Today, three Senators, John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, Joseph Lieberman, Independent of Connecticut, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina sent President Obama a letter outlining their plan for a climate change and energy bill that they believe can win the necessary votes (60) to push the bill through next year. They timed this proposal to ensure that the delegates that are attending the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen know that the U.S. Senate is serious about getting a climate bill passed and enacted. According to the Times “The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman proposal sets a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target “in the range of” 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, the level contained in a bill passed by the House earlier this year.” It’s encouraging that these Senators are working together on this bill but the U.S. needs to make some major changes soon, before it’s too late.
Another collaboration that is still maintaining their status as our favorite (and folkiest) of the year, are Jim James (or Yim Yames as he is referring to himself these days), Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis, who together form the Monsters of Folk. Many of the songs on the album are stellar but my favorite of the moment is the first track, “Dear God.” There is something very seventies and soothing about this jam. The boys of Monsters of Folk are soliciting entries for homemade videos for “Dear God.” The winner will receive a prize including $5,000, Final Cut Pro software, a signed Gibson Guitar and the winning video will be featured on monstersoffolk.com. I just checked and I don’t see anything up there yet so get your submissions in!
Monsters of Folk – Dear God: