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Dave Matthews Band Travels Back In Time To Erase Global Warming Pollution With NativeEnergy
Environmental News Network ^ | June 29, 2006 | Clean Air Cool Planet

Posted on 07/11/2006 12:53:26 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

CHARLOTTE, VT. — Dave Matthews Band announced today that it has arranged for NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from all of its touring activities since 1991. By offsetting the CO2 pollution that touring activities, such as transporting gear, powering stages and air travel generate, Dave Matthews Band is taking a proactive role in fighting global warming and helping Native America begin to restore sustainable homeland economies in balance with the Earth.

This announcement comes at the beginning of Dave Matthews Band 2006 summer tour, which kicked off on May 30th at the UMB Bank Pavilion in Missouri and will end in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA with a two-night stand on Sept. 22 & 23 at the grand opening of John Paul Jones Arena. DMB is earning rave reviews from fans and critics this summer for a set list that offers a diverse mixture of the band's material spanning their fifteen years. Digging deep into their catalogue of songs, DMB is performing rare fan favorites and is debuting new songs before entering the studio this fall to work on their forthcoming release due out in 2007."

By announcing plans to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions from all of its past touring activities, Dave Matthews Band is demonstrating how to turn attention toward positive solutions to global problems. Consumers everywhere can take the same proactive approach and visit www.NativeEnergy.com to offset their travel, auto, home or business emissions by helping to build new renewable energy projects that reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to generate electricity.

"As artists we need to act now to slow global warming. Carbon offsets are one thing we can do to help and we felt working with NativeEnergy was a good place to start," says Dave Matthews Band.

With NativeEnergy, the band ensures that its CO2 offsetting actually contributes directly to the construction of new, Native American and Native Alaskan renewable energy generators whose clean electricity will displace energy that would otherwise have to come from polluting coal-fired plants, reducing CO2 and other pollution on behalf of the band. In addition, DMB's purchase supports financially additional offsets from wind farms in the Great Plains, that displace electricity on one of the most intensely coal-fired grids in the country.

NativeEnergy's novel approach allows consumers to help build new wind projects by purchasing shares of the renewable energy credits (RECs) the projects are expected to generate over their operating lives. "Quality of CO2 offsets is becoming the major focus of stakeholders in the industry," says CEO Tom Boucher. "We are pleased by the increasing recognition that NativeEnergy's forward purchasing model drives the highest quality offsets available," he says. All RECs generated on behalf of the band will be permanently retired by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a 501(c)(3) that acts like a land trust for the RECs.

"This donation to Clean Air - Cool Planet from the Dave Matthews Band does two important things," said Adam Markham, executive director at CA-CP. "First, it insures that these RECs are kept off the market, because we will retire these credits. Second, it helps us help NativeEnergy finance more renewable energy projects, to reduce the threat of global warming."

By offsetting an estimated 18,000 tons of CO2, the band has the same global warming impact as eliminating 36 million average car miles. A large majority of DMB's purchase from NativeEnergy is to offset emissions from performances ranging from their very first engagements in 1991 to the 300,000 fan show at the Park Pop Festival in Holland (1998), but the total CO2 footprint also includes non-concert performances on the Grammy's, Tonight Show, and a Presidential Inaugural Ball.

DMB has worked with NativeEnergy since 2002, when it first mitigated 2,174 tons of CO2 from the 2002 summer tour as part of the One Sweet Whirled global warming campaign, a partnership between Dave Matthews Band, Ben & Jerry's, and SaveOurEnvironment.org. These investments helped to build the Rosebud Sioux Tribe wind turbine, the first Native American-owned and operated large-scale wind turbine.

About NativeEnergy : American Indian majority-owned, NativeEnergy is a national marketer of renewable energy credits or "green tags," offering individuals and organizations a means to compensate for their global warming pollution, or to effectively power their homes and businesses with renewable energy. NativeEnergy's patent-pending business process brings upfront payment to renewable projects for their estimated future green tag output, enabling its customers to help finance the construction of new wind farms and other renewable energy projects, such as tribal wind projects and methane digesters on Pennsylvania family dairy farms, which directly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to meet the nation's electricity needs. NativeEnergy is the choice of leading environmentally and socially responsible organizations, including Al Gore's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (www.ClimateCrisis.net), Ben & Jerry's, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm, Interface, Aveda, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Co-op America, NRDC, the Clinton Global Initiative, Bonnaroo, and thousands of individuals. NativeEnergy also offers Green-e certified green tags from operating wind farms and Climate Neutral Network certified offsets from operating CO2 mitigation projects. Online at: www.NativeEnergy.com.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: climatechangeco2; davemathewsband; ecoindustry; energy; greeneconomy; massdelusion; potsmokingpopstars; publicitystunt; rockandroll; timetravel; transport; travel
This headline is so great I couldn't resist posting it.

If you read the article, apparently the band is doing this in conjunction with Josie and Pussycats in Outerspace.

