On the Blogs: Michigan Study Sees Potential for Grid Defection Nationally

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andy Balaskovitz for Midwest Energy News:Michigan lawmakers’ attempts to redesign the state’s solar net metering program may drive more ratepayers to leave the grid entirely, particularly in the Upper Peninsula where electric rates are already high, say researchers from Michigan Technological University.The declining price of solar and the area’s relatively high electric rates mean roughly 65 percent of single-family owner-occupied households in the U.P. could meet grid parity – when the cost of generating your own electricity is less than or equal to buying it from the grid – and afford the systems by 2020, according to the research.Up to 92 percent of seasonal households and about 75 percent of year-round households in the U.P. “are projected to meet electricity demands with lower costs,” the report adds.Joshua Pearce, Michigan Tech professor of materials science and engineering, said the modeling is a continuation of research on the feasibility of self-generation systems in the U.P., but was also done in the context of “potential law changes that would essentially destroy net metering and encourage people to leave the grid.”Pearce, who has a solar installation at his home and would consider leaving the grid if net metering was eliminated here, said utilities should be concerned about the potential for grid defection across the country.“If net metering were to go away or utility rates become punitive, the option is to stay on the grid or leave,” Pearce said. “It makes far better sense for utilities in the long term to encourage customers to (net meter) and partake in it. You need to allow new technologies on the grid and that’s much better than being antagonistic toward customers. You never will win that one.”But just because someone can afford to go off the grid doesn’t mean that they will.“Beyond high initial costs and perceived lack of financing options, common social barriers include lack of institutional support and inert social norms, poor consumer knowledge, low customer confidence, inadequate workforce skills, concerns about aesthetics of renewable systems and the uncertainty, risk and liability of grid defection,” the report says.While grid-defection research has focused on states like California, Hawaii and New York, Pearce said the Michigan Tech team wanted to find the potential in a much different region like the U.P.“Because of its low solar potential and low-income population, the UP case represents a relatively difficult market for off-grid solar-hybrid systems,” the report says. “If it is economically feasible to defect from the grid here, then it might be even more likely elsewhere.”Dan Dasho, president and CEO of Cloverland Electric Cooperative, which services the eastern U.P., said with increasing numbers of ratepayers who move to generate their own electricity, “There will be an issue regarding selling back more energy than you use and you become a power producer. I think the state should go to a place where people do not subsidize you if you put in solar or wind, and by other people who may not have the opportunity or are well off enough to do something like that.”With the goal of avoiding this alleged cross-subsidization, Pearce said more utilities are pushing monthly user fees to “level out” and bring order to the revenue coming in.“That’s absurd,” Pearce said. “Consider going to McDonald’s: To have the right to eat McDonald’s you’d have to pay $100 a month and instead of a dollar menu, everything is 25 cents. They have found a way to charge customers on a per-unit basis, and electricity can also be sold that way. It used to be, but it’s continuing to go the opposite way.“You can force customers to do that until they have an option,” Pearce said, referring to punitive measures driving grid defection. “Now people have an option.”Full item: Net metering changes could drive people off grid, Michigan researchers say On the Blogs: Michigan Study Sees Potential for Grid Defection Nationallylast_img read more

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Research finds fossil fuel divestment not a drag on investment returns

