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TBT – Mardi Gras Edition w/ Aaron Neville & The Subdudes (2005)

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 07:17

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, today we’re throwing it back to a special taping from 2005 featuring New Orleans natives Aaron Neville & the Subdudes! This show was taped on November 13, 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Throughout the show, Aaron, the Subdudes & host Nick Forster, took a look at the city of New Orleans and focused on the victims of hurricane Katrina as all of the visiting artists have their roots in the Big Easy.

The legendary Aaron Neville brought his unique voice and his band featuring brothers Charles on Sax to the historic Boulder Theatre stage for a one of a kind performance. Neville has been one of New Orleans most visible and outspoken proponents on the recovery of the city, and shares his views with Nick Forster during their conversation.


The Subdudes - eTown ArchiveJoining Aaron on this show were the Subdudes. Reunited in 2002, the Subdudes returned to eTown with all the frenetic energy they can compress into their tunes, and with two members who were personally impacted by the hurricane, they share their experiences and impressions of the rebuilding of one of the nation’s great cities.

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Remembering Dan Hicks

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 08:33

“We were so lucky to have had Dan Hicks on eTown twice, once in 2001 and once in 2009. His music was infectious – loose and tight at the same time, danceable, funny, poignant, smart. The last time he came, he asked me to play second guitar, so I got to learn some of his classic repertoire as well as some of the new tunes, both of which featured his unusual chord choices and song structure – fearless! He was ahead of his time and retro, an integral part of the 60’s San Francisco scene, and I feel fortunate to have met and played music with him.” – Nick Forster

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The One and Only Lyle Lovett on eTown – 4.21.1996

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:00

Over the years, we here at eTown have had the pleasure of welcoming the one and only Lyle Lovett to the eTown stage 4 times. One of which was the 2nd show that we ever produced all the way back in 1991!

Today we were digging into the ??eTown Archive? and stumbled upon this portrait of Lyle from his second visit to eTown back in April of 1996!

After sharing the picture around our offices, we all felt it was necessary to unearth an excerpt from that show for all of you eTowners out there! So kick back, relax and enjoy this performance from the legend himself.

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The Solutions Project: How 139 Countries Can Hit 100% Renewable Energy

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:32

The idea of hitting 100% renewable energy (yes, energy, not just electricity) scares a lot of people. That is, a lot of people don’t think their cities or countries can achieve 100% renewable energy. However, a leading energy researcher at Stanford has led teams of researchers in order to practically show how 139 different countries could go 100% renewable.

You can find the results of each of the plans right here.The Solutions Project - eTown






















Based on research done by Stanford University, led by Mark Z. Jacobson, The Solutions Project is popularizing the maps and plans. It has created infographics, like the one above, highlighting which future energy mix will theoretically be the best to achieve the zero-emission target for each of these 139 countries. On the main page, there’s an interactive infographic. Hover over it, and you get the basic data for each of the countries.

By clicking on one of the nations, many more details are revealed. Fascinating numbers included newly created employment that would theoretically result from the switch to renewable energy, current and future energy costs, and health benefits resulting from the proposed transition.

For the United States, The Solutions Project even created a plan for each separate state, showing at an even more detailed level what a transition to clean energy could look like for the organization’s home country.

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The data is not just based on energy usage for electricity generation, but for all-purpose energy use. That means it covers energy demand for demand for transportation, heating, industry, and agriculture.

The research on which the roadmaps are developed is conducted using a consistent methodology across all countries and with the goal of minimizing emissions of both air pollutants and greenhouse gases and particles. Many factors were taken into account, such as future energy demand, costs, and land use availability. And demand as well as potential supply are projected in 15-minute segments all throughout the year.

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Although the project convincingly shows how we can generate enough renewable energy for our complete energy consumption by 2050, it is less certain how we get to that future for each specific sector. Cars will switch to electric drivetrains, for which renewable electricity can be generated, but when will the kerosene-powered aviation sector be able to transition — this is a much harder case.

