Aqueous has shared the pro-shot, full-show video from their recent performance at Estes Park, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel back on February 16th. The performance that evening was the second of five Colorado shows (and seventh show overall) as part of the rock quartet’s ongoing winter tour alongside BIG Something.Related: Aqueous’s Mike Gantzer Recaps 2018 Highlights, Prepares For All-Improv SetThe night’s performance began with the band grooving into “Weight of the Word”, an original tune off their 2018 Color Wheel LP. The opening song of the night heard Dave Loss hammering away on his keyboard while Mike Gantzer eased into the tune on guitar before starting into the vocals. The set continued with a funk-filled “Origami” followed by “The Median”, showcasing some excellent guitar work from both Loss and Gantzer on the latter. The band then went into “Random Company”, a hard-hitting but spacey tune from their 2016 Best In Show EP, which continued right into a cover of Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” with Loss on vocals. To add to the band’s rendition of the Gorillaz hit, the Aqueous fellas welcomed BIG Something’s Nick MacDaniels to the stage to perform the song’s rap verse in fine fashion before returning to “Random Company”.The show continued with a high-energy performance of “Aldehyde” before closing out with “Half In, Half Out”. Fans can watch the video below to relive that night’s entire performance in full.Aqueous – Stanley Hotel – 2/16/2019[Video: Aqueous]Aqueous continues their run of winter shows with the next performance scheduled for Friday, March 15th, at Anthology in Rochester, NY. The performance will see the band playing three full sets, including one comprised of complete group improvisation for the first time ever. Fans can head to the tour page on Aqueous’ website for tickets and info to upcoming shows.Setlist: Aqueous | Stanley Hotel | Estes Park, CO | 2/16/2019Set: Weight of the Word, Origami, The Median, Random Company > Clint Eastwood* (Gorillaz cover) > Random Company, Aldehyde, Half In, Half Out^* w/ Nick MacDaniels of Big Something on vocals^ “Enter Sandman” (Metallica) tease
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge says U.S. officials downplayed climate change impacts and other environmental costs from the expansion of a massive coal mine near the Montana-Wyoming border. The judge ruled Wednesday that under former President Donald Trump, officials played up the economic benefits of the Spring Creek Mine expansion but failed to consider the society-wide impacts of climate change. Spring Creek is Montana’s largest coal mine. A representative of Navajo Transitional Energy Company, which owns the mine, said federal officials already met their obligations to review the project. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining was not commenting on the case.
Sweden’s AP2 has urged Shell to leave several US and European industry groups it argues are obstructing a transition towards a low-carbon economy.In a letter organised by the UK’s ShareAction, the buffer fund and 18 other institutional investors – including the pension funds for the London borough of Enfield and employees of UK union UNISON – said the oil firm’s continued membership in the trade associations was “inconsistent with Shell’s evolving position on climate change”.Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, argued that the trade associations were ”known to do companies’ dirty work when it comes to backroom lobbying on climate policy”.The signatories include a dozen institutions that backed a recent shareholder resolution for Shell to disclose how it would transition to a low-carbon economy – a resolution endorsed by the company’s management ahead of last month’s AGM. In the letter, signatories noted comments by Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive, that it might leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which they argued had been “strongly obstructive” when it came to climate change policy.ALEC was one of a number of industry groups a recent report by the Policy Studies Institute of the University of Westminster said risked damaging its membership by espousing views contrary to firms’ public pronouncements.At the time, Howarth argued that such “Jekyll and Hyde behaviour” had to stop.The letter also urged Shell to reconsider its membership with European groups including FuelsEurope and BusinessEurope, which it said had put forward views that were “inconsistent” with the company’s recent statements on climate change.“It would appear these trade associations have lobbied to weaken two important pieces of legislation,” the letter continues, citing the European Commission’s 2030 policy on climate change and energy, as well as a revision of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System.Leaving the trade associations, which would follow in the footsteps of BP’s departure from ALEC and Unilever’s resignation from BusinessEurope, would “reassure” shareholders Shell’s climate change policy would remain consistent, while also discrediting the associations.The company’s departure from industry groups would also provide a “counter-balance to the unhelpful positions these associations have historically taken on climate and energy policies”, the letter concludes.The letter comes ahead of December’s UN climate conference in Paris that is expected to see developed and emerging countries agree to a new carbon reduction target.