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Norway built a $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund on oil and gas revenues. Last year, however, the country’s central bank recommended that the fund divest the $35 billion worth of stocks it held in oil and gas companies like Shell, Total, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. The move would make “the government’s wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices,” the bank said.Norway’s government, by contrast, has other ideas. Last week, a government-appointed commission dismissed the advice on divestment. “A sale of energy stocks would challenge the current investment strategy of the fund, with broad diversification of the investments and a high threshold for exclusion,” the commission said in a report. The fund’s existing investment strategy, it noted, is “simple, well founded and has served the fund well.”So, what effect would divesting from oil companies have on the fund? Research by Jeremy Grantham, founder of Grantham, Mayo, and van Otterloo (GMO), a Boston-based fund manager that manages more than $100 billion in assets, suggests not much. “If investors take out fossil fuel companies from their portfolios, their starting assumption should not be that you have destroyed the value,” he wrote in June. “Their starting assumption should that it will have very little effect.”Grantham based that conclusion on an experiment. He took the performance of the S&P 500 and separated its components into 10 sectors. He then systematically removed one sector and calculated the annualized rate of return over long periods of time. Removing energy stocks meant little to overall returns over the past 20 years. And the results hold over even longer periods, too.Beyond not making much of a difference to long-term returns, Grantham has another argument in favor of divesting from fossil fuels. In an essay titled The Race of Our Lives, published earlier this month, he wrote: “The energy sector will be the first example of much more significant mispricing than any sector in the past due to oil companies not bending with the economic winds but fighting them all the way.”Norway’s finance minister says that the fund will take into consideration the conflicting advice of the central bank and the government-appointed commission before making a decision on fossil-fuel divestment this autumn.More: Divesting from fossil fuels doesn’t hurt long-term returns Research finds fossil fuel divestment not a drag on investment returnslast_img read more

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Equinor moving forward with $466 million plan for floating offshore wind turbines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway approved on Wednesday Equinor’s 4.8 billion Norwegian crowns ($466 million) plan to build floating offshore wind turbines that will provide electricity to North Sea oil and gas platforms, the energy ministry said.The long-planned project is going ahead despite Equinor’s decision to cut investment following a plunge in oil prices that has reduced the company’s cash flow. Five platforms at Norway’s Snorre and Gullfaks fields will be the first in the world to receive power from a floating wind park, the oil company said in a separate statement.“As the whole industry is currently experiencing much uncertainty, it is vital that we progress projects that spur technology development in the renewables segment and create spin-off effects for the Norwegian supplier industry,” Equinor Executive Vice President Anders Opedal said.The company has decided to cut its 2020 capital spending to $8.5 billion from an original plan of $10-11 billion after oil prices fell sharply because the COVID-19 pandemic led to a huge drop in demand and the OPEC+ group of producers failed in March to agree on new supply cuts.The 88-megawatt capacity project, called Hywind Tampen, would be able to meet about 35% of the electricity needs of the five platforms and would reduce CO2 emissions by about 200,000 tonnes per year, when it starts operations in 2022, it added.[Nerijus Adomaitis]More: Equinor powers ahead with floating wind turbines despite oil crash Equinor moving forward with $466 million plan for floating offshore wind turbineslast_img read more

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Smart grid technology for conserving energy

first_imgDear EarthTalk: What is the so-called “smart grid” I’ve been hearing about, and how can it save energy and money?                                                                                                 — Larry Burger, Litchfield, CT America’s electricity grid is built upon what many consider to be an antiquated principle: Make large amounts of electricity and have it always available to end users whether they need it or not. It’s much like the way most home water heaters work in keeping water constantly hot even when it is not being used. It is also a strictly one-way relationship with utilities supplying power to end users, but not also vice-versa. The smart grid concept is predicated on a two-way flow of energy—and information—between electricity generators and end users. The system not only delivers power to end users as needed, depending on demand; it also gathers power from end users that produce their own—homes and businesses that generate solar, wind or geothermal power themselves—when they have more than they need. Some 42 states and Washington, D.C., already require utilities to have systems in place to buy excess energy generated by their customers. But, writes journalist Michael Prager in E – The Environmental Magazine, “because they can’t know in real time that power is coming in, utilities generate as much as they would have anyway.” He adds that when information flows both ways, end users will be able to send information back to the grid specifying how much power they need and when they will need it. They’ll also be able to communicate when they have excess power available to upload to the grid. On the forefront of research into the feasibility of the smart grid on a large scale is the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, established in 2008 by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at North Carolina State University. FREEDM is partnering with universities, industry and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technologies they say will “revolutionize the nation’s power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.” So far, some 60 utilities, alternative energy startups, electrical equipment manufacturers and other firms have signed onto the new partnership. One such utility, Colorado-based Xcel Energy, has even begun to put smart grid technology into practice on a trial basis for a small percentage of its customer base. The utility has spent some $100 million outfitting 35,000 homes and businesses in and around the city of Boulder with automation and communications capabilities to enable two-way communication of electricity needs. Xcel won’t have enough data to assess energy and cost savings until early 2010, but analysts are optimistic that the utility’s costly experiment will reap benefits down the road for consumers, utilities and the environment. Indeed, environmentalists and economists alike have high hopes that widespread implementation of such “intelligent” systems could help usher in a new age of unprecedentedy, emissions reductions and cost savings around the United States and beyond. CONTACTS: Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, www.freedm.ncsu.edu; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail: [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php.last_img read more

