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CAPITAL IDEAS: Is the stock market riding on the outcome of the presidential election?

Even though it often feels like everything is riding on the outcome of the election, history reminds us that, over the long term, election results have not driven market results.

News Brief: Mass. Senate passes omnibus clean energy bill; Pignatelli helps pass Hogan Agricultural Estate Tax

Rep William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, worked with Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, to include the agricultural estate tax reform bill as part of a larger environmental bond bill that seeks to address the Commonwealth’s climate-change preparedness and response plans.

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.

In the Sandisfield woods, a testament to Thoreau stares down those who cut and blast

Sitting right next to the existing right-of-way being widened aggressively by Tennessee Gas Company is a "Thoreau Cabin," so named for American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote the famous essay on civil disobedience.

Thoreau’s cabin rises again as pipeline barricade

“I want to raise the idea of conservation and civil disobedience. This is a symbol of our resistance and our resolve to stop this.” --- Sugar Shack Alliance member Will Elwell

Bits & Bytes: Mahaiwe programs; Lenox logo contest; Salim Abu Jabal at Williams; Mocktoberfest at BCD; Outspoken poetry festival; Eclipse Mill book launch; pipeline...

There are rumors that the long-anticipated energy omnibus bill could contain language supporting the pipeline tax that would subsidize new gas pipelines through a charge added to the monthly bills of electric ratepayers.

Bits & Bytes: Ramsdell Library Sunday hours; anti-pipeline concert fundraiser; 2016 Farm Awards

The 11-week program at Ramsdell Library will include regular library services as well as special events such as films, workshops, book discussions and readings.

Pipeline project seeks to strip Otis State Forest of its protected status

A public hearing in Boston on Tuesday, November 10, before the Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, will consider a bill to remove conservation restrictions from Berkshire and Hamden counties' state forests and protected lands. State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli and state Sen. Ben Downing urge Berkshire residents to attend this hearing to oppose this measure. The Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline have chartered a bus to go to the hearing.

The Plainfield pipeyard rally: Defending protected land

Twenty-seven percent of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline route traverses conserved types of properties in Massachusetts.

News briefs: Pipeline forum in Albany; new Greylock branch in Lenox

The 1460 psi fracked gas pipeline is proposed to go more than 400 miles from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania through New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire before ending in Dracut, Mass.

News Briefs: Berkshire Young Adult, Age-Friendly survey; Pittsfield picketing; Williams College climate change plan

The survey focuses on what brings young adults to the region and what drives them away, what young adults value, and what can be done to make the Berkshires more attractive.

‘Pipeline Pilgrimage’ called attention to climate crisis

“I think one of the challenges with climate change is that it is abstract. But when we do things like spend twelve days seeing where a pipeline is proposed to go, we make that a bit more real and we bring others with us to see that, making the abstract a little more concrete.”  -- Jay O’Hara, one of the walk organizers

Pipeline giant, Kinder Morgan, invests in 1Berkshire business, cultural alliance

In January 2011, 1Berkshire received $300,000 from General Electric and then proceeded to develop a public relations and social media campaign to oppose dredging GE’s PCB pollution from the Housatonic River. The surreptitious funding and anti-environmental campaign led to the resignation of two 1Berkshire directors, both members of Berkshire Creative.

Rising electricity rates explained: Tactic for natural gas pipeline

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston wrote a prescient story last May about how electricity prices might soar if Wall Street succeeds in its attempts to manipulate power supply. New England will be a “test-case” for “Enron-style price-gouging,” which is “making a comeback. Under the rules of the electricity markets, the best way to earn huge profits is by reducing the supply of power.”

State delays release of controversial review of future state energy needs

The study did not consider the impact of pipeline investments on Massachusetts’s long-term reliance on natural gas, nor did it consider these investments’ potential displacement of alternative energy sources. Environmental impacts of pipeline siting and construction and of natural gas extraction were also not considered.

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