A new wind energy project recently rose over the plains of North Dakota. The clean, renewable energy is sent 35-miles over transmission lines to a substation in Hendel, ND. The Energy 2.0 project is a collaborative effort between three area interests. The scope of most of the projects in the United States is small right now. But, as the impacts of climate change become more apparent and the next president, whoever it may be, favors a national cap-and-trade program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we will undoubtedly see a lot more of these projects on a much larger scale. Kudos to North Dakota for help leading the way.
Umphrey's McGee was recently added to the Mountain Jam lineup. Here's a track from their release, Live at the Murat. Check out "White Man's Moccassins" and soak up some postmodern prog-rock love.
An illegal road race led to 8 being killed overnight in Maryland. Among the dead was William Gaines Sr., 61. His daughter, Crystal Gaines, was also at the race and stated that she had to grab her child during the incident so couldn't provide any protection to her father.
I'm new to the Drive-By Truckers. I'm going to Mountain Jam in June and they're pretty high up on the bill so I need to find out a bit more about them. I downloaded their 2006 effort, A Blessing and a Curse. It's regarded as their most controversial record. I'm going to pick up their new release, which I hear very good things about, but for now here's "Easy on Yourself."
"Mansard Roof" - The band opened with the first song from their new album. This video captures most of the song, an energetic romp through a rewarding melody and fascinating beat.
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof, Feb. 7, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA from cortland on Vimeo.
"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" - Here's just the first the chorus from the catchy, semi-tribal "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Feb. 7, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA from cortland on Vimeo.
"M79" - Probably the longest song of the night, here's a couple minutes of "M79."
Vampire Weekend - M79, Feb. 7, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA from cortland on Vimeo.
Russia's resurgence as a player on the world stage is due largely to its energy-related initiatives, at least that's the conventional wisdom. This scholarly article argues that the conventional wisdom is based on five myths that don't add up. The author believes Russia is unable to use energy as a geopolitical weapon and is in in no position to push other countries around regarding gas and oil issues. He states that the Russian economic expansion does not have high energy prices at it roots, it's not an energy superpower and, lastly, Russia will not embark on a significant energy alliance with China. Very interesting reading.
I'm more and more impressed with the new album from The Mars Volta after each listen. I hope you enjoy one of the shorter tracks on the record, "Wax Simulacra." Warning: this music is not for the faint of heart!
The following is a brief I wrote for Brijjit.
Government incentives and German innovation have combined to bring wind energy and an explosive renewable energy industry to Germany. The author correctly observes that subsidies from the German government were key to getting the clean technology sector off-the-ground. Germany is now reaping the benefits of that forward-thinking. They are a world-leader in the use of wind energy and the renewable energy business sector has exploded to create jobs, blue skies and an international green business hotbed in Germany. However, as the world starts to fight global warming, the author argues that Germany must continue to innovate and invest if it is to maintain its leadership position.