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Mountain Mama: What is a Soul Boater?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Recently, I’ve heard people refer to themselves as soul boaters. What is a soul boater and why are people classifying themselves?Thanks,Curious——————————————————————-Dear Curious,Some boaters go to the river to escape the treadmill of office life. The noise of 401ks, bank accounts, emails, phone calls, and to-do lists can distract us from the important stuff in life. Rivers provide a chance to connect with nature and the people we love.The current doesn’t care about promotions or what degrees hang framed behind your desk. But the idea of measuring success against a yardstick is so ingrained in us that sometimes we try to quantify paddling. We determine whether a river day was good by the difficulty of rapids paddled or the lines taken.Soul boaters wanted to redefine what it meant to be a boater. Their boating has nothing to do with first descents or hucking off a huge waterfall for a camera. Everyone loves an epic story about the crew that hacked their way down to a never-before-paddled river with a machete. But soul boaters aren’t impressed when those missions become more about bragging rights than the opportunity to live fully engaged in the present moment.When boaters come to the river to get back to nature, all the rest of the noise surrounding kayaking falls away. Calling oneself a soul boater is a reminder to take full advantage of the present moment. The river provides us with the opportunity to live that moment well by becoming part of Mother Nature’s current. For soul boaters, paddling is a sacred dance with the divine.Curious, get on the river and find your way back to the true meaning of kayaking. Give the best gift of all this season by connecting with nature with your loved ones.Paddle on,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: A Trout Bum’s Holiday Gift Guide