1 posted on 07/11/2006 12:53:33 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I never did understand the appeal of Dave Matthews.


2 posted on 07/11/2006 12:55:13 AM PDT by Begin (Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

They're suckers -- but at least they put their money where their mouth is.


3 posted on 07/11/2006 12:56:30 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Ofsetting CO2 pollution? I have tried to read this article about 5 times now and I have no clue what it is about. Is there anyone able to read through the double-speak in this one and explain it in 20 words or less?


4 posted on 07/11/2006 1:00:15 AM PDT by killjoy (Dirka dirka mohammed jihad! Sherpa sherpa bakalah!)
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To: killjoy

It's about time travel, didn't you read the Headline?

In all seriousness it isabout the following:

Travelling from A to B in fossil-fuel powered transportation emits a given amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. This can be approximately calculated in you know the distance and type of transportation taken.

If, in turn, you wish to "offset" those emissions, you can purchase carbonn emission reduction credits and/or invest in alternative energy or planting trees that theoretically reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by an amount commensurate with what one has calculated that one has released.

More simply put: If you cut a tree and burn the wood, you are pretty much even if you plant another tree.


5 posted on 07/11/2006 1:08:17 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Begin

I am not a fan either. I own no records, but if they are time travellers, perhaps that says something for them.


6 posted on 07/11/2006 1:08:58 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

There is nothing fundametally wrong with planting trees or investing in alternative energy. The motivation is questionable, but as far as an allocation of capital is concerned, there are worse things.


7 posted on 07/11/2006 1:09:55 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

It sounds like : "I can pollute the enviornment and buy some 'credits' and that means I'm actually cleaning the enviornment."

I don't quite follow.


8 posted on 07/11/2006 1:13:34 AM PDT by james500
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To: killjoy

This is coming from a 'band' that dumped 800 pounds of human waste on sightseeing tourists from their tour bus in Chicago.

http://www.blender.com/guide/articles.aspx?id=1479


9 posted on 07/11/2006 1:14:21 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: killjoy

Are they offsetting the polluton from the millions of fans that have driven to see one of their concerts?


10 posted on 07/11/2006 1:14:48 AM PDT by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: All

Couldn't we save energy by dumping sewage on tourists?


11 posted on 07/11/2006 1:19:39 AM PDT by PghBaldy (God Bless America. That's the United States of America.)
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To: james500

It is about ending up neutral.

You can't live a modern life without polluting. THe point is to try and offset that pollution.

I drop a stone in the water and it rises. I take one back out and the level goes back. It isn't that simple in a very coomplex system, but that is the concept.


12 posted on 07/11/2006 1:27:46 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit


No, I get that. You try to offset one thing with another. If Dave Matthews kills a child yet pays to have another child flown to a place where he can get a life-saving transplant, does that mean he's "even"?

Some might say just don't pollute the enviornment with your tour bus and generators,etc. I guess his Earth Mother doesn't beat out tour dates in Chigago and Tulsa...


13 posted on 07/11/2006 1:36:24 AM PDT by james500
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To: james500
If Dave Matthews kills a child yet pays to have another child flown to a place where he can get a life-saving transplant, does that mean he's "even"?

Now this is a question that is in the spirit of the article. IMHO it really depends on the circumstances in which the child was killed. If it was accidental, than Matthews actions would be a kind of penance. In God's eyes my understanding is that he would be forgiven. The OJ Simpson Jury would also surely set him free.

Of course, the point is moot given Matthews time-travelling powers. He could simply go back to a point before he killed the child and alter events.

14 posted on 07/11/2006 1:42:15 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
I just had to do the numbers...

According to this, world burning of fossil fuels emits roughly 25 billion tons of CO2 per year, or
68 million tons per day, or
2.9 million tons per hour, or
47,500 tons per minute, or
792 tons per second.

That means our CO2 savior Dave Matthews has staved off imminent DOOM by 22.7 seconds. What a great guy.
15 posted on 07/11/2006 1:43:16 AM PDT by non-anonymous
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To: non-anonymous

Good calculations. I like it.

A lot can happen in 22.7 seconds. We should all thank Dave Matthews.


16 posted on 07/11/2006 1:49:02 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

These music types are really Maroons.


17 posted on 07/11/2006 1:57:48 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Moderate Mooslims.....what's that?)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I was considering it more as a purchased indulgence. I think I'm bound to amuse myself for the next day or so envisioning Dave Mattews showing up at and influencing key dates in history.


18 posted on 07/11/2006 2:00:40 AM PDT by james500
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To: Begin

I never did understand the appeal of Dave Matthews.
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I saw them perform once on television and I think the secret of their appeal is that they are not, wait, no, that isn't it, it is that they, uh, well you see it is like, you know, it is just like man it is weird, you know, well, like some awesome chick told me that it was supposed to be really cool to listen to Dave Matthews and like, I really want to be cool, man. I just think it would be so awesomely cool to have people tell me that I am like, cool.


