamber vote on S1339 on Monday, March 7. See the last two Wild Idaho Rising Tide alerts on this issue, for further information and talking points [5, 6], and call 208-332-1000 or 800-626-0471 and/or email lawmakers at these listed addresses . S1339 will affect all the citizens of Idaho and their rights to defend themselves from oil and gas development invasions. Continue reading
On Friday, March 4, at an unknown time, the full Idaho House of Representatives will hold the final vote on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339) [1, 2]. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee passed S1339 to the Senate floor on Friday, February 19, after an Alta Mesa oil and gas company attorney pushed for bill hearing closure, before all of the subsequently angry citizens present could testify. Only Democrat committee member Michelle Stennett voted against this bill that, if passed by the Idaho Legislature and codified as an emergency law by Governor Otter’s signature, would expedite Idaho oil and gas development permitting procedures and further severely limit due process, associated public input and appeals, and information available to citizens, some forced to develop their mineral interests and most concerned about fossil fuel project impacts to private and public lands, water, air, and property rights [3-5].
According to Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise, “after a two-hour debate, the Idaho Senate voted 31-4 in favor of SB 1339, a controversial proposal to streamline the process for issuing permits for oil and gas wells. The bill drew close to 100 people to an earlier hearing, most of them opposed…The bill now moves to the House side. The Senate vote came just after 6:30 p.m. Boise time, half an hour after the Senate had been scheduled to conclude its late-afternoon session, which started at 4:30. It was the only bill taken up.”  On Tuesday, March 1, the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee held a hearing on this industry-promoted bill and passed S1339 on a two-to-one ratio . Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) emailed letters of opposition to both Senate and House committees.
Meanwhile, on Monday, February 22, over 150 citizens participated in a rally on the Capitol steps in Boise, protesting the bill and oil and gas industry and infrastructure abuses of Idaho citizen health, private property rights, and essential air, water, and soil quality, at the Don’t Frack Idaho Statehouse Rally, hosted by Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability [8-12]. Organizing protests and rallies against oil and gas development around the state since 2012, WIRT activists are grateful that more than a few dozen Idahoans are finally displaying widespread resistance.
If the Idaho legislature could possibly defend your interests, please contact all of the state representatives, to oppose full Idaho House floor passage of S1339. See the comprehensive list of representative email addresses at citation 7 and talking point suggestions at the following links [13, 14]. NOW is your last chance to write to or call them on this issue, urging them to vote against this legislation that forces oil and gas development on unwilling land and mineral rights owners and that dismisses the public’s best interests and participation in permitting decisions. Thank you! Continue reading
The Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses upcoming, regional, climate activism opportunities, Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and resistance to its restricted public participation processes, and Coast Guard hearings employing the climate change necessity defense of Shell Arctic drilling ship blockaders. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.