first_img2fbt6scmain_lgThomas and Thomas: Avantt Freshwater Fly Rod“The Rod You Will Eventually Own” is the company slogan, and as an angler who has been fortunate enough to cast many brands and styles of rods over the years, I can say that this is one of my favorite rods that I have ever used. Thomas and Thomas uses proprietary Strato Therm resin technology in these rods that provides incredible strength and vibration dampening. This technology also produces an extremely light and ultra-responsive rod. The power and line control you get in your cast are unbelievable considering just how lightweight and effortless the rod feels in hand. The Avantt itself is both beautiful and durable, finished in matte blue with blue wraps and white accents, it has titanium frame ceramic stripping guides, a blue anodized aluminum reel seat engraved with the T&T logo, and a premium flor-grade cork handle. Available in 3-7wt and at multiple lengths this is a high-end freshwater rod that should be high atop many fishy Christmas lists. $825avanttIce Mule Pro CoolerThe world’s most portable high capacity cooler, the Ice Mule Pro is an item I won’t get into the boat without. The small size and light weight of the cooler make it as easy to grab as an extra pair of shoes when you run out the door in a hurry. With heavy-duty inner and outer skin, seams rated to 65 pounds, and a padded, ventilated backpack strap system, it takes all the difficulty out of hauling what many consider their most essential items—craft beer and food. $119.951014-rt-threequarters__21982-1477004666 Pulling into the drive, he notices an elongated cardboard box leaning against his front door. A rush of euphoria hits him, a feeling akin to the christmas mornings of his youth.He tosses his keys on the table and furiously stirs through kitchen drawers, looking for any sharp object capable of freeing the contents from their cardboard confines.His hands tremble with anticipation as he uses a steak knife to slice into the brown packing tape. A blizzard of foam packing peanuts engulf the living room until he emerges victorious, thrusting a shiny new fly rod tube into the air.“It’s finally mine,” he exclaims and begins to connect each rod section in the living room as if trout would start rising from the carpet at any second.We all know this trout junkie. He or she may be hesitant to admit it, but that new jacket they have been eyeballing at the fly shop all summer, or the fancy rod they’ve been dreaming about elicits childlike excitement.If you have a trout bum in your life and you want to bring out their inner child this holiday season, these are the gifts you should put under the tree, and if you’re the one with the worn out waders, or the floorboard covered in fly-shop cups and empty cans, then this is the stuff you should be dropping hints about this holiday season.Hareline Dubbin Fly Tying Kit New this year are complete tying kits from Hareline Dubbin that contain everything you need to get started tying your own flies. These kits are available at most fly shops and retailers that carry Hareline products. Each kit includes 60 premium materials, a multitude of hooks, beads, glue, and all the other components you need to get started. Also included with every kit is a tying guide that takes you step-by-step through the top 20 patterns for trout fishing, as well as an introduction on tying tools and how to use them properly. For those wanting to jump into tying, I don’t know of any better way to get all that you need in one box, and at the level of quality that Hareline Dubbin products are known for.hdtyingkitOrvis Mountain River Guide LanyardErgonomic, comfortable and efficient, the Mountain River Guide keeps all the essentials within in my grasp . It’s particularly handy when rowing a drift-boat or while bank fishing without a fully loaded sling pack. I keep mine on at all time and make sure its stocked with 4 or 5 spools of tippet, a bottle of floatant, snips and a small fly box full of tiny dries.32a17sfw_lgOrvis Hydros SL Reel The hydros SL combines a powerful sealed drag with the fine craftsmanship Orvis is known for to offer anglers one of the best reels on the market at the $200 price point. My favorite thing about this reel is how smoothly its drag engages—for the geeks out there, that’s called startup inertia. The drag smoothness that you’ll find when using a Hydros SL is preferable to reels with a drag that turns on sharply after a fish takes your fly, the latter scenario often leading to break offs and temper tantrums. You simply can’t go wrong by putting a Hydros SL of any size variation under the tree this Christmas. Starting at $200 Saint Inky’s Defishing SoapUse this like any other soap – with a splash of water (warm water and our scrub brush is best). The essential-oil based formula is actually LIFTING that familiar fish smell away, not masking it.bottle-graphics2More from the Fridays on the Fly Blog:center_img Fishpond Nomad El Jefe Boat NetFishponds Nomad series of nets has been around for a while, and there’s a reason for that. They are some of the best nets on the market. The nets are made using a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass to give anglers an extremely durable yet lightweight net. All of Fishponds nets are waterproof, UV protected, and they float. They are coated with a rubberized paint that makes for an easy grip when wet, and the handles have a scale for deciphering how many inches you need to exaggerate in the story you tell your buddies. In a drift boat the long handle net is light enough that someone can easily land a fish for their passengers without even taking both hands off the oars. $199.95nomad-eljefe-carbonUmpqua Tongass 5500 Waterproof BagSome people use a plastic storage bin, some people use a duffel bag, others have kitted out the bed of their truck with drawers and compartments. Personally, I live in an apartment, and multiple trips ensue when transporting all of my gear upstairs, in between vehicles, and in and out of the boat. I needed a bag that could hold waders, rods, reels, boots, tackle, lunch, extra layers, etc. all with one easy carry. This bag also had to be durable enough to take on a long day hike or an overnighter. Well, I found that in Umpqua Tongass 5500 waterproof bag. This 90 liter, watertight, roll top gear bag will hold all of your gear and then some with a nice sleek design