But The Solutions Project’s maps do give a comprehensive look at what our energy future might look like. By spreading the positive impact of such a transition, The Solutions Project might even bring the carbon-neutral future sooner. That is, of course, the aim.


by  at Clean Technica

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Obama’s coal mine ban will keep billions of tons of coal in the ground – for now

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 01:57

In a significant victory for President Obama, a federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected an effort by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups to block the administration’s signature regulation on emissions from coal-fired power plants while a lawsuit moves through the courts.

The rule, issued last summer by the Environmental Protection Agency, is at the heart of Mr. Obama’s efforts to tackle climate change. It would require each state to significantly cut greenhouse gas pollution from electric power plants, the nation’s largest source of such emissions.

Once fully in place, the regulation — which would cut emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 — could transform the electricity system, closing hundreds of heavily polluting coal-fired plants and sharply increasing production of wind and solar powers.

But the 27 states, many of which have economies that rely on coal mining or coal-fired power, have sued the administration to kill the plan. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set June 2 to hear arguments in that case, although it is widely expected to be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, most likely in 2017.

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“We are pleased that the court has rejected petitioners’ attempts to block the Clean Power Plan from moving forward while litigation proceeds,” said Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman. “We look forward to continuing to work with states and other stakeholders taking steps to implement the Clean Power Plan.”

By rejecting the petition on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the court required states to move forward with plans to shut down polluting coal plants and build new wind and solar sources.

“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased, since today’s order rejects extreme mischaracterizations of the Clean Power Plan and efforts to delay its implementation,” said Sean Donohue, a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Fund. “We’re not that surprised, since E.P.A. was able to show that the rule rests on a firm statutory and factual footing, and that the agency built into it ample time to allow states, regulated sources and the agency to work together to reduce carbon emissions.”

Mr. Donohue said Thursday’s action made him optimistic that the courts would ultimately uphold the rule.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia, a coal mining state that has led the legal push against Mr. Obama’s climate change agenda, noted that the court did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit.

“We are disappointed in today’s decision but believe we will ultimately prevail in court,” Mr. Morrisey said. “We remain confident that our arguments will prevail as the case continues,” potentially to the Supreme Court, he added.

Opponents of the rule said they were pleased that the court set a relatively quick schedule for hearing the broader case.

“Today’s decision to expedite the legal review of the Obama administration’s electricity regulations indicates that the court agrees that it is important to review the rules quickly,” said Karen Harbert, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. The chamber is a plaintiff in the case.

“We look forward to presenting our arguments to the court as part of an expedited review process, and we will continue our efforts to halt the E.P.A.’s unprecedented effort to restructure the American economy,” she added.

The court’s decision came as Mr. Obama is pushing forward with a series of initiatives on climate change, in an effort to leave as large a mark on the issue as he can before leaving office in a year.

Last week, the Interior Department announced a moratorium on new leases for coal mining on public lands, part of a review by the agency that is expected to lead to an increase in the rates and royalties charged to mining companies.

As soon as Friday, the department is expected to propose new regulations aimed at curbing the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands.

On Thursday, the White House also announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would award $1 billion in “climate resilience” funding to communities in 13 states to help them rebuild from and prepare for disasters linked to climate change, such as wildfires in California, flooding in Iowa, and hurricanes and extreme storms in Louisiana, New York and New Jersey.

by Coral Davenport (New York Times)

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Today in eTown History – Jack Johnson (January 21, 2002)

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:46

Exactly 14 years ago today, January 21st of 2002, we welcomed two young, soulful singer/songwriters who at the time were just starting to achieve national recognition. Jack Johnson, who has teamed with G. Love & Special Sauce and Ben Harper throughout the years, brought his soulful, sultry, funky, bluesy, folky, hip-hoppy sound to Boulder! Joining Jack with her distinctive voice and blend of folk, jazz, blues, and soul was Alana Davis who at the time was gaining airplay for her cover of Ani DiFranco’s “32 Flavors.”

Kick back, relax and get tropical with us as we throw it back to 2002!

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