19 posted on 07/11/2006 2:07:21 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anybody still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Actually seems like pretty good PR to me. Costs less than a marketing action and the press picks it up and it is all positive.

Do you think these guys thought about it on their own?


20 posted on 07/11/2006 2:16:22 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: killjoy

Yeah but will they stop pissing in the rivers? Chicago demands an answer.....


21 posted on 07/11/2006 2:26:58 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
More simply put: If you cut a tree and burn the wood, you are pretty much even if you plant another tree.

Even more simply put: Save the planet, kill yourself.

22 posted on 07/11/2006 2:46:44 AM PDT by killjoy (Dirka dirka mohammed jihad! Sherpa sherpa bakalah!)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Bad music. Bad science. Any questions?


23 posted on 07/11/2006 3:30:03 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Behead the liberal media!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
These music types are really Maroons

I saw REM back in the 80s. The singer was whining about various greeny ideals and how we should all boycott Exxon. I left the concert early and walked around to the back of the arena on my way to my bus stop. There in the parking lot near the back entrance was a fleet of tour buses - REM's tour buses, all sitting there with their engines running.

That was the official end of my youthful idealism.

24 posted on 07/11/2006 4:01:48 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
How is he planning to offset the CO2 coming out of every breath he exhales? And, while performing his heart rate goes up so is he calculating that as well?
25 posted on 07/11/2006 4:04:25 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: RipSawyer

LOL!


26 posted on 07/11/2006 4:04:41 AM PDT by Caramelgal (There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.)
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To: Westlander
This is coming from a 'band' that dumped 800 pounds of human waste on sightseeing tourists from their tour bus in Chicago.

Typical hypocrisy from the usual suspects. :)

28 posted on 07/11/2006 4:22:56 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Sounds like a bunch of Hot Air to me.
30 posted on 07/11/2006 4:28:44 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

What are they doing to offset the sh!t their tour bus spread all over an expressway and the road below?


31 posted on 07/11/2006 4:31:11 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Begin

I love Dave Matthews (the band). IMO, their rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" is the best.

But I download all their music so they don't get royalties from me for nutty causes.


32 posted on 07/11/2006 4:32:35 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: RipSawyer
"I never did understand the appeal of Dave Matthews"

I went to a concert once because box seat tickets were gifted to me. Elevator music is more appealing than the stuff they played. But all of the drunk college kids seemed to like it.

33 posted on 07/11/2006 4:32:54 AM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: killjoy

They are going to quit exhaling. Six words, oh, now it's eight, oh no, now it's twelve. No wait, now it's.. Never mind.


34 posted on 07/11/2006 5:01:37 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Well...he's an idiot...


35 posted on 07/11/2006 5:12:14 AM PDT by Prysson
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To: Prysson
Well...he's an idiot...

What an intellectually stimulating response.

36 posted on 07/11/2006 5:15:16 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Begin

"I never did understand the appeal of Dave Matthews."

Obviously, you've never been drugged out of your gourd. :P


37 posted on 07/11/2006 5:25:48 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
The Dave Matthews Band may have serious concerns about global warming, but for my money this is a marketing ploy. I haven't even thought about the DMB in at least 2 years and yet today I'm actually tapping their name on my keyboard.

 

38 posted on 07/11/2006 5:35:47 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: HawaiianGecko

I agree, that's what I implied on post 20


39 posted on 07/11/2006 5:37:14 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit ("my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side" - Lincoln)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
"More simply put: If you cut a tree and burn the wood, you are pretty much even if you plant another tree."
Or buy shares ...

burn a tree and either plant a tree or pay to have one planted.

40 posted on 07/11/2006 5:38:34 AM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
In my humble opinion, a donation to the Republican National Committee will do more to save the planet than NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet.

 

41 posted on 07/11/2006 5:40:04 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit


hey dave, shut the f up and play your guitar. same to you eddie, willie, and neil. DMB is a great live band, they play instruments, but as soon as he starts preaching it's time to go......eddie vedder is a drug addict bastard child, neil young is an idiot canadian jack-hole, willie nelson is a tax evading bong smoker, who cares if it you use more resources to make bio-fuel, it's bio-fuel and it sounds cool.....make austin growup


42 posted on 07/11/2006 5:43:02 AM PDT by redstaterabblerouser
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Note to Dave Matthews:

If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.

Having said that, clean air is a good thing.


43 posted on 07/11/2006 5:44:43 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

44 posted on 07/11/2006 5:45:08 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I told God I'm coming
to your country
I'm going to eat up your cities.
your homes, you know
I've got a stomach full it's not
a chip on my shoulder
I've got this growl in my tummy
and I'm gonna stop it today
I eat too much
I drink too much
I poop too much
Too much

45 posted on 07/11/2006 6:12:35 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Begin
I never did understand the appeal of Dave Matthews.

Me neither. If REM was Coca-Cola, Dave Matthews was tap water.

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About the subject matter: We are living in the midst of a mass delusion.

47 posted on 09/04/2006 7:17:33 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (live until you die. then live some more.)
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