that you can carry as a duffle bag or a backpack. This pack makes an awesome gift for any serious fly fishermen constantly on the move. $169.99tongass2Howler Bros Merlin VestFall and winter make for chilly days on the water and sometimes nothing is more functional than a good vest to keep your core warm while allowing your arms to move freely. The Howler Bros Merlin vest keeps you warm on the water with its Primaloft One insulation, and looking good at the bar with its shoulder yoke design that’s a throwback to old-school shooting vests. Not only does the vest look good and keep you warm, but it’s extremely functional with two huge side pockets, and an internal pocket that you can use to stuff the vest inside itself for storage or to toss in a backpack. Water resistant polyester micro rip-stop will also help keep you dry when you are splashing around trying to get that trout in the net. $115howlervestSimms Riffle Jacket Everyone needs a good breathable rain jacket. In the winter time I usually layer a rain jacket over a light down under my waders to stay warm. I love the riffle jacket from Simms for just that. I was able to test out the camouflage version of this jacket which has a very cool pattern embedded with the Simms trout logo that you can only notice up close. This jacket is lightweight, breathable, and unbelievably weather resistant thanks to Toray fabric throughout. The jacket design is streamlined and clean to avoid any catch points for getting caught up in your own line. The Riffle also features hand warmer side pockets that allows access to your waders beneath without having to unzip your jacket. The huge chest pockets on the front are a nice feature that allow you to carry all kinds of odds and ends or a large fly box easily, and the Simms logo fly patch on the chest is a nice touch to hold onto flies that you change out on the water. $150simmsriiffleSimms Heavyweight Flannel Hands down, the best flannel shirt I have ever owned. A blend of wool and polyester products optimized for outdoors use make up this heavy flannel shirt that uses moisture wicking technology keeping you comfortable and dry all day rowing a boat in the wind or heading out to grab dinner. The two front chest pockets are big enough to hold a fly box or an iPhone, and only add to the appeal of this stylish and functional flannel. $100simmsheavyflannelSimms Downstream Jacket For the die-hards out there who hit the water no matter the conditions, or the guy wanting to stay toasty with some serious style this winter, the Downstream is the ultimate down outer layer. Composed of 750-fill equivalent water repellent down blended with Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation, the Downstream is on the top tier of cold and wet weather protection. This jacket has plenty of pockets for storage or to warm your hands, as well as a 3 point adjustable hood for when the weather gets really crazy. Simms designed this thing with functionality, comfort, and mobility in mind and you will appreciate it on a day of frozen guides and numb toes. $350simmsdownstream1Black Diamond: Waterproof Storm HeadlampFall and winter months equate to shorter days and longer nights so it’s valuable to have a light source with you just in case you tell yourself “last cast” too many times, or end up underestimating how long the float is going to take. The newly redesigned Storm Headlamp from Black Diamond is the perfect addition to an emergency kit because of its waterproof and dustproof housing, and at max 250 lumens this headlamp provides plenty of wide spectrum light to get the boat on the trailer in the dark. For the wade angler the headlamp is also nice in that it has a green night vision mode as to not alert the big browns while you tie on that mouse pattern, and plenty of illuminating power and battery life to get you back to the car from even the furthest of honey holes. $50bdstormSTOCKING STUFFERSARC Fishing Tippet and LeadersFor an alternative to the big names in the industry (RIO and SA) one needs to look no further than ARC fishing products. The small lineup of products is described by Travis Thompson; the co-founder of ARC, as “simplicity at its finest, but not at the sacrifice of technology” and I would have to agree with him. One pull of the camo multi-color nylon tippet and I could already see what he meant. This proprietary multi-colored line pattern produces maximum invisibility in a number of fishing conditions (think Maxima supergreen) while maintaining suppleness for techy presentations and low stretch for improved feel on the hook set. ARC is also the first company to produce fluorocarbon-coated nylon tippet. While a little stiffer than typical tippet ‘ARC Flourocoat has the strength for fishing around trees and brush without having to worry about breaking off on a big brown that runs you through an abrasive environment. The spools are eye appealing as well with different color bands for size and type identification.arc-fishingYeti Rambler (30oz)I know there are many options for keeping things hot and cold out there but Yeti remains the top name in their industry. I was able to test out the 32oz Rambler, and found that the Rambler was able to keep my coffee hot in for hours on a November day in Montana. For example, I left my coffee cup in my truck while I went in to eat at a local diner. When I came out after eating a meal with friends the coffee was still as warm as it was when I had initially left my home. The Rambler holds ice just as well in the summer and is an awesome stocking stuffer for any fishermen on the go.yeti30rambSimms ExStream Half Finger GlovesA solid pair of gloves are a must-have for your gear quiver when hitting the river in the fall and winter months. The Simms Ex-Stream half finger glove is the perfect glove to keep in your pack for when things get a little blustery. Powered by Polartech Powershield Pro these gloves provide ample warmth all while maintaining a breathability that wicks moisture away from a day of handling big browns. The fingerless option is my favorite because I prefer to always have my fingers available for knot tying and line management, but the ExStream line of gloves also comes in a full finger, and fold-over mitten version for the die-hards.exstreamgloveslast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: Walk to Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

first_imgRural African-American communities, indigenous people, church groups, and activists are walking across North Carolina to oppose the DAPL of the southeast, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.The walk began last Friday at the Virginia-North Carolina boarder. Along the way they’ll provide information about the pipeline at schools, churches, and community centers. After walking the 205-mile proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina, the walk will end in Hamlet, North Carolina.The proposed pipeline puts our rivers, mountains, national forests, wetlands, and ground water at risk. The $5.5 billion projects also affects West Virginia and Virginia. In the multi-state area, the route crosses 1,989 waterbodies, 71 miles of vulnerable karst terrain, affects 248 acres of wetlands, crosses 15.9 miles of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, and crosses 5.1 miles of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.The pipeline will directly affect the traditional lands of several native tribes including the Monacan, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Nansemond, Nottoway, Occaneechi, Haliwa-Saponi, Meherrin, Tuscarora, Coharie, and Lumbee.An independent study shows that the existing gas supply provides enough gas to meet consumer demand through 2030, providing ample time to develop renewable energy sources. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of six major pipelines proposed for West Virginia and Virginia. Experts warn of the risk to our environment caused by overbuilding pipeline infrastructure.Greg Buppert, Senior Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center said, “Dominion’s Atlantic Coast pipeline will not only irreparably alter our natural terrain but it is also unnecessary. The current route carves through the mountains in an area the U.S. Forest Service calls, ‘the wildland core of the central Appalachians’, for a pipeline that will lock generations of Virginians into dependence on natural gas.”The pipeline also jeopardizes many communities along the proposed route.  Nancy Sorrells of the Augusta County Alliance said, “Every foot of this route has a victim: a family that would be displaced, a farmer who would be impacted, schoolchildren whose safety is compromised, and residents whose drinking water is a risk. And for what? Not for energy independence or to turn on the lights, but rather for the profit of a private corporation.”Proponents of the project promise jobs for economically disenfranchised communities. Many claim that the promise of jobs is often empty, with utilities companies bringing in hired crews from elsewhere for the higher paid jobs, only hiring locals for low-paying and temporary jobs. Ericka Faircloth, a Lumbee Indian member of the grassroots Eco Roberson said, “Folks who live in Robeson County, one of the poorest and most diverse counties in North Carolina, are especially vulnerable to the empty promise of jobs. Residents of low wealth will be most severely impacted by higher utility rates to pay for the pipeline, and by lowered value for their land.”The organizers of the Walk to Protect Our People and The Places Where We Live consider this an early step in organizing North Carolina, laying the groundwork for a grass-roots resistance supported by national groups. If you’d like to walk part of the route or support the walkers, you can find more information here. The public-comment period on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will end on April 6, 2017. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Statement is available here.last_img read more

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Trail Mix | October 2017

first_img Northern Lights This Pale Fire 3:10 Workin On My Protest Song Bob Bradshaw 3:53 Granny Smith Lost Bayou Ramblers 2:45 4:27 2:37 Make it Me Max Gomez 3:40 4:09 3:59 3:34 Falling Out Of Love Lydia Loveless Sundress The Alternate Routes Denver Girls Gill Landry 3:40 6:23 1972 Christian Lopez It Makes No Difference (The Band) Misner And Smith April and May Chris Barron Embed Gasoline King Cardinal 3:28 This Old Main Drag Is About To Drag Me Down Ryan Koenig 2:16 The folks doing right by country music today do so by tuning in to the echoes of yesteryear.Vintage country sounds have made a comeback in recent years, and Whitney Rose, an Austin, Texas based songstress, is a leading female voice in the movement. Her brand new record, Rule 62, drops this week, and it resonates with old country twang. Rose is dusty dance hall two steppin’ instead of modern country bling and glitz, and her songs fall easy on the ears. Get your Texas boogie on with “Can’t Stop Shakin’” on this month’s mix.Christian Lopez is another artist doing country right these days. Blessed with a crooner’s voice and devilish good looks, Lopez writes songs that hearken back to younger years spent listening to the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.  Lopez found inspiration in his International Harvester Scout in the song “1972,” from the brand new record Red Arrow, which we feature this month.From time to time, an artist pops back on to the radar after a long time away and the thought arises that, yeah, I used to dig what this guy does. Such was this case recently with Chris Barron, former front man of 90s pop hit makers The Spin Doctors. Barron returns with a solo record this month, Angels and One Armed Jugglers, and the mix is excited to feature the tune “April & May” this month.This month’s mix also features the return of some spectacular songwriters, including Gill Landry, Lydia Loveless, and J.D. McPherson, as well as a new track from long time favorites Turnpike Troubadours. Trail Mix is always happy to welcome back old friends.Brand new tracks from Ranky Tanky, Max Gomez, Silver Torches, Ragged Union, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Swimming Bell, The Alternate Routes, Bob Bradshaw, Ryan Koenig, Monocle Band, Misner & Smith, and This Pale Fire await your perusal.And please tune in to the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Billy Strings, Flat Duo Jets, and King Cardinal are all on tap.Download and stream this month’s mix. Take it on your next outdoor adventure. Tell a friend or a stranger, and then get out there and grab some records or concert tickets. Give back to these outstanding musicians who give freely to us. 3:53 4:24 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Let It Be A Dream Silver Torches 4:09 Lora Lee The Monocle Band Leaving Louisville Ragged Union 1:32 3:32 Turmoil & Tinfoil Billy Strings The Housefire Turnpike Troubadours LUCKY PENNY JD McPherson Ranky Tanky Ranky Tanky Audio PlayerLost Bayou RamblersGranny SmithUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 4:24 3:55 Pink Gardenia Flat Duo Jets Can’t Stop Shakin’ Whitney Rose 3:07 Ealing Common Swimming Bell 4:21 6:13 last_img read more

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Panamanian President Will Visit Costa Rica to Learn about Health Experience

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2009 SAN JOSE, 14 July 2009 (AFP) – The new president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, will visit Costa Rica on Wednesday to meet with President Oscar Arias and to learn about the experience of the public health services in trying to reduce patients’ wait times, the two governments announced on Tuesday. “Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July, the president of the republic, Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, will host his Panamanian counterpart, President Ricardo Martinelli,” on his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 June, according to a statement issued by the Costa Rican president’s office. The meeting of the two leaders “will address an agenda of bilateral affairs,” the statement added. Martinelli will also dedicate his visit to getting to know “details of the Costa Rican experience with an automated appointment system” for users of the public health system, “which has achieved optimization of outpatient consultation and pharmacy services and elective surgery in that country,” the Panamanian government announced. The president will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Franklin Vergara, and the Secretary of Innovation, Eduardo Jaén, according to the government statement. “This trip is the beginning of a series of consultations and visits that the administration team is planning with the aim of learning about the experiences of various models of care that have been successful in other countries,” the statement added. As president-elect before taking office, Martinelli visited Arias on 22 May, on which occasion they discussed forging closer ties in trade and tourism, among other areas. Both said then that they were in agreement on the expansion of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement, in effect since November 2008, to include products such as refined oil and insurance. The balance of trade between the two countries, which has increased notably in recent years, is favorable to Costa Rica, which sold 411 million dollars’ worth of its products and imported 242 million dollars’ worth of goods in 2008.last_img read more

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Bolivia Is Sitting On a ‘Gold Mine’

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Very cool, really interesting *_* A worker operates a drill at the state-run Lithium pilot plant in Río Grande, Bolivia, where the largest salt flats in the world are found. Underneath the salt flats are the world’s largest reserves of lithium — a key mineral used in medicine and especially in rechargeable batteries used in items such as cell phones, laptops and electric cars. Bolivia has half the world’s known reserves of lithium, and officials estimate the reserves hold 100 million tons of lithium, reported news agency AFP. With demand for lithium expected to boom in coming years, Bolivia — one of the poorest countries in South America — may be sitting on something potentially more valuable than a gold mine.last